Knowledge Agenda Sport and Exercise

From the steps to the podium

In 2016 the Dutch Knowledge Agenda Sport and Exercise was published, developing a sustainable partnership between universities, universities of applied sciences, sport, local and national government and industry.

The Agenda is a unique collection of all research relevant for sport and exercise, it expresses a clear vision and strategy, has a strong content and is future proof. The Agenda emphasises a broad multidisciplinary approach: from individual psychological processes to physiological measurements, smart materials and virtual reality. A new aspect is the vital role of big data and data science as a connecting and cross disciplinary link between the three main themes of this agenda: ‘Improving Performance’, ‘Exercising a lifetime’ and ‘The values of sport’.

The Knowledge Agenda also has international ambitions. In sport research we closely follow the United States and the United Kingdom. Based on current developments, the Netherlands is expected to develop into a major player in this field over the next five years. Universities, universities of applied sciences and other research institutes together form an infrastructure for internationally renowned research. Furthermore, Dutch data science is in
the international top. Together with the countries that organise the Olympic Games, we want to develop state-of-the-art knowledge and innovation. The aim is a long-term programme
and an international network based around the Olympic cycle.

The main principle of the agenda: Investing together, performing together, based on a multi disciplinary collaboration with a vital role of big data and data science as a connecting and cross disciplinary link between the three main themes of the agenda:

1 Better Performance
Effective talent selection & development
Effective learning, training, performance (through e.g. genetic profiles)

2 Active for life
Individualised education/exercise programmes
Injury prevention
Large cohort sport studies: knowledge about an improved health

3 Values of Sport
Sport transition: adapting to a changing environment
Social opportunities and challenges of sport/sport science
Learning processes in sports and physical education


Knowledge Center for Sport Netherlands
Click here for the Knowledge Agenda Sport and Excercise
Robert Gelinck
Telephone: +31 (0)318 490 900

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