Sport and exercise

In 2016, the National Knowledge Agenda for Sport and Exercise, "van traplopen tot podium”, was created through an intensive collaboration between universities and institutes for higher vocational education, which is unique in the Netherlands. The main themes of the National Knowledge Agenda for Sport and Exercise are Better performance, Lifelong exercise and The value(s) of sport.

Big data & data science are a connecting factor between the themes. This multidisciplinary agenda, broadly supported by the field, was developed on behalf of the entire research field. This in close consultation with the field of sport and exercise, but also with governments and the business community).

The use of big data and data science is essential to gain new insights in the field of sports research. With methods such as data mining, text and image analysis, machine learning and visual analytics, robust and interesting patterns in data can be discovered.

The discipline also uses techniques that generate data, such as sensor technology, which makes it possible to make analyses and predictions at an individual level. Thanks to data science it is also possible to analyse which environmental factors influence individual sports and movement (see: NWA route Sport and movement).

Role of NWO

NWO finances Sport and Exercise in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), NWO Exacte and Natural Sciences, the National Agency for Practice-based Research SIA and NOC*NSF. ZonMw is responsible for the implementation of the programme.

Sport and exercise 2017

The Research Programme Sport and Exercise 2017 is in line with the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda Sport 2015-2020. The Research Programme aims to strengthen multidisciplinary research, including data science, in the field of (top) sport and physical activity and to stimulate the use of revenues (knowledge and data). The programme is aimed at short-term research projects (maximum two years).

The applications must fit in with the three themes of the National Knowledge Agenda for Sport and Exercise: Better performance, Lifelong movement, The value(s) of sport. In addition, the research must fit in with the theme Sport & Exercise of the National Science Agenda.

More about the research programme Sport & Exercise 2017 can be found here.


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