8 July 2019 • Jorine Koopman
Completion of project block 4; Human Kinetic Technology
On Thursday 27 June, first-year students of the Human Kinetic Technology degree programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences completed “project block 4” at revalidation centre Basalt. Students presented their work in the form of a poster or a product to an interested audience and a jury who evaluated the project.
In the last ten weeks, 15 groups of students worked on an issue from the professional field. Half of the groups focused on research, centred around two main themes: movement monitoring and wheelchair manipulation. The other half worked on a development assignment in order to encourage movement in the clinic.
A jury composed of members of the client council of Basalt and Basalt staff members (a professor, researchers and a rehabilitation doctor) chose the best research and development project and presented it with the ‘Best Foundation Programme Award’. They evaluated the poster or the product and the pitch on its effectiveness, concrete and practical relevance, persuasiveness and enthusiasm.
The students who received the research award are Simon van den Berg, Floris Paalman, Joost Verschuuren, Marlinde Bulsink and Carly van de Pas. They conducted research on the following topic: ‘What is the impact of positioning the centre of gravity of a sports wheelchair in relation to the back axis in terms of agility (maximum speed, acceleration, angular velocity and angular acceleration)?’. They performed a manoeuvrability test on 7 subjects, using motion sensors (IMUs) to measure positions with different centres of gravity. The students also conducted a survey. The conclusion is that positioning the centre of gravity forward has a negative impact on the maximum angular velocity as it turns to the left and the maximum angular velocity as it turns to the right. So it appears that the position of the centre of gravity has an impact on the manoeuvrability.
The students who received the development award are Mats Odijk, Roland Houten, Thomas Keijsers, Tycho Klapwijk and Gerwin Blink. They developed the “button battle”. In this game the players have to press on lamps that light up. For people in rehabilitation who have serious limitations, moving their arm and/or hand is a fun and positive challenge. It also provides those who are undergoing further rehabilitation treatment with good training on hand-eye coordination and reaction reflexes. By placing this product in the atrium of the Basalt Revalidation Centre, patients are encouraged to come here to play. This promotes social contacts, which is also very important during revalidation as it encourages additional movement beyond their daily therapy sessions.