By offering a versatile range of sports, cultural and recreational activities, Radboud Sport & Culture wants to make a valuable contribution to the vitality, well-being and development of the academic community. But there's more! We also offer our facilities and participation to support education and research. This offer applies to all research institutes, faculties and educational institutions in secondary vocational education, higher professional education and academic education.
At Radboud Sport & Culture we believe it is important that we also contribute to the core activities of Radboud University through knowledge development, innovation and valorization. For this reason, we offer our facilities and participation to support education and research.
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Are you looking for a location or collaboration for sport or culture-related research? Would you like an internship or do you want to use sports or culture to enrich the educational or the well-being of the academic community?
Curious about which research institutes, faculties and educational institutions preceded you? Below you will find a number of examples of previous collaborations.
In the 'I Keep Cycling' study, the Donders Institute is investigating whether it is possible to get people who no longer dare to cycle but who really want to, back onto the bike. The motivation for this study comes from two sources: (1) fundamental research into how people maintain their balance on a bicycle, and (2) clinical research into the effectiveness of strength training as an instrument for fall prevention while walking. The research consists of balance training on a bicycle simulator and spinning lessons on stationary bicycles aimed at increasing bicycle-specific muscle strength. This last part takes place at Radboud Sport & Culture.
Within this minor from the HAN University of Applied Sciences towards Sports & Exercise, students will work on giving form and content to evidence-based strength and conditioning advice that they will develop for a team or association and (where possible) will implement this. They develop this advice based on bio mechanical, physiological and sports nutrition knowledge to optimize sports performance and reduce the risk of injuries. Students conduct a literature study, make an analysis of the target group and perform various tests and measurements. Based on this, they develop tailor-made advice that they will also present to those involved within Radboud Sport & Culture and the association. By carrying out this assignment, they not only support the sports club and/or the group of athletes, but they also gain valuable practical experience within the sports context.
Our muscles are maintained by an active process in which new muscle proteins are continuously produced and at the same time 'old', dysfunctional muscle proteins are broken down. Various factors, such as physical activity and nutrition, influence this process and can therefore be used specifically to achieve optimal muscle adaptation during training, for example, but also in the treatment of various conditions. In patients with mitochondrial myopathy (muscle disease), there are genetic effects in various proteins that ensure energy management in the muscle. This is accompanied by greatly reduced exercise tolerance. It is currently unclear to what extent the production of specific muscle proteins has also changed and what the effect of physical exertion is on this process in these patients. Possible insights from the research could be used to better tailor exercise advice for this patient group and as starting points for new treatments.
In the Psephite study, muscle protein synthesis will be determined in patients with mitochondrial myopathy, and the effect of HIIT (high intensity interval training) on muscle protein synthesis will also be studied. For this purpose, 16 patients with mitochondrial myopathy are recruited via Radboudumc. During a period of fourteen days, these patients will perform a HIIT protocol every two days at Radboud Sport & Culture. Both at the beginning and at the end of this period, the muscle protein synthesis rate and the effect of the training on this will be determined using muscle biopsies and so-called 'stable isotopes'. The Psephite study concerns a collaboration between Radboudumc and Maastricht UMC+.
In the FLAIR study, the Donders Institute investigates what influence the immune system has on our brain and our behavior. At a certain stage of this research, the researchers want to know what role mild inflammation can play in the way people make choices and how the brain processes this. The research is conducted on healthy people with a higher weight, because mild inflammation is relatively common in them. Radboud Sport & Culture helps the Donders Institute recruit participants.
The project 'Online support for sports and exercise in Parkinson's and atypical Parkinson's disease' focuses on facilitating people with Parkinson's disease to exercise more and/or exercise. Thanks to ParkinsonTV, ParkinsonNet already had experience in making broadcasts, but in order to get people with Parkinson's moving (more) and to introduce them to different forms of exercise, they wanted to make 6 broadcasts in which people really started moving together. Radboud Sport & Culture has made its location available for the recordings.
Bert Steenbergen, Professor and driving force of 'Active Living', Faculty of Social Sciences. Also vice dean of this faculty: “We have had a very pleasant collaboration with RSC for years. On the one hand, RSC is a 'living lab' for our research, for example into the role of the social network on sports behavior. RSC also participates in our education, for example in the honors course 'Running or freezing’, which started this year. Based on our theme 'Active Living', this collaboration will certainly be further expanded in the future.”
Niek, Jennifer and Loek, students at the HAN University of Applied Sciences.
Jennifer: “For my third-year Sports Studies internship, I am working on the 'campus in motion' project. The main question here is how we can motivate the academic community to exercise more. Besides the fact that this is a good assignment, I think Radboud Sport & Culture is a very nice place for an internship with a lot of possibilities and where everyone is very helpful.”
Maria Hopman, Professor of Physiology Radboudumc: “We have often collaborated with RSC in training studies, and both our participants and we are always very enthusiastic. I certainly see opportunities for follow-up. In addition, from prevention research, a very interesting collaboration would also be possible with the sports data that RSC has available. How often do people exercise, and are there relationships with health, vitality and success?”