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Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

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Riemer Vegter

Dr Riemer J.K. Vegter

Visiting Fellow in Rehabilitation Sciences at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences of Loughborough University

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Since the beginning of July Riemer Vegter was officially appointed as a Visiting Fellow in Rehabilitation Sciences at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences of Loughborough University. The appointment is a logical extension to the longstanding collaboration between the Peter Harrison Center for disability sports and Groningen University. As a Human Movement Scientist, with a PhD on wheelchair skill acquisition, Riemer brings a strong background in biomechanics, physiology and coordination dynamics to the optimization of Paralympic sports like wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and handcycling. Besides his research skills Riemer is a passionate teacher of mathematics and biomechanics who aims to translate knowledge into practice.


  • PhD-student ‘Wheelchair Skill Acquisition: motor learning effects of low-intensity handrim wheelchair practice’.
  • BCN PhD Training and Education Program.
  • University Teaching Qualification (Pilot group UMCG). 
  • Human Movement Sciences, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 

Understanding propulsive shoulder forces and scapular kinematics during manual wheelchair use

Aims & Objectives

  • Establish methods for the multi-system measurement of shoulder motion during three submaximal speeds of wheelchair propulsion.
  • Measure forces acting on the shoulder girdle, movement patterns of the scapula and technique-related parameters during submaximal manual propulsion in a daily use wheelchair.
  • Assess the intra-observer reliability of the technique for performing kinematic analysis of the shoulder and how this may influence the quantification of forces acting on the shoulder.
  • Examine asymmetries in scapula movement patterns within individuals and between groups defined by the presence of pain during tasks of daily living.

Optimization of athletic handcycling configuration

Aims & Objectives

  • Understanding the effects of fore-aft crank position on physiological and biomechanical outcome parameters.

Optimization of Wheelchair rugby athletes’ propulsion technique

Aims & Objectives

  • Examine sprint asymmetries in elite wheelchair rugby athletes.
  • Understand how asymmetry impacts classification

Selected recent publications

Recent publications:

  • Leving, M. T., Vegter, R. J. K., de Groot, S., & van der Woude, L. H. V. (2016). Effects of variable practice on the motor learning outcomes in manual wheelchair propulsion. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 13(1), 100. DOI: 10.1186/s12984-016-0209-7
  • van Keeken, H., de Groot, S., Vegter, R., & van der Woude, L. (2016). Biomechanics and ergonomics. In Y. Vanlandewijck, & W. Thompson (Eds.), Training and Coaching the Paralympic Athlete. (pp. 21-53). Chichester, West Sussex, UK; Ames, Iowa, USA: John Wiley & Sons.
  • de Groot, S., Bos, F., Koopman, J., Hoekstra, A., & Vegter, R. J. K. (2016). Effect of holding a racket on propulsion technique of wheelchair tennis players. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports. DOI: 10.1111/sms.12701
  • van der Scheer, J. W., de Groot, S., Vegter, R. J. K., Hartog, J., Tepper, M., Slootman, H., ... ALLRISC Grp (2015). Low-Intensity Wheelchair Training in Inactive People with Long-Term Spinal Cord Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial on Propulsion Technique. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94(11), 975-986. DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000289
  • Leving, M. T., Vegter, R. J. K., Hartog, J., Lamoth, C. J. C., de Groot, S., & van der Woude, L. H. V. (2015). Effects of visual feedback-induced variability on motor learning of handrim wheelchair propulsion. PLoS ONE, 10(5), [e0127311]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127311
  • Mason, B. S., Lemstra, M., van der Woude, L. H. V., Vegter, R., & Goosey-Tolfrey, V. L. (2015). Influence of wheel configuration on wheelchair basketball performance: Wheel stiffness, tyre type and tyre orientation. Medical Engineering & Physics, 37(4), 392-399. DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2015.02.001
  • Vegter, R. J. K., Hartog, J., de Groot, S., Lamoth, C. J., Bekker, M. J., van der Scheer, J. W., ... Veeger, D. H. E. J. (2015). Early motor learning changes in upper-limb dynamics and shoulder complex loading during handrim wheelchair propulsion. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 12, [26]. DOI: 10.1186/s12984-015-0017-5