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Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Dr Jan van der Scheer

Research Associate and Translational Scientist

Dr Jan van der Scheer joined the health and wellbeing Research Strand in 2015, taking up a position as a Research Associate and Translation Scientist.

Qualifications

  • PhD in rehabilitation science. Title: Low-intensity wheelchair training in inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury. University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 2015. http://www.scionn.nl/ALLRISCp4.html
  • MSc in Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2008.
  • BSc in Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2007.

Jan’s translational work focuses on developing guidelines for people with disabilities and their health care providers to benefit from improved fitness, health and well-being. Specifically, he works on the development, dissemination and implementation of internationally-accepted, evidence-based exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury.  Jan has also start working on developing clinical practice guidelines for screening body composition in people with spinal cord injury, for example screening for changes in muscle mass and fat mass.

In this work, Jan has the pleasure of working closely with leading experts such as Prof Kathleen Martin Ginis (PHC Visiting Professor from the University of British Columbia, Canada), Prof Vicky Tolfrey (PHC Director), other international research partners (for example in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany) as well as clinical partners and community partners in the UK.

Physical activity guidelines specific for people with spinal cord injury are needed as they face specific neurological, physiological, psychosocial or environmental barriers when engaging in physical activity. These barriers are not sufficiently considered in guidelines for the general population. Guidelines specific for spinal cord injury are also needed for screening changes in body composition. This is related to the tremendous physiological changes after spinal cord injury such as a loss of muscle mass and increase in fat mass.

Developing such guidelines include systematic literature reviewing, hosting international expert panel meetings and working together with community partners to make sure scientifically sound guidelines are clear, useful and appropriate for use in clinical practice and community practice.

More information about the outcomes of these guideline projects can be found on the PHC website (see: News and Events; Resources à Newsletters).

Jan is also involved in PHC projects to understand the upper-body complaints of wheelchair users. He for example contributes to biomechanical research of Dr Barry Mason with leading experts from the Netherlands such as Dr Riemer Vegter (PHC Visiting Fellow) and Prof Lucas van der Woude (PHC Visiting Professor) from the University of Groningen. Together with Dr Tom Paulson and Prof Vicky Tolfrey, Jan has also supported workshops with community partners how to use current research for preventing upper-body complaints in wheelchair users.

Jan also contributes to the collaborations of the PHC with one of its important Japanese partners, Prof Fumihiro Tajima and his colleagues at Wakayama Medical University. Jan has worked in Japan, Canada and at the PHC on a project about cerebrovascular issues of people with spinal cord injury. This work allowed colleagues within the PHC (for example Dr Christof Leicht) to maintain these important links in Japan, leading to new data collection projects in Japan by PHC PhD students Sven Hoekstra and Ben Stephenson.

 

Previous research and experience

Jan’s previous work has been in the multidisciplinary field of rehabilitation science. After his MSc in Human Movement Sciences, he worked in a Dutch rehabilitation centre as a Research Assistant, studying shoulder load in older patients with a shoulder prosthesis. Consecutively, Jan was able to pursue his PhD degree in the Netherlands at the University of Groningen. The primary goal of this PhD project was to use low-intensity exercise to improve fitness and activity levels in sedentary wheelchair users with spinal cord injury, thereby aiming to reduce the many secondary health problems that this population faces. The project also entailed the reduction of risk of musculoskeletal upper-body injuries through improving wheelchair propulsion skill of the exercising participants. His PhD responsibilities included leading and coordinating a multicenter randomized controlled trial in rehabilitation centres, while working together with physicians, physiotherapists, researchers, students and the participants with spinal cord injury.

External activities:

  • Keynote speaker at workshop discussions with Nordic researchers and clinicians about implementation of physical activity guidelines for adults with disabilities in their countries (Sweden, 2017).
  • Workshop discussion with physiotherapists about using physical activity guidelines for adults with disabilities in clinical practice (Stoke Mandeville Spinal Cord Injury Unit, UK).
  • Panel member during international consensus panel meetings on physical activity guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury:
      • European meeting, Loughborough University (June 2016, panel member)
      • Canadian meeting, Toronto, Canada (October 2016, content expert for systematic review)
      • International meeting, Kelowna, Canada (November 2016, panel member)
  • Speaker and facilitator during a workshop to inform and gain feedback from international clinicians and researchers at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society (Vienna, Austria, Sept 2016).
  • Hosting a workshop with wheelchair users, clinicians and researchers on wheelchair configuration and shoulder health together with Dr Tom Paulson and Prof Vicky Tolfrey (Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, Oct 2016).
  • Collaborative research work at University of British Columbia (Kelowna, Canada) with Prof Kathleen Martin Ginis (Febr-May 2017)
  • Collaborative research work at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) with Prof Maureen MacDonald and Prof Kathleen Martin Ginis (Febr-March 2016)
  • Collaborative research work at Wakayama Medical University (Japan) with Prof Fumihiro Tajima and Dr Yoshi-Ichiro Kamijo (June-Aug 2015)

Team Awards:

  • 2017 Penny Mullen Poster Prize of Multidisciplinary Association for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP), on behalf of the international spinal cord injury exercise guideline team (£150).
  • 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Loughborough University, for the team of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport; a reward to invest in new equipment, attend a conference or other academic activity (£5,000).
  • 2016 Extra Mile Award of School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science, Loughborough University, for the team of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (£500).

Selected grant funding:

  • £2,070 awarded in 2017 by the Institute for Advanced Studies at Loughborough University funding for an international meeting on body composition screening in people with spinal cord injury (Vicky Tolfrey, Jan van der Scheer, Anthony Papathomas)
  • £2,200 awarded in 2016 by the Health and Well-being Research Challenge (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University) for hosting an international consensus panel meeting on physical activity guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury (Jan van der Scheer)
  • ¥1,000,000 (approximately £7,000) awarded in 2015 by a Joint Collaborative Research Grant of Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama, Japan (Jan van der Scheer, Christof Leicht and Vicky Tolfrey).

Other grant funding:

  • £500 awarded in 2017 by the Institute for Athena SWAN gender equality in academia at Loughborough University – funding for travels of overseas speaker (Vicky Tolfrey and Jan van der Scheer)
  • £500 awarded in 2016 by the UK Higher Education Institution Challenge for involving end-users in an international consensus panel meeting on physical activity guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury (Jan van der Scheer, Vicky Tolfrey, Kathleen Martin Ginis)
  • £500 awarded in 2016 by Enterprise (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University) for hosting a workshop on physical activity guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Spinal Injury Society (Jan van der Scheer)
  • £500 awarded in 2016 by Higher Education Institution Challenge for hosting a workshop with wheelchair users, clinicians and researchers on wheelchair configuration and shoulder health (Tom Paulson, Vicky Tolfrey and Jan van der Scheer)
  • €1,500 awarded in 2015 by various industry partners (the Netherlands) for national and international disseminaton of PhD thesis (Jan van der Scheer)
  • €600 awarded in 2013 by the BCN institute at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) for conference travels (Jan van der Scheer)
  • €600 awarded in 2012 by the BCN institute at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) for conference travels (Jan van der Scheer)

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

Conference and invited presentations in 2017:

  • van der Scheer JW, on behalf of Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Victoria L. Goosey-Tolfrey, and the International SCI Exercise Guideline Project (2017). SCI Exercise guidelines. 19th Conference of Multidisciplinary Association for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP). Loughborough, UK.
  • van der Scheer JW, on behalf of Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Victoria L. Goosey-Tolfrey, and the International SCI Exercise Guideline Project (2017). Physical activity for adults with spinal cord injury: developing and implementing evidence-based exercise guidelines. Nordic Sport Science Conference. Halmstad, Sweden.
  • van der Scheer JW, on behalf of Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Victoria L. Goosey-Tolfrey, and the International SCI Exercise Guideline Project (2017). Physical activity for adults with spinal cord injury: developing and implementing evidence-based exercise guidelines. Clinical department meeting of Department of Rehabilitation, Orupssjukhuset, Sweden.
  • Martin Ginis KA, van der Scheer JW, and Victoria L. Goosey-Tolfrey, on behalf of the International SCI Exercise Guideline Project. Evidence-based Exercise Guidelines to Improve Physical Fitness and Cardiometablic Health in Adults with SCI: An International Project. International Spinal Injury Society (ISCoS) Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2017.
  • van der Scheer JW, Hutchinson M, Paulson T, Martin Ginis KA, Goosey-Tolfrey VL. Reliability and validity of subjective measures of aerobic intensity in adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. International Spinal Injury Society (ISCoS) Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2017.
  • van der Scheer JW (2017). Being a Research Associate and Translational Scientist in an international context. Vocational skills lecture for MSc students at Loughborough University, UK.
  • van der Scheer JW (2017). What does it mean to work as a post-doctoral researcher abroad? Guest lecture at the University of Groningen, NL.
  • van der Scheer JW, Martin Ginis KA, Goosey-Tolfrey VL, Hicks AL, Ditor D, West CK, Wolfe DL (2017). The effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. ICORD Symposium. Vancouver, Canada.
  • van der Scheer JW (2017). Effects of cold stress on cerebral autoregulation of individuals with spinal cord injury. Wakayama Medical University, Japan.

Conference presentations/posters before 2017:

  • van der Scheer JW, Martin Ginis KA, Goosey-Tolfrey VL, Hicks AL, Ditor D, West CK, Wolfe DL. The effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. 18th Conference of Multidisciplinary Association for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP). Loughborough, U.K., 2016.
  • van der Scheer JW, Martin Ginis KA, Goosey-Tolfrey VL, Hicks AL, Ditor D, West CK, Wolfe DL. The effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. International Spinal Injury Society (ISCOS) Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2016.
  • Bekker MJ, Vegter JK, van der Scheer JW, Lamoth JCL, de Hartog J, de Groot S, Arnet U, van der Woude LHV, Vegter HEJ (2016). Scapular kinematics during manual wheelchair propulsion in able-bodied subjects. International Spinal Injury Society (ISCOS) Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2016.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, van Koppenhagen CK, ALLRISC-group, van der Woude LHV, Post M. Quality of life and participation after exercise interventions in people with spinal cord injury. 20th Annual Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology conference, Hamilton, Canada, 2016.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Faber W, ALLRISC-group, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV. Low-intensity wheelchair training in people with spinal cord injury. Ontario Exercise Physiology Conference, Barrie, Canada, 2016.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Faber W, ALLRISC-group, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV. Low-intensity wheelchair training in people with spinal cord injury. VRA International Congress: Dutch Congress of Rehabilitation. Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2014.
  • de Groot S, Van der Scheer JW, Bakkum A, Adriaansen J, Smit C, Dijkstra C, Post M, Van der Woulde L. Physical capacity of persons with a spinal cord injury for at least 10 years. International Spinal Injury Society (ISCOS) Conference. Maastricht, NL, 2014.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Faber W, ALLRISC, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV Wheelchair-specific fitness of inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury. International Spinal Injury Society (ISCOS) Conference. Maastricht, NL, 2014.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Gobets D, ALLRISC, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV Wheelchair-specific fitness of inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation: ‘Mobility, Exercise & Sports’ – 5th edition, Groningen, NL, 2014
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Vegter RJK, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV. Can a 15m-overground wheelchair sprint be used to assess wheelchair-specific anaerobic work capacity? VISTA Paralympic conference, Bonn, Germany, 2013.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Vegter RJK, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV. Can a 15m-overground wheelchair sprint be used to assess wheelchair-specific anaerobic work capacity? Dutch PhD Symposium, Rotterdam, NL, 2013.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Gakes TA, Bouma M, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV (2012). Peak Power Output During A 15m Wheelchair Overground Sprint Can Be A Measure Of Anaerobic Capacity. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Postema K, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV. Design of a randomized-controlled trial on low-intensity aerobic wheelchair exercise for inactive persons with chronic spinal cord injury. Dutch PhD Symposium, Amsterdam, NL, 2011.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Postema K, Veeger HEJ, van der Woude LHV. Design of a randomized-controlled trial on low-intensity aerobic wheelchair exercise for inactive persons with chronic spinal cord injury. 2nd Alliance for Healthy Ageing Symposium, Groningen, NL, 2011.
  • Alta J, de Toledo JM, Loss JF, Janssen TW, van der Scheer JW, Veeger HEJ, Willems J (2013). Kinematic and Electromyographic Evaluation of Patients With Total and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty During Rehabilitation Exercises With Different Loads. European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow Congress, Lyon, France, 2011.

Invited presentations before 2017:

  • van der Scheer JW (2016). Subjective measures of aerobic exercise intensity: Should we be using them? Café Scientifique, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
  • van der Scheer JW (2016). Effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review to inform guideline development. International expert panel meeting on SCI physical activity guidelines, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
  • van der Scheer JW (2016). Effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review to inform guideline development. Canadian expert panel meeting on SCI physical activity guidelines, Toronto, Canada.
  • van der Scheer JW (2016). Effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review to inform guideline development. European expert panel meeting on SCI physical activity guidelines, Loughborough, U.K.
  • Paulson T, Mason B, van der Scheer JW, Morrisey D, Vegter RJK, Goosey-Tolfrey VL. Understanding propulsive shoulder forces – can we seat wheelchair users better? Posture and Mobility Group Conference. Cardiff, U.K.
  • van der Scheer JW (2016). What does it mean to work as a post-doctoral researcher abroad? Guest lecture at the University of Groningen, NL.
  • van der Scheer JW (2015). Fitness, activity and health of people with spinal cord injury. Wakayama Medical University, Japan.
  • van der Scheer JW (2014). What does it mean to be a PhD student working in rehabilitation settings? Guest lecture at the University of Groningen, NL.
  • van der Scheer JW (2014). Wheelchair-specific fitness of inactive persons with chronic spinal cord injury. ZonMW Minisymposium on 'Physical strain, work capacity and mechanisms of restoration of mobility in the rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injury'. Rehabilitation center Roessingh, Enschede, NL.
  • van der Scheer JW (2012). Low-intensity wheelchair training. Regional meeting of the Dutch Spinal Cord Injury Association (DON). Wijk aan Zee, NL.
  • van der Scheer JW (2012). Update ALLRISC project 3, low-intensity wheelchair training. ZonMW Minisymposium on 'Physical strain, work capacity and mechanisms of restoration of mobility in the rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injury'. Rehabilitation Center Heliomare, Wijk aan Zee, NL.
  • van der Woude LHV, van der Scheer JW, de Groot S. Physical strain, work capacity and mechanisms of restoration of mobility in the rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injury. Symposium of the Dutch Society of Rehabilitation Physicians (VRA). Groningen, NL.
  • van der Scheer JW (2011). ALLRISC project 3, low-intensity wheelchair training. ZonMW Minisymposium on 'Physical strain, work capacity and mechanisms of restoration of mobility in the rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injury'. Rehabilitation Center Beatrixoord, Haren, NL.

Selected recent publications

Publications 2018:

  • Goosey-Tolfrey VL, Mason B, Paulson T, van der Scheer JW, Lenton J, van der Woude LHV, Vegter RJK (2018). Propulsion asymmetries in trained high and low-point wheelchair rugby players during sprint performance on an ergometer. Scan J Med Sci Sports. In Press.
  • van der Scheer JW, Kamijo Y, Leicht CL, Millar P, Goosey-Tolfrey VL, Tajima F. Static and dynamic cerebral autoregulation during mild whole-body cold stress in individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (2018). Spinal Cord. Jan 12. doi: 10.1038/s41393-017-0021-7. [Epub ahead of print].

Publications 2017:

  • Martin Ginis KA, van der Scheer JW, Amy E. Latimer-Cheung, Andy Barrow, Chris Bourne, Peter Carruthers, Marco Bernardi David Ditor, Sonja Gaudet, Sonja de Groot, Keith Hayes, Audrey Hicks, Christof Leicht, Jan Lexell, Steve Macaluso, Patricia Manns, Chris McBride, Vanessa Noonan, Pierre Pomerleau, James Rimmer, Robert Shaw, Brett Smith, Karen Smith, John Steeves, Dot Tussler, Christopher West, Dalton Wolfe, and Victoria L. Goosey-Tolfrey (2017). The Development of Scientific Exercise Guidelines to Improve Fitness and Health in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal Cord. Oct 25. doi: 10.1038/s41393-017-0017-3. [Epub ahead of print].
  • van der Scheer JW, Hutchinson M, Paulson T, Martin Ginis KA, Goosey-Tolfrey VL (2017). Reliability and validity of subjective measures of aerobic intensity in adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. PM R. Aug 31. pii: S1934-1482(17)30254-X. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2017.08.440. [Epub ahead of print].
  • van der Scheer JW, Martin Ginis KA, Goosey-Tolfrey VL, Hicks AL, Ditor D, West CK, Wolfe DL (2017). The effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. Neurology. 89(7):736-745.

Publications before 2017:

  • de Groot S,  van der Scheer JW, Bakkum AJ, Adriaansen J, Smit CA, Dijkstra C, ALLRISC, Post MW, van der Woude LH (2016). Wheelchair-specific fitness of persons with a long-term spinal cord injury: Effects of time since injury and physical activity level. Disabil Rehabil. 38(12):1180-1186.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Gobets D, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH (2016). Low-intensity wheelchair training in inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury: a randomized controlled trial on fitness, wheelchair skill performance and physical activity levels. J Rehabil Med. 48(1):33-42.
  • Vegter, RJK, de Groot S, Lamoth CJC, Hartog J, Bekker MJ, van der Scheer JW, van der Woude LHV and Veeger HEJ (2015). Early motor learning changes in upper-limb dynamics and shoulder complex loading during handrim wheelchair propulsion. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 12(26):1-14.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Vegter RJ, den Hartog J, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH (2015). Low-intensity wheelchair training in inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury: a randomized controlled trial on propulsion technique. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 94(11):975-986.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Gobets D, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH (2015). Wheelchair-specific fitness of inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury. J Rehabil Med. 47(4):330-337.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Vegter RJ, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH (2014). Can a 15m-overground wheelchair sprint be used to assess wheelchair-specific anaerobic work capacity? Med Eng Phys. 36(4):432-438.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Postema K, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH (2013). Design of a randomized-controlled trial on low-intensity aerobic wheelchair exercise for inactive persons with chronic spinal cord injury. Disabil Rehabil. 35(13):1119-26.
  • van der Woude LH, de Groot S, Postema K, Bussmann JB, Janssen TW, ALLRISC*, Post MW. *ALLRISC group name: Adriaansen J, Kooijmans H, van der Scheer JW, Bakkum AJ. Active LifestyLe Rehabilitation Interventions in aging Spinal Cord injury (ALLRISC): a multicentre research program. Disabil Rehabil. 35(13):1097-103.
  • de Groot S, van der Scheer JW, van der Windt JA, Nauta J, van der Hijden LJC, Luigjes L, van der Woude LH (2013). Hand rim wheelchair training: Effects of intensity and duration on physical capacity. Health. 5(6):9-16.
  • de Toledo JM, Loss JF, Janssen TW, van der Scheer JW, Alta TD, Willems WJ, Veeger DH (2012). Kinematic evaluation of patients with total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty during rehabilitation exercises with different loads. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 27(8):793-800.

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