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Loughborough University

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 Sport Science 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 current translational work primarily focuses on development of physical activity (PA) guidelines for people with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Internationally accepted PA guidelines are written for the general population and are not tailored to the needs of people with a disability. Guidelines are needed for people with SCI as they face specific neurological, physiological, psychosocial or environmental barriers. Evidence for such SCI-tailored guidelines have been created through systematic reviews by Jan, Prof. Tolfrey and one of PHC’s international collaborative partners, Prof. Kathleen Martin Ginis (http://icord.org/researchers/dr-kathleen-martin-ginis/).

In 2016, these systematic reviews have been used in expert panel meetings and conference workshops to reach international scientific consensus on the type, frequency, intensity and duration of PA to improve fitness and cardiometabolic health of adults with SCI (http://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/project/developing-physical-activity-guidelines-for-people-with-spinal-cord-injury/).

In 2017, the team will work together with community partners from Canada and the UK to disseminate and implement the scientific guidelines to different local context, so that people with SCI and their health providers can make optimal use of the guidelines to improve fitness and health. Another aim is to support European partners to disseminate and implement in their respective countries.
Furthermore, Jan assisted in 2016 with the Posture and Mobility Group project that was led by Dr Tom Paulson and Dr Barry Mason. This project brought together experts in the topic of shoulder health, including colleagues from London and the Netherlands, and its results have been discussed during a workshop with clinicians, researchers and wheelchair users.
Jan has also continued the analysis of data that was collected in 2015 in Japan (Wakayama Medical University, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine), focusing on the cerebral autoregulation of people with cervical spinal cord injury during mild cold stress. The project allowed colleagues within the PHC (e.g., Dr Christof Leicht) to maintain these important links in Japan, leading to a new data collection project in Japan in Oct 2016 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.

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations:

  • van der Scheer JW, Kathleen Martin Ginis, Victoria Goosey-Tolfrey, Audrey Hicks, David Ditor, Chris West, Dalton Wolfe. The effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. MASCIP Conference 2016, Loughborough, UK, November 2016.
  • van der Scheer JW, Kathleen Martin Ginis, Victoria Goosey-Tolfrey, Audrey Hicks, David Ditor, Chris West, Dalton Wolfe. The effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. ISCOS Conference 2016, Vienna, Austria, September 2016.
  • van der Scheer JW, S. de Groot, C.K. van Koppenhagen, ALLRISC-group, L.H.V. van der Woude, M. Post, 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, March 2016.
  • van der Scheer JW, S. de Groot, W. Faber, ALLRISC-group, H.E.J. Veeger, L.H.V. van der Woude, Low-intensity wheelchair training in people with spinal cord injury, Ontario Exercise Physiology Conference 2016, Barrie, Canada, February 2016.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Gobets D, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH. Wheelchair-specific fitness in inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury. ISCOS Conference 2014, Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2014.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Faber W, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH. Low-intensity wheelchair training in inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury. VRA Congress: Dutch Congress of Rehabilitation (DCRM), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2014.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Tepper M, Gobets D, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH. Wheelchair-specific fitness in inactive people with long-term spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation: ‘Mobility, Exercise & Sports’ – 5th edition, Groningen, the Netherlands, 2014.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Vegter RJ, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH. Wheeled mobility in sports: time and power output over a 15m-wheelchair sprint as measures of (anaerobic) sprint capacity. VISTA 2013: Equipment and technology in Paralympic sports, Bonn, Germany, 2013.
  • van der Scheer JW, de Groot S, Gakes T, Bouma M, Veeger DH, van der Woude LH. Peak Power Output During A 15m Wheelchair Overground Sprint Can Be A Measure Of Anaerobic Capacity. ACSM Annual Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, 2012.
  • de Groot S, Postema K, Bussmann JB, Janssen TW, Post MW, Adriaansen J, Kooijmans H, van der Scheer JW, Bakkum AJ, van der Woude LH. Active LifestyLe Rehabilitation Interventions in ageing Spinal Cord Injury. 2nd Alliance for Healthy Ageing Symposium, Groningen, the Netherlands, 2011.

Selected recent publications

  • van der Scheer JW, Kathleen Martin Ginis, Victoria Goosey-Tolfrey, Audrey Hicks, David Ditor, Chris West, Dalton Wolfe (2017). The effects of exercise training on fitness and health of adults with spinal cord injury: a systematic review. Neurology. Under review.
  • 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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