School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Sven Hoekstra Msc, AFHEA

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After completing his PhD at Loughborough University on the efficacy of low-cost interventions to reduce chronic low-grade inflammation in people with a disability, Sven took on a Postdoctoral post within the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport. During that year he investigated appetite regulation in people with a spinal cord injury and strategies to enhance the tolerability of passive heating protocols. Thereafter, he spent six months at Wakayama Medical University to investigate the effects of exercise on chronic pain in an obesity mouse model. In his current position, he hopes to contribute to the implementation of exercise and physical activity interventions in rehabilitation settings and further his research into passive heating as a treatment tool as well as metabolic health in people with a spinal cord injury.

Sven is a member of BASES and has been an invited reviewer for Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, European Journal of Sport Sciences, Spinal Cord and Antioxidants. Furthermore, he has presented his work to the general public in events such as Café Academique and the 3-minute thesis competition.

A list of selected conference proceedings is shown below:

  • Hoekstra S.P., Bishop N.C., Kamijo Y.I., Goosey-Tolfrey V.L., Tajima F., Leicht C.A. (2019) Inducing an inflammatory response in people with a disability; time to raise the temperature? International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Oral presentation
  • Hoekstra S.P., Westerman M., Beke F., Bishop N.C., Leicht C.A. (2018) Chronic training and a reduced active muscle mass can attenuate the acute inflammatory response to interval exercise. Meeting of the European College of Sport Sciences, Dublin (Ireland). Oral presentation
  • Hoekstra S.P., Bishop N.C., Leicht C.A. (2018). Strategies to induce an inflammatory response in people restricted from engaging in lower-body exercise. International Symposiums of Sports Medical Science for persons with impairments, Wakayama (Japan). Invited presentation
  • Hoekstra S.P., Bishop N.C., Leicht C.A. (2018). The immune response to exercise in Paralympic athletes and sedentary individuals with disability. Annual conference of the Society for Human Movement Sciences (VVBN), Utrecht (The Netherlands). Invited presentation, in Dutch
  • Hoekstra S.P., Leicht C.A., Kamijo Y.I., Kinoshita T., Stephenson B.T., Goosey-Tolfrey V.L., Bishop N.C., Tashima F. (2018). The acute inflammatory response to a wheelchair half-marathon in people with a spinal cord injury – the role of autonomic function. Kyoten annual symposium Japan, Wakayama (Japan). Invited presentation
  • Hoekstra S.P., Leicht C.A., Kamijo Y.I., Kinoshita T., Stephenson B.T., Goosey-Tolfrey V.L., Bishop N.C., Tashima F. (2017) The inflammatory response to endurance exercise in people with a spinal cord injury – the influence of autonomic function. Meeting of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Nottingham (United Kingdom). Oral presentation
  • Hoekstra S.P., Bishop N.C., Faulkner S.H., Leicht C.A. (2017) Elevated core temperature – not only useful in the context of exercise to combat chronic low-grade inflammation? Meeting of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology, Coimbra (Portugal). Oral presentation
  • Kinoshita T., Yoshikawa T., Nishimura Y., Kamijo Y.I., Arakawa H., Nakamura T., Hashizaki T., Hoekstra S.P., Tajima F. (2020) Mobilization within 24 hours of new-onset stroke enhances the rate of home discharge at 6-months follow-up: a prospective cohort study. International Journal of Neuroscience, In press. SJR: 0.62
  • Hoekstra S.P., Bishop N.C., Leicht C.A. (2020) Elevating body termperature to reduce low-grade inflammation: a welcome strategy for those unable to exercise? Exercise Immunology Review26, 42-50. SJR: 2.64
  • Leicht C. A., James L. J., Briscoe J. H., & Hoekstra S. P. (2019) Hot water immersion acutely increases postprandial glucose concentrations. Physiological Reports7(20), e14223. SJR: 0.96
  • Hoekstra S.P., Leicht C.A. (2019) Can hot baths improve health? Frontiers for Young Minds, 98
  • Stephenson B.T., Hoekstra S.P., Tolfrey K.T., Goosey-Tolfrey V.L. (2019) High thermoregulatory strain during competitive paratriathlon racing in the heat. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 15(2), 231-237. SJR: 1.75
  • Hoekstra S.P., Leicht C.A., Kamijo Y.I., Kinoshita T., Stephenson B.T., Goosey-Tolfrey V.L., Bishop N.C., Tashima F. (2019) The inflammatory response to endurance exercise in people with a spinal cord injury – the role of autonomic function. Journal of Sport Sciences, 23(2), 1-8. SJR: 1.13
  • Hoekstra, S. P., Westerman, M. N., Beke, F., Bishop, N. C., & Leicht, C. A. (2019) Modality-specific training adaptations–do they lead to a dampened acute inflammatory response to exercise? Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 44(9), 965-972. SJR: 1.11
  • Hoekstra, S. P., Wright, A. K., Bishop, N. C., & Leicht, C. A. (2019) The effect of temperature and heat shock protein 72 on the ex vivo acute inflammatory response in monocytes. Cell Stress and Chaperones24(2), 461-467. SJR: 0.99
  • Hoekstra, S. P., Bishop, N. C., Faulkner, S. H., Bailey, S. J., & Leicht, C. A. (2018) The acute and chronic effects of hot water immersion on inflammation and metabolism in sedentary, overweight adults. Journal of Applied Physiology, 25(6),2008-2018. SJR: 1.47
  • De Groot, S., Hoekstra, S. P., Comtesse, P. G. P., Kouwijzer, I., Valent, L. J. (2018) Relationship between internal and external handcycle training load in people with spinal cord injury training for the Handbikebattle. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine50(3), 261-268. SJR: 1.00
  • Hoekstra, S. P., Bishop, N. C., Leicht, C. A. (2017) Can intervals enhance the inflammatory response and enjoyment in upper-body exercise? European Journal of Applied Physiology117(6), 1155-1163. SJR: 1.19
  • Hoekstra, S.P., Valent, L., Gobets, D., van der Woude, L., De Groot, S. (2017) Effects of four-month handbike training under free-living conditions on physical fitness and health in wheelchair users. Disability and Rehabilitation39(16), 1581-1588. SJR: 0.90
  • Hoekstra S.P., Valent L., Van Vliet L., Grandjean Perrenot Comtesse P., De Groot S. (2015) Valid methods to monitor handbike training. Sportgericht,69(5), 18-22 (In Dutch)