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Dr. Viola C Altmann

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

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Since January 2018, Viola Altmann was officially appointed as a Visiting Fellow in Rehabilitation Sciences at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences of the Loughborough University. This appointment is an extension of a long term research collaboration between the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) (http://www.iwrf.com/?page=search&s=viola+altmann) and the Peter Harrison Center for disability sports. As a medical doctor in Rehabilitation Medicine and an experienced classifier in wheelchair rugby, with a PhD on the impact of trunk impairment on activity limitation with a focus on wheelchair rugby, Viola brings a strong background in classification in Paralympic sports and knowledge of health conditions and the resulting impairments. In her work as a medical doctor, Viola focusses on the application of movement analysis in rehabilitation practise and minimising the impact of impairment on activities in adults with neuromuscular disease. 

Qualifications

  • Medical Doctor Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
  • PhD ‘Impact of trunk impairment on activity limitation with a focus on wheelchair rugby’ (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 2015)
  • International classifier, International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF)
Impact of trunk and arm impairment on activity limitation

Aims & Objectives:

  • Establish a reliable and valid measure for arm and trunk impairment
  • Assess the relationship between trunk and arm impairment and activity limitation in wheelchair and ball activities both in standardised testing and on court
  • Provide a method and data to support the development of Evidence Based Classification in Paralympic sports
Classification of coordination impairment

Aims & Objectives:

  • Establish reliable and valid measures of coordination impairment of the arms and the trunk
  • Establish the relationship between coordination impairment and activity limitation
  • Provide a method and data to support the development of Evidence Based Classification of coordination impairment

Selected recent keynote and conference presentations

IPC Vista conference (2017): “Opportunities, Challenges in Paralympic Sport Science & Sport Medicine Support”

  • Altmann, Mason & Goosey-Tolfrey. Impact of trunk and arm impairment on performance of wheelchair and ball activities in wheelchair rugby during competition
  • Groeneweg, Altmann, Groen & Keijsers. Validation of arm coordination impairment tests for wheelchair rugby classification
  • Altmann, Gatti, Seren, Teixeira & Marcal. Inter-rater reliability between national and international classification in Brazilian wheelchair rugby players

Key note lecture IPC Vista Conference (2015): “Evidence-Based classification: conceptual application to athletes with biomechanical impairment in wheelchair rugby“

IPC Vista conference (2013): “Moving towards evidence based classification in wheelchair rugby: classification of trunk impairment in relation to static sitting balance measures” 

ICSEMIS (2012): “The new trunk classification system for wheelchair rugby athletes evaluated with dynamic sitting balance measures.”

IPC VISTA conference (2011): “A multidisciplinary approach to Paralympic success”

  • “Improvement of the classification system for wheelchair rugby: athlete priorities.” And “Reliability of the revised trunk classification system for wheelchair rugby”

4th International State-of-the-art Congress (2009): “Rehabilitation: Mobility, Exercise & Sports”

  • “Improving classification: who is eligible for wheelchair rugby?”

IPC VISTA conference (2005): “Classification: solutions for the future”

  • “Wheelchairrugby classification database: aid to the improvement of classification “

Selected recent publications

Groen B.E., Altmann V.C., Verhagen R.W., Vanlandewijck Y.C. & Keijsers N.L.W. Fitt’s law is applicable to trunk coordination measurements in a sitting position. Journal of Motor Behaviour. Online. DOI10.1080/00222895.2017.1415199

Reilly MM, Pareyson D, Burns J, Laurá M, Shy ME, Singh D; ENMC CMT Foot Surgery Study Group. 221st ENMC International Workshop:: Foot Surgery in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. 10-12 June 2016, Naarden, The Netherlands. Neuromuscul Disord. 2017 Dec;27(12):1138-1142. doi: 10.1016/j.nmd.2017.09.005. Epub 2017 Sep 21

Altmann V.C., Groen B.E., Hart A.L., Vanlandewijck Y.C., & Keijsers N.L.W. Classifying trunk strength according to the activity limitation caused in wheelchair rugby performance. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, May24. Doi: 10.1111/sms.12921

Altmann V.C., Groen B.E., Hart A.L., Vanlandewijck Y.C., van Limbeek J., & Keijsers N.L.W. The impact of trunk impairment on performance determining activities in wheelchair sport.Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, Oct 2. Doi: 10.1111/sms.12720

Altmann V.C., Hart A.L., Vanlandewijck Y.C., van Limbeek J., & van Hooff M.L. The impact of trunk impairment on performance of wheelchair activities with a focus on wheelchair court sports: a systematic review. Sports Medicine Open, 2(6),1-14.doi: 10.1186/s40798-015-0013-0

Altmann V.C., Groen B.E., Groenen K.H.J., Vanlandewijck Y.C., van Limbeek J., & Keijsers N.L.W. Validity of the Trunk Impairment Classification System (TIC) in relation to objective measures of trunk impairment.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2016 Mar; 97(3): 437-44. Doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.10.096

Altmann V.C., Hart A.L., van Limbeek J.,& Vanlandewijck Y.C. Improvement of the classification system for wheelchair rugby: athlete priorities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly 31(4), 377-89. doi. 10.1123/apaq.2013-0064

Altmann, V.C., Groen B.E., van Limbeek J., Vanlandewijck Y.C., & Keijsers N.L.W. Reliability of the revised wheelchair rugby trunk impairment classification system. Spinal Cord, 1-6. doi:.10.1038/sc.2013.109

Dutch guideline leg orthotics in patients with neuromuscular conditions. (Brehm & Nollet, editors. Beenorthesen bij neuromusculaire aandoeningen. ISBN 9789035238145)