Home Announcements ZonMw rehabilitation program I 'Restoration of mobility' ZonMw rehabilitation program II 'ALLRISC' 1. Umbrella project Restoration of mobility 2. Wheelchair skills 3. Cardiovascular adaptation 4. Mechanical strain of the upper extremities 5. Spasticity reduction using FES 6. Coordination of the upper extremities in tetraplegia 7. Everyday physical activity 8. Hand-arm policy in tetraplegia 9. Handbiking 10. Transmural nursing care 11. Immigrants in SCI rehabilitation 12. Determinants of physical capacity 13. Patient involvement in SCI rehabilitation 14. Respiratory adaptations 15. Classification of paramedical intervention 16. Patient monitoring 17. Upper extremity task performance in high SCI 18. Quality of life during and after SCI rehabilitation 19. Pulmonary complications and physical inactivity 20. ACT-ACTIVE 21. Universal wheelchair mobility skills test 22. WHEEL-i 23. Life satisfaction & wheelchair exercise capacity 24. Shoulder pain & range of motion Related projects NVDG research group Publications Links
Physical strain, work capacity and mechanisms
of restoration of mobility in the rehabilitation of
individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI)
Lucas van der Woude, PhD (Program Supervision)
Sonja de Groot, PhD (Co-ordination)
Welcome to the English website of the ZON-Rehabilitation program ´Physical strain, work capacity and mechanisms of restoration of mobility in the rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).´
This multi-centre & multidisciplinary research program is a strong collaboration between 5 research groups and 8 large SCI-specialized rehabilitation centres in the Netherlands. The program started initially with 5 projects but currently consists of 19 highly complementary projects, funded by the ZON-Rehabilitation program in collaboration with NWO-Medical Sciences, as well as other smaller third money partners.
For a quick overview of the program (information and pictures) you can watch the slide show.
Restoration of mobility during rehabilitation of persons with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is generally directed to a wheelchair bound daily life. SCI implies an acute change from leg to arm work. This has a major impact onto the cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular and skeletal systems, as well as for overall functionality in daily life. A SCI affects physical strain of simple every day activities and the individual work capacity, as well as the opportunities to be functionally mobile in daily life. Many (neuro) physiological and biomechanical changes take place as a mere consequence of SCI or the role of rehabilitation. Little is known of the complex adaptations in the organ systems that are basic to the restoration of mobility. Although with a strong focus on these biomedical issues of mobility, the program does not restrict itself to that. It also addresses mobility issues at the level of function as well as activities and participation.
This research program of 19 interrelated research projects is, therefore, directed to the following main objectives:
1. Development of fundamental and clinical knowledge of adaptations in organ systems and the mechanisms of restoration of mobility from a (neuro)physiological, biomechanical and rehabilitation technology perspective.
2. Development of a knowledge base of the effects of rehabilitation and protocols of physical training on overall work capacity as well as functional progress.
3. Analysis of associations between impairment, disability and handicap in this respect.
4. Understanding of material, physical and process requirements for an optimal restoration of mobility during and after the rehabilitation of patients with SCI.
For more information about the 19 research projects, click on the project titles on the left side of this webpage.
If you have any further questions, please contact us or any of the other members of the research team.
Sponsors of the project
Sonja de Groot / Lucas van der Woude
Center for Human Movement Sciences
University Medical Center Groningen
University of Groningen
Antonius Deusinglaan 1