AISS – Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science

AISS is a network of two universities (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam), two universities of applied sciences (Inholland and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences HvA), two university medical centers (Amsterdam UMC, location AMC and Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc) and practical partners (Topsport Amsterdam, Revalidation center Reade and OLVG). We mainly focus on three topics: Adapted sports, Injury prevention and monitoring, monitoring and performance enhancement.


AISS is committed to the optimization of a lifetime of healthy participation and (better) performance in sports. AISS does this without making a distinction between elite sports and grassroots sports or sports and adapted sports.
Research in field labs AISS focuses on practical research relevant to performance, exercise and health. The research mainly takes place in the so-called field labs. These are physical locations in ‘the field’ with state of the art test and measurement facilities where we do on site examinations and give advice to professional and amateur athletes and patients. An overview of the field labs (not exhaustive): – Disability sport Location: CASA Reade – Athletics Location: Ookmeerhal – Basketball Location: Sporthallen Zuid – Baseball Location: Sportpark Ookmeer – Judo Location: Dr. Meurerlaan (Dojo ALO) – Rowing Location: Bosbaan – Rugby 7’s Location: Sportpark de Eendracht – Gymnastics Location: Ookmeerhal – Soccer Location: Sportpark Ookmeer – Swimming Location: Sloterparkbad – Sport science support Amsterdam Nutritional Assessment Centre Location: Dr. Meurerlaan (HvA) – Fashion & Technology Lab Location: AMFI – Amsterdam Sports Outpatient Centre Location: AMC Location: OLVG-West Location: ALO (Dr. Meurerlaan) – Educational field labs Almere Knowledge Centre Talent Development Location: Almere – Athletic Skills Model Centre (to be established) Location: VU Sports Centre Uilenstede – Educational Field Lab ALO Location: Dr. Meurerlaan (HvA) The Amsterdam Sports Outpatient Centre and Clinic is a special field lab. The clinic offers high-quality clinical care for injuries and supports athletes in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of these injuries. The clinic also offers non-professional athletes advice on lifestyle and exercise. Multidisciplinary education Education with regard to sports, exercise and health has a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. This is estimated to meet a substantial demand coming from students and professionals in the field. A new joint minor in Sports reflects the different fields of expertise of the knowledge partners, such as sports medicine, exercise training principles, sports law, and sport and society. The more specific minor in Sport and Performance Psychology has been available since September 2014. As of September 1, 2016, we will start offering a master in High Performance Coaching. Innovation in the Sport Venture Lab Entrepreneurship and sports come together in the AISS Sport Venture Lab. This lab makes the knowledge from the field labs available to entrepreneurs that want to develop new technological applications. This way not only top-level sports but also the business community benefits from AISS.
Olympisch Stadion 14 1076 DE Amsterdam Noord-Holland The Netherlands

Name: Cees Vervoorn
Position: Professor Elite Sports & Education
Email: c.vervoorn@hva.nl
Mobile number: +316-51072868


Steering committee The AISS is managed by the following people: prof. mr. Huib de Jong: chancellor Hogeschool van Amsterdam and member Executive Board University of Amsterdam (chairman); prof. dr. Peter Beek, dean Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences VU (executive committee); prof. dr. Wilma Scholte op Reimer, dean Faculty Sports and Nutrition HvA (executive committee); prof. dr. Gino Kerkhoffs: professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports traumatology AMC; prof. dr. Willem van Mechelen: professor of Occupational and Sports Medicine, head of the Department of Public and Occupational Health and co-director EMGO+ Institute VUmc; prof. dr. Hans Brug, dean of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam dr. Cees Vervoorn, professor Elite Sports and Education AUAS / University of Amsterdam dr. Marije Deutekom, professor The Power of Sports AUAS / IUAS dr. Anne Marie ter Steeg, division head of revalidation at Reade