Paediatric Sport and Exercise Medicine

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Advanced Bachelor
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Exercise is Medicine for healthy children as well as for children with chronic disease. This course will give a thorough introduction in paediatric sport and exercise medicine. Several experts in the field of pediatric exercise science will give you lectures and tutorials about exercise testing and activity assessment in children with and without chronic disease. This is an excellent course to provide you with more insights and practical skills in this field. 

Paediatric health professionals now acknowledge the utility of exercise and exercise testing in diagnosis, treatment, and the primary and secondary prevention of chronic childhood conditions. Exercise testing has also been acknowledged as a useful tool in the monitoring of disease states and in assessing response to therapy. In this course we will summarize and discuss some of the current evidence and understanding of clinical paediatric exercise physiology focusing on the work our research group in the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital and others have performed in the last decade in a variety of chronic conditions. In the morning we will provide lectures, in the afternoon practical sessions will be provided in the Wilhelmina Childrens Hospital and the Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology.

Course director

Tim Takken, PhD


Tim Takken PhD Erik Hulzebos, PhD Marco van Brussel, PhD Marcella Burghard, MSc Olav Versloot, MSc Manon Bloemen, PhD Kristel Lankhorst, PhD

Course aim

This course aims to increase students' knowledge about paediatric sports end exercise medicine. In addition, the lectures and practical sessions provide the students more insight in the clinical exercise physiology research performed in the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital of the UMC Utrecht and in the Shared Utrecht Pediatric Exercise Research Laboratory (SUPER-lab).

Study load

The course consists of lectures provided by experts (2-4h daily) and tutorials in the morning. In the afternoon practical sessions are scheduled. Group presentations are scheduled on the last morning of the week (Friday morning).


Course fee:
Course + course materials + lunch
Housing fee:

1 social diner is included in the course fee

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.

More information

Tim Takken, PhD Medical Physiologist | Division Division Pediatrics, Child Development & Exercise Center | Wilhelmina Children's Hospital (part of UMC Utrecht) | T: +31 88 75 741 18 | E:


Application deadline: 10 July 2020