Goal: To investigate how different types of physical and mental fatigue influence the injury risk profile and neurocognitive ability of an athlete.
Short summary: Sports injury prevention has evolved enormously over the last few decades. Although several prevention programmes have already been described in the literature, these programmes have only led to a limited reduction in sports injuries in practice. Recent insights show that injury prevention is strongly determined by the specific context in which injuries occur. Because we see that injuries occur more often under fatigue, more attention has been paid to the role of fatigue within injury prevention and to what extent performance is influenced by functional tests. In addition, the extent to which an athlete can adapt to a changing environment is becoming increasingly important in injury prevention. This concept is described as "adaptability", in which one also assesses the neurocognitive ability of an athlete.
Earlier research in our department has shown that mental fatigue has an influence on this neurocognitive ability. The objective of this research project is to investigate in which ways different types of physical and mental fatigue influence the injury risk profile and the neurocognitive ability of an athlete.