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Dr Florentina Hettinga : biomechanics and physiology lecturer

Dr Florentina Hettinga : biomechanics and physiology lecturer

Dr Florentina Hettinga is lecturer at the University of Essex, where she leads the Sports Performance and Fatigue Research Unit. She loves every aspect of science, exploring new ideas and bringing things together.

Dr Florentina Hettinga is lecturer at the University of Essex, where she leads the Sports Performance and Fatigue Research Unit. She loves every aspect of science, exploring new ideas and bringing things together.

Though she mostly teaches biomechanics and several physiology lectures, in her research she likes to combine the basic tenets of sport science: biomechanics, physiology and psychology. To explore problems related to human movement, this is a powerful combination that leads to a better understanding of human functioning as well as to practical applications.

She is particularly fascinated by the concept of ‘pacing’: how do athletes/exercisers regulate their exercise intensities, when and why do they decide to invest their energy, how do they manage their fatigue and how do they respond to for example other opponents in the race? She explored the interaction between the biomechanics (aerodynamics) and physiology of pacing in her MSc (2003) and PhD-thesis (2008) while employed as researcher at the VU University, Amsterdam. She collaborated with the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, University of Calgary and the Dutch Institute of Applied Sciences (TNO) and completed several of her projects visiting these partners for periods of 3 to 9 months.

In 2009, she started as assistant professor/lecturer at the University Medical Center of the University of Groningen, where she further explored her research. At the same time, she became inspired by the field of rehabilitation sciences and health-related research, in particular in Paralympic sports and exercise with a disability: how to engage persons with a disability in sports and/or an active lifestyle? What are specific problems for this group of athletes/exercisers? How to optimize performance?

At the University of Essex, she continued to actively engage in the above research themes. In addition to her research activities, she has presented and chaired at several national and international conferences such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the European Congress of Sport Science (ECSS), was board member of the Dutch Association of Human Movement Sciences (2010-2013) and organized many national and international symposia.

You can find more about her work on:

Researchgate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florentina_Hettinga

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/florentina-hettinga-05a9545

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FJHettinga

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