Sports is fun and exciting and so is working in the field of sports innovation! This minor presents the student with a comprehensive insight into the relation between innovation, (bio)-mechanical engineering and ergonomics applied in the area of sports. Next to lectures and exercises, we will challenge you in solving a sports related design problem, provided by innovation driven companies. The minor will consider top-sport as well as recreational sports and sports for the physically challenged. During the last decennia, the popularity of sports has strongly increased and is now widely accepted as beneficial to the general well-being of people. Being affiliated to sports is seen as a modern life style and the global production of sports equipment and apparel has therefore reached significant market volumes. Current industrial efforts aim at producing high performance – and therefore knowledge intensive – sporting goods for a global markets, the minor specifically aims at training students to be a key-player in this challenging process. The minor already can build upon a large (inter)national network in sports related research and technology (EPSI, DSM, Innosport.nl, NOC*NSF, KNWV, TNO, et cetera) allowing you easy access to relevant players in the field.
For whom ? The minor is open to all students in design/engineering curricula at DUT/UT/TUe and also VU-FBW. It requires a basic knowledge of ergonomics, mechanics/dynamics, innovation theory and design skills. The level at which you master your theoretical skills is assessed using a written examination during the mid-term evaluation. Both the research assignment and the innovation project are group assignments, guided by a team of sports minded and skilled coaches and assessed by staff and detached critics. For more information visit the website or download the brochure by clicking on the first page, below.