During the VvBN (Vereniging voor Bewegingswetenschappen Nederland) Annual Symposium held in Utrecht on March 29, 2019 Stephan van der Zwaard was awarded the Best Thesis Award 2018. Stephan defended his dissertation entitled 'Why Muscles Matter. Optimizing sprint and endurance performance in athletes' on March 29, 2018. In his thesis Stephan investigated physiological characteristics of top athletes, and how these are relevant to better understand the differences in physical performance in elite athletes.
During the VvBN symposium the nominated candidates presented a 5-minute pitch and this year was a particularly strong field with Elmar Kal and Nienke ter Hoeve as runners up. The Best Thesis Award is given annually to the best thesis in the field of human movement sciences over the past year, and the dissertations are judged on the aspects of originality, relevance for human movement sciences, research methods and the research and conclusion.
During this PhD project, Stephan was supervised by Prof.dr. H.A.M. Daanen; Dr. R.T. Jaspers, Dr. C.J. de Ruiter and dr. J.J. de Koning.
The dissertation is available in the UBVU repository: http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/55605