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Wouter Hoogkamer

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

We use a comprehensive approach to study human locomotion, integrating neurophysiology, biomechanics and energetics. Our work covers the full health spectrum, from the neuromechanics of split-belt walking in individuals with neurological disease to the biomechanics and energetics of elite marathon runners. We focus specifically on how surface and footwear properties can be used and optimized to improve gait rehabilitation and sports performance.

Current Research

- Running footwear
- Wearable based running performance modeling
- Footwear interventions in clinical populations (post-stroke, Parkinson's disease)

Academic Background

  • BS, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands - 2003
  • MS, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands - 2005
  • MS, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2010
  • PhD, KU Leuven, Belgium - 2014
  • Postdoctoral Training, University of Colorado, Boulder - 2015-2019
Kipp S, Kram R, Hoogkamer W. Extrapolating metabolic savings in running: implications for performance predictions. Front Physiol, 10:79, 2019.
Hoogkamer W, Kipp S, Frank JH, Farina EM, Luo G, Kram R. A comparison of the energetic cost of running in marathon racing shoes. Sports Med, 48: 1009-1019, 2018.
Hoogkamer W, Kram R, Arellano C. How biomechanical improvements in running economy can break the 2-hour marathon barrier. Sports Med, 47: 1739-1750, 2017.
Hoogkamer W. Perception of gait asymmetry during split-belt walking. Exerc Sport Sci Rev, 45:34-40, 2017.
Hoogkamer W, Meyns P, Duysens J. Steps forward in understanding backward gait: from basic circuits to rehabilitation. Exerc Sport Sci Rev, 42: 23-29, 2014.
Contact Info

Totman 106A
30 Eastman Lane
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

Office: (413) 545-1390
Email: whoogkamer@umass.edu