imec - Develop a sensor based method to determine physical and mental load of (semi-) professional athletes in soccer and/or hockey.

At imec, Connected Health Solutions R&D


Project Description

The physical load of a professional athlete during a training or a match is often monitored with accelerometer and heart rate monitors. However, this data is not used to its full extend and there is an increasing demand for monitoring of the physical and mental load outside the training/competition. Determination of the total load of an athlete gives the trainer/coach the opportunity to personalize the training program and prevent injuries.


The goal of this project is to determine the physical and mental load on soccer and hockey players, both during their training, as well as outside, using multiple sensors.

The student(s) will set up a research protocol, perform measurements, analyze the data and write algorithms. The data collection will take place at a (semi-) professional soccer and/or hockey club in Eindhoven. The results will be used to set-up a sensor based platform to monitor individual athletes on loading capacity in a team setting as part of the European project Nano4Sports.


Your Tasks

  • Study the problem & provide state-of-the-art analysis/literature study.
  • Set up a research protocol.
  • Perform measurements.
  • Pre-process and analyze the data.
  • Write algorithms.
  • Present results to the team (intermediate and final).


Your Profile

  • Msc Biomedical Engineering or Human Movement Sciences or Electrical Engineering or Data science/machine learning or Mechatronics.
  • Available for 7 to 12 months.
  • Experience with Matlab and/or python.
  • Interest in sports and human physiology.
  • Analytic and critical thinking.
  • Able to work independently, provide unbiased report and proactively receive feedback.
  • Motivated student eager to expand knowledge in the field.  
  • Good written and verbal English skills.


For all inquiries, please contact:

Ms Najat Loiazizi, HR specialist.

Telephone number: +31 (0)40 40 20 675


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