Fransiska Marie Bossuyt

Postdoctoral Scholar

Faculty of Kinesiology

PhD – Health Sciences and Biomechanics

University of Luzern, CH, 2019

MSc – Sport and Clinical Biomechanics

Liverpool John Moores University, UK, 2014

MSc – Physical Education and Movement Sciences – Physical Activity, Fitness, and Health

University of Ghent, BEL, 2013

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Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Movement science & musculoskeletal health
  • - biomechanics
  • - fatigue
  • - muscle and tendon health
  • Injury prevention, sport medicine & rehabilitation
  • - joint loading
  • - spinal cord injury
  • - wheelchair propulsion

Research overview

Bossuyt's research focuses on risk factors and preventive measures of non-traumatic musculoskeletal injuries by (1) investigating response to loading and (2) estimating loading. Bossuyt has studied these mechanisms by means of a fatigue model in athletes and patients in the lower- and upper limbs. She is especially interested in understanding the development of soft-tissue injuries by studying failure properties and the functional capacity of muscles and tendons and to apply this knowledge to improve injury prevention.

She gained expertise into mechanisms of fatigue by investigating cardio-respiratory, metabolic and biomechanical measures. She studied adaptations of the musculoskeletal system in interaction with the environment (e.g., assistive technology) by using experimental techniques including motion analyses, force measurements, electromyography and ultrasound imaging.

Supervisor: Dr. Walter Herzog, PhD  


Bossuyt FM, Boninger ML, Cools A, Hogaboom N, Eriks-Hoogland I, Arnet U. Changes in supraspinatus and biceps tendon thickness: Influence of fatiguing propulsion in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord (2020) DOI: 10.1038/s41393-019-0376-z

Bossuyt FM, Arnet U, Cools A, Rigot S, de Vries W, Eriks-Hoogland I, Boninger ML. Compensation strategies in response to fatiguing propulsion in wheelchair users: Implications for shoulder injury risk. Am J Phys Med Rehabil (2020) DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001267

Bossuyt FM, Hogaboom NS, Worobey LA, Koontz AM, Arnet U, Boninger ML. Start-up propulsion biomechanics changes with fatiguing activity in persons with spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med (2020) DOI: 10.1080/10790268.2019.1582603

Bossuyt FM, Arnet U, Brinkhof MWG, Eriks-Hoogland I, Lay V, Sunnaker M, Hinrichs T, for the SwiSCI study group. Shoulder pain in the Swiss spinal cord injury community: Prevalence and associated factors. Disabil Rehabil (2018) DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1276974

Galle S, Derave W, Bossuyt FM, Calders P, Malcolm P, De Clercq D. Exoskeleton plantarflexion assistance for elderly. Gait & Posture (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.11.040

Bossuyt FM, García-Pinillos F, Raja Azidin RMF, Vanrenterghem J, Robinson MA. The utility of a high-intensity exercise protocol to prospectively assess ACL injury risk. Int J Sports Med (2016) DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1555930

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