Smart Prevention, Rehabilitation & INtervention Technologies for improved mobility


SPRINT moves you! We ensure your mobility for independency.


– Maintaining the independency and mobility of (older) citizens and restoring their independency and mobility will contribute to maintaining the high standards and the accessibility of health care in the future, with affordable costs and number of health care workers.
– To remain a sustainable society, new innovative forms of healthcare with the application of new technologies, are crucial.
– Research must be user-driven, personalised and interactive instead of technology-driven: the needs of the individual patient are essential, not the latest technologies that can be applied.
– Health must be seen as proposed by M. Huber (‘Towards e new, dynamic concept of Health.
– Behavioural change strategies are essential for optimal implementation. These strategies should make people to take responsibility for their own health.
– Developments to promote self-management and social participation are supported by technology, like Telemonitoring, Serious gaming, Assistive Technology, Robotics.

Central aim

The central aim of SPRINT is realizing Smart Mobility Devices: smart technical solutions to help especially elderly people to longer maintain their independent mobility, both at home and at work. The devices include self-sensing systems to determine who is at risk, intervention systems to restore independency and ICT-systems for data transport and analysis. Intervention systems range from feedback via serious games that train balance to prostheses and orthoses. Increased mobility and independency through preventive and curative devices contributes to a true health care system which is sustainable in terms of finances and number of health care workers.


Exergaming for balance training of elderly citizen

The number of elderly will increase rapidly in the coming years.  For them, falls are amongst the most frequent reasons for medical intervention and are a major threat to their health and independence; medical costs are high and rising. 32 Percent of persons 75 years and older, fell at least once a … Lees meer

Towards a sustainable workforce

Older employees are more and more important for our society. Due to ageing, society relies on them and thus they have to work longer. However, companies are not prepared for the changing capacities of older employees that show physical and cognitive decline, and stress.  Factors that aggravate or ca … Lees meer

Technical leader:
Prof.dr.ir. Bart Verkerke

Technical-Scientific Director:
Prof. Bart Verkerke is professor in the Design of Biomedical Products at the University Medical Center Groningen and the University of Twente. Research interests are Biomechanics and the methodical design of biomedical products, including teamwork, how to work together in multidisciplinary teams. He is also Director of the Groningen Biomedical Engineering master’s curriculum and president of ESEM (Educating Students in Engineering and Medicine).

Medical leader:
Prof. dr. J.S. Rietman

Clinical-Scientific Director:
Prof. dr. J.S. Rietman is professor in Rehabilitation and Technology at the University of Twente. Since June 2007 he is scientific and statutory director of Roessingh Research and Development (RRD). In the Medical Spectrum Twente, department of Rehabilitation he performs his clinical tasks as a Physician in Rehabilitation (MD) for two days a week.
His research focuses on the clinical use of technology in restoration of functions in patients with neurological disorders and patients with amputations of upper and lower extremities. He is involved in a diversity of (inter)national projects in which the focus is on technology and rehabilitation.