Dr Eva Jaarsma PhD

Dr Eva Jaarsma

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Eva is a Research Fellow with research focusing on disability, sport and/or physical activity and health.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2010-2014)
  • MSc, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2007-2009)
  • BSc, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2004-2007)

Biography

Eva’s current research at School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences will focus on disability, sport and/or physical activity and health. The first research project will investigate how disabled people who intend to become physically active can be stimulated to start participating in sport and physical activities regularly. Eva will use both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Eva completed her PhD in 2014 at the University of Groningen on sports participation and physical disabilities. In this PhD she investigated which barriers and facilitators influenced sports participation of people with different types of disabilities and whether inactive and active persons experienced different barriers and facilitators of sports participation. For her PhD she worked closely with the Dutch Paralympic Committee and several disability and/or sports associations. She is currently still involved in follow up projects that are using the data she conducted during her PhD.

Eva’s undergraduate research focused on lateral trunk sway of trans-femoral amputees. Her Master’s research concentrated on trans-tibial prosthetic simulators as a research methodology in prosthetic walking, which she conducted at the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics of the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.

Teaching

Eva has taught Anatomy classes as well as an introductory class into research to first year Medical Students. She also supervised final year undergraduate students’ dissertation projects during her PhD.

Research

Eva’s PhD concentrated on disability and sport, with a particular focus on determining what stimulates and what prevents disabled people from participating in sports or physical activities.

Eva’s current research will focus on the implementing information about barriers and facilitators of sports participation into a sports/physical activity stimulation programme and will investigate different methods to stimulate sports participation in disabled people.

Eva also has a strong interest in research investigating opportunities to stimulate a more active lifestyle, using qualitative and quantitative research methods or a combination of both methods.

Eva has published her research in leading sports and disability journals.

Publications

  1. Krops LA, Jaarsma EA, Dijkstra PU, Geertzen JH, Dekker R. (2016) Health Related Quality of Life in a Dutch Rehabilitation Population: Reference Values and the Effect of Physical Activity. (Plos One, under review)
  2. Jaarsma EA, Dekker R, Geertzen JH, Dijkstra PU. (2016) Sports participation after rehabilitation: barriers and facilitators. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 1;48(1):72-9.
  3. Jaarsma EA, Dijkstra PU, de Blécourt AC, Geertzen JH, Dekker R. (2015) Barriers and facilitators of sports in children with physical disabilities: a mixed-method study. Disability and Rehabilitation. 37(18):1617-23.
  4. Jaarsma EA, Dekker R, Koopmans SA, Dijkstra PU, Geertzen JH. (2014) Barriers to and facilitators of sports participation in people with visual impairments. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 31(3):240-64
  5. Jaarsma EA, Dijkstra PU, Geertzen JH, Dekker R. (2014) Barriers to and facilitators of sports participation for people with physical disabilities: a systematic review. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 24(6):871-81.
  6. Krops, LA; Jaarsma, EA; Geertzen, JH; Dijkstra, PU; Dekker, R. (2016) Reliability of the RAND-36 in a Dutch rehabilitation population (Disability and Rehabilitation, under review)
  7. Jaarsma EA, Geertzen JH, de Jong R, Dijkstra PU, Dekker R. (2014) Barriers and facilitators of sports in Dutch Paralympic athletes: An explorative study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 24(5):830-6.