Evert Verhagen

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Research interests


I am a human movement scientist and epidemiologist. I hold a University Research Chair as a full professor at the Amsterdam UMC Department of Public and Occupational Health and the Amsterdam Movement Science Research Institute. I am the Editor in Chief of BMJ Open Sports & Exercise Medicine, the director of the Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports (one of the 11 IOC research centres), and the director of the Amsterdam Institute of Sports Sciences (AISS). My research revolves around preventing sports and physical activity-related injuries, including monitoring, cost-effectiveness and implementation issues. I supervise several (inter-)national PhDs and post-docs and has (co-) authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications around these topics.


My dad took me to local running events when I was little, and ever since, I have been an avid runner. When I was a junior, I competed at a national level, finishing top 5 in cross country and top 10 in middle distance events. An injury prevented me from continuing at that level and made me decide to study Sports Science to understand better what happened to me. Many years later, I still run, but I moved my interest to ultra-distance events, preferably multi-day trail runs.


Epidemiology, Sports Injury, Injury Prevention

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Epidemiology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Award Date: 1 Aug 2004

PhD, Medicine, VU University medical center

1 Feb 200024 Jun 2004

Award Date: 24 Jun 2004

Master, Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Award Date: 1 Aug 1999

External positions

Co-chair, Amsterdam Collaboration on Health & Safety in Sports (ACHSS), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Co-director, Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science

Editor in Chief, BMJ Open Sports & Exercise Medicine

Collaborator, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Visiting Lecturer, University of Cape Town


  • RC1200 Sports Medicine
  • Injury
  • Prevention
  • Implementation

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