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Dirk Aerenhouts

ZAP, Senior Academic Staff
+32 2 629 27 33


Prof. dr. Dirk Aerenhouts (°07/04/1983) graduated in 2005 as a Master in Physical Education and Movement Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and simultaneously obtained his teacher diploma in Physical Education. In 2011 he obtained his PhD in Movement and Sport Sciences (‘A longitudinal study on adolescent sprint athletes covering physical development, specific physical performance and nutritional habits’). Since 2015 he became associate professor, giving the courses ‘Principles of Physical Fitness 1 and 2. In 2019 and 2020 the following courses were added: ‘Specialization in Sport’, ‘Movement & Methodic in sports and individual sports 1, 2, 3 and 4’, ‘Internships in sports training & coaching 1 and 2’, ‘Internships in physical fitness & health 1 and 2’, ‘Biochemistry of Exercise’. Since 2018 he is the ombuds for students of the faculty Physical Education and Physiotherapy and in 2019 he became coordinator of the master program ‘Sports training & coaching’. His research mainly focusses on perinatal changes in physical activity, fitness and body composition in both women and men, effect of sleep deprivation on recovery after exercise, determinants of rehabilitation and fatigue in stroke patients, nutrition for performance and health, intensity and training effects of different activities, e.g. of virtual reality games.



Body weight, body composition and energy balance related behavior during the transition to parenthood: Transparents



Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel