The Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science and Paralympic Science Support NL invites you to the “Classification and Performance in Paralympic Sports” knowledge session on June 17th, 2024. This event, held at the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science, coincides with Rafael Muchaxo’s doctoral defense and will explore groundbreaking topics in Paralympic sport classification. Featuring expert presentations from global leaders in the field, this session offers a unique opportunity to discuss advancements in evidence-based classification systems to enhance athlete fairness and performance in Paralympic sports.


  • 13.15-13.45: Emma Beckman: systems of classification that are invalid – the Paralympic Movement’s greatest threat?
  • 13.45-14.15 David Mann: implementing evidence-based changes in classification for Para Sports
  • 14.15-14.45 Thomas Rietvelds: evaluating the current classification points addition in female wheelchair rugby players
  • 15.00-15.30: Rienk van der Slikke: driving Force – unveiling the crucial role of trunk function in wheelchair tennis mobility
  • 15.30-16.00 Ingrid Kouwijzer: Para-cycling classification from a practical point of view

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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