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Geert J.P. Savelsbergh (Full professor) is the Desmond Tutu chair for Youth, Sport and Reconciliation, Head of the Motor Learning and Performance section and visiting professor in Perceptual-Motor Development and Learning at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. 
In the period of 1991-1996, he was a research fellow of the Royal Netherland Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 he received an honour doctorate of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium. 

Savelsbergh (co)-supervised 30 PhD projects and currently supervises PhD projects in Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, United Kingdom and South -Africa. 


Savelbergh's main research interest is in the visual regulation of movement, talent development and identification. He has published over 200 papers in international peer reviewed scientific journals. 


International teaching experience (Belgium; Germany; Italy; Norway; Portugal; United Kingdom).

Ancillary activities

Editor of the Infant behavior and Development, associate editor of International Journal of Sport Psychology. 

Ancillary activities

  • Manchester Metropolitan University | Manchester, UK | visiting professor perceptual-motor development | 2011-01-02
  • Publisher Elsevier | Amsterdam | Editor Infant Behavior & Development | 2011-01-02
  • Academy of Physical Education | Amsterdam | Researcher | 2012-09-02
  • Publisher Pozzi | Rome | Associate editor International Journal of Sport Psychology | 2013-01-02

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 1987 2018

In situ examination of decision-making skills and gaze behaviour of basketball players

van Maarseveen, M. J. J., Savelsbergh, G. J. P. & Oudejans, R. R. D. 1 Feb 2018 In : Human Movement Science. 57, p. 205-216 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision Making

Reading the game: How to measure and improve tactical skills in team sports

van Maarseveen, M. J. J. 2018 182 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

Scaling Constraints in Junior Tennis: The Influence of Net Height on Skilled Players’ Match-Play Performance

Limpens, V., Buszard, T., Shoemaker, E., Savelsbergh, G. J. P. & Reid, M. 19 Jan 2018 In : Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 89, 1, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Equipment and Supplies

Self-controlled video feedback on tactical skills for soccer teams results in more active involvement of players

van Maarseveen, M. J. J., Oudejans, R. R. D. & Savelsbergh, G. J. P. 1 Feb 2018 In : Human Movement Science. 57, p. 194-204 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Control Groups

The Athletic Skills Track: Age- and gender-related normative values of a motor skills test for 4- to 12-year-old children

Hoeboer, J. J. A. A. M., Ongena, G., Krijger-Hombergen, M., Stolk, E., Savelsbergh, G. J. P. & de Vries, S. I. 1 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Motor Skills
Physical Education and Training
Athletic Performance