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Sports injury studies

Project description

  1. The Swedish young elite tennis cohort: In this cohort the young Swedish elite tennis players are followed to understand more about shoulder injuries and adaptations. PhD-student Fredrik Johansson is responsible for the implementation of this study, that is performed in collaboration with Professor Ann Cools at Ghent University.
  2. Karolinska Handball study (The KHAST study). This project aims to deepen the knowledge about injuries and the functional status in the shoulder in adolescent elite handball players. A cohort of 471 players, 15-17 years, recruited from handball profiled high schools in Sweden, is followed over time regarding shoulder injuries. The data collection is finished and data analyses is ongoing. The project is discussed and approved by the Swedish Handball association and performed in collaboration with in collaboration with Professor Ann Cools at Ghent University and Professor Grethe Myklebust at the Norwegian School of Sports Science. PhD-student Martin Asker is responsible for the implementation of the study, and it is funded by Folksam, CIF, Svenska Naprapatförbundet and Naprapathögskolan.
  3. The Karolinska Football Injury Cohort (The KIC study): This project is an innovative collaboration between epidemiology, medicine, psychology, orthopedics, physiotherapy and naprapathy, composed of research groups at four universities, in order to identify risk factors for overuse and traumatic injuries. In an extensive cohort study, 600 young female footballers from Academies and elite football gymnasiums (NIU) in the Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö will be included. Players free from injuries/pain in the hip, back and/or head/neck will be followed prospectively one year regarding incident cases of injuries to the to the hip, back and head/neck. Players answer an extensive questionnaire, are screened clinically at baseline and after 6 months, and followed prospectively with weekly web-based questionnaires regarding match and training exposure and new injuries during one year. Risk factors and factors of importance for no injury will be identified by comparing exposed and unexposed with an extensive confounding control. The project has a unique holistic and multidisciplinary perspective that potentially can answer a long row of research questions, separately for common but unexplored risk factors and pain sights. This will contribute considerably to the research area.

A pilot study is ongoing. The project is located at the Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury Epidemiology Center, and is performed in collaboration with Associate Professors Markus Waldén and Martin Hägglund at Linköping University, Professor Urban Johnson at Halmstad University and PhD Ulrika Tranæus at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (GIH). It is partly funded by Karolinska Institutet and Naprapathögskolan.

Contact person

Associate professor Eva Skillgate, +46 709 209930,