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Physical activity and Sports medicine with focus on prevention

Our research focus is in the area of physical activity, physical exercise and sports medicine.

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We study the link between physical activity and health, the effect of exercise interventions on habitual physical activity levels, and the prevention of sports injuries. Our research combines epidemiology, method development and intervention research. Our vision is to increase health, especially among individuals with risk factors, disabilities or injuries through high quality epidemiological and intervention/implementation research in the area physical activity and sports medicine.

Research projects/activities

  • The AbdMoRe project (2016 - 2020)
  • The ABC study (Attitude, Behavior and Change)
  • Screening of athletes, sport injury registration and prevention (2013-2020)
  • Hormonal influences on physical exercise
  • The BETA-PD project (2012 - 2020)

The AbdMoRe project (2016 - 2020)

The AbdMoRe project will evaluate if enhanced mobilisation after surgery using innovative digital methods at the hospital and a new model for physical rehabilitation in the primary care can lead to decreased frequency of readmission to hospital due to less postoperative complications in patients that have undergone major abdominal surgery due to cancer.

The ABC study (Attitude, Behavior and Change)

The Attitude, Behavior and Change study (ABC) is a cross-sectional and longitudinal research project on health behaviors with data collection by questionnaire and physical activity monitoring.

Screening of athletes, sport injury registration and prevention (2013-2020)

The long term goal of this project is to reduce the risk, for adolescent elite athletes, to sustain injuries (overuse and acute), recurrent injury and pain that reduces participation in sports and thereby enhance increased awareness, performance and health.

Hormonal influences on physical exercise

The overall aim of this project is to study the effect of oral contraceptives on postural control, muscle strength and premenstrual symptoms (PMS) in moderately physically active women of fertile age.

The BETA-PD project (2012 - 2020)

The BETA- PD study aims to translate basic neuroscience into applied research and clinical understanding and implements the evaluation methods and training program into clinical practice. The BETA-PD study is a joint project with Associate professor Erika Franzén and Associate professor Maria Hagströmer.

Group leader

Maria Hagströmer

Lecturer senior
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Group members

Susanna Aufwerber, PhD student

Ing-Mari Dohrn, postdoc, affiliated

Linda Ekenros, PhD

Frida Flodström, PhD student

Cecilia Fridén, docent

Elin Johansson, postdoc, affiliated

Annette Heijne, docent

Patrik Karlsson, PhD student

Andrea Porserud, PhD student

Philip von Rosén, postdoc

Collaborators and partners

We have on-going research collaboration at local (KI), national and international levels. We have for example been part of two large EU-funded projects (HELENA-study and the ALPHA-study) and one large international project (IPS).

Click here for a list of our collaborators and partners.

Selected scientific publications

Calibration and Validation of a Wrist- and Hip-Worn Actigraph Accelerometer in 4-Year-Old Children.
Johansson E, Larisch LM, Marcus C, Hagströmer M
PLoS ONE 2016 ;11(9):e0162436

Too little sleep and an unhealthy diet could increase the risk of sustaining a new injury in adolescent elite athletes.
von Rosen P, Frohm A, Kottorp A, Fridén C, Heijne A
Scand J Med Sci Sports 2017 Nov;27(11):1364-1371

Injuries and Associated Risk Factors Among Adolescent Elite Orienteerers: A 26-Week Prospective Registration Study.
von Rosen P, Heijne AI, Frohm A
J Athl Train 2016 Apr;51(4):321-8

Objectively Assessed Physical Activity and its Association with Balance, Physical Function and Dyskinesia in Parkinson's Disease.
Nero H, Benka Wallén M, Franzén E, Conradsson D, Ståhle A, Hagströmer M
J Parkinsons Dis 2016 10;6(4):833-840

A two- and five-year follow-up of clinical outcome after ACL reconstruction using BPTB or hamstring tendon grafts: a prospective intervention outcome study.
Heijne A, Hagströmer M, Werner S
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 2015 Mar;23(3):799-807

Calibration and cross-validation of a wrist-worn Actigraph in young preschoolers.
Johansson E, Ekelund U, Nero H, Marcus C, Hagströmer M
Pediatr Obes 2015 Feb;10(1):1-6

A 6 year longitudinal study of accelerometer-measured physical activity and sedentary time in Swedish adults.
Hagströmer M, Kwak L, Oja P, Sjöström M
J Sci Med Sport 2015 Sep;18(5):553-7

Objectively measured physical activity in two-year-old children - levels, patterns and correlates.
Johansson E, Hagströmer M, Svensson V, Ek A, Forssén M, Nero H, et al
Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2015 Jan;12():3

Accelerometer Cut Points for Physical Activity Assessment of Older Adults with Parkinson's Disease.
Nero H, Benka Wallén M, Franzén E, Ståhle A, Hagströmer M
PLoS ONE 2015 ;10(9):e0135899

Expression of sex steroid hormone receptors in human skeletal muscle during the menstrual cycle.
Ekenros L, Papoutsi Z, Fridén C, Dahlman Wright K, Lindén Hirschberg A
Acta Physiol (Oxf) 2017 02;219(2):486-493

Hop performance and leg muscle power in athletes: Reliability of a test battery.
Kockum B, Heijne AI
Phys Ther Sport 2015 Aug;16(3):222-7

Levels and patterns of physical activity and sedentary behavior in elderly individuals with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease. Benka-Wallén M, Nero H, Franzen E, Hagströmer M. Physical Therapy Journal. 2015;95:1135-41

Oral contraceptives do not affect muscle strength and hop performance in active women.
Ekenros L, Hirschberg AL, Heijne A, Fridén C
Clin J Sport Med 2013 May;23(3):202-7

Reports (In Swedish)

Schäfer Elinder L, Hagströmer M, Nyberg G, Ekblom-Bak E. Fysisk aktivitet och stillasittande. Delrapport i Folkhälsorapport 2011. Folkhälsan i Stockholm, idag och imorgon. Stockholms läns landsting. 2011.

Kwak L, Hagströmer M, Schäfer-Elinder L, Lohela M, Jensen I. Metoder för företagshälsovården; att främja goda matvanor och fysisk aktivitet på arbetsplatser. Enheten för interventions- och implementeringsforskning, Institutet för miljömedicin (IMM). Karolinska Institutet. Stockholm. 2012.

Heinemans N, Hagströmer M. Hagberg J, Norman Å, Schäfer Elinder L, Österåkerprojektet – en deltagarstyrd intervention i skolan för att främja goda matvanor och fysisk aktivitet. Centrum för epidemiologi och samhällsmedicin. Stockholms läns landsting. 2013.

Bergström H, Gråhed I, Hagströmer M, Elinder LS. Hälsofrämjande gruppbostad. Planering, genomförande och utvärdering av ett hälsofrämjande program. Stockholms läns landsting, centrum för epidemiologi och samhällsnutrition (CES). Rapport 2013:5.

Benka-Wallén M, Ståhle A, Hagtrömer M, Franzen E, Roaldsen KS. Motionsvanor och erfarenheter av motion hos äldre. Rapport. Myndighetens för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB). 2013

Books and book chapters (In Swedish)

Fridén C, Nordgren B, Åhlund S. Graviditet, hälsa och träning. Studentlitteratur, 2011

Hagströmer M, Hassmén P. Att bedöma och styra fysisk aktivitet. Ur: Ståhle A (Ed). FYSS 2008. Fysisk aktivitet vid sjukdomsprevention och sjukdomsbehandling. Statens Folkhälsoinstitutet. 2008. (översatt till engelska, norska och vietnamesiska 2010, 2011 respektive 2013).

Hagströmer M, Nyberg G. Barn, fysisk aktivitet och hälsa. Ur: Beckung E, Rösblad B (Ed). Sjukgymnastik för barn och ungdomar. Studentlitteratur. 2013.

Hagströmer M. Fysisk aktivitet och hälsa. Kapitel i boken Omvårdnadens höjder, webbdelen Folkhälsa/vuxna. Studentlitteratur. 2013.