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Physical activity and Sports medicine with focus on prevention

Research focus

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

Telefon: 08-524 888 36
Enhet: Sektionen för fysioterapi

Group members

Annette Heijne, docent

Cecilia Fridén, docent

Philip von Rosén, postdoc

Linda Ekenros, PhD

Frida Flodström, PhD student

Susanna Aufwerber, PhD student

Andrea Porserud, PhD student

Patrik Karlsson, PhD student

Ing-Mari Dohrn, postdoc, affiliated

Elin Johansson, postdoc, affiliated

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).

Examples of current collaboration:

  • Professor Claude Marcus at CLINTEC, KI. The Early STOPP study.
  • Associate professor Liselotte Schäfer Elinder at PHS,
  • KI. Professor Irene Jensen and PhD Lydia Kwak at IMM, KI Work-site health promotion, prevention of life style related diseases. A health programme for community residences.
  • Professor Unn-Britt Johansson Sophiahemmet. Sophia Step Study, A three - armed behavioral intervention for individuals with diabetes.
  • Dr. Berrigan at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA.A continuation of MH's post-doctoral work.
  • PhD Maria Bäck, Sahlgrenska, Gothenburg. Effect of physical exercise on patients 80+ with coronary-heart disease - a RCT.
  • Professor Mark E Batt, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. The nine test screening battery - Normative values on recreational athletes.
  • Assistant professor Grethe Myklebust, Oslo Sport Trauma and Research Centre, Oslo, Norway. Prevention of injury and illness among athletes.
  • Riksidrottsförbundet (The Swedish Sports Confederation).

Financial support

Ongoing funding

  • The Swedish Research council (the BETA project, AbdMoRe)
  • Stockholm County Council Research Fund
  • National School in Health Care Sciences (BETA project, AbdMoRe project)
  • The Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports (Sport Injury Prevention project)
  • Folksam (ABC-study)
  • Forte (Early Stop Study, Sophia Step Study)

Selected scientific publications

Calibration and Validation of a Wrist- and Hip-Worn Actigraph Accelerometer in 4-Year-Old Children.
Johansson E, Larisch L, 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 A, Frohm A
J Athl Train 2016 Apr;51(4):321-8









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


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.