Björn Äng - Associate Professor at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society
Björn gained his degree in physiotherapy from Karolinska Institutet in 2001, and he defended his PhD in 2007, titled "NECK PAIN IN THE AIR FORCE - On Risk Factors, Neck Motor Function and an Exercise Intervention".
Between 2001 and 2003 he was a university lecturer at Karolinska Institutet, and he worked clinically with the focus on neck and shoulder pain problems. From 2004 to 2007 he fulfilled his PhD-studies, worked as a lecturer and in 2009 he becomes a senior lecturer at KI. In 2012 he becomes an associate professor.
At date, Björn supervises doctoral candidates and post-docs, he leads several research projects including commissioned research, and was the head of his research group until 2016 when he moved to Falun with his family for a position as Head of the Centre for Clinical Research - Dalarna (still affiliated to KI). Björns teaching expertise concerns various aspects of exercise science, movement control and biomechanics.
Higher education qualification(s) (1p = 1.5 ECTS-credits/weeks)
- 2007, Med Dr, Physiotherapy (Karolinska Institutet).
- 2000 - 2002 Medical teacher, Karolinska Institutet, 25p
- 2000 - 2001 Master of Science, Medical Science, 160p total
- 1997 - 2000 Physiotherapy Diploma, Bachelor’s degree 120p
- 1992 - 1994 Sports Management training, 80p
Educations/courses (1p = 1.5 ECTS-credits/weeks)
- 2011 Project Management for Research Manager/Leaders
- 2011 Research supervision Education (part 2)
- 2008 Research for Supervisors Education (part 1)
- 2001 - 2002 Advanced course in physiotherapy 20p
- 1997 Pedagogy, Linköping University 15p
- 1996 Sociology, University of Linköping 20p
My existing and ongoing research reflects recurrent and chronic pain conditions in various occupations / groups using different study methodologies. Published papers include epidemiological results, validity processes, objective measures of movement and motor control, and RCTs on interventional effects focusing on physical activity and exercise. Several of these papers concerns populations exposed to extreme physical environments, e.g. air force pilots, marine soldiers and elite skydivers. I have learned that research built on accumulated or translational results generated in interprofessional teams is crucial, and one of my RCTs that were built on such an approach was awarded the Joseph L. Haley Writing Award for the best paper published in the area of Aviation Medicine (U.S. Army Aviation Medical Association, Phoenix, 2010). The future in my research will mainly concern bio-psycho-social processes involved in musculoskeletal pain and interventional advances devoted to improved health and physical performance. This hopefully includes issues related to individual and societal opportunities and actions to prevent illness and maintain good health through physical activity and movement.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
- 2010 For best paper published in 2009 in the area of Aviation Medicine, The Aerospace Medical Association (Phoenix 2010).
- 2008 – 2012 Elected member to the Board of Education, Deputy Chairman of the International Committee.
- 2000 Best educational presentation, Medicine National Conference
Neck muscle activity in skydivers during parachute opening shock
Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports 2016;26(3):307-16
Neck Muscle Strain in Air Force Pilots Wearing Night Vision Goggles
Aerospace medicine and human performance 2016;87(11):928-932
Risk factors for back pain in marines; a prospective cohort study
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2016;17():319-
Validation of a free fall acrobatics intervention protocol to reduce neck loads during parachute opening shock
BMJ open sport & exercise medicine 2015;1(1):-
Decelerations and muscle responses during parachute opening shock
Aviation, space, and environmental medicine 2013;84(11):1205-10
Is active sitting as active as we think?
Musculoskeletal pain and related risks in skydivers: a population-based survey
Aviation, space, and environmental medicine 2013;84(10):1034-40
Neck muscle activity in fighter pilots wearing night-vision equipment during simulated flight
Aviation, space, and environmental medicine 2013;84(2):125-33
Effects of eccentric training on hand strength in subjects with lateral epicondylalgia: a randomized-controlled trial
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS 2012;22(6):797-803
Factors predicting clinical outcome 12 and 36 months after an exercise intervention for recurrent low-back pain
DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION 2012;34(2):136-44
Inter- and intra-observer reliability of clinical movement-control tests for marines
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2012;13():263-
Development and Validation of a Web-Based Questionnaire for Surveying Skydivers
AVIATION SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2011;82(6):610-4
Ankle-joint mobility and standing squat posture in elite junior cross-country skiers. A pilot study
JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS 2010;50(2):132-8
Reliability of measurements of wrist extension force obtained with a Nicholas Manual Muscle Tester (NMMT)
Physiotherapy theory and practice 2010;26(4):281-7
Neck/Shoulder Exercise for Neck Pain in Air Force Helicopter Pilots A Randomized Controlled Trial
Predictive factors for 12-month outcome after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS 2009;19(6):842-9
Impaired neck motor function and pronounced pain-related fear in helicopter pilots with neck pain - A clinical approach
JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY 2008;18(4):538-49
Neck pain and related disability in helicopter pilots: A survey of prevalence and risk factors
AVIATION SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2006;77(7):713-9
Intra-rater reliability of electromyographic recordings and subjective evaluation of neck muscle fatigue among helicopter pilots
JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY 2005;15(3):323-31
Mechanical load and EMG activity in the neck induced by different head-worn equipment and neck postures
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ERGONOMICS 2005;35(1):13-18
Neck strength and myoelectric fatigue in fighter and helicopter pilots with a history of neck pain
AVIATION SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2005;76(4):375-80
Neck muscle activity in helicopter pilots: Effect of position and helmet-mounted equipment
AVIATION SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2003;74(5):527-32
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