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About me

I am a naprapath, specialised in sports medicine and a PhD student at MUSIC (Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury Epidemiology Center) at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. 


In summary:

PhD-student, Karolinska Institutet, enrolled 2014 (planned dissertation 2019)

Master education in sports medicine, biomechanics and motor control, Karolinska Institutet 2013

Naprapath degree, Scandinavian College of Naprapathic Manual Medicine, 2005

Research description

My research focus on risk factors and prevention of shoulder injuires in adolescent handball players. 

My PhD-projekt is based on the Karolinska Handball Study (KHAST) a prospective cohort study aiming to identify risk factors for shoulder injuires in elite adolescent handball players. 

In May 2018 we started an RCT to evaluate the effect of a shoulder strengthening program and a knee controll program on risk factors (KHAST 2.0). The study will end in May 2019. 

Beside of epidemiological studie I also do research in throwing biomechanics. 

Teaching portfolio

I regualry teach approximatly 250 hours pers year in the fields of sports medicine, biomechanics and scientific methods for undergraduates and master students. In addition I teach workshops with a specific focus on the "thrower´s schoulder". 


Female adolescent elite handball players are more susceptible to shoulder problems than their male counterparts
Asker M, Holm Lw, Källberg H, Waldén M, Skillgate E
Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA 2018;26(7):1892-1900

Risk factors for, and prevention of, shoulder injuries in overhead sports: a systematic review with best-evidence synthesis
Asker M, Brooke Hl, Waldén M, Tranaeus U, Johansson F, Skillgate E, et al
British journal of sports medicine 2018;52(20):1312-1319

A prospective cohort study identifying risk factors for shoulder injuries in adolescent elite handball players: the Karolinska Handball Study (KHAST) study protocol
Asker M, Waldén M, Källberg H, Holm Lw, Skillgate E
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2017;18(1):485-

Three combinations of manual therapy techniques within naprapathy in the treatment of neck and/or back pain: a randomized controlled trial
Paanalahti K, Holm Lw, Nordin M, Höijer J, Lyander J, Asker M, et al
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2016;17():176-

Adverse events after manual therapy among patients seeking care for neck and/or back pain: a randomized controlled trial
Paanalahti K, Holm Lw, Nordin M, Asker M, Lyander J, Skillgate E
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2014;15():77-