University level Karolinska Institutet Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society, division of Physical Therapy 2013- (100%). Amount of research within the employment about 50%.
Associated professor (Docent). Spring 2011
Previous positions and periods of appointment
Research assistant Health University Linköping. 1991-1992.
University lecturer/associated professor Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society, division of Physical Therapy from 2002-currently
Ergonomist at Karolinska Institutet Department of Public Health, division of Work and Environmental Medicine from 2002-2012
Thirty-nine referee-reviewed publications (see below)
Presentations at national and international conferences (see below).
Grant holder in TRAMA project (Ett EU-finansierat projekt 2008-2009).
Member in networks on Occupational Health Services 2010-2013.
Previous and current research funding.
Music Norrtälje 2002-2006: 6 research months NVV, about 150 000 SEK in total
AFA insurance 2010-2013: 2 500 000 SEK.
KI-fonden 2010-2013: about 130 000 SEK in total.
Co-worker in several other projects (5%-10% employed at KI, NVS)
Private funding 2011: 175 000 (BACKAPP AB), 2014: 325 000 (Scandinavian Business Seating AS)
Qinematic – insurance company financed a project 575 000 SEK
Education at the Karolinska Institutet
Main supervisor of one ongoing doctoral student 2016
Co-supervisor of three ongoing doctoral students:
Co-supervisor of two finished doctoral student: Christina Olsson, disputation: 2010, Ingrid Claesson, 2018
External mentor for two doctoral students at the Karolinska Institutet (2009 and 2017)
Supervision of exam projects at bachelor level >115 students.
Supervision of exam projects at advanced level >40 students
Head course organization for several courses on bachelor, advanced and doctoral level
Member in several halftime and disputation committees 2012-2017
Coordinator international collaborations with Rosario University Bogota Colombia, ZWAH (Zurich, Switzerland).
Higher education degree(s)
Master in public health 1988 University of Maastricht the Netherlands.
Physical Therapy, 1995, Karolinska Institutet.
Doctoral degree 2006, Med Dr. Karolinska Institutet. Doctoral thesis title: Work and Neck/Shoulder Pain – Risk and Prognostic factors.
Pedagogics for university teachers. Karolinska institutet (framtidens lärare)
Supervisor courses 2009 and 2017.
Movement science in a broad perspective
Academic honours, awards and prizes
“Best teacher in physiotherapy” –reward winner: 2015 and 2017.
The McMaster Toronto Arthritis patient preference questionnaire (MACTAR): a methodological study of reliability and minimal detectable change after a 6 week-period of acupuncture treatment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
BMC research notes 2017;10(1):687-
Health risk appraisals in Swedish occupational health services
Work (Reading, Mass.) 2016;55(4):849-859
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for sciatica
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews 2016;10():CD012382-
Criterion validation of two submaximal aerobic fitness tests, the self-monitoring Fox-walk test and the Åstrand cycle test in people with rheumatoid arthritis
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2014;15():305-
Is active sitting as active as we think?
Catastrophizing During and After Pregnancy: Associations With Lumbopelvic Pain and Postpartum Physical Ability
PHYSICAL THERAPY 2012;92(1):49-57
Determinants for lumbopelvic pain 6 months postpartum
DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION 2012;34(5):416-22
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
Effects of Weight-Shift Training on Balance Control and Weight Distribution in Chronic Stroke: A Pilot Study
TOPICS IN STROKE REHABILITATION 2012;19(1):23-31
Reliability of the Fox-walk test in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION 2012;34(23):2001-6
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in female Swedish physical therapists with more than 15 years of job experience: prevalence and associations with work exposures
Physiotherapy theory and practice 2011;27(3):213-22
Reliability of measurements of wrist extension force obtained with a Nicholas Manual Muscle Tester (NMMT)
Physiotherapy theory and practice 2010;26(4):281-7
Low levels of physical activity in back pain patients are associated with high levels of fear-avoidance beliefs and pain catastrophizing
Physiotherapy research international : the journal for researchers and clinicians in physical therapy 2007;12(1):14-24
Predictors for persistent neck/shoulder pain, medical care-seeking due to neck/shoulder pain and sickness absence
CLINICAL REHABILITATION 2007;21(7):648-59
Sickness absence and concurrent low back and neck-shoulder pain: results from the MUSIC-Norrtalje study
EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL 2007;16(5):631-8
The effect of ergonomic intervention on neck/shoulder and low back pain
Work (Reading, Mass.) 2007;28(4):313-23
The influence of work-related exposures on the prognosis of neck/shoulder pain
EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL 2007;16(12):2083-91
Seeking care for neck/shoulder pain: A prospective study of work-related risk factors in a healthy population
JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2004;46(2):138-46
Adults with cerebral palsy: walking ability after progressive strength training
DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY 2003;45(4):220-8
Reliability of isokinetic supine bench press in healthy women using the Ariel Computerized Exercise System
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS 2002;12(4):218-22
Effects of arm suspension in simulated assembly line work: muscular activity and posture angles
APPLIED ERGONOMICS 1999;30(3):247-53
Injuries among Swedish mountainbike cyclists at an elite level
JOURNAL OF SPORTS TRAUMATOLOGY AND RELATED RESEARCH 1999;21(4):196-205
Effects of arm support on shoulder and arm muscle activity during sedentary work
This is a channel containing a list of exercises specially designed for string musicians.
These instruction videos are part of the appendix to the scientific paper: ”Resistance Training for Professional String Musicians – a Prospective Intervention Study”, by Lundborg, B and Grooten, WJA in the Journal: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: https://www.sciandmed.com/mppa/.
This prospective study evaluated an individual strength training program for professional string musicians. The musicians were instructed to perform an individually designed exercise program twice a week. The participants were instructed to perform exercises that were aimed to strengthen and control the scapulae and shoulder muscles, together with muscles in arm and trunk. Each training session consisted of 5–10 minutes’ warm-up and 30–40 minutes of resistance training. The warm-up sessions consisted of a few typical, low load motor control exercises and mobility exercises. The individual training program included, on average, five functional resistance training exercises. Participants were instructed to perform one to four sets of eight to twelve repetitions (approximately 65–80% one repetition maximum (1RM)) in the resistance training exercises, following the principle of progressive overload. The training programs were designed so they could be performed in an indoor/outdoor gym and/or in the participants’ home and/or in a hotel room – depending on each participant’s preference. After the training intervention, the intervention group showed increased strength in upper extremity strength and back endurance.