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About me

Current position

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.


Research description

Movement science in a broad perspective

Academic honours, awards and prizes

“Best teacher in physiotherapy” –reward winner: 2015 and 2017.

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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: 

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.