Sport plays an increasing part in today’s society, spanning from public health activities - through organised sport and teaching in physical education and health in preschool and school - to professional elite sports organisations.
There are expectations on that sports should have a major impact on health, democracy, and integration, but also on experiences, entertainment, and growth. Sports are currently undergoing exciting changes through the growing globalisation, professionalisation and commercialisation.
The aim of the department of Sport Science at Linnaeus University is to through research and education contribute to the development and distribution of knowledge concerning the wide and ever-changing field of sports. The research conducted examines aspects of for instance education, leadership, learning, training, and social changes in relation to practicing sports, teacher competence, physical activities and health. Research is also conducted in close cooperation with the surrounding society.
Sport science offers an extensive range of educations where theoretical knowledge is combined with a practical understanding and competence in taking actions. We offer attractive study programmes and courses aimed at activities in schools, leisure, health sectors and areas of sport.
Sport science at the Linnaeus university cooperates closely with the sport society and with organisations within leisure and health to develop its activities. This takes place by means of collaborating with local, regional, national, and international actors on for instance research and development assignments, different forms of education, conferences, and evaluations. In terms of the collaboration within sports, the department has set up a Centre for Sports Development which has an office located in the so called Arenastaden in Växjö, close to a number of sports clubs and organisations, for more information, see “Collaboration”.
The Department of Sport Science offers a variety of study programmes and freestanding courses generally asked for. Our programmes and courses can be studied at the first-cycle and second-cycle levels and as a part of teacher education. There is also the opportunity to conduct third-cycle courses and study programmes in the field of sports science.
Third-cycle programme in Sport Science
Research in sport science
For us to meet the needs of our society – to understand and analyse the role and consequences of sports in relation to the society and the individual – and to in a qualitative manner develop social institutions, sports, and their associated organisations – research in sports science is required.
Sport is an important part of all sectors in society, and it is within this span that the sport science at Linnaeus University pursues its activities. In addition to the value to the individual health as well as public health, sport also contributes to education and integration in society. Sport is considered a significant growth factor and co-creator of new lifestyles, markets, and job opportunities, which also entails that we must be able to critically reflect on and highlight this field. On one hand, sport is part of the market economy and on the other hand it is supposed to contribute to democratic education and should be available and sustainable for all children in our society. The aim of the knowledge development being pursued within the field of sport science is that it should be made use of in the development of the activities in several areas. This concerns for instance areas such as coaching/leadership, sports management, talent development, sports medicine, prevention of the use of performance enhancing drugs, and the importance of outdoor recreation activities, physical activities and health for all kinds of groups in society.
The environment includes a variety of research groups, that for instance are related to external projects, collaborations with other knowledge environments at Linnaeus University, or to first-cycle courses and study programmes. The following groups are linked to first-cycle education, collaboration and research and they work in an operational manner in the daily activities within the faculty:
- Sports culture, development, and management (ID-KUL)
- Physical activity, health and sports medicine (FAHIM)
- Physical education and sport in transition
Colleagues are through this offered support within the environment in their scientific and educational competence development. The environment offers weekly research seminars, and in addition to discussions on research papers and applications, doctoral students are offered support in their research processes.
Ethnographic Forum Ethnographic Forum is a research group where members share a common interest in qualitative and ethnographic fieldwork. The group consists of researchers and graduate students from…
Health, Gender and Embodiment Health, Gender and Embodiment is an interdisciplinary research group consisting of both national and international scholars, including senior researchers and doctoral…
Physical education and sport in transition The research group addresses educational issues of physical education and sport.
Police Officers Sustainable Health (POSH) The research group Police Officers Sustainable Health (POSH) works interdisciplinary by longitudinally examining the physical ability and health of police…
Sustainable sport and performance Within the interdisciplinary research group Sustainable sport and performance, we focus on sustainable performance development in elite sports.
Doctoral project: Still going strong? The aim of this thesis is to gain a deeper understanding on how men over 65 years experience ageing, the body and masculinity in the context of physical activity.…
Doctoral project: Women’s fitness doping The project focuses on women’s meaning making of doping and doping use, in a gym and fitness context. More precisely, the project aims to seek an understanding…
Project: Food and nUtrition for Endurance athletes – a Learning program (FUEL) The overall purpose of the research project is to increase the level of knowledge about relative energy shortages and…
Project: Injuries in Swedish Padel The purpose of this project is to investigate the injury panorama of acute and overuse injuries in women and men who regularly participate in padel. The intention is…
Project: Nordic hamstring The purpose of the project is to study the Nordic hamstring exercise (NHE) in different ways, as the NHE has been recognized to decrease the risk of hamstring injuries among…
Project: Operation ACL: Rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament injury This project aims to improve rehabilitation for individuals who have suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.…
Project: Pumping up the ego: Biographical studies on young people’s doping trajectories This project will provide increased knowledge of different types of pathways to doping, and also contribute to…
Project: Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (the REI project) Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) is a syndrome that affects both health and physiological function. It is common in sports…
Project: Sedentary behavior in older persons and supportive methods for breaking sedentary for sustainable aging This project aims to map older people's (65+) activity behaviour to identify unhealthy…
Project: The Police – a profession to care for The aim of this project is to investigate Swedish police officers and police students´ physical fitness and physical and mental health longitudinally and…
Completed research projects
Project: Boys, Bodies, and Physical Education: Problematizing Identity, Schooling, and Power Relations through a Pleasure Lens Using visual ethnography, this book explores the many forms of pleasures…
Project: Critical research in sport, health and physical education: Are we making a difference? The prime aim of this project, is to examine the influence of critical scholarship and critical theory…
Project: Educating for Equitable Health Outcomes – the Promise of School Health and Physical Education (EDUHEALTH) The project’s primary goal was to make a meaningful contribution to the European…
Project: Good sporting environments The purpose of this project is to study successful youth sporting environments. This refers to environments which continuously mother good practitioners at both…
Project: Social entrepreneurship and sport Project Manager: Katarina Schenker Project Members: Katarina Schenker, Susanne Linner, Per Gerrevall, Daniel Bjärsholm and Tomas Peterson Participating…
Project: The Valid Body, Post-doc This project was concluded in 2017. Project manager Katarina Schenker Funding organizations Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports (Centrum för…
Project: Trolling in the Deep – Sexism in the chat rooms of e-sport E-sport is an emergent phenomenon with an explosive growth. Its connections to the IT-sector of make it a nexus of both commerce and…
Collaborate with us
Sport science carries out extensive collaboration within education and research. Collaborations are in place with the sports movement – from national level in the form of The Swedish Sports Confederation, SISU Idrottsutbildarna, and various special sports confederations to district and club level – as well as with a number of sectors of relevance to health work. There are also well-developed collaborations in different forms with schools and pre-schools. In addition, there is also a well-established collaboration, both nationally and internationally, with higher education institutions and several of our researchers within sport science take part in national and international research bodies.
More about our collaboration
There are a number of reasons for the relatively extensive collaboration activities within sport science, with close links to current development within sport, health and school sectors. Not least among our staff there are a number of co-workers who have solid experience and great knowledge about the operative activities within these fields.
Collaboration primarily takes place in connection to research and development commissions (R&D) and various forms of courses and programmes. But also for evaluations, conferences, process support and method development. In particular, the research being carried out in connection to sports issues makes important contributions to sports activities within clubs, confederations and organisations, etc.
A number of researchers participate frequently in sports education contexts and regularly produce R&D reports or similar, like for instance:
- Finding and developing talent – a study of sports' talent scouting activities
- Mapping, analysis and development of coaching programmes in Sweden
- The sports coach as a pedagogue
- Paths to the national team – on Swedish elite athletes' choice of sport and specialisation
- Paths from the national team – on elite sports, career and closure
- Good development opportunities within sports
- Parents of sporting children
- The fitness revolution
- Ironman and family life
Collaboration is also in place with two special sports confederations in particular – athletics and tennis. These sports have established national centres in collaboration with Linnaeus University and, in these cases, Växjö municipality. The activities focus, in addition to making it easier for elite athletes to combine studies and sports, on education, evaluation and R&D activities. With close ties to the sports activities, there is also a High Performance Center that carries out test and training activities where we participate from sport science at Linnaeus University.
The development of sport science knowledge at the department makes up an important basis for the development of the practical activities at different levels within sports. At the operative level, the research contributes to developing teachers' and leaders' critical approach and ability to handle complex situations and better understand the consequences of their teaching/activities. Organisational and societal conditions are also visualised and problematised, providing a basis for positive change of the activities.
Another form of collaboration takes place continuously in relation to the first-cycle degree programmes in sport science offered at the department of sport science. The programmes are for instance aimed at those who want to work with management and development of individuals, teams and organisations within the growing sports, health and outdoor sectors. The degree programmes offer links to the working life, in particular on courses dealing with entrepreneurship, project management, and through field studies and degree projects. In addition, people from different activities take part frequently in the educations, usually as guest lecturers or debate participants.
The idea is that the knowledge development carried out within sport science should be utilised to an even larger extent in the development of activities within a number of different fields. This can be, for instance, the extensive research and education carried out within current areas like physical activity and health, health of elderly people, and the importance of outdoor activities. Among other things, a research project was recently carried out on the effects of physical activity and UV radiation when designing school yards and the health effects of being outdoors for elderly people.
There is also knowledge development carried out within the field of teaching, based on sport traditions and pedagogical research, which demonstrates norms within the school subject and the teacher education that risk strengthening old traditions and ultimately contribute to an unequal society. These are questions with high relevance for the further development of good activities.
The knowledge environment that has been established around good sport environments to both develop the sporting ability and to keep youth in a developing and nurturing environment plays an important role. As one part in this work, sport science has created a meeting place in the form of a Centre for sports development (CIU) that currently has its basis in an office at Arenastaden in Växjö, with proximity to a number of actors in sports. The idea is that this should facilitate collaboration.
Information about the department's members of staff and their area of competence.
Folder about Centre for sports development (only in Swedish).
If you are interested in collaborating with sport science at Linnaeus University, please contact Mats Glemne on +46470-70 87 29 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff sport science
- Anna Hafsteinsson Östenberg Senior lecturer
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- +46 72-562 95 15
- Anna Melin Associate Professor
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- Arne Rosendal Hansen Lecturer
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- +46 72-594 14 77
- Åsa Tugetam Senior lecturer
- +46 480-44 69 65
- Åsa Wiberg Lecturer
- +46 470-70 82 71
- Birgitta Glemne Lecturer
- Bo Carlsson Professor
- +46 470-70 83 89
- Camilla Strömberg Lecturer
- +46 470-70 83 88
- Carl-Axel Hageskog Professor
- +46 470-70 86 91
- +46 72-594 14 78
- Cecilia Rindhagen Doctoral student
- +46 480-44 73 01
- +46 70-149 70 68
- Daniel Bjärsholm SENIOR LECTURER, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
- +46 470-70 80 75
- Emilia Martinsson Lecturer
- Filip Andersson Doctoral student
- +46 480-49 70 90
- Göran Gerdin Associate Professor
- Hanna Lundquist Doctoral student
- +46 470-70 80 83
- Haris Pojskic Associate Professor
- Inga Oliynyk Senior lecturer
- +46 480-44 63 21
- Isak Lidström Senior lecturer
- +46 470-70 83 85
- Jesper Andreasson Professor
- +46 480-44 60 91
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- Jesper Augustsson Associate Professor
- +46 480-44 67 98
- Johanna Eklund Jansson Lecturer
- +46 470-70 81 18
- +46 72-594 11 99
- Jonas Ahnesjö Senior lecturer
- +46 480-44 63 65
- +46 72-594 95 06
- Jørgen Kjær Senior lecturer
- +46 470-70 83 61
- Katarina Lundin Visiting senior lecturer
- Katarina Schenker Associate professor
- +46 470-76 78 16
- Lena Larsson Senior lecturer
- +46 480-44 67 11
- Madeleine Ahlgren Lecturer
- +46 480-44 69 16
- +46 72-304 39 12
- Marcus Johansson Doctoral student
- +46 470-70 88 18
- Marie Alricsson Professor
- +46 480-44 61 81
- Marie Hedberg Pro-dean
- +46 470-70 80 84
- +46 70-289 32 62
- Mats Glemne Senior Lecturer
- +46 470-70 87 29
- +46 70-517 87 29
- Niklas Hafen Senior lecturer
- +46 470-70 86 57
- Per Gerrevall Senior professor
- Per Göran Fahlström Senior lecturer
- +46 470-70 80 55
- +46 72-594 11 74
- Peter Eriksson Lecturer
- +46 470-76 72 56
- Peter Pagels Senior lecturer
- +46 480-44 63 89
- +46 72-594 95 18
- Sofia Ryman Augustsson Senior lecturer
- +46 480-44 63 58
- Stefan Gustafsson Lecturer
- +46 470-70 86 87
- Susanne Linner Associate Professor
- +46 470-70 86 97
- +46 72-594 14 83
- Thony Ragnarsson Lecturer
- +46 480-44 73 36
- Tobias Stark Senior lecturer
- +46 470-70 83 93
- Tom Danielsson Lecturer
- +46 480-44 63 74
- Veronica Jägerbrink Lecturer
- +46 480-44 60 14
- +46 70-566 02 29