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Movement control and Exercise for neuromusculoskeletal health (MOVE)

The research aim is to measure, understand and explain the human physical capacity and movement control in neuromusculoskeletal disorders and to develop effective prevention and treatment against these conditions.

Ongoing research within the research area:

Low vs high load motor control exercise to reduce disability in patients with mechanical low back pain - a randomized controlled trial


The aim of the study is to compare the effects of low-load motor control (LMC) exercise and those of a high-load lifting (HLL) exercise on activity and average pain intensity over the last 7 days. In collaboration with University of Luleå and an outpatient clinic in Umeå, Sweden.

The Swedish physical activity and fitness cohort study - SPAF


The aim of the study is to ascertain changes in health habits and physical capacity during a long term follow-up period. Further, the impact of environment and heredity on behaviour, physical capacity and health is investigated. In collaboration with Karolinska Institutet.

Self-reported Musculoskeletal Complaints, Neuromuscular Examination Findings and Movement Impairments in Air Force Pilots.


The overall aim with this project is to develop screening methods and neuromuscular screening tests to be used in the Swedish Air Force in order to support healthy pilots and limit painful musculoskeletal functional conditions among them. In collaboration with Karolinska Institutet.

Knee Function after ACL Injury – genetic predisposition, clinical and laboratory assessment and long term consequences in relation to treatment, development of ostheoarthritis and quality of life.


The results are analyzed with regard to treatment and development of osteoarthritis. We also develop new measures of knee function and investigate genetical predisposition for ACL injury and osteoarthritis.

MOvement control in STroke - clinical and laboratory assessments and in relation to brain imaging with fMRI (MOST study)


We use a motion capture system to analyze hand, arm and upper body function as well as gait in a movement lab. Via functional brain imaging synchronized with motion cameras, we also investigate brain activity during individual finger movements.

Musculoskeletal disorders among drivers


This project will find out why drivers get back pain and how it can be prevented. There is collaboration with Västerbotten County Council and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Women with neck pain: Effects of tailored treatment based on clinical standardized tests and tests of functioning


The aim is to develop a decision model for tailored treatment for women with non-specific neck pain and to compare tailored versus non-tailored treatment in a randomized controlled trial. In collaboration with Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, University of Gävle.

Long-term treatment results of neck pain. The importance of physical and psychosocial exposure at work


The study aim is to evaluate the importance of physical and psychosocial factors in the workplace on long-term treatment outcomes after neck pain rehabilitation. In collaboration with Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, University of Gävle, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Umeå University.

Head of research

Jonas Sandlund
Senior lecturer (associate professor)
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