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U-Motion Laboratory Research Group

Research group Our research aims to evaluate and improve human sensorimotor control in individuals with a range of musculoskeletal or neurological injuries and diseases. The multi-professional research group at the U-motion laboratory, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation; Physiotherapy, is headed by Professor Charlotte Häger, in close collaboration with Associate Professor Helena Grip, Medical Engineering and Dr Lina Schelin, Statistics.


The core facility for our research is the U-motion laboratory, where equipment includes an advanced integrated system comprising of 3D motion analysis cameras to capture movements (kinematics), force platforms to analyse ground reaction forces for moments of force and powers around joints (kinetics), and electromyography (EMG) to register muscle activity. An auto-follow rail camera also allows continuous 2D video recordings of movements from the side as persons move through the room (e.g., during gait). An Ergotrainer is mounted in the ceiling for body-weight supported gait or other movements.

Our research projects also involve methods such as muscle strength testing using various dynamometers, physical activity monitoring, clinical assessments/tests, qualitative studies and surveys. The projects target a range of different study populations with musculoskeletal and/or neurological conditions, such as people with injury of the anterior cruciate ligament, knee osteoarthritis, patellofemoral pain, neck or low back pain, stroke and cerebral palsy.

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Our research, particularly analyses of whole-body movements, generates vast and complex data. We therefore also develop advanced statistical analyses for more comprehensive interpretation of human movements and performance in healthy and pathological conditions.

In collaboration with Umeå center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI), we also utilise their magnetic resonance imaging scanner to investigate brain activity in relation to movement control by using a 3D motion analysis system specially designed for the MR environment. This setup is available to very few research groups in the world and enables us to improve our understanding of the central processes associated with sensorimotor control.


Please contact us if you are interested in collaboration, using the facilities in your research or for clinical purposes such as gait analysis.

Jonas Selling, Research Engineer

Charlotte Häger, Professor, Head of U-Motion Laboratory

U-Motion Laboratory video

Head of research

Charlotte Häger
Professor, combined with clinical employment


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation

Research area

Public health and health care science

Publications, original papers

Sports Biomechanics, Routledge 2021, Vol. 20, (2) : 213-229
Markström, Jonas L.; Schelin, Lina; Häger, Charlotte K.
Physical Therapy in Sport, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 49 : 112-121
Strong, Andrew; Srinivasan, Divya; Häger, Charlotte
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 28 : S173-S173
French, H. P.; Häger, Charlotte; Venencie, A.; et al.
International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2020, Vol. 43, (2) : 102-115
French, Helen P.; Hager, Charlotte K.; Venience, Anne; et al.
American Journal of Sports Medicine, Sage Publications 2020, Vol. 48, (5) : 1117-1126
Markström, Jonas L.; Grip, Helena; Schelin, Lina; et al.
Gait & Posture, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 82 : 181-188
Nedergård, Heidi; Schelin, Lina; Frykberg, Gunilla E.; et al.
Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Vol. 38, (3) : 680-688
Seale, Kirsten; Burger, Marilize; Posthumus, Michael; et al.
Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 47, (1) : 27-35
Österlund, Catharina; Nilsson, Evelina; Hellström, Fredrik; et al.
Journal of Biomechanics, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 82 : 70-79
Arumugam, Ashokan; Markström, Jonas L.; Häger, Charlotte K.
PLoS ONE, Public Library of Science 2019, Vol. 14, (10)
Grip, Helena; Tengman, Eva; Liebermann, Dario G.; et al.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, BioMed Central 2019, Vol. 16, (1)
Johansson, Gudrun M.; Häger, Charlotte K.
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 29, (8) : 1181-1189
Markström, Jonas; Grip, Helena; Schelin, Lina; et al.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 20, (1)
Strong, Andrew; Tengman, Eva; Srinivasan, Divya; et al.
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 22, (11) : 1219-1225
Suijkerbuijk, Mathijs A. M.; Ponzetti, Marco; Rahim, Masouda; et al.
Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 45, (4) : 1036-1061
Abramowicz, Konrad; Häger, Charlotte; Pini, Alessia; et al.
Knee (Oxford), Elsevier 2018, Vol. 25, (2) : 226-239
Hébert-Losier, Kim; Schelin, Lina; Tengman, Eva; et al.
23rd annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science: Sport Science at the cutting edge, Dublin, Ireland, July 4-7, 2018: Book of Abstracts, European College of Sport Sciences 2018 : 555-555
Markström, Jonas; Grip, Helena; Schelin, Lina; et al.
8th World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, July 8-12, 2018
Markström, Jonas; Grip, Helena; Schelin, Lina; et al.
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, Vol. 26, (2) : 358-367
Markström, Jonas L.; Tengman, Eva; Häger, Charlotte
8th World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, July 8-12, 2018
Markström, Jonas; Tengman, Eva; Häger, Charlotte
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers Media S.A. 2018, Vol. 12
Sommer, Marius; Häger, Charlotte; Boraxbekk, Carl-Johan; et al.
Clinical Biomechanics, Vol. 53 : 37-45
Srinivasan, Divya; Tengman, Eva; Häger, Charlotte K.
Spine, Vol. 43, (8) : E482-E487
Stenlund, Tobias; Öhberg, Fredrik; Lundström, Ronnie; et al.
Annals of Work Exposures and Health, Oxford University Press 2018, Vol. 62, (5) : 591-603
Svedmark, Åsa; Björklund, Martin; Häger, Charlotte K.; et al.
BioMed Research International
Tronarp, Rebecca; Nyberg, André; Hedlund, Mattias; et al.
Gait & Posture, Vol. 57 : 355-
Grip, Helena; Johansson, Anna-Maria; Selling, Jonas; et al.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, Vol. 14
Johansson, Gudrun M.; Grip, Helena; Levin, Mindy F; et al.
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, Springer 2017, Vol. 25, (11) : 3378-3386
Naili, Josefine E; Iversen, Maura D.; Esbjörnsson, Anna-Clara; et al.
Knee (Oxford), Elsevier 2017, Vol. 24, (3) : 536-546
Naili, Josefine; Esbjörnsson, Anna-Clara; Iversen, Maura; et al.
Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, Vol. 32 : 44-50
Sole, Gisela; Pataky, Todd; Tengman, Eva; et al.
Journal of Neurophysiology, Vol. 117, (2) : 684-691
Thomas, Christine K; Häger, Charlotte K.; Klein, Cliff S
XXI ISEK Congress
Johansson, Anna-Maria; Grip, Helena; Strong, Andrew; et al.
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Vol. 16
Lämås, Kristina; Häger, Charlotte; Lindgren, Lenita; et al.
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Vol. 24 : S111-S111
Naili, J. E.; Iversen, M. D.; Esbjörnsson, A. -C; et al.
Clinical Biomechanics, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 32 : 180-186
Sole, Gisela; Tengman, Eva; Grip, Helena; et al.
Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation, Vol. 3, (1) : 022-029
Stenlund, Tobias; Öhberg, Fredrik; Lundström, Ronnie; et al.
Gait & Posture, Vol. 46 : 98-103
Stensdotter, Ann-Katrin; Tengman, Eva; Häger, Charlotte
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 17
Svedmark, Åsa; Djupsjöbacka, Mats; Häger, Charlotte; et al.
Physiotherapy, Vol. 102, (1)
Wolf, S L; Kwakkel, G; Bayley, M; et al.
Physical Therapy Reviews, Vol. 20, (3) : 137-155
Alt Murphy, Margit; Häger, Charlotte
Physical Therapy Reviews, Maney Publishing 2015, Vol. 20, (3) : 156-167
Frykberg, Gunilla E; Häger, Charlotte
Journal of Biomechanics, Vol. 48, (10) : 1906-1914
Grip, Helena; Tengman, Eva; Häger, Charlotte