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Börje Rehn

Associate Professor in Physiotherapy, Registered Physiotherapist and member of the national Section for Occupational Health and Ergonomics

Research qualifications: Docent
Educational qualifications: Recognised university teacher



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Associate professor at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation Section: Physiotherapy

I do research and teach about physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is important because adapted physical activity can have a substantial impact on health. I want to contribute to this by development and dissemination of knowledge.

Research focus

My field of research is about ergonomics for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders from physically demanding work. The research is often quantitatively oriented, where I use technical measurement methods to describe biomechanical load.

Science outreach

I contribute to development of Swedish standards within the ergonomics work group for SIS, as a participant from the Ergonomics and Human Factors Society in Sweden. Further, I continuously perform various review assignments such as for WorkSafeBC (Workers Compensation Board), British Columbia, Canada. 

Clinical experience

I have worked with various patient categories in outpatient and inpatient care as well as private, mainly with functional disability from orthopedic and neurological injuries and diseases.


My doctorate was in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Umeå University, Sweden. I did my post-doc at the University of Queensland, Australia. Postgraduate studies was in healthcare science, with a focus on movement capability. 

Bioengineering, MDPI 2023, Vol. 10, (7)
Dahlgren, Gunilla; Liv, Per; Öhberg, Fredrik; et al.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI 2022, Vol. 19, (24)
Dahlgren, Gunilla; Liv, Per; Öhberg, Fredrik; et al.
Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 54
Coppieters, Michel W.; Rehn, Börje; Plinsinga, Melanie L.
International Journal of Forest Engineering, Taylor & Francis 2020, Vol. 31, (3) : 184-191
Stenlund, Tobias; Lundström, Ronnie; Lindroos, Ola; et al.
Spine, Vol. 43, (8) : E482-E487
Stenlund, Tobias; Öhberg, Fredrik; Lundström, Ronnie; et al.
Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management, American Research Institute for Policy Development 2017, Vol. 4, (2) : 38-47
Blomqvist, Sven; Lönnberg, Lisa; Sundelin, Gunnevi; et al.
BMC Health Services Research, BioMed Central 2017, Vol. 17
Lundell, Sara; Tistad, Malin; Rehn, Börje; et al.
European Journal of Physiotherapy, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD 2017, Vol. 19, (2) : 116-116
Rehn, Börje
Universitetspedagogiska konferensen 2017: undervisning i praktiken – föreläsning, flexibelt eller mitt emellan?, Umeå: Universitetspedagogik och lärandestöd (UPL), Umeå universitet 2017 : 91-91
Rehn, Börje; Hedlund, Mattias; Sandlund, Jonas
Jacobs Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 3, (2)
Larsson, Annika; Rehn, Börje; Blomqvist, Sven
Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation, Vol. 3, (1) : 022-029
Stenlund, Tobias; Öhberg, Fredrik; Lundström, Ronnie; et al.
JARID: Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell 2016, Vol. 29, (1) : 93-98
Sundahl, Lina; Zetterberg, Marie; Wester, Anita; et al.
Respiratory Medicine, Elsevier 2015, Vol. 109, (1) : 11-26
Lundell, Sara; Holmner, Åsa; Rehn, Börje; et al.
Fysioterapi, Stockholm: Fysioterapeuterna 2015, Vol. 1 : 26-32
Rehn, Börje; Blomqvist, Sven
Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, Elsevier 2015, Vol. 25, (3) : 548-556
Stenlund, Tobias; Lundström, Ronnie; Häger, Charlotte; et al.
European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, Vol. 7, (1) : 22-30
Blomqvist, Sven; Wester, Anita; Persson, Elin; et al.
Gait & Posture, Elsevier 2014, Vol. 39, (3) : 904-908
Blomqvist, Sven; Wester, Anita; Rehn, Börje
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Elsevier 2014, Vol. 44, (5) : 732-738
Stenlund, Tobias; Öhberg, Fredrik; Lundström, Ronnie; et al.
Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 34, (1) : 198-206
Blomqvist, Sven; Olsson, Josefine; Wallin, Louise; et al.
Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Oxford Journals 2012, Vol. 56, (1) : 10-17
Milosavljevic, Stephan; Bagheri, Nasser; Vasiljev, Radivoj M; et al.
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Vol. 42, (4) : 392-396
Milosavljevic, Stephan; Mani, Ramakrishnan; Ribeiro, Daniel Cury; et al.
International Society for Gait and Posture Research (ISPGR), Trondheim, June 24 - 28, 2012.
Rehn, Börje; Stenlund, Tobias; Öhberg, Fredrik; et al.
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Elsevier 2011, Vol. 41, (3) : 317-321
Milosavljevic, Stephan; McBride, David I.; Bagheri, Nasser; et al.
Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Vol. 55, (3) : 286-295
Milosavljevic, Stephan; McBride, David I; Bagheri, Nasser; et al.
Applied Ergonomics, Vol. 41, (4) : 530-535
Milosavljevic, Stephan; Bergman, Frida; Rehn, Börje; et al.
Physical Therapy Reviews, Vol. 13, (6) : 427-433
Rehn, Börje; Nilsson, Peter; Norgren, Martin
Advances in Physiotherapy, Taylor & Francis 2007, Vol. 9, (3) : 129-135
Blomqvist, Sven; Rehn, Börje
Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports, Vol. 17, (1) : 2-11
Rehn, Börje; Lidström, J; Skoglund, J; et al.
Applied Ergonomics, Vol. 37, (6) : 793-799
Åström, Charlotte; Rehn, Börje; Lundström, Ronnie; et al.
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Vol. 35, (9) : 831-842
Rehn, Börje; Lundström, Ronnie; Nilsson, Leif; et al.
Noise and Vibration Worldwide, Vol. 36, (1) : 13-18
Rehn, Börje; Lundström, Ronny; Nilsson, Tor; et al.
Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Vol. 49, (3) : 267-275
Rehn, Börje; Nilsson, Tohr; Olofsson, Bodil; et al.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 5, (1)
Rehn, Börje; Nilsson, Tohr; Järvholm, Bengt
Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 253, (1) : 21-29
Rehn, Börje; Lundström, Ronnie; Nilsson, Tohr; et al.


I teach mainly about the structure and function of the human body at the Physiotherapy program, where I am also organiser for courses. The teaching includes both theory and practice.

Pedagogical approach

Subject specific didactics is important for providing useful examples and creating realistic situations in professional education, such as for students within a physiotherapy program. I appreciate a diversity of students with different learning styles, I myself learn best by trying and discussing. In my teaching, I use student-active methods and digital tools in order for students to become co-creative, independent and critical. 


I have been active within the Medical faculty at Umeå University as a coordinator for the Research Aspirants and member of the Undergraduate Education Council. I have also been Chairman of the Program Council for the Occupational therapist-, Physiotherapist- and Sports Programs. I did a sabbatical at the Ohio State University, USA.