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Charlotte Häger

My research addresses human motor control, how the brain controls movements and how to understand different types of movements in normal conditions and after injury/disease to guide treatment.

Works at

Professor, combined with clinical employment at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation Units: Physiotherapy
Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

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Research: My research field is human sensorimotor control, i.e., how the brain controls our muscles as efficiently as possible by means of the sensory and motor systems. Through studies of normal motor development in children and of movement control in healthy persons, we can build theories for how human movements are controlled by the brain and identify which factors that are essential to our movement ability. Such theories and methods will help us to understand the mechanisms behind pain or movement problems due to lesions or illness. This will optimize movement training and rehabilitation. My research addresses both hand and arm control but also involves studies of balance, gait and coordination in general. I work with studies in children and adults, in health as well as with various movement disorders such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, knee pain and injuriesneuropathy, stroke etc. The methodology involves kinematic movement analysis, force measurements and recordings of electromyographic activity in the muscles in our movement laboratory U-motion lab, but also surveys or clinical tests. The studies also include evaluation of outcome measures and clinical intervention in for instance neck patients and children with movement disorders. My research group is formed by multiple disciplines such as biomedical engineers, statisticians, orthopedic surgeons, physiologists, radiologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and more. National and international collaboration involve for instance, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Gothenburg university, and University of Miami, FL and University of Virginia, USA; University of Ulster, UK; University of Otago samt University of Waikato, New Zealand; University of Milano, Italy; och University of Tel Aviv, Israel. For ongoing projects, see below.

My research is supported among others by the Swedish Scientific Research Council, the Swedish Research Council for Sports Science (CIF), Umeå University, Umeå School of Sports Sciences, Västerbottens County Council, Lundbergs research foundation, the Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden), Promobilia and mo.

Multiple-disciplinary research group

Helena Grip, Associate professor, Engineer, Biomedical engineering
Lina Schelin, PhD, Senior lecturer, Statistics

Anna Cronström, Phd, Reg physiotherapist, Post-doc

Eva Tengman, PhD, Reg physiotherapist
Ashokan Arumugam, PhD, Reg physiotherapist
Anna-Maria Johansson, PhD, MScPsychology, Post doc
Jonas Markström, PhD, Post-doc
Andrew Strong, PhD, Post-doc
Heidi Nedergård, PhD, Reg physiotherapist 
Johan Strandberg, Phd, Post-doc, Statistician
Adfam Grinberg, PhD Student, Physiotherapist
Jonas Selling, Research engineer
Jenny Grinberg, Reg physiotherapist, Research assistent

Guest professor: Dario Liebermann, University of Tel Aviv, Israel



Academic exams: Registered physiotherapist 1984, Bachelor in Physiotherapy 1987, PhD in Neurophysiology, Dept of Physiology, Umeå university, 1995. Associate professor 2003, Professor 2009.

University employment: Professor
Teaching and assignments: I teach at the Medical faculty at the undergraduate level and the Doctoral level, and mostly in Physiotherapy

Commissions and trusts

Member of the faculty board of medicine 2005-2011 and member of the Research board of the Medical faculty 2021 - , and vice chairman of the Research board at the medical faculty 2008-2011. Chairman of the programme committee for Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy Educations 1998-2005. Member of the Regional Ethical Review Board 2004 - 2009.

Vice chair of the Swedish Research Council of Sports Science (Centrum för idrottsforskning) 2021 - 

Member of the medical board of the Scientific Research Council 2022 - 

Appointed Chair of the committee responsible for the scientific programme of  the World Confederation in Physical Therapy, WCPT  in Geneva 2019 (World Congress in Physical Therapy).

Further information


Physical Therapy, Oxford University Press 2022, Vol. 102, (2) : 1-10
Markström, Jonas L.; Grinberg, Adam; Häger, Charlotte K.
American Journal of Sports Medicine
Markström, Jonas; Schelin, Lina; Liebermann, Dario G.; et al.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers Media S.A. 2022, Vol. 15
Nedergård, Heidi; Schelin, Lina; Liebermann, Dario G.; et al.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, BioMed Central 2022, Vol. 17, (1)
Strong, Andrew; Arumugam, Ashokan; Tengman, Eva; et al.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers Media S.A. 2022, Vol. 16
Strong, Andrew; Grip, Helena; Boraxbekk, Carl-Johan; et al.
BMJ Open, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2021, Vol. 11, (5)
Arumugam, Ashokan; Björklund, Martin; Mikko, Sanna; et al.
Sports Medicine, Springer 2021, Vol. 51, (7) : 1419-1438
Cronström, Anna; Tengman, Eva; Häger, Charlotte K.
Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Feldmann, Daneil C.; Rahim, Masouda; Suijkerbuijk, Mathijs A. M.; et al.
Disability and Rehabilitation
Fjellman-Wiklund, Anncristine; Söderman, Kerstin; Lundqvist, Mari; et al.
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol. 4
Glavare, Maria; Stålnacke, Britt-Marie; Häger, Charlotte; et al.
Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Grinberg, Adam; Strong, Andrew; Buck, Sebastian; et al.
Experimental Brain Research, Springer 2021, Vol. 239, (6) : 1911-1928
Johansson, Anna-Maria; Grip, Helena; Rönnqvist, Louise; et al.
Sports Biomechanics, Routledge 2021, Vol. 20, (2) : 213-229
Markström, Jonas L.; Schelin, Lina; Häger, Charlotte K.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, BioMed Central 2021, Vol. 18, (1)
Nedergård, Heidi; Arumugam, Ashokan; Sandlund, Marlene; et al.
Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers Media S.A. 2021, Vol. 15
Palmcrantz, Susanne; Wall, Anneli; Vreede, Katarina Skough; et al.
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2021, Vol. 9
Strandberg, Johan; Pini, Alessia; Häger, Charlotte; et al.
The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 9, (8)
Strong, Andrew; Arumugam, Ashokan; Tengman, Eva; et al.
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.
U-Motion Laboratory Research Group

Our research aims to evaluate and improve human sensorimotor control in individuals with a range of musculoske...