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New PhD thesis on the prevention of shoulder injuries in handball


Tuesday, June 26, PhD-student Stig Haugsbø Andersson defended his PhD-thesis "Injury prevention in elite handball" at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

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Stig has a BSc in physiotherapy from the College of Physiotherapy in Bergen (2004-07), and completed a MSc in sports physiotherapy at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in 2011. He has a varied background, including working in a private practice and following a number of handball teams up to the highest level.

Shoulder injuries in handball usually occur acutely as trauma caused by a fall or collision. Overuse injuries on the other side are more commonly the result of overloading the shoulder over a period of time.

Thrower's shoulder is a collective term for several types of overuse injuries. As the name suggests, this type of injury is common in sports that involve throwing, and warrents preventative efforts in handball, too. Reduced glenohumeral rotation, external rotation weakness and obvious scapular dyskinesis are suggested as modifiable risk factors.

Also, handball players are exposued to a high risk of acute injuries, especially during matches, however, knowledge on these injuries´ mechanisms is lacking.

Based on the above, this PhD-project, supervised by professor Grethe Myklebust and professor Roald Bahr, targeted the following aims:

1) Inform injury prevention efforts in elite handball with an emphasis on overuse shoulder injuries specifically

2) Investigate the risk of overuse shoulder injuries in specific, and acute injury mechanisms in general


Read more about Stig´s projects.

Time and place: June 26 2018, Auditorium A, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences 

Trial lecture: 1015 – 1100

"What is and how do we measure load in athletes? What is the relationship between workload and injury in team sports?"

PhD-defense: 1300 – 1600


  • First opponent: Associate professor Ann Cools, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Second opponent: Associate professor Martin Hägglund, University of Linköping, Sweden
  • Head: Professor May Arna Risberg, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway

Trial lecture and PhD defense will be held in English and are open for public. WELCOME