Elin Ekblom Bak

Elin Ekblom Bak

Professor, director of studies for master's programme

Email: elin.ekblombak@gih.se

Phone: +46 8-120 53 861

Visiting address: Lidingövägen 1

Room: 1213

Belongs to: Department of Physical Activity and Health, Section for Health Science


Read more about my interests in research.

My research focuses on the importance of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and fitness for public health in different contexts. Among other things:

  • Is the principal investigator for the 6-year research program WORK TOGETHER, which aims to improve inclusion and efficiency in corporate health care's preventive work through co-creation with stakeholders and end-users. Learn more at gih.se/worktogether.
  • I am responsible for the HPI group at GIH, which conducts research on a uniquely large database of health profile assessments conducted in the Swedish working-age population since the 1980s. Based on this, my colleagues and I have published articles about, among other things, the decline in fitness in recent decades.
  • I have developed a fitness test on a bicycle, Ekblom-Bak cycle test, for calculation of maximal oxygen uptake (fitness).
  • I am one of the researchers responsible for measuring the physical activity pattern (via accelerometer) and fitness in the large SCAPIS study.
  • I have participated in studies in different clinical populations, including people with spinal cord injury and in evaluations of various lifestyle clinics for people with high cardiovascular risk
  • I am researching method development to measure physical activity and fitness.
  • I run the Wellness Pilot Clinic at GIH, where people who need support to become more physically active can turn to.
  • I am the editor and author of the book "Prolonged sedentary behaviour – a health hazard in time" which was published in 2013, and was released in an updated version in the spring of 2021.
  • I have worked with and published from the LIV studies conducted at GIH.
  • I defended my thesis at Karolinska Institutet in November 2013.

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Other information

Allsvenskan footballer, 150 Allsvenskan games.

2003, 2004 (Hammarby IF), 2005, 2006, 2007 (Djurgården), 2008– (AIK), 2010– (Tyresö).

Four senior caps (2004–2006), ten U21 caps (2004–2005).

Silver UEFA Women's Champions League (Djurgården 2005).

Gold medal in the Swedish Cup (Djurgården 2005).

Played abroad in RCD Espanyol 2001–2002.

Silver medal in La Copa de la Reina (Spanish Cup) 2002.

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Academic title

Professor in Sport Science, Ph.D. in Medical Science