Swedish Parasport Academy

The Swedish Parasport Academy is a collaborative environment between academia, companies, sports, the rehabilitation sector, and society with the aim of contributing to increased active lifestyle and sports participation for people with impairment.

What we do

The long-term objective is to contribute to the co-production of knowledge about physical activity and sports which are useful for the individual with impairment, the society, education purposes and to create new innovative ideas and solutions.

The purpose of this research is to study how the impairment affects activities in everyday life, physical activity during leisure time, and para sports. The target group is wheelchair users who are physically active or participating in sports.

The project will:

  1. measure the impairment without compensatory aids,
  2. examine the relation between the individual and equipment/aid, and
  3. measure performance during everyday activities and sport-specific tasks performed using a wheelchair.

The results from the project will provide answers on how the mobility/function of the individual can be optimised with equipment/aids based on the individual’s ability and need, and at the same time minimise the load on the shoulder and pelvis. The aim is to find the optimal level of function and performance for wheelchair users, both in everyday situations and in a sports performance perspective.

This project includes more than a hundred people with neuromusculoskeletal impairment who use wheelchairs.

Recruitment of research subjects

Project duration

The project runs between 2022 and 2026

Our research projects

The following research projects are part of the Swedish Parasport Academy. You can read more about them on the respective links.

Swedish Parasport Academy

We want more people with disabilities to be able to move around and participate in sports. We collaborate between universities, companies and the sports movement to achieve this goal.

Our research project during the years 2022 to 2026 investigates how wheelchair use affects the ability to move and play sports.

The project also investigates the risk of injuries in the shoulders, pressure ulcers under the buttocks and on the back.

Are you interested in participating in the research study?

Contact Principal Investigator Anna Bjerkefors, anna.bjerkefors@gih.se

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  • Anna Bjerkefors´s profilbildDocent, Senior lecturerAnna Bjerkeforsanna.bjerkefors@gih.se+46 8-120 53 747
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