The Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre (SWSRC) has two primary research foci: sports and performance as well as sports and health.

In sports and performance, the physiological research at SWSRC primarily focuses on aerobic energy processes and the factors that limit aerobic performance capabilities. The aim is to explain physiological mechanisms using research questions that are relevant and applicable in the field of sports. Biomechanical research is focused on through the analysing of internal and external loading and forces in bodies and materials. Biomechanical measurements can quantify movement patterns and forces in different work forms and be individually optimised. A special area of interest for SWSRC is conducting studies in which the knowledge fields of physiology and biomechanics are integrated, with the aim of achieving a more inclusive understanding of factors that influence performance. This is primarily done using cross-country skiing and biathlon as the working models, both in the laboratory and in the field.

 

Physical inactivity is a major contributing factor in a range of modern health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, Reaven’s syndrome, and cardiovascular diseases. Factors such as smoking, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and alcohol now account for up to half of the lifestyle-related ill health that result in death and, according to the WHO, this proportion will increase to 60-70% by 2020. Osteoporosis is another common condition in Sweden; at the ages of 70-79, one in three women can be diagnosed as having osteoporosis when the density of their hip bone is analysed. This is why SWSRC has created a ‘phys-lab’ (in the field of sports and health) that allows research and development work related to public health.

 

SWSRC has international partnerships and collaborations with other universities and research centres, and a number of international research projects are underway. More information about the research strategy and projects can be found on the relevant pages.

 

Ongoing Research Projects

Aegis

Asthma is relatively common among the population in Sweden, but even more common among those who practice endurance training in the cold, such as cross-country skiers. Can the use of heat and...

Hyperborean

How is airway health influenced by physical activity in cold environments? This is the main question for this research project that started in 2015.

Parasport and inclusive exercise

People with physical and intellectual disabilities are less likely to participate in sport activities and are less physically active than their counterparts. This project aims to investigate...

The Female Athlete

Healthy women of reproductive age have a natural hormonal cycle known as the menstrual cycle (MC). The MC affects female athletes in a variety of ways and this project aims to improve the applicati...

The Skiers Metabolome Project

This exploratory research project aims to identify novel biomarkers of health and performance among elite cross-country skiers.