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Clinical Biomechanics

Musculoskeletal disease, pain, and disability start early and may continue throughout life. We need more knowledge about the occurrence, course, and prognosis of musculoskeletal disorders to identify high-risk groups that could be targets for prevention and intervention; we need knowledge about what affects prognosis to target modifiable factors; we need a better understanding of the patho-physiological and behavioural mechanisms affecting onset and outcome to design effective interventions; we need better clinical tools for diagnosis, better treatment and better rehabilitation to effectively improve patient outcomes; we need reliable, valid, and responsive outcome measures to assess the parameters that are important to patients; and we need a better understanding of the societal mechanisms influencing how musculoskeletal conditions affect individuals and societies. And we need to use multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to find the answers.

To address these research challenges, the Clinical Biomechanics Research Unit will actively participate in the National Centre for Active Living with Muscle and Joint Disease at the University of Southern Denmark and collaborate with national and international partners.


Our purpose is to improve musculoskeletal health and its consequences across the life course.


Our role is to undertake high quality research that contributes to expanding the knowledge pool for:

  • early detection and management of musculoskeletal disorders;
  • understanding the bio-psycho-social mechanisms behind the growing impact of musculoskeletal disorders;
  • influencing health policy decision-making; and,
  • translating research findings to empower patients and clinicians to improve patient outcomes and healthcare system efficiency.

Jan Hartvigsen

Professor and Head of Research Unit