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Honorable prize for work on master program

Published: 27 April 2017

Peter Michaelson, assistant professor of physical therapy at Luleå University of Technology, recently received the newly Kalterbornpriset for his work with the master's program Master physiotherapy, focusing Orthopedic Manual Therapy, one of the most applied masters degrees in Sweden.

– Price was a recognition that what I wanted to achieve with the programme, that is to create an education for physiotherapists in which we can become specialists in the OMT area, while all the demands of academic excellence are met. To receive the price of Freddy Kaltenborn 94 years old, a living legend in the OMT area, was a bit cool and special, says Peter Michaelson.

The prize was awarded in Stockholm on  the congress Road to Recovery, organized by the OMT section, a section of the physiotherapists who work with orthopedic manual therapy. The prize is awarded to people who have proven significant stake in OMT specialist field. The purpose of the award is to honor Freddy Kaltenborn and his legacy in the OMT, both nationally and internationally, to anchor the section's historical roots and also stimulate clinical quality work and its scientific foundation. The prize is awarded every two years.

Peter Michaelson received a diploma and a signed book by the Norwegian Freddy Kaltenborn, who developed the so-called Kaltenborn method, which is one of the cornerstones of today's specialized area of ​​orthopedic manual therapy.


 With great commitment, structure, perseverance and skill Peter Michaelson has successfully implemented and establish a Master of Physiotherapy focusing Orthopedic Manual Therapy as the first of its kind. The Master in Luleå meet both the Agency's requirements for academic Master Level, the Physiotherapist  specialist Regulation and IFOMPT requirements for approved programme in specialist area Orthopedic Manual Therapy. One course is completed, another is in progress and a new intake takes place in autumn 2017. This has meant that more physiotherapists have been educated in the specialist area but it has also led to collaboration between the clinic and science. In this way, we wish to pay tribute to a person who enabled a lifting of the physiotherapy clinical expertise with scientific approach for the benefit of patients and healthcare.

Peter Michaelson

Peter Michaelson, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493932
Organisation: Physiotherapy, Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Health, Education and Technology