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Stina Rutberg
Stina Rutberg

Stina Rutberg

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department of Health, Education and Technology
+46 (0)920 493225
S115 Luleå

Associated Professor in Physiotherapy


I hold a PhD and am an associate Professor in Physiotherapy. I works as a teacher and researcher at LTU. I teach at the physiotherapy program and the master's programs Physiotherapy o Occupational therapy, as well as the OMT Master. I started working as a physiotherapist in 1992 after taking physiotherapist degree at the university of Boden. 1996 I started my own business "Stina's physiotherapy" which I ran until 2007. I began teaching part time at Luleå University 2003 on physiotherapist program and went on to full-time in 2008 when I also went into the doctoral studies of 80%. I defended my thesis in March 2013.

Being clinical physiotherapist has been really fun and educational but to be teachers and researchers is exciting and to developing new knowledge and see students develop is a real favor. It has been a tremendous asset to be able to combine these different interests.


I have a doctorial degree in physical therapy since and my thesis is called "Striving for Control and Acceptance to feel well - experiences of living with migraine and attending physical therapy".Today my research has two major focuses. The first focus is on children and young people's physical activity, especially active school transporting. The other focus is the development of rehabilitation in elderly care and the on user-friendly ICT in municipal rehabilitation.

Research on active school transport

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Active school transportation

The active school transport project started with a three-year public health project (2017-19) with the aim of increasing the active school transport for low and middle school students. We have alos recieved a 4-year grant (2019-2022) from Vinnova, innovation for sustainable cities. The project is a collaboration with Luleå municipality. In 2016 we conducted a successful pilot study where students year one walked and cycled to school for 4 weeks. The project uses empowerment and gamification to promote sustainability and motivation for increased physical activity and, by extension, also affect health and learning. In addition to the health effects, the project also has effects on road safety around the schools and give reduced emissions of cars. For such young children, it is the parents who decide whether the children are allowed to go and ride to school and that is why we have placed great focus on the parents' attitudes to active school transport.

The pilot project has resulted in 5 scientific articles as well as great media attention.

The main results are:

  • Students get ready for school (arrives on time and has increased concentration)
  • Gamification increases student motivation
  • Integrated learning through assignments on the way to school provides the opportunity for "real-life" learning
  • The parents 'attitudes became more positive and the students' enthusiasm and motivation influenced the parents to allow the children to use active school transport to a greater extent.
  • Community and fellowships are important for getting motivation for biking and walking in winter conditions and by trying, it reduce parents' concerns.

We have also conducted a study on the components of the Pokémon Go game that made children more physically active. This subproject has rendered in a scientific article.

The main results are:

  • Collaboration is a more important component than competition to increase physical activity in children





Research into user-friendly ICT in municipal rehabilitation

My research also includes user friendly information and communication technology (ICT) in elderly care and we use participatory research methods to collect data. We have an ongoing project including physiotherapists and occupational therapists providing rehabilitative action at a distance. By using participatory research, we hope to get a model for implementing ICT changes in health care in a sustainable and userfriendly way.


Physiotherapy program

On the physiotherapy program, I teach most in a course called " in semester 3 and in a course called "Basic Acupuncture" in semester 6. I also examines students on their clinical education, and supervise and examine C-essays.

Master training Physiotherapy

I teach and examine the course "Design and application of qualitative methods" 7,5 hp which is the first year in the master's program. I as well teach in the qualitative part of the "Design and application of the scientific method" 3,5 hp of OMT Master's program. I also supervice Master thesis.


I'm an assistant supervisor for Jenni Riekkola PhD student in occupational therapy, in the area of couples´ participation in respite care. Her thesis is based on qualitative studies where she has interviewed couples who use respite care and also interviewed staff in the same area. Jenni will defend her thesis in 2019.


Article in journal

A Reusable Multiplayer Game for Promoting Active School Transport: Development Study (2022)

Laine. T, Duong. N, Lindvall. H, Oyelere. S, Rutberg. S, Lindqvist. A
JMIR Serious Games, Vol. 10, nr. 1
Article in journal

Initial Design and Testing of Multiplayer Cooperative Game to Support Physical Activity in Schools (2022)

Oyelere. S, Berghem. S, Brännström. R, Rutberg. S, Laine. T, Lindqvist. A
Education Sciences, Vol. 12, nr. 2
Article in journal

The Process of Using Participatory Action Research when Trying out an ICT Solution in Home-Based Rehabilitation (2022)

Nyman. A, Rutberg. S, Lilja. M, Isaksson. G
International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Vol. 21
Article in journal

Development and Initial Validation of the PILCAST Questionnaire (2021)

Understanding Parents’ Intentions to Let Their Child Cycle or Walk to School
Forsberg. H, Lindqvist. A, Forward. S, Nyberg. L, Rutberg. S
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 18, nr. 21
Article in journal

Participants’ Engagement and Satisfaction With a Smartphone App Intended to Support Healthy Weight Gain, Diet, and Physical Activity During Pregnancy (2021)

Qualitative Study Within the HealthyMoms Trial
Sandborg. J, Henriksson. P, Larsen. E, Lindqvist. A, Rutberg. S, Söderström. E, et al.
JMIR mhealth and uhealth, Vol. 9, nr. 3