Ulrik Röijezon
Ulrik Röijezon

Ulrik Röijezon

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Physiotherapy
Health and Rehab
Department of Health Sciences
ulrik.roijezon@ltu.se
+46 (0)920 492987
D906 Luleå
PhD thesis
Link to the PhD-thesis: http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:217582/FULLTEXT01

Clinical and academic background

I received my physiotherapy degree at Lund University in 1996. Thereafter I worked as a physiotherapist in primary care, occupational health unit and a rehabilitation center. 2006 I signed in as a PhD- student and defended my PhD-thesis "Sensorimotor function in chronic neck pain - Objective assessments and a novel method for neck coordination exercise" in June 2009. After the defense, I lectured at various universities in Sweden, and since 2010 I am working at the Department of Health Sciences (HLV), LTU. My main clinical interest is in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, with a focus on motor control and learning.

My interest in musculoskeletal disorders and motor control and learning has led me to initiate research on musicians’ health and performance; a professional group with a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, combined with exceptionally high demands on good motor control. My interest in motor control has also led me to research in sports science (fly casting) and balance control in older people with fear of falling and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

I find it very stimulating to work at a technical university with both a philosophical and a technical faculty as this creates great opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within research, innovation and education. Together with colleagues I have contributed to the initiation of a Working Group on Motor Control and Biomechanics. Within the group, we collaborate across disciplines in various projects on, e.g., motion analysis, navigation, robotics and performing arts projects. I have also been initiator and responsible in building up and developing a motion laboratory, the "Human Health and Performance Lab - Movement Science", at HLV.

Research

My main interest areas of research:

  • Development and evaluation of methods for assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders (including clinically applicable objective methods for motion analysis)
  • Assessment and training of sensorimotor control
  • Correlation between changes in sensorimotor function and self-perceived health and function in people with musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neuromuscular mechanisms in neck co-ordination training
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, stress and motor control among musicians
  • Performance and motor control in sports, with a special focus on fly casting
  • Motor control in the elderly with fear of falling
  • Motor control in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Navigational aids for persons with visual impairment
  • Development of humanoid robot

Supervision

I supervise and examine physiotherapy students continuously at basic and advanced levels. I am co-supervisor for two doctoral students, Mascha Paulsen and Viktor Johansson Strandqvist who are physiotherapists and working at HLV. 

I was also co-supervisor for Daniel Innala Ahlmark who is computer engineer and was PhD-student at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering (SRT), LTU, until his defense June 10, 2016.

Teaching

My teaching areas involves mainly: functional anatomy, biomechanics, motor control and motor learning and clinical methods for assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions of the extremities and the spine.

Other assignments

Other interests

I live in Piteå, Norrbotten, married to Louise and have three children, Teo, Tor and Freja.

Fly fishing and fly casting

I have been a fly fisher since my 12th birthday when I was given my first fly rod. Mostly I fish for trout, sea-trout and salmon, but also arctic char, grayling, rainbow trout and other species. My dedications to develop my skills as a fly fisher has led me to explicitly train and compete in fly casting. In fly casting I compete for Piteå Angling Club, and have since the World Championship 2010 competed for the Swedish national team in fly casting. My greatest merits in fly casting are several gold medals in National Championships, gold at the Nordic Championship in 2011 & 2017, a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2014 and a silver at the World Championship 2016. At the Swedish Championship 2015 I took the world record in the event Trout Distance (floating long-belly line # 5) with a 45.9 m long cast. This record was extended at the Swedish Championship 2017 with a cast of 46.3 m. I am also physiotherapist for the Swedish Elite Group in fly casting, perform research within fly casting and am a board member of the Swedish Casting Association.

For more information on casting and fly casting: www.casting.se

Music

I have a special affection for music influenced by jazz and funky grooves. Unchallenged on my top list are Steely Dan, and among the Swedish favorites are the excellent groove-generators Bo Kasper’s Orchestra and Movitz, both with connections to Norrbotten. As for the classical masters, I highly appreciate the tunes from Bach.

My general view is that music and music performance is one of the basic foundations of the society, and find it important to promote and work for musicians' health and performance.

Publications

Conference paper

A Laser Dot Tracking Method for the Assessment of Sensorimotor Function of the Hand (2017)

Karvelis. P, Röijezon. U, Faleij. R, Georgoulas. G, Mansouri. S, Nikolakopoulos. G
Part of: 2017 25th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED 2017, s. 217-222, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, 7984121
Article in journal

A new clinical test for sensorimotor function of the hand (2017)

Röijezon. U, Faleij. R, Kravelis. P, Georgoulas. G, Nikolakopoulos. G
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, ISSN: 1471-2474, Vol. 18, nr. 1
Article in journal

An Initial Study on the Coordination of Rod and Line Hauling Movements in Distance Fly Casting (2017)

Röijezon. U, Løvoll. G, Henriksson. A, Tonkonogi. M, Lehto. N
Annals of Applied Sport Science, ISSN: 2476-4981
Conference paper

Elbow Joint Angle Estimation by Using Integrated Surface Electromyography (2016)

Mamikoglu. U, Nikolakopoulos. G, Pauelsen. M, Varagnolo. D, Röijezon. U, Gustafsson. T
Part of: 24th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED), June 21-24, Athens, Greece, 2016, s. 785-790, IEEE Communications Society, 2016, 7535891
Conference paper

Electromyography Based Joint Angle Estimation and Control of a Robotic Leg (2016)

Mamikoglu. U, Andrikopoulos. G, Nikolakopoulos. G, Röijezon. U, Pauelsen. M, Gustafsson. T
Part of: 6th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2016), June 26-29, Singapore, 2016, s. 182-187, IEEE Communications Society, 2016, 7523619