• Vestara Bryggja 15, FO-100 Tórshavn

    Faroe Islands

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Research interests

Skeletal muscle fatigue during high intensity intermittent exercise using manipulations such as fitness training, drug and nutritional supplementation, exercise intensity, exercise mode, exercise duration, recovery, heat stress, hypoxia etc.

Skeletal muscle and performance adaptation to exercise training, fitness testing in elite team sports, match analysis as a research tool in team sports, and fitness testing and training in elite football.

Health effects of exercise training with main emphasis on team sports participation. Exercise as prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases - Exercise as Medicine concept. Physical activity and public health.

Has large experience in invasive studies using novel techniques such as blood flow measurements with thermodilution, microdialysis in skeletal muscle, muscle and blood metabolite analysis as well as single fibre measurements (is also certified to take muscle biopsies from the vastus lateralis and deltoid muscles), muscle protein analysis (Western Blot), and research techniques such as MRI scans of metabolite changes and transcranial magnetic stimulation and electrical peripheral stimulation approaches. Has extraordinary high experience in laboratory and field testing as well as match analysis and field studies in football.

Has performed intervention studies (RCT´s) on subject group of both genders, across the life span ranging from young children to elderly, as well as subject groups of different health and fitness status ranging from elite top-class athletes to various patient groups.

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Administrative roles:

Pro-rector for Research and Enterprise, University of the Faroe Islands, since February 2020.

Dean of Faculty of the Health Sciences, University of the Faroe Islands, since August 2017.

Head of Centre of Health Science (collaboration research centre between the University of the Faroe Islands, The Faroese National Hospital and the Department of Occupational and Public Health, 2016-2019.

Steering Group member of Centre of Health Science since May 2019.

Chairman of the Board of Public Health on the Faroe Islands (2016-present).

Member (Europe´s representative) in the Steering Group of World Congress of Science and Football (WCSF) and World Congress of Science and Soccer (WCSS) since 2019.

Organiser of international student exchange (Erasmus program) between the University of Exeter and Democritus University of Thrace in Komotini, Greece.

Founder and leader of the iNOVA Human Performance Laboratory, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands since 2014.

Member of several scientific committees in scientific conferences from 2013-2022.

Section editor of Journal of Sport Sciences 2015-2018.

Editor of the Faroese University Press “Fróðskaparrit” 2015-2020.

Guest-editor of a Special Issue on Women´s Football in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport 2021-2022.

Chairman of the scientific committees organising the international scientific public health conferences “Public Health for all” 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.

Chairman of the scientific committee organising the international scientific conference “Football is Medicine” on the Faroe Islands 2020.

Presentations:

Several presentations as invited speaker on scientific conferences as well as international sports physiology meetings during the last 20 years. This includes numerous keynote presentations on conferences around the world.

Awards:

Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports Award from the Scandinavian Physiological Society for best scientific paper 2004.

Football Coach of the Year (Faroe Islands) 2005 and 2008.

National Presenter of Science Award (Faroe Islands) 2018.

Ambassador of the Year (Faroe Islands) 2020.

Winner of international Incredible Impact Award 2022 for the Football is Medicine conference 2020.

Other sports related positions/merits:

Semi-professional soccer player (more than 100 games in the top league of the Faroe Islands.

Physical adviser for Brøndby FC, 1999-2000 and fitness coach for the Danish National Team during the World Cup 2002.

Match Analysis Juventus FC, 1999-2003, in cooperation with assistant head coach Dr. Jens Bangsbo.

Scientific consultant for Chelsea FC, 2008-2011 in cooperation with head of sport science, the late Nick Broad and head coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Fitness consultant for the Danish Football Association and UEFA 2002-2003. 

FIFA and AFC instructor (since 2002) in fitness training at the highest level (the Professional Diploma Coaching Courses) and conducts fitness training courses for top-class coaches around the world.

Assistant coach for FC-Tórshavn, B36 2005-2006, and EB-Streymur FC 2008-2009 in the Faroese top-league, Fitness coach for Víkingur FC 2013-2015 and HB FC 2015-2016.

Scientific consultant for the Canadian ice-hockey team Vancouver Canucks, 2011-2012, in cooperation with Dr. Bruno Demichelis.

Scientific consultant for AC Milan, 2015 in cooperation with head coach Clarence Seedorf.

Scientific consultant for Chinese football team Shenzhen FC, 2016-2017, in cooperation with head coach Clarence Seedorf.

Fitness coach and performance director for Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga, 2018, in cooperation with head coach Clarence Seedorf.

Fitness coach and performance director for the national team of Cameroun, 2018-2019, in cooperation with head coach Clarence Seedorf.

Fitness coach of the national team of the Faroe Islands, 2020- , in cooperation with head coach Håkan Ericson.

Publications

161 peer-reviewed articles from 2002 to present (47 as first author and 54 as last author – 11 reviews included of which 4 are meta-analysis reviews) published in high-impact journals such as Brit. J. Sport Med., J. Physiol., J. Appl. Physiol., Am. J. Physiol., Acta Physiol., PLoS ONE, Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Phlugers Arc., Physiol. Rep., Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. and Scand. J. Med. Sci. Sports.

Has written 4 books: Fatigue development in Soccer with Reference to Intense Intermittent Exercise (2008), Fitness Testing in Football (2012, co-authored with Prof. Jens Bangsbo) Fysiologi - Grundbók i arbeiðs- og venjingarfysiologi (2013, Faroese) and Individual Training in Football (2014, co-authored with Prof. Jens Bangsbo). 10 scientific book chapters and 25 papers in English, Danish or Faroese in Sport Magazines from 1998 to present. More than 120 abstracts from 2001 to present, which have been presented at international scientific conferences. Has done 15 international podcasts.

Teaching

Has been teaching on all levels (Bachelor, Master and PhD) at University of Copenhagen (1999-2011), University of Exeter (2011-2014), University of Gothenburg (2013-2019), University of the Faroe Islands (2014-2022) and University of Southern Denmark (2017-2022) and has been supervising a high number of Bachelor (n=54) and Master students (n=35).

The teaching at the University of Copenhagen and University of Exeter encompasses both practical and theoretical modules.

Is currently teaching in Bachelor and Master Courses at the University of the Faroe Islands, and the University of Southern Denmark, as well as on international PhD. courses around the world.

Organiser and leader of an international PhD. course 2009 on Team Sports Physiology held in Copenhagen including participants from all over the World. Organiser of an international PhD-course in Epidemiology in 2017 at the Centre of Health Science, University of the Faroe Islands.

Has supervised 10 PhD-students to graduation from 2017-2022. Is currently supervising 8 PhD-students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD. In Exercise Physiology, Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, Section of Human Physiology, University of Copenhagen

… → 2008

Master, Master of Science in Human Physiology, University of Copenhagen

… → 2001

Bachelor, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, University of Copenhagen

… → 1998

External positions

Professor in Football, SDU Sport and Health Sciences Cluster (SHSC), University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

2019 → …

Associate professor, SDU Sport and Health Sciences Cluster (SHSC), University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

20172019

Associate professor at Centre for Health and Performance, Center for Health and Performance, Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

20132019

Senior Research Fellow, Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

20112014

Post Doc, Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, Section of Human Physiology, University of Copenhagen

20072011

External researcher, Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, Section of Human Physiology, University of Copenhagen

20042007

Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, Section of Human Physiology, University of Copenhagen

19992004

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