Malmö Youth Sport Study: A longitudinal study of a secondary school in Malmö, Sweden, specializing in physical activity and sports

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Tomas Peterson, Eva Ageberg, Ann Bremander, Magnus Dencker,
Staffan Ek, Susanna Hedenborg, Joakim Ingrell, Urban Johnson,
Magnus Karlsson, Marie Larneby, M. Charlotte Olsson,
Ola Thorsson, Per Wollmer


This is a presentation of the longitudinal and multidisciplinary research program Malmö Youth Sport Study (MYSS), which is an independent continuation of the Bunkeflo project. The aims, methods, empirical materials and theoretical basis are introduced. The study asks questions related to the role of physical activity and sports to promote an active lifestyle and to foster elite athletes. The longitudinal study involves 156 individuals engaged in thirteen different sports, from a secondary school in Malmö, Sweden, specialized in physical activity and sports.

Two basic questions to be answered are, first, if this school form contributes to a larger extent to foster elite athletes, and, second, if this school form contributes to pupils taking part in competitive or recreational sports in adulthood to a greater extent than their peers at ordinary schools. The overall aim with the MYSS study is both to answer these two questions empirically, and to investigate which selection factors (gender-related, physiological, social, or psychological) could be used to explain the outcomes. A three year follow-up is analyzed at the present time. There will also be a six year follow-up and a twelve year follow-up.

The researchers represent disciplines within Humanities, Medicine, and Social Sciences, and they are affiliated to three Swedish universities.


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TOMAS PETERSON, Senior Professor in Sport Sciences, Malmö University.
EVA AGEBERG, PhD, Associate Professor, senior lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University.
ANN BREMANDER, Dr Med Vet, Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering, Research Unit of Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and Health.
MAGNUS DENCKER, Senior Consultant Physician, Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Associate Professor, Clinical Physiology, Lund University.
STAFFAN EK, PhD-student Lund University
SUSANNA HEDENBORG, Full Professor in Sport studies, Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University.
JOAKIM INGRELL, PhD-student Malmö University, Dep. Of Sport Science.
URBAN JOHNSON, Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology, School of Health and Social Sciences, Halmstad University, Sweden.
MARIE LARNEBY, PhD-student, Malmö University, Sport Science.
MAGNUS KARLSSON, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Senior Consultant Lund University, Skåne University Hospital.
M. CHARLOTTE OLSSON, Docent/Associate Professor Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering, Research Unit of Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and Health.
OLA THORSSON, MD, PhD. Head of dept of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine at Skane University Hospital in Malmö, Sweden.
PER WOLLMER, Professor of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Lund University, Consultant Clinical Physiologist, University of Lund.

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