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Anna Hallén

I am a PhD student in the physiotherapy unit and work as a research coordinator in the Football Research Group (FRG). My research focus on injuries and other health issues among female professional football players.


  • Research project: Epidemiology and characteristics of injuries and other female health issues in elite female football players.
  • In my research, I investigate the occurrence, risk factors and consequences of injuries among female professional football players in collaboration with the Union of European Football Association (UEFA).

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  • Teacher´s degree, with a focus on the later years of school and upper secondary school (May 2006)
  • Bachelor´s degree in public health science with a focus on physical activity (May 2006).
  • Master´s in Medical Science from Linköping University (August 2020).
  • Admitted as a PhD student (December 2023)



Anna Hallén, Rita Tomas, Jan Ekstrand, Håkan Bengtsson, Elke Van den Steen, Martin Hägglund, Markus Walden (2024) UEFA Women's Elite Club Injury Study: a prospective study on 1527 injuries over four consecutive seasons 2018/2019 to 2021/2022 reveals thigh muscle injuries to be most common and ACL injuries most burdensome British Journal of Sports Medicine Continue to DOI


Jan Ekstrand, Anna Hallén, Vittoria Marin, Håkan Gauffin (2023) Most modifiable risk factors for hamstring muscle injury in womens elite football are extrinsic and associated with the club, the team, and the coaching staff and not the players themselves: the UEFA Womens Elite Club Injury Study Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, Vol. 31, p. 2550-2555 Continue to DOI
Jan Ekstrand, Anna Hallén, Håkan Gauffin, Håkan Bengtsson (2023) Low adoption in womens professional football: teams that used the Nordic Hamstring Exercise in the team training had fewer match hamstring injuries BMJ OPEN SPORT & EXERCISE MEDICINE, Vol. 9, Article e001523 Continue to DOI


Markus Waldén, Jan Ekstrand, Martin Hägglund, Alan McCall, Michael Davison, Anna Hallén, Håkan Bengtsson (2022) Influence of the COVID-19 Lockdown and Restart on the Injury Incidence and Injury Burden in Mens Professional Football Leagues in 2020: The UEFA Elite Club Injury Study Sports Medicine-Open, Vol. 8, Article 67 Continue to DOI