Although figure skating attracts several hundred thousand participants worldwide, there is little knowledge on young figure skaters’ health. However, studies including adult figure skaters indicate a high prevalence of overuse injuries and an increased risk of impaired mental health.
This dissertation has an interdisciplinary approach that intends to investigate young figure skaters’ health from a broad perspective. The project is supervised by experienced researchers from sports epidemiology, athlete abuse, orthopedics, child- and adolescent psychiatry, dance and parasport. All research is conducted independently but is supported by the Swedish Figure Skating Association.