Sven Blomqvist trained as a physiotherapist and began his career working in rehabilitation. Within the company Alfta Rehab, he developed a concept focusing on well-being at work and, later, he worked with training programmes in companies.
“I would like to continue developing the use of AR. Imagine, for example, if after an operation you were given a pair of AR glasses to take home from the hospital. Then you could exercise with them at home and, with the help of home care or home care services, measure your progress.
What is the most fun part of your job?
“Development, both in teaching and in research. In research you are very free, but within certain limits. In teaching, it is important, for example, to describe tasks to students in a way to make them motivated to acquire knowledge. Curiosity drives me.”
In sports science, he is now working with some colleagues on an international study combining the two main tracks of the study programme: adapted physical activity and doping.
“We are looking at para-athletes and how they experience the doping process. It is exciting to be able to combine these two subjects and study how this group of athletes experience the doping process if, for example, they have reduced mobility in their hands or cannot see.
"I am very interested in nature"
Sven Blomqvist prefers to spend his time outdoors, preferably in motion.
“I usually say that I do everything that can move my body forward; I play golf, run, walk, cycle, and paddle. I am very interested in nature, in birds and plants, for example. It would be great if people just got out in nature more. Studies show that your heart rate slows down if you are out in nature compared to when you are in an urban environment. The more things you can do outdoors, the better.”
Text: Anna Sällberg