MEET & GREET THE TEAM … MOA JEDERSTRÖM

I am a PhD student at Athletics Research Center (Linköping University, Sweden) and a former figure skater. I graduated from med school in 2021 and am currently working as a junior doctor at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Linköping University Hospital. Having a background as a competitive figure skater, I also work part-time as a figure skating coach in Linköping, teaching toddlers to skate. ⛸✨

 

@MJederstrom

 

What is your main area of research / clinical expertise?

I study the physical and mental health among Swedish figure skaters, focusing on children/adolescents participating in sports and violence against children in sports.

 

What is your motivation to be a member of the BOSEM team?

Being a novice in the research field, I am very honoured by the opportunity to join the BOSEM team. I look forward to bringing a medical perspective on mental health and safeguarding in youth sports.

For me, figure skating was a safe place growing up, which significantly influenced my research goals towards creating positive and healthy sports experiences for all (especially children and adolescents)! I hope that by joining the BOSEM team, I‘ll be able to contribute to improving the field.

 

What is a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

I’m really proud of initiating my research career. I wanted to write my masters thesis about figure skating, and with help from a physician at the Swedish Figure Skating Federation, I initiated planning a study. I then got in contact with my main supervisor – who proposed to aim for a larger project – an opportunity I didn’t even know existed!

 

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

I’m greatly influenced by my research group and love that we have a multi-professional and interdisciplinary team, contributing to continuous rapid progress on my learning curve. I’m also very proud of my PhD supervisors, who constantly influence and encourage me on challenging myself and think outside the box. 🌟

 

What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?

Have a long talk over a nice dinner. Or hitting the gym and doing some rope skipping.

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