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Maren Hjelle Guddal

Maren Hjelle Guddal


Maren is a post-doctoral student at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Oslo Metropolitan University. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 2006 at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, completed her Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in 2011, and defended her PhD from the University of Oslo in 2021. 

The topic for her PhD work was health implications of sport participation related to musculoskeletal and mental health among adolescents. She has previously worked as a physiotherapist in primary and secondary care and has experience in conducting musculoskeletal pain research from work at the Research and Communication Unit for Musculoskeletal Health (FORMI), Oslo University Hospital.

The focus of the current post-doc work is to develop and pilot test interventions to reduce persistent pain and disability among adolescents.

Research groups

Research projects

  • HEYoung intervention study

    The project will co-develop an intervention with end-users and conduct the initial stages of a full-scale RCT on the effectiveness of a person-centered intervention for adolescents with persistent pain.

Scientific publications

Indrekvam, Kari; Bånerud, Ingrid Fjeldheim; Hermansen, Erland; Austevoll, Ivar Magne; Rekeland, Frode Gurvin; Guddal, Maren Hjelle ; Solberg, Tore; Brox, Jens Ivar; Hellum, Christian; Storheim, Kjersti (2023). The Norwegian degenerative spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis (NORDSTEN) study: study overview, organization structure and study population. European spine journal. Vol. 32.

Strømme, Sofie Hammernes; Guddal, Maren Hjelle ; Fenstad, Anne Marie; Visnes, Håvard; Zwart, John Anker Henrik; Storheim, Kjersti ; Johnsen, Marianne Bakke (2023). Musculoskeletal pain is not clearly associated with the risk of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in adolescents. BMJ Open sport & exercise medicine. Vol. 9.

Jahre, Henriette ; Grotle, Margreth ; Småstuen, Milada ; Guddal, Maren Hjelle ; Smedbråten, Kaja ; Richardsen, Kåre Rønn ; Stensland, Synne ; Storheim, Kjersti ; Øiestad, Britt Elin (2021). Risk factors and risk profiles for neck pain in young adults: Prospective analyses from adolescence to young adulthood—The North-Trøndelag Health Study. 16 p. PLOS ONE. Vol. 16.

Guddal, Maren Hjelle ; Stensland, Synne ; Småstuen, Milada Cvancarova ; Johnsen, Marianne Bakke ; Heuch, Ingrid; Zwart, John-Anker; Storheim, Kjersti (2020). Obesity in young adulthood: The role of physical activity level, musculoskeletal pain, and psychological distress in adolescence (the hunt-study). 13 p. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). Vol. 17.

Guddal, Maren Hjelle ; Stensland, Synne ; Småstuen, Milada Cvancarova ; Johnsen, Marianne Bakke ; Zwart, John-Anker; Storheim, Kjersti (2019). Physical activity and sport participation among adolescents: Associations with mental health in different age groups. Results from the Young-HUNT study: A cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open. Vol. 9.

Guddal, Maren Hjelle ; Stensland, Synne ; Småstuen, Milada C ; Johnsen, Marianne Bakke ; Zwart, John-Anker; Storheim, Kjersti (2017). Physical activity level and sport participation in relation to musculoskeletal pain in a population-based study of adolescents: The Young-HUNT Study. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine (OJSM). Vol. 5:2325967116685543.

Johnsen, Marianne Bakke ; Guddal, Maren Hjelle ; Småstuen, Milada C ; Moksnes, Håvard ; Engebretsen, Lars; Storheim, Kjersti ; Zwart, John-Anker (2016). Sport Participation and the Risk of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Adolescents. 8 p. American Journal of Sports Medicine. Vol. 44.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete