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Peter Elsborg


Peter is a researcher at the Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Epidemiology Section. He holds a Cand.scient. degree in sports and psychology and a Ph.D. in sports science from the University of Copenhagen, with a focus on the psychological factors that are crucial for individuals' participation in sports and physical activity. Additionally, Peter is an external lecturer at the Department of Sports and Nutrition, University of Copenhagen.

Peter is currently serving as the acting team leader for the Health Profile Team at CKFF. The Health Profile monitors the health status of the population in the Capital Region of Denmark. The central focus is the repeated questionnaire survey called "How are you?". The collected data, along with registry data, are used for research purposes and are shared with relevant stakeholders, including municipalities and regional actors. The Health Profile serves as a tool for planning and prioritizing prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation efforts in all sectors, as well as for intersectoral collaboration. It contributes to the development of health policies in municipalities and the health agreement between municipalities, the primary healthcare sector, and the region.

Peter's research revolves around measuring, monitoring, and promoting health and well-being among children, adolescents, and adults. Using the Health Profile as a foundation, he investigates the health of the Danish population and how it evolves over time. Peter's research also include a methodological focus on how to best monitor and measure relevant indicators of the Danish populations health, risk factors, and health behavior. He has experience in describing, driving, and leading research-based intervention projects with a focus on children's physical activity. Peter's research has particularly focused on measuring and promoting children's Physical Literacy – the interplay between individuals' motivation, self-confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding of movement and its significance for lifelong participation in physical activities. Throughout his research and education, Peter has developed expertise in quantitatively measuring movement with objective (device-based) measurements. He is also become an expert in psychometrics.

Selected trust positions and activities

Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI for the research and intervention projects DAPL, FoodAct, MOVEOUT, 3PL a.o.

Country Lead. International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA) - Danish representative in the international association for physical literacy. Responsible for the dissemination and understanding of the concept in Denmark.

Co-editor-in-chief - Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 2020- Editor-in-chief for the exercise psychology section in Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Board member and founder of Physical Literacy Network Denmark (PL-net.dk). 

Eksternal examinor in all four Danish universities in courses related to sports and physical activity and quantitative methods.

Selected publications

Elsborg, P., Grønkjær, M. S., Toxværd, C. G., Eliasen, M. H., Lau, C. J., Bekker-Jeppesen, M., Gøtzsche, N., Jacobsen, M. H., & Andreasen, A. H. (2023). 'Hvordan har du det?' Sundhedsprofil for Region Hovedstaden og kommuner 2021 – Sundhedsadfærd og risikofaktorer blandt borgere med kronisk sygdom (s. 150). Center for Klinisk Forskning og Forebyggelse, Bispebjerg og Frederiksberg Hospital, Region Hovedstaden.

Carl, J., Bryant, A. S., Edwards, L. C., Bartle, G., Birch, J. E., Christodoulides, E., Emeljanovas, A., Fröberg, A., Gandrieau, J., Gilic, B., van Hilvoorde, I., Holler, P., Iconomescu, T. M., Jaunig, J., Laudanska-Krzeminska, I., Lundvall, S., De Martelaer, K., Martins, J., Mieziene, B., … Elsborg, P. (2023). Physical literacy in Europe: The current state of implementation in research, practice, and policy. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 21(1), 165–176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesf.2022.12.003

Melby, P. S., Elsborg, P., Bentsen, P., & Nielsen, G. (2023). Cross-sectional associations between adolescents' physical literacy, sport and exercise participation, and wellbeing. Frontiers in Public Health, 10, 1054482. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.1054482

Elsborg, P., Appleton, P., Wikman, J. M., & Nielsen, G. (2022). The associations between motivational climate, basic psychological needs and dropout in volleyball – a comparison across competitive levels. European Journal of Sport Science, 0(ja), 1–29. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2022.2041100

Elsborg, P., Thorsen, A. V., Ravn-Haren, G., Bonde, A. H., Andersen, S. G., Vermund, M. C., Klinker, C. D., & Stjernqvist, N. W. (2022). Improved food literacy among schoolchildren as an effect of a food camp intervention: Results of a controlled effectiveness trial. Appetite, 169, 105845. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105845

Melby, P. S., Nielsen, G., Brønd, J. C., Tremblay, M. S., Bentsen, P., & Elsborg, P. (2022). Associations between children's physical literacy and well-being: Is physical activity a mediator? BMC Public Health, 22(1), 1267. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-13517-x

Ryom, K., Hargaard, A.-S., Melby, P. S., Maindal, H. T., Bentsen, P., Ntoumanis, N., Schoeppe, S., Nielsen, G., & Elsborg, P. (2022). Self-reported measurements of physical literacy in adults: A scoping review. BMJ Open, 12(9), e058351. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058351

Mygind, L., Elsborg, P., Schipperijn, J., Boruff, B., Lum, J. A. G., Bølling, M., Flensborg-Madsen, T., Bentsen, P., Enticott, P. G., & Christian, H. (2022). Is vegetation cover in key behaviour settings important for early childhood socioemotional function? A preregistered, cross-sectional study. Developmental Science, 25(3), e13200. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.13200

Bonde, A. H., Stjernqvist, N. W., Klinker, C. D., Maindal, H. T., Paakkari, O., & Elsborg, P. (2022). Translation and Validation of a Brief Health Literacy Instrument for School-Age Children in a Danish Context. HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice, 6(1), e26–e29. https://doi.org/10.3928/24748307-20220106-01

Melby, P. S., Elsborg, P., Nielsen, G., Lima, R. A., Bentsen, P., & Andersen, L. B. (2021). Exploring the importance of diversified physical activities in early childhood for later motor competence and physical activity level: A seven-year longitudinal study. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 1492. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11343-1

Elsborg, P., Melby, P. S., Kurtzhals, M., Tremblay, M. S., Nielsen, G., & Bentsen, P. (2021). Translation and validation of the Canadian assessment of physical literacy-2 in a Danish sample. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 2236. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-12301-7

Bentsen, P., Mygind, L., Elsborg, P., Nielsen, G., & Mygind, E. (2021). Education outside the classroom as upstream school health promotion: 'Adding-in' physical activity into children's everyday life and settings. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 1403494821993715. https://doi.org/10.1177/1403494821993715

Elsborg, P., Nielsen, G., Klinker, C. D., Melby, P. S., Christensen, J. H., & Bentsen, P. (2019). Sports-based recreation as a means to address social inequity in health: Why, when, where, who, what, and how. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 1084. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7428-3

Elsborg, P., & Elbe, A.-M. (2018). Exercise-specific volition and motivation for weight loss maintenance following an intensive lifestyle intervention. Health Psychology, 37(8), 759–766. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000636

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