Peter Elsborg

Peter Elsborg is a postdoc in a part-time position between the Center for Clinical Research and Prevention and Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen. Peter is also an external associate professor at the Department of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition.

Peter's work is generally about the associations between movement behavior and health in children. Within that framework, Peter has three main areas of research.

Physical Literacy: The interplay between individuals' motivation, self-confidence, bodily competence, knowledge of and understanding of movement and its significance for lifelong participation in movement activities.

Education Outside the Classroom (EOtC) and movement behavior: The effect on children's movement behavior, motivation and learning of high quality school teaching regularly carried out outside the classroom while staying true to the goals of the subjects being taught.

Psychology of sports participation: The importance of psychological constructs (eg motivation) for sustained sports participation among children and young people.

Through his research, Peter has also developed expertise in quantitative measurement of children's movement behavior via objective measurements. Peter is also an expert in psychometry - measuring psychological constructs using psychometrically validated questionnaires.


Pfeffer, I., Elsborg, P., & Anne-Marie Elbe (2020). Validation of the German-language version of the Volition in Exercise Questionnaire (VEQ-D). German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research 50(1), 102–113

Christensen, J., Elsborg, P., Melby, P. S., Nielsen, G., & Bentsen, P. (2020). A Scoping Review of Peer-Led Physical Activity Interventions Involving Young People: Theoretical Approaches, Intervention Rationales, and Effects. Youth & Society

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), 1-9.

Heinze, C., Hjort, A. V., Elsborg, P., Maindal, H. T., & Klinker, C. D. (2019). Smoke-free-schoolhours at vocational education and training schools in Denmark: attitudes among managers and teaching staff–a national cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 813.

Elsborg, P., Nielsen, J. B., Pfister, G. U., Dümer, V., Jacobsen, A., & Elbe, A.-M. (2019). Volition and motivations influence on weight maintenance. Health Education, 119(2), 115–132.

Otte, C. R., Bølling, M., Elsborg, P., Nielsen, G., & Bentsen, P. (2019). Teaching maths outside the classroom: does it make a difference? Educational Research, 61(1), 38–52.

Bølling, M., Otte, C. R., Elsborg, P., Nielsen, G., & Bentsen, P. (2018). The association between education outside the classroom and students’ school motivation: Results from a one-schoolyear quasi-experiment. International Journal of Educational Research, 89, 22–35.

Elbe, A.-M., Elsborg, P., Dandanell, S., & Helge, J. W. (2018). Correlates and predictors of obesity-specific quality of life of former participants of a residential intensive lifestyle intervention: Quality of Life. Obesity Science & Practice, 4(2), 188–193.

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.

Wikman, J. M., Elsborg, P., Nielsen, G., Seidelin, K., Nyberg, M., Bangsbo, J., … Elbe, A.-M. (2018). Are team sport games more motivating than individual exercise for middle-aged women?: A comparison of levels of motivation associated with participating in floorball and spinning. Kinesiology, 50(1), 34–42.

Elsborg, P., Wikman, J. M., Nielsen, G., Tolver, A., & Elbe, A.-M. (2016). Development and Initial Validation of the Volition in Exercise Questionnaire (VEQ). Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 3, 1-12.

Elsborg, P., Diment, G. M., & Elbe, A. M. (2015). Sport Psychology Consultants’ Perceptions of Their Challenges at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Sport Psychologist, 29(2), 183

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