Background and activities

Physiologist and PhD candidate at the K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology attached to My Medical Digital Twin. Current research areas are genetic disease risk, exercise as medicine, sports performance, and nutrition.


PhD in Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU (ongoing)
MSc in Clinical Health Science, NTNU (ongoing)
MSc in Sport Sciences, NTNU (2018)
MSc in Exercise Physiology, NTNU (2017)


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2022) The quantified caveman: A year-long case study of the Paleolithic diet. Nutrition Today. (accepted)

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2022) Evolutionary or epistemic discordance? The many faces of the Paleolithic diet. Norwegian Journal of Nutrition. (accepted) [in Norwegian]

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2021) Carbohydrates and contractions: Short on sugar, sports, and stubborn myths. Norwegian Journal of Nutrition. vol. 19 (4). [in Norwegian]

Øvretveit, Karsten; Laginestra, Fabio G. (2021) Mechanisms and trainability of peripheral fatigue in grappling. Strength and Conditioning Journal. vol. 43 (4).

Belo, Wesley R.; de Castro, Lucas F.; Palmieri, Diego C.; dos Santos, Luiz G.D.; Herrera-Valenzuela, Tomás; dos Santos, Marco A.F.; Øvretveit, Karsten; Simão, Roberto. (2021) Post-exercise hypotension in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Sport Mont. vol. 19 (1).

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2020) Heritable obesity – how much weight should be placed on genes? Norwegian Journal of Nutrition. vol. 18 (4). [in Norwegian]

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2020) Can polygenic risk scores give nuance to the role of LDL cholesterol? Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association. vol. 140 (18). [in Norwegian]

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2020) Capacity and confidence: What can be gleaned from the link between perceived and actual physical ability in Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners? Martial Arts Studies. vol. 10.

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2020) High-intensity, non-sport-specific strength and conditioning for Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes: Theoretical and practical considerations. Strength and Conditioning Journal. vol. 42 (3)

Belo, Wesley R.; Øvretveit, Karsten; de Salles, Belmiro F.; dos Santos, Luiz G.D.; Ribeiro, Fabrício M.; Dias, Ingrid B.F; Simão, Roberto. (2020) The effects of straight and alternating sets on volume load, training efficiency, and metabolic response in grapplers. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. vol. 60 (5).

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2019) Aerobic interval training improves maximal oxygen uptake and reduces body fat in grapplers. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitnessvol. 59 (12).

Øvretveit, Karsten; Sæther, Stig Arve; Mehus, Ingar. (2019) Mastery goals are associated with training effort in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Journal of Physical Education and Sport. vol. 19 (4).

Øvretveit, Karsten; Sæther, Stig Arve; Mehus, Ingar. (2018) Achievement goal profiles, and perceptions of motivational climate and physical ability in male Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners. Archives of Budo. vol. 14.

Øvretveit, Karsten; Tøien, Tiril. (2018) Maximal strength training improves strength performance in grapplers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. vol. 32 (12).

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2018) Acute physiological and perceptual responses to Brazilian jiu-jitsu sparring: the role of maximal oxygen uptake. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. vol. 18 (3).

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2018) Anthropometric and physiological characteristics of Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. vol. 32 (4).


Øvretveit, Karsten. (2018) Anthropometric, physiological and psychological characteristics of Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes: A cross-sectional study. Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences. NTNU.

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2017) Maximal oxygen uptake along the breast cancer continuum and the role of aerobic exercise in adjuvant therapy: A randomized controlled trial. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. NTNU.