Background and activities

Physiologist and PhD candidate at the K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology attached to My Medical Digital Twin, researcher in the Skill and Performance Development in Sports and School group, and head of the project Describing and Developing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athlete. Current research areas are genetic disease risk, exercise as medicine, and sports performance.


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. (2021) Karbohydrater og kontraksjoner: Kort om sukker, sport og seiglivede myterNorsk Tidsskrift for Ernæring. (accepted)

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) Arvelig fedme - hvor mye vekt skal man legge på gener? Norsk Tidsskrift for Ernæring. vol. 18 (4).

Øvretveit, Karsten. (2020) Kan genetiske risikoscorer nyansere LDL-kolesterolets rolle? Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. vol. 140 (18).

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.