High-profile projects in the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

The faculty’s research activities are reinforced by research funding granted by the Academy of Finland for the years 2016-2020, which is designated to the research domain of “Physical activity in the course of life” (see Phy­sical ac­ti­vi­ty and health network). In addition, the Faculty plays the main role in another Academy-funded high-profile research scheme, which is titled “Multidisciplinary brain research” and carried out in collaboration with the Faculty of Education and Psychology during 2017-2021.

The project “Physical activity in the course of life” covers the following subdomains:

1) Physical activity and public health
2) Physical capabilities and functioning
3) Connections between physical activity and health
4) Neuromuscular functioning and training adaptation
5) Motoric learning and behavioural change

The expert group of this project consists of Professors Keijo Häkkinen, Taina Rantanen, Urho Kujala, Ari Heinonen, Janne Avela and lecturer Timo Jaakkola.

The main subdomains of the”Multidisciplinary brain research” are as follows:

1) The development of the brain over an individual’s life-span
2) The mechanisms of the endogenous and environmental impacts affecting the plasticity of the brain
3) Self-regulation and developmental changes in the brain
4) Physical activeness, functioning, and the moulding of the brain in the course of human life

For this project, the main figures of the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences are: Professors Taija Juutinen (vice-chair of the project consortium), Sarianna Sipilä, Taina Rantanen, Urho Kujala, and Senior researcher Ina Tarkka (subdomain 4), Professor Heikki Kainulainen (subdomain 2), and Research Director Katja Kokko (subdomain 3).