Welcome to the sports capital of Finland! Jyväskylä’s combination of research, education and business know-how related to sports and wellbeing, is one of its kind in the Nordic countries.
In Jyväskylä, sports and wellbeing are widely studied. The subjects range from obstacles to everyday exercise, to elite athletics and optimization of performance. The main operators in the field include:
The city is also home to the Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research, a unique establishment in the Finnish scientific field.
Hippos2020, one of the most significant clusters of exercise, wellbeing and sports in the Nordic countries, will be built close to the city centre over the next few years, with a €250 million investment in its development.
In addition to the research and know-how cluster, there are several sports and wellbeing companies in Jyväskylä. They are active either in innovative wellbeing solutions based on artificial intelligence and robotics, or in providing high-quality coaching and education services.
Jyväskylä provides unique educational opportunities in sports and wellbeing. This ensures organizations will have competent experts to use now and in years to come. The University of Jyväskylä houses the only Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences in Finland and also offers Master’s programmes in wellbeing technology and sports medicine. The cooperation between Gradia and the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre enables e.g. a vocational upper secondary qualification in physical education and in sports instruction in Jyväskylä. Elite athletes thrive in the city because both the Jyväskylä Sports Academy and the JAMK University of Applied Sciences pay particular attention to coordinating the training and higher education of professional athletes.
Optimal Human Performance is an ecosystem created by Business Jyväskylä. This productizes research, management and performance optimization in competitive and elite athletics for international markets. It operates at the cross-section of four scientific fields: physiology, psychology, sociology, and digitality.