Taija Juutinen

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X (formerly Twitter) handlehttps://twitter.com/taijafinni

ResearchGate addresshttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Taija-Finni

ORCID linkhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7697-2813

General description

I am Taija Finni (name used in scientific conduct), officially Taija Juutinen, professor of kinesiology since 2010, vice dean responsible of education at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Main research themes

Achilles tendon research has been my interest since my PhD where I utilized in vivo force transducers to assess forces in humans. I have published critical reviews related to methodology of assessing tendon properties, and examined internal tendon movement in rats and in humans. Project related to Achilles tendon research are UNRESAT (2019 -2023) and ACHILLES (2023-2027), funded by the Reserach Council of Finland.

Physical activity-related research has taken many paths including assessing muscle inactivity and activity during daily life (EMG 24-study, InPact, CHIPASE projects) with Olli Tikkanen, Arto Pesola, Arto Laukkanen and Gao Ying.

Neuromuscular function-theme contains several smaller projects, often done with students. EXECP project examining effects of exercise on children and young adults with cerebral palsy has been going since 2016 and is in a reporting and dissemination phase. Pedro Valadao defended his PhD thesis on EXECP project on March 8, 2024.

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Research interests

My research ranges from basic neuromuscular function to translational research related to physical activity and sedentary behavior. Regarding physical activity field we have studied the electromyographic activity patterns in antigravity muscles of adults and children that have the potential to short-circuit the detrimental physiological processes of sedentary time resulting in better cardio-metabolic risk profile. We gain accurate individual-level knowledge of the sedentary behaviour that is needed for designing effective interventions. Another research line focusing on muscle-tendon neuromechanics has provided fundamental information on tendon properties and muscle-tendon function for exercise training, rehabilitation and insight into age-related changes in mobility and neuromuscular performance.

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Personal keywords

Biomechancis, tendon, physical activity, neuromuscular function

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