Highlights of recent doctoral theses in the field of sports and health sciences and in the field of sports culture and politics from Finnish universities.
M.Sci. Tuuli Nissinen's doctoral dissertation "Molecular and physiological effects of muscle wasting and its treatment by blocking myostatin and activins" was examined on 18th of December 2020 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sci. (Health Sci) Annika Taulaniemi's doctoral dissertation "Neuromuscular Exercise for Low Back Pain – Efficacy among female healthcare workers in biospychosocial framework" was examined on 11th of December 2020 at the University of Tampere.
M.Sc. Sini Siltanen's doctoral dissertation "Psychological Resources as Modifiers of the Association Between Mobility Decline and Activity in Old Age" was examined on 11th of December 2020 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc., B.M. Heikki Sarin's doctoral dissertation "Body composition, exercise training, and energy availability as determinants of immune system and cardio metabolic signatures" was examined on 4th of December 2020 at the University of Helsinki.
M.Sc. Jaakko Hentilä's doctoral dissertation "Muscle physiology and proteostasis – Effects of changes in muscle size and exercise" was examined on 12th of November 2020 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.D. Timo Nyyssönen's doctoral dissertation "Achilles tendon rupture" was examined on 30th of October 2020 at the University of Eastern Finland.
M.Sc. Maarit Karhula's doctoral dissertation "Participation of people with multiple sclerosis in everyday life" was examined on 9th of October 2020 at the University of Jyväskylä.
B.M. Sami Saku's doctoral dissertation "Deviations in Fast Track Total Joint Arthroplasty" was examined on 25th of September 2020 at the University of Helsinki.
M.Sc. Marleena Rossi's doctoral dissertation "Back Pain in Youth – Occurrence and Risk Factors" was examined on 11th of September 2020 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc. Titta Kontro's doctoral dissertation "Relationships between Physical Activity, Smoking, Alcohol Use, and Health among Finnish Male Former Elite Athletes" was examined on 4th of September 2020 at University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc. Outi Ilves' doctoral dissertation "Effectiveness of progressive, therapeutic home-exercise after lumbar fusion surgery. A randomized controlled trial." was examined on 4th of September 2020 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.D. Hanna-Maria Roitto's doctoral dissertation "Relationship of neuropsychiatric symptoms with falls, psychotropic drug use and quality of life among people with dementia" was examined 28th of August 2020 at the University of Helsinki.
M.D. Sara Kaartinen's doctoral dissertation "Diversity of sport activities, leisure-time physical activity, and spinal pain: A Finnish Twin Study" was examined on 28th of August 2020 at the University of Helsinki.
M.Sc.Sci. Veera Koskinen's doctoral dissertation ”Building skills for lifelong wellness: An empirical study on the wellness-oriented lifestyle” was examined on 21st of August at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc., M.A. Hannele Polku's doctoral dissertation "Associations of hearing difficulties, life-space mobility, quality of life and depressive symptoms among older adults" was examined on 29th of May at the University of Jyväskylä.
LicSc Olli Paakkari's doctoral dissertation "Developing an instrument for measuring health literacy among school-aged children" was examined on 27th of May 2020 at the Univeristy of Jyväskylä.
M.D. Eveliina Heikkala's doctoral dissertation ”Co-occurrence of unhealthy behaviours and psychosocial problems among adolescents, with special reference to low back and multisite musculoskeletal pains during adolescence and labour market exclusion in early adulthood” was examined on 8th of May 2020 at the University of Oulu.
M.Sc. Tanja Matarma's doctoral dissertation ”Associations between motor skills, physical activity, and sedentary behavior – Early childhood in focus” was examined on 13th of Mach 2020 at the University of Turku.
M.Sc. Anna-Maija Jäppinen's doctoral dissertation “Patient education in physiotherapy in total hip arthroplasty-patients’ and physiotherapists’ conceptions” was examined on 28th of February 2020 at the Univeristy of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc Aung Pyae's doctoral dissertation ”The Use of Digital Games to Enhance the Physical Exercise Activity of the Elderly: A Case of Finland” was examined on 14th of February 2020 at the Univeristy of Turku.
M.Sc. Maria Heikkilä's doctoral dissertation "Nutrition knowledge and skills among young endurance athletes" was examined on 7th of February 2020 at the Univeristy of Helsinki.
M.Sc. Heikki Pentikäinen's doctoral dissertation "Cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength, brain volumes and cognition in aging men and women: A population-based study" was examined on 31st of January 2020 at the University of Eatern Finland.
M.Sc. András Hegyi's doctoral dissertation "Within- and between-muscle hamstring electromyography activity in various exercises and at different running speeds" was examined on 20th of January 2020 at the Univeristy of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc. Jani Tartia's doctoral dissertation "The Temporality and Rhythmicity of Lived Street Space" was examined on 17th of January 2020 at the University of Tampere.
M.Sc. Tytti Pasanen's doctoral dissertation "Everyday physical activity in natural settings and well-being: Direct connections and psychological mediators" was examined on 11th of January 2020 at the University of Tampere.
M.Sc. Riitta Pyky's doctoral dissertation "Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in young men: the determinants and effectiveness of a tailored, mobile, gamified intervention" was examined on 5th of December 2019 at the University of Oulu.
M.Sc. Pekka Hautasaari's doctoral dissertation "Exercise effects on early cortical somatosensory and nociceptive processing in the human brain" was examined on 29th of November 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.D. Paula Iso-Markku's doctoral dissertation "Relationships between physical activity, dementia mortality, and cognition in Finnish twins" was examined on 8th of November 2019 at the University of Helsinki.
M.Sc. Marja Hult's doctoral dissertation "Work ability and health of unemployed persons: focusing on promoting factors" was examined on 4th of October 2019 at the University of Eastern Finland.
J.D., MBA Mark Dodds' doctoral dissertation "The impact of Corruption on Sport Sponsorship" was examined on 27th of September 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc. Valeria Rosso's doctoral dissertation "Biomechanics in Paralympic Cross-Country sit skiing; Evidence-based tests for classification” was examined 22nd of July 2019 in Italy, Politecnico di Torino. The research was conducted under a cotutelle agreement between the University of Jyväskylä and the Politecnico di Torino
M.Sc. Olli Ohtonen's doctoral dissertation "Biomechanics in cross-country skiing skating technique; measurement techniques of force production and ski properties" was examined on 29th of June 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.
MD Piryanka Motiani's doctoral dissertation ”Exercise training-induced effects on brown and white adipose tissue metabolism in humans: positron emission tomography studies in health and insulin resistance” was examined on 31th of May 2019 at the University of Turku.
M.Sc. Tuomas Honkanen's doctoral dissertation “Fighter Pilots’ Physical Performance and Spinal-injury Induced Flight Duty Limitations” was examined on 24th of May 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.
LicSc (Health Sciences) Merja Kurunsaari's doctoral dissertation "Perspectives on physiotherapy students’ professional competence development during their education" was examined on 5th of April 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc. Maria Küüsmaa-Schildt's doctoral dissertation "Combined Strength and Endurance Training: Effects of Time and Order of the Training on Adaptations in Neuromuscular and Cardiorespiratory Performance, Muscle Hypertrophy, Serum Hormone Concentrations and Wellbeing" was examined on 26th of March 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc. Tiia Kekäläinen's doctoral dissertation "Leisure activities and well-being in midlife and older age: with special reference to physical activity and resistance training" was examined on 8th of March 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc. Eileen McEvoyn's doctoral dissertation "Professional Journeys and Research Lives of Physical Education Teacher Educators" was examined on 22nd of February 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.
M.Sc. David Kotthaus' doctoral dissertation "Economic, social and stakeholder-related analysis in sport facility management" was examined on 11th of January 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä.