Specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine
Conservative treatment, Rehabilitation and Testing

Name and title: Olli J. Heinonen, Professor, MD, PhD, specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine, senior consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine

Special areas of expertise: Sports injuries, overuse injuries, youth sports, conservative treatment, rehabilitation, recovery and overtraining, athlete’s infections, athlete’s lung problems, athlete’s heart problems, female athlete’s problems

Additional expertise: Performance, exercise physiology, exercise testing, sports injury prevention, athletic training, pre-participation examination, antidoping issues, laboratory medicine, evidence-based medicine

Education and work history:

  • Professor in Sports Medicine, University of Jyväskylä, Finland 1986-87
  • Visiting Researcher (Academy of Finland), Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden 1988-89
  • Doctor of Medical Sciences, University of Turku 1992
  • Chief Physician, Paavo Nurmi Centre, University of Turku 1996-
  • Director, Paavo Nurmi Centre, University of Turku 1998-
  • Specialist in Sports & Exercise Medicine, University of Tampere 2005
  • Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology, University of Turku, 2007
  • Professor in Health & Physical Activity, University of Turku 2008-
  • Mehiläinen, several positions 2006-

Patients include: Several international and national athletes and teams, young and recreational athletes in all disciplines

Contact with sports clubs:

  • Finnish Olympic Committee
  • National team of Orienteering
  • Youth national team of Orienteering
  • highest level of soccer and hockey clubs, orienteering and track-and-field clubs


  • International Orienteering Federation, Chairperson of Medical Commission
  • Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee, International Orienteering Federation
  • Scandinavian Foundation of Medicine and Science in Sports, past-president and board member
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Finnish Society of Sports Medicine, board member
  • Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee, FINCIS (Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports)
  • Medical Commission, Football Association of Finland

Academic track record:

  • Professor
  • Associate professor in exercise physiology
  • Several duties in international expert panels
  • Supervised >10 academic dissertations
  • Over 200 scientific publications
  • Section Editor Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports; Review Editor. Clinical and Translational Physiology section of Frontiers in Physiology

Contact information: olli.heinonen@sportshospital.com

Specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine
Conservative treatment, Rehabilitation and Testing

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