21.12.2020

Wheelchair racer and five-time Paralympic champion, Leo-Pekka Tähti has started a cooperation with Mehiläinen Sports Hospital. The 37-year-old is preparing for his 5th Paralympics. Mehiläinen Sports Hospital offers the top athlete its extensive knowledge in the maintenance of health and injury prevention.

“As an athlete, I have been at the top of my discipline for many years, and I know it is getting harder and harder to stay there. The cooperation with Mehiläinen Sports Hospital is an excellent opportunity for me: I can benefit from their expertise and get all my healthcare and medical services from under one roof. This helps me to continue to be the fastest man in wheelchair racing. It is now easier to take care of my “tool”, that is, my body. I’m really excited about this cooperation,” says Leo-Pekka Tähti.

“We are thrilled to launch this cooperation with Leo-Pekka Tähti, the most successful para-athletele in Finland, and the absolute best athlete in his discipline. We are proud to be supporting his goal-oriented training and his overall well-being,” says Mikko Kirjavainen, Chief Physician at Mehiläinen Sports Hospital.

Tähti competes in disability sports in category T54 which includes people with spinal cord injuries who use a wheelchair in track events. They have paraplegia, but have normal hand and arm function, normal or limited trunk function, and no leg function.

“Injury prevention is vital for me”

Leo-Pekka Tähti has set his goals high.

“My main goal is naturally in the Tokyo Paralympics and to win my 6th gold medal. At the same time, I’m of course trying to win my 5th consecutive title as the champion of 100-meter T54 sprint. There will be challenges, I’m sure, so it is vital to prevent injuries and take care of my body and my well-being. These things can never be emphasized enough.”

“In October, I am starting to prepare for Tokyo. At this point, I need to be in a good position to train, and most importantly, I need to stay healthy,” Tähti continues.

Maximizing the training days

Mehiläinen Sports Hospital cooperation means supporting the athlete at the height of their sports career and adding awareness of overall health and well-being for everyone who do sports with a goal-oriented mindset.

“Leo-Pekka Tähti benefits from the help of our top medical team, with experts from different fields: from orthopaedics to physiotherapists. Together with the athlete, Mehiläinen Sports Hospital team focuses on maximizing the healthy training days”, Kirjavainen describes.

Leo-Pekka Tähti, the champion in T54 sprint

  • 5 times Paralympic champion
    • 2016 (100m)
    • 2012 (100m)
    • 2008 (100m)
    • 2004 (100m and 200m)
  • 3 times World champion: 2011, 2013 and 2017
  • 8 times European champion: 2005, 2012, 2014 and 2018
  • World record owner on 100m
    • 63 (1 Sep 2012)