KIHU - Research Institute for Olympic Sports

High Performance Unit of Finnish Olympic Committee - Research and Development Program

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Contact information

  • KIHU - Research Institute for Olympic Sports
  • Rautpohjankatu 6
  • 40700 Jyväskylä
  • Finland
  • Tel: +358 20 781 1500
  • Fax: +358 20 781 1501
  • Business ID: 1574321-0

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The know-how of the Research Institute for Olympic Sports KIHU is marketed to corporate customers through Sports Research and Development Oy (SRD), a company owned by KIHU.

During the nearly twenty years of its existence, the Jyväskylä-based Research Institute for Olympic Sports has developed its competence within the areas of biomechanics, physiology, psychology, pedagogy, and sociology. We have cooperated on several research, development and service projects with the representatives of the major sports of Finland.

Businesses and industry have also taken interest in our top modern measuring and research methods. We have participated in the measuring and product development projects of various companies in the sports sector as well as in other fields.


Versatile know-how

Our areas of expertise in biomechanics are:


In the field of physiology, we perform measurements of heart rate, training load and energy consumption with our portable equipment also in field conditions.


Our laboratory, which is involved in quality control, uses versatile physiological analyses to determine physical condition and training load.

Our expertise also covers:

We have special know-how in merging measured signals with the recorded video images of a target to produce a graphic feedback entity, which runs time-synchronously in the windows of a screen.

Our competence in psychology focuses on:

Our measuring devices can be transported to the customer. We are used to working even in difficult field conditions when providing services to the various sports.



Exel, Karhu, Peltonen, Salomon, Tunturi, Descente, Polar Electro, Rosnell, MetsäSerla, Outokumpu, Kemira, Nokia, Sisu-Auto, VTT, Robonic, Aga, Onninen, The Finnish Defence Forces, Exavena, Suunto, VTI, Sankyo Pharma, Jyväskylä Science Park. Some of the projects have been financed by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation TEKES.

We will be happy to contribute our expertise to your product development - in the sporty spirit of KIHU.

Jukka Viitasalo

Jukka Viitasalo
Professor, KIHU
Managing Director, SRD Oy
Tel. +358 400 641 597
SRD Oy, Rautpohjankatu 6, FI-40700 Jyväskylä
Business ID: 1642624-1