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Eero A. Haapala, PhD
Adjunct Professor in Paediatric Exercise Physiology


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä and my position is located at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences. My main interests are in the relationships of physical activity, dietary factors, fitness, fatness, and metabolic syndrome to brain, cognition, and academic achievement among children and adolescents. I have also published scientific articles on the associations of physical fitness, adiposity, and physical activity with arterial stiffness in children and adolescents.

After completing my PhD in physiology at the School of Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, I visited Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, UMC Utrecht as a post doc researcher under supervision Dr. Tim Takken. I have also worked for Children's Health and Exercise Reserach Centre at the University of Exeter, UK, as a visiting postdoctoral researcher. 


  • Physical activity and learning
  • Paediatric exercise medicine and exercise physiology
  • Physical activity and physical fitness in paediatric populations
  • The associations of dietary factors with cognition and learning
  • The relationships of health behaviors to vascular health and cardiometabolic risk factors since childhood


Contact and more information:

Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
University of Jyväskylä
PO Box 35 (VIV 247)
40014 University of Jyväskylä                    

Tel. +358408054210 | email: eero.a.haapala (a) jyu.fi

OrcidID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5096-851X

Twitter: @EeroHaapala | Instagram 

Child Exercise Medicine & Health (Research news and information about paediatric exercise medicine and exercise physiology)


Publications and current projects

Full list of publications can be found here


Research projects:

Principal investigator:

Neural Effects of Exercise, Diet,  and Sleep Study

Daily variations in physical activity and sedentary behaviour in different day care indoor physical environments Study

Evaluation of performance of novel wearable heart-rate monitoring sensors during Study



Physical actvivity and Nutrition in Children Study lead by Professori Timo Lakka, Univ East Finland

CHIPASE- ja EXECP Studies led by Professor Taija Juutinen, Univ of Jyväskylä

The Active Numeracy led by professor Pirjo Aunio