Johanna Ihalainen


  • Professional title: Postdoc
  • Department: Department of Health Sciences (HOV)
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  • Location: Östersund
  • Research centers: Nationellt vintersportcentrum
  • Employee in the subject: Sports Science

Employed as Senior Researcher at the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre.


PhD in Exercise Physiology at the Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä in 2018.

Area of interest

Inflammation and biomarkers of training load.


The post-doctoral research is focusing on female physiology and the effects of menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptives on performance.


Articles in journals

Haapala, E. A. , Väistö, J. , Ihalainen, J. K. , Tomaselli González, C. , Leppänen, M. H. , Veijalainen, A. , Sallinen, T. , Eloranta, A. -. & et al. (2022). Associations of physical activity, sedentary time, and diet quality with biomarkers of inflammation in children. European Journal of Sport Science, vol. 22: 6, pp. 906-915.    

Ihalainen, J. K. , Kettunen, O. , McGawley, K. , Solli, G. S. , Hackney, A. , Mero, A. & Kyröläinen, H. (2021). Body composition, energy availability, training, and menstrual status in female runners. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, vol. 16: 7, pp. 1043-1048.    

Solli, G. S. , Sandbakk, S. B. , Noordhof, D. A. , Ihalainen, J. K. & Sandbakk, Ø. (2020). Changes in self-reported physical fitness, performance, and side effects across the phases of the menstrual cycle among competitive endurance athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, vol. 15: 9, pp. 1324-1333.  

Ahokas, E. K. , Kyröläinen, H. , Mero, A. A. , Walker, S. , Hanstock, H. & Ihalainen, J. K. (2020). Water immersion methods do not alter muscle damage and inflammation biomarkers after high-intensity sprinting and jumping exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 120, pp. 2625-2634.    

Ihalainen, J. K. , Hackney, A. C. & Taipale, R. S. (2019). Changes in inflammation markers after a 10-week high-intensity combined strength and endurance training block in women : The effect of hormonal contraceptive use. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol. 22: 9, pp. 1044-1048.  

Taipale, R. S. , Ihalainen, J. K. , Jones, P. J. , Mero, A. A. , Häkkinen, K. & Kyröläinen, H. (2019). Cold-water immersion combined with active recovery is equally as effective as active recovery during 10 weeks of high-intensity combined strength and endurance training in men. Biomedical Human Kinetics, vol. 11: 1, pp. 189-192.    

Ahokas, E. K. , Ihalainen, J. K. , Kyröläinen, H. & Mero, A. A. (2019). Effects of Water Immersion Methods on Postexercise Recovery of Physical and Mental Performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol. 33: 6, pp. 1488-1495.  

Sarin, H. V. , Gudelj, I. , Honkanen, J. , Ihalainen, J. K. , Vuorela, A. , Lee, J. H. , Jin, Z. , Terwilliger, J. D. & et al. (2019). Molecular Pathways Mediating Immunosuppression in Response to Prolonged Intensive Physical Training, Low-Energy Availability, and Intensive Weight Loss. Frontiers in Immunology, vol. 10    

Sarin, H. V. , Ahtiainen, J. P. , Hulmi, J. J. , Ihalainen, J. K. , Walker, S. , Küüsmaa-Schildt, M. , Perola, M. & Peltonen, H. (2019). Resistance Training Induces Antiatherogenic Effects on Metabolomic Pathways. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, vol. 51: 9, pp. 1866-1875.  

Ihalainen, J. K. , Inglis, A. , Mäkinen, T. , Newton, R. U. , Kainulainen, H. , Kyröläinen, H. & Walker, S. (2019). Strength Training Improves Metabolic Health Markers in Older Individual Regardless of Training Frequency. Frontiers in Physiology, vol. 10: FEB    

Conference papers

Ahokas, E. K. , Kyrolainen, H. , Mero, A. , Walker, S. , Hanstock, H. & Ihalainen, J. K. (2019). Minimal effect of water immersion on markers of inflammation and muscle damage after intensive exercise. In Proc Physiol Soc 44.

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