Jyväskylä can be regarded as a pioneer in the field of physical recreation in Finland. Sport and movement have been a fixed part of Jyväskylä ever since the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences was established at the University of Jyväskylä. It is still the only one of its kind in Finland.
Research in sport and physical well-being is conducted by KIHU – Research Institute for Olympic Sports, LIKES – Research Centre for Sport and Health Sciences and the University of Jyväskylä’s Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences. National research in competitive sports is concentrated in Jyväskylä.
In Jyväskylä those people interested in physical well-being are also well served. The city has 360 facilities for sport and physical recreation, of which 87 are indoor venues, 500 km of fitness and ski trails and 230 sports clubs.