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Pekka Kannus, MD, PhD (born 29 July 1959) is the Chief Physician of the Injury & Osteoporosis Research Center, UKK Institute, Tampere, Finland. He is also Associate Professor (Docent) of Sports Medicine at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Associate Professor (Docent) of Exercise Physiology at the University of Tampere, Finland. Professor Kannus is a specialist physician in sports and exercise medicine with clinical experience at the Tampere Research Center of Sports Medicine for more than 20 years.
In 1999, Professor Kannus was nominated to be responsible for sports and exercise medicine education at the University of Tampere. His scientific work has focused on basic and applied research of the musculoskeletal system of the human body—that is, its anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, and pathology, as well as prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and disorders. He has over 900 publications to his name, of which 320 are scientific articles in peer‐reviewed international journals, with 28 international book chapters and two international textbooks. Professor Kannus' pedagogic abilities are widely recognised. He has attended many foreign international scientific congresses as a keynote speaker or invited lecturer, giving 75 presentations altogether. These visits have been not only in Scandinavia and Europe but also in the USA, Canada, Japan, Argentina, and Australia.