I år, 2015, running the 50:e Vätternrundan. Perhaps it was the start of the motionscykelvåg that just increases and increases. The story of how Vätternrundan came to the familiar, and can be told over and over again. But what was really the people, with not too accurate for-preparations, and above all, without any adapted for the purpose equipment, cycled 30 mil around Sweden's second largest lake? And why did they do it?
Motala Bördige doctor and later professor Sten Otto Liljedahl came after half of his career to take an interest also for their own health. Running and skiing took less good, but the bike worked better.
The 40-year-old Liljedahl wanted to have a goal with his training. To ride the 30 mile round Vättern was the first. But as usual, put the then Docent Liljedahl not himself in the first room. In the local newspaper one day after the race he explained that bike adventure was part of a research project. The reporter asks: "Why do you do these experiments with yourself?"
"Already, because I want to know what I'm talking about, so that no one can come and say that it's just theories. This experiment is part of a long chain of other samples that we made at the Karolinska Institute. Immediately after this I aim to make multiple checks on a larger number of people. These will undergo similar trials that we are now undergoing ", responds Stone-Otto Liljedahl.
Which therefore needed a companion who could control the heart rate and other body functions during the journey.
The family Liljedahl
- To begin with, there was talk that I would follow, says Sten-Otto's wife Ingrid Liljedahl.
- I thought we would take a week at us around the lake, but when I got clear to me that it would be done in a day I backed out.
We found Ingrid and parts of stone-Otto Liljedahls family in the house on Granvägen 2 Motala, i Varamon, where it all started. Then Stone-Otto Liljedahls summer house, today residence for his son Peter with family.
Peter is gearing up for its third round, again with the start number 1, which is reserved to the family. Earlier rounds of Peter was the anniversary years 1987 and 1990. Around the table are also the daughters Eva and Karin who made the respective round, both 1985. With also Karin's son, Marcus, who will make his first race this anniversary year.
Once Vätternrundan became an official and growing races did place first as the start and finish, and many years after that as a center for all the family Liljedahls acquaintances and acquaintances of acquaintances during round.
- It was like a Bedouin camp with tents everywhere and lots of people, continues -Ingrid who took it upon himself to make porridge, bake pancakes and cook steaks to all gathered in Varamon.
If Stone-Otto Liljedahl is known to posterity as one of Vätternrundan founder as it is for many perhaps easy to overlook what he accomplished as a doctor and became known both among colleagues of a whole world of sport.
In medical circles called Stone-Otto Liljedahl as "The father of sports medicine" - sports physicians father.
- My father realized that it was possible to do much more for active athletes who suffered damage, says Peter Liljedahl. A sprained ankle, a broken knee or a damaged hip could spoil an entire sports career while waiting for the regular care.
So it was that way-Otto Liljedahl already 1958 became the football team doctor, and later also the Medical Director of the Swedish Olympic team - during the entire six Olympic Games, from Rome 1960 to Moscow 1980.
From near and far
Granvägen 2 was the summer home and Motala place for relaxation. But so relaxing it was rarely.
- He was passionate about his work and was incredibly involved in everything and everyone, and, most incredibly helpful. Hit came athletes from far and wide, known and unknown, says Ingrid and talks about all the memories when injured athletes literally stood in line outside the summer house of stone-Otto would review their X-rays.
Stone-Otto Liljedahl was a surgeon at the Karolinska in Stockholm and went on to become a professor at Linköping Hospital. Linköping, he moved not only himself, his work and his family. He was joined by a long list of talented colleagues, laying the foundations of the prominent university hospitals Linkoping boasts today.
Of knee arthroscopy and the recognized burn clinic at Linköping University Hospital's other famous works autographed Stone-Otto Liljedahl.
(The article published in this year's edition of the newspaper around Vättern)