In an increasingly busy world, how can we encourage active lifestyles and improve health outcomes?
Our group has an established reputation in producing theoretical and applied research relating to health, exercise and activity. Our research examines what is happening now and investigates how we can inform and drive progress in health behaviours.
Particular areas we focus on include:
Group leaderSchool of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex
Research interests: Green Exercise - the role of environments in exercise behaviours and outcomes; physical activity, health and wellbeing; social psychology; evaluation of community health interventions for vulnerable groups.
Research interests: Green Exercise – how our environment can shape behavioural choices and facilitate physical activity; physiological, psychological and biochemical effects of exercising in different environments, during and recovery from exercise; connection to nature across the whole life course pathway; evaluation of community nature-based health interventions targeting vulnerable groups.
Research interests: Knee and ankle injury control (prevention, acute care, rehabilitation) in agility-sport athletes; knee and ankle post-trauma osteoarthritis control (prevention, mitigation) in agility-sport athletes; sensorimotor control of functional joint stability (proprioception, neuromuscular control) and lower limb biomechanics; sex differences in sensorimotor control of joint stability and lower limb injury predisposition; injury control and human performance optimisation in the tactical athlete (military, police, emergency services).
Research interests: Physiotherapy; exercise buddies and health promoters with community groups; living with long term conditions.
Research interests: Rehabilitation and health promotion in people living with chronic respiratory disease; Physiotherapy within and following admission to critical care; dog ownership and its impact on the health and welfare/wellbeing of both dogs and their owners.
Research interests: Sociological and historical perspectives of health and illness; disability studies; policy enactment; social policy; discourse analysis.
Research interests: Older people, ageing and frailty; obesity; neurological rehabilitation; Physiotherapy education.
Research interests: Musculoskeletal pain disorders; neuromechanics and motor control; statistical and machine learning; causal analysis.
Research interests: Understanding the influence of the personal Social Support Networks on active living; promotion of active living for people living with dementia and their carers; the psychosocial benefits of rock drumming (Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dementia); the health and social benefits of involvement in Community Men’s Sheds; Community Health Intervention Evaluations (co-production).
Research interests: Tendinopathy; therapeutic alliance; prognostics.
Research interests: Physical activity and ageing; motor control and functional activities.
Research interests: Gait analysis; motion capture; ageing and biomechanics; functional movement biomechanics.
Research interests: The role of exercise in modifying psychophysiological stress responses; Green Exercise for the prevention and treatment of ill-health; interventions for increase physical activity in children and young people.