To develop a national and international reputation for conducting impactful research focused on promoting health and wellbeing across the lifespan, providing translation research to the community to enrich societal physical and mental wellbeing, whilst educating the next generation of researchers.
The HEAL Group brings together the expertise and skills of academics and postgraduate researchers in the areas of physical activity for health, gait and falls prevention, paediatric health and fitness, workplace health, green exercise, and physiotherapy assessment, interventions and outcomes to:
This collaborative project, run by the Department of Psychology, the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, and iCARP CIC, is looking at how the mental health and wellbeing of military veterans living with PTSD can be improved through angling in peaceful settings.
Green Exercise encompasses the fields of physical activity and exercise, mental health, and behaviour change, all within nature-based settings.
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: 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: 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: 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.