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The three main areas covered by the project and examples of the work in each area are:

The use of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease

A current study aims to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a two-week at-home intervention to reduce prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) patients discharged from hospital following an acute exacerbation.

Exercise as an essential rehabilitative tool after musculoskeletal trauma

Research is being carried out to understand the importance of tendon properties in explosive strength performance and strength training in rehabilitation after injury.

Hamstring MRI imaging is also being used to measure the effects of different training programmes.

The wider contribution exercise makes to the health and wellbeing of the nation

Physical activity guidelines for people with a spinal cord injury have been developed by an international collaboration including Loughborough University.

A resistance band exercise programme for older adults providing exercises that can be carried out in the home has also been developed.

This ‘exercise is medicine’ approach is essential if the UK is to meet escalating health challenges and to support economic growth through an increasingly healthy workforce. The project will transform the research-to-clinical-practice process, enhance research capability in a new field of enquiry and develop teaching, training and knowledge exchange, resulting in significant public benefit.

To date, the project has had a number of successes:

  • £5.7 million research income generated

  • Over 120 research-informed CPD programmes delivered

  • Six clinical PhD studentships started

  • Over 14,000 patient treatments via 21 clinics covering the exercise as medicine agenda

  • Translational activity taking place with everyday people through to elite athletes

Project information

Catalyst funding £7,384,724
Total project funding £25,426,442
Project contact Professor Mark Lewis 
Tel 01509 226430

Page last updated 23 February 2018

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