About Me

Head of the Research Centre in Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM)

Sport and Exercise Science is meeting the challenges set by the University by engaging in research, third mission activities and teaching that spans the artificial boundaries between traditional disciplines. Moreover the discipline area has flourished since it was relocated into the College of Engineering.

Swansea University is unique as the only research intensive university in the UK where Sport and Exercise Science is located in Engineering. The College of Engineering houses three world-leading research centres within which Sport and Exercise Science research activity is currently housed.

There are significant synergies between sport and exercise science, technology, engineering and medicine. To further promote these synergies a standalone research centre in Sport and Exercise Science, which reflects the nature of world-class research activity and exploits university strengths, is required.

Areas of Expertise

  • Paediatric Exercise Science. Physical growth and development in health and sports performance
  • sensors in physical activity measurement
  • physical activity
  • fitness and health interventions

Publications

  1. The association between dog ownership or dog walking and fitness or weight status in childhood. Pediatric Obesity
  2. PREVIEW Behavior Modification Intervention Toolbox (PREMIT): A Study Protocol for a Psychological Element of a Multicenter Project. Frontiers in Psychology 7
  3. Profiling movement quality and gait characteristics according to body-mass index in children (9–11 y). Human Movement Science 49, 291-300.
  4. Objective measurement of sedentary behaviour using accelerometers. International Journal of Obesity
  5. & Classification of accelerometer wear and non-wear events in seconds for monitoring free-living physical activity. BMJ Open 5(5), e007447-e007447.

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Teaching

  • SR-144 Foundations in Exercise Science

    This module will introduce principles of exercise science in relation to health and disease using a multi-disciplinary perspective. National recommendations for physical activity and health across the life-course as well as national policies and approaches will be studied. Students will also develop foundation practical skills in measuring physical activity and will contextualise these skills in relation to professional work. Students will be expected to apply their practical skills to selected case studies.

  • SR-314 Health Related Exercise

    There has a been a significant increase in non-communicable diseases such as physical inactivity. The World Health Organisation has now placed physical inactivity as the 4th largest risk to global public health and more important than obesity. Exercise Scientists have investigated how physical activity and fitness promote health and this module welcomes students who have an interest in the science of health and exercise. Students wishing to work in the health and fitness industry, public health, health promotion, allied health professions, teaching or clinical areas would most benefit from participation in the module. Where possible sessions will be split into a theory and practical session. The first semester focuses on the practical measurement of physical activity and the development of field related physical activity experiments. The second semester is theory and concept focused and will provide flexibility to match you academic interests.

Supervision

  • Investigating the effectiveness of Commando Joes' military-ethos intervention on children's academic attainment, behaviour and well-being (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Health, Fitness, Lifestyle and Physical Competency of School Children in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Homespace study (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Physical activity health and fitness over the decade. The sportslinx project. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Physical activity measurement and analysis in children (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Effect of playing level on isokinetic dynamometry in football (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Mrs Laura Mason
  • The effect of a school-based military style physical activity intervention on children's health and well-being (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Group-based analysis of human exercise, performance and health (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Huw Summers
  • Longitudinal changes in physical activity, functional fitness, cardiac function and body composition in recently diagnosed breast cancer patients (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Michael Lewis
  • Lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes in children (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • 'Non-invasive monitoring of cardiac function decline accompanying chemotherapy' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Professor Michael Lewis
  • 'Qualitative evaluation of children''''s and teachers perceived effectiiveness of school-based physical activity interventions' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'Validation of an online health and lifestyle questionnaire in school children using a novel wearable camera' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'Individual and Community Led Activity Programmes in School Children' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jaynie Rance
    Other supervisor: Professor Sinead Brophy
  • 'Test-retest reliability of lower limb neuromuscular variables during a countermovement jump in under-15 dewar shield rugby union players' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Mr Nicholas Owen
  • 'Body composition and fitness and their associated factors - the swanlinx project' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'Maturation performance and sporting life history in elite junior rugby players ' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry