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. Objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time are associated with cardio metabolic risk factors in adults with pre-diabetes: The PREVIEW study. Diabetes Care
  2. & Profiling Movement and Gait Quality Characteristics in Pre-School Children. Journal of Motor Behavior, 1-9.
  3. et. al. Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128·9 million children, adolescents, and adults. The Lancet
  4. & Individual calibration of accelerometers in children and their health-related implications. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-6.
  5. & Perceptions of asthma and exercise in adolescents with and without asthma. Journal of Asthma, 00-00.

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Teaching

  • 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

  • 'Group-based analysis of human exercise, performance and health' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Huw Summers
  • 'The effects of commando Joe''''s on children''''s education and behaviour' (current)

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

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

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Roach
  • Lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes in children (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • Homespace study (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • The A-CLASS-Girls Project Active Children Learn Achieve and Stay Sporty (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Sinead Brophy
  • Health, Fitness, Lifestyle and Physical Competency of School Children in Wales (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Lewis
  • 'Profiling Movement and Gait Quality in Children''s Physical Activity' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh