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. & Active children through individual vouchers – evaluation (ACTIVE): protocol for a mixed method randomised control trial to increase physical activity levels in teenagers. BMC Public Health 18(1)
  2. et. al. PREVIEW: Prevention of Diabetes through Lifestyle Intervention and Population Studies in Europe and around the World. Design, Methods, and Baseline Participant Description of an Adult Cohort Enrolled into a Three-Year Randomised Clinical Trial. Nutrients 9(6), 632
  3. & Fitness, fatness and the reallocation of time between children’s daily movement behaviours: an analysis of compositional data. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 14(1)
  4. & High-Intensity Interval Training Interventions in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine
  5. & A machine learning approach to measure and monitor physical activity in children. Neurocomputing 228, 220-230.

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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 and will contextualise these skills in relation to professional work. Students will be expected to apply their 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

  • 'The effects of commando Joe''''s on children''''s education and behaviour' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Characterisation of head acceleration, exposure and outcome in professional rugby union training (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
  • 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
  • Homespace study (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Huw Summers
  • 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
  • Lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes in children (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • 'Profiling Movement and Gait Quality in Children''s Physical Activity' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh