Chair in Paediatric Exercise Science
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 606544
Room: Academic Office - A102
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

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. Profiling Movement Behaviours in Pre-School Children: A Self-Organized Map Approach. Journal of Sports Sciences
  2. A Cross-Sectional Study on the Deprivation and Sex Differences in Health-Related Fitness Measures in School Children. Journal of Sports Sciences
  3. Active children through individual vouchers – evaluation: a mixed method RCT. American Journal of Preventative Medicine
  4. Physical Activity, Motor Competence and Movement and Gait Quality: A Principal Component Analysis. Human Movement Science
  5. Asthma, body mass and aerobic fitness, the relationship in adolescents: the eXercise for Asthma with Commando Joe’s® (X4ACJ) trial. Journal of Sports Sciences

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Teaching

  • SR-314 Health Related Exercise

    Physical inactivity and sedentary time create a significant burden on global health. The science that underpins the relationship between physical activity and health has grown considerably over the past 10 years. Such is the weight of evidence the World Health Organisation ranks physical inactivity as the 4th largest non-communicable disease related to early death, one place above obesity. The science is fascinating and the interaction between psychology, physiology, biomechanics, laboratory and field science fuse together in this module. You will work with children and older people to better understand the factors affecting health, fitness, quality of life and wellbeing during the growing years and ageing years. The module uses meta-analyses to study what works to improve physical activity health and wellbeing in children and older people. You will be expected to understand case studies and how exercise may affect health and wellbeing in these groups and work on your own and in a group to demonstrate your knowledge both verbally and in writing. Be prepared to meet children and older people as part of the practical activity included in the module. 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.

Supervision

  • Longitudinal characterisation of cardiac function, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition and physical activity in recently diagnosed breast cancer patients (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Lewis
  • Improving attainment and activity by enriching children's health and wellbeing in the community and in schools across Bridgend. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Miss Lowri Edwards
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Joanne Hudson
  • Physical literacy of children and perceptions of physical development from primary to secondary age children«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Sinead Brophy
  • Rethinking sustained healthy lifestyle change through design and evaluation of socio-technical wearable systems (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Lindsay
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Roach
  • Homespace study (current)

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

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Miss Claire Barnes
  • The effects of Commando Joe's on children's education and behaviour (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'Children’s Fitness, Fatness, Sleep and Nutrtion – Analysis of Decade of Data from the Sportslinx Project' (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • Health, Fitness, Lifestyle and Physical Competency of School Children in Wales (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • 'Effect of playing level on isokinetic dynamometry in football' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Laura Mason
  • Physical activity and lifestyle behaviours in obesity and the preention of type 2 diabetes: The PREVIEW Project (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh
  • The X4A trial: exercise for Asthma (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Gwyneth Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof Catherine Thornton
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
  • 'Group-based analysis of human exercise, performance and health' (awarded 2018)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kelly Mackintosh