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Research themes

Understanding the mechanical and physiological properties of tendon (Dr Steve Pearson)

Here the focus is on structural and mechanical properties of the tendon and how it adapts/maladapts to loading using non-invasive approaches of ultrasound imaging and dynamometry. Also of interest are muscle activity and recruitment during functional movement, indices of strength and power output and its relevance to function and quantitative and qualitative changes in muscle with physical activity

Metabolic/hormonal and genetic responses to physical activity (Dr Steve Pearson)

Within this theme we aim to develop models in healthy individuals firstly examining exercise modality and dose/response with specific relevance to clinical populations. These methodologies will then be applied to a range of clinical groups in order to optimise indices of heath.

Health & Wellbeing interventions (Helen Matthews & Mike Dean)

Workplace health. Exercise and postural positions in prolonged sitting and diversely in diagnosis, classification & management of TMD.

Physical activity and pain (Lynne Gaskill)

This theme investigates the relationship between rehabilitation and exercise protocols for low back pain

Dietary manipulation (Dr Anna Robins)

This work examines control of glycaemic response and investigation of the subsequent effects of this on both physiological and psychological parameters via nutritional intake.

Cardiovascular responses to physical activity (Steve Aspinall)

Optimising physical activity training for maximising cardiorespiratory, metabolic and musculoskeletal health for safely and effectiveness. The measurement of spinal intersegmental motion utilising US.

Clinical outcome measures of knee surgery/injury/arthritis. (Julian Hatcher)