Research Seminars

Staff and Students are invited to attend a research seminar on Friday 19 May 2017. This will take place in EE1104 between 1pm – 2pm. Chris, John and Alice will be showcasing their research in 15-minute presentations with 5 minutes for questions each and they would appreciate your attendance.

Current MPhil/PhD Research

Early stage plans for a research study exploring the continuation in engagement by people with dementia within community leisure centres

Chris Russell
First Year MPhil/ PhD

Increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with dementia. We lack pharmacological interventions to halt or reverse the disease processes that cause dementia. Thus, new evidence-based responses are sought that are less reliant on conventional health-care interventions.

This presentation will summarise early stage plans for a research study exploring the continuation in engagement by people with dementia within community leisure centres. Findings from the study will provide knowledge that community leisure centres can use to enhance their offering to people with dementia, which in turn might contribute to responses to the challenges dementia presents.

Did British Wheelchair Basketball listen to the numbers in Rio?

John Francis
Final year PhD

The use of performance analysis within wheelchair basketball is a relatively new concept despite research dating back to 1995. The number of international teams using performance analysis has increased dramatically since London 2012 as teams look for marginal gains to ensure they are on the podium at the next Paralympic Games. British Wheelchair Basketball have utilised a performance analysis to help them identify the key determinants of success within wheelchair basketball to hopefully provide the winning edge over opposition teams. This presentation will compare the information that was provided to the team following the successful performance at the 2015 European Championships and explore how representable this information was to the performances they undertook in Rio.

HIIT without the hassle? Acute physiological and psychological responses to novel modes of high-intensity intermittent exercise

Alice Burgin
Second year MPhil/PhD

Over half of UK adults do not meet the recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, with poorer rates of activity in females than males. Physical inactivity is linked with an increased risk of a multitude of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. The most commonly reported barriers to regular physical activity include lack of time and lack of enjoyment, which are more prominent in overweight females. High-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) is characterised by short bursts of high-intensity activity, interspersed with periods of rest. This has been proposed as a time-efficient means of physical activity, over typical continuous moderate-intensity activity. Yet, currently, HIIE has only been explored in cycling protocols that require specialised equipment and also may not be appealing, tolerable nor truly time-efficient for all. This presentation will discuss the physiological and psychological responses to some novel, non-cycling-based bouts of high-intensity interval exercise compared with traditional, cycling-based high-intensity interval exercise.

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