The Department of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research.
The focus of this research encompasses the following three main themes (illustrated in Fig 1.), which are closely aligned with the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Multidisciplinary Research Theme: Integrated Health and Social Care.
- Optimising Human Performance
- Promoting and Preserving Health and Wellbeing
- Informing Practice and Policy
The quality and capacity for research in these areas has been enhanced through investment in high quality, research active academic staff, bespoke research laboratory suites and the construction of a £30 million research, teaching and sports facility. These state-of-the-art facilities include exercise laboratories, fully equipped nutrition kitchens, a clinical assessment and research area, neuroscience laboratory and an environmental chamber. These spacious and well-equipped laboratories hail amonst the best in the country and support our research and teaching activities in exercise physiology and biochemistry, nutrition, neuroscience, biomechanics, performance analysis and rehabilitation.
Fig 1. The Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Core Research Themes and Areas of Focussed Research Excellence
Optimising Human Performance
Research that aims to improve our understanding of how the human body responds and adapts to the stress of exercise.
Promoting and Preserving Health and Wellbeing
Improving understanding of the important role of physical activity and optimal nutrition.
Informing Practice and Policy
Addresses the challenges associated with professional practice of those participating in sport and exercise.