Physical Activity and Health

Physical Activity and Health

Focus of our research

This theme focuses on the beneficial impact of physical activity and exercise on health and well-being.

Encompassing the whole-life cycle from young children to older adults, we draw upon the disciplines of exercise physiology, nutrition, exercise psychology, biomechanics and implementation science to better understand movement and how to get people to move.

We have extensive experience working with schools and children on a variety of projects, as well as work focused on understanding physical activity behaviour and function in older adults.

We have also been responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of physical activity interventions, working with local authorities and public health specialists as requested.

If you wish to find out more about this theme, please get in contact with Professor David Broom.

Our vision:

Be recognised as a world leading applied physical activity and health research theme by 2025.

Our mission:

Undertake high quality, meaningful and impactful research and evaluation that educates, encourages and supports people to be active everyday as a way of life.

Key researchers

Name Title Email
Professor David Broom Professor and Theme Lead David.Broom@coventry.ac.uk 
Dr Cain Clark Assistant Professor (Research) Cain.Clark@coventry.ac.uk 
Professor Michael Duncan Professor and Centre Lead Michael.Duncan@coventry.ac.uk 
Dr Emma Eyre Research Associate Emma.Eyre@coventry.ac.uk 
Katie Fitton-Davies Research Fellow Katie.Fittondavies@coventry.ac.uk 
Jo Hankey ASPiRE Fellow Jo.Hankey@coventry.ac.uk 
Dr Matt Hill Assistant Professor Matt.Hill@coventry.ac.uk 
Darren Richardson Assistant Professor Darren.Richardson@coventry.ac.uk 
Jason Tallis Associate Professor Jason.Tallis@coventry.ac.uk 

Project spotlight

Our research encompasses the whole-life cycle from young children to older adults. We draw upon the disciplines of exercise physiology, nutrition, exercise psychology, biomechanics and implementation science to better understand movement and how to get people to move.

Find out more about some of our projects:

Older man playing football

Promoting health through recreational football

Enhancing health and functional ability in aging people through fun physical and social activity.

Children running

Physical activity and obesity in British children

Understanding how early development of fundamental movement skills (FMS) impacts on physical activity and body fatness in British children.

Badminton racket and shuttlecock on grass

The effectiveness of a Primary School based badminton intervention

Examining the effectiveness of the UK’s national PE curriculum in comparison to the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) Shuttle Time programme on fundamental movement skills in children.

PhD opportunities

The Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences offer a range of fully funded students. Visit our research opportunities listing to find out more.

The Physical Activity and Health theme is interested in supervising research that explores the beneficial impact of physical activity and exercise on health and wellbeing:

Name Email
David Broom Professor David Broom has capacity to supervise self-funded PhD students. He would be happy to discuss ideas broadly relating to physical activity, sedentary behaviour, exercise and health. To arrange an informal conversation email: David.Broom@coventry.ac.uk 
Cain Clark Dr Cain Clark has capacity to supervise self-funded PhD students. He welcomes discussion of ideas that broadly relate to physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and technology-based assessment, and has particular interest and expertise in novel data and statistical analyses. To arrange an informal conversation, please email: Cain.Clark@coventry.ac.uk 
Emma Eyre Dr Emma Eyre has capacity to supervise self-funded PhD students. She would be happy to discuss ideas broadly relating to physical activity, sedentary behaviour, motor development and health across the life course. To arrange an informal conversation email: Emma.Eyre@coventry.ac.uk 
Katie Fitton Davies Dr Katie Fitton Davies has capacity to supervise self-funded PhD students. She would be happy to discuss ideas broadly relating to areas such as physical education, motivation, and younger and older children. She would be happy to support students wanting to pursue quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method approaches to research. To arrange an informal conversation email: Katie.Fittondavies@coventry.ac.uk 
Matt Hill Dr Matt Hill has capacity to supervise self-funded PhD students. He would be happy to discuss ideas relating to Interactions between exercise and brain function and health, eccentric resistance exercise among older adults and assessment of postural control e.g. predicting falls, identifying fallers and developing fall prevention interventions. To arrange an informal conversation email: Matt.Hill@coventry.ac.uk 
Jason Tallis Dr Jason Tallis has capacity to supervise self-funded PhD students. He would be happy to discuss ideas broadly relating to skeletal function, exercise and health and sports performance. To arrange an informal conversation email: Jason.Tallis@coventry.ac.uk 
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