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Source: MDPI 24.05.22


Potts et al. (2022) Embedded Researchers as Part of a Whole Systems Approach to Physical Activity.pdf


Whole systems approaches are increasingly being advocated as a way of responding to complex public health priorities such as obesity and physical inactivity. Due to the complex and
adaptive nature of such systems, researchers are increasingly being embedded within host organisations (i.e., those which facilitate the whole systems appr

Source: ISEH May 22



Dr Flaminia Ronca and Professor Mark Hamer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH), recently published research investigating whether a single bout of intense exercise could improve brain activity in the pre-frontal cortex in participants who exhibit depressive symptoms.

One hundred and six adults completed a series of executiv

Source: NCSEM 24.05.22



A targeted health programme, including health education sessions, Fitbits and lorry cabin workouts, can improve the activity levels of long-distance heavy goods drivers in the short term – according to new research led by Loughborough University.

There are approximately 300,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in

Source: Institute of Sport Exercise & Health April 22


Professor Mark Hamer, Chair in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH), has conducted a research project that has investigated the association between daily step count and biomarkers for heart disease.

The research was conducted as several step-based daily targets have been widely circulated and comm

Source: International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health




New paper published last week ‘Children’s voices in physical activity research: a qualitative review and synthesis of UK children’s perspectives’. https://mdpi-res.com/d_attachment/ijerph/ijerph-19-03993/article_deploy/ijerph-19-03993.pdf


We sought to understand what is currently known about 1) why children think physical activity is important, 2) the factors

Source: Youth Sport Trust 25.03.22



MPs have debated making PE a core subject in Westminster this week. It comes as Ofsted recently released its report reviewing what good PE teaching should include.

In the debate MP Edward Timpson made the case for a move towards PE becoming a core subject.

Youth Sport Trust research conducted in 2018 was referenced as evidence showing the whistle has been blown on PE time ag

Source: University of Nottingham 22.03.22



A new project to encourage more people to reap the health benefits of ‘wild swimming’ has been launched by a group of researchers at the University of Nottingham.

Wild swimming has had a surge in popularity in the UK over the past few years, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the benefits to physical and mental health are now well-documented. Numero

Source: Activity Alliance 07.03.22



Activity Alliance is calling time on negative perceptions through its campaign,‘Who says?’. The charity wants disabled children and young people to have the same opportunities to be active as their non-disabled peers.

Research highlights that there is significant work to do for it to be a level playing field for disabled children and young peop

Source: Women in Sport March 2022



Ahead of International Women’s Day, Women in Sport surveyed 4,000 teenage girls and boys as part of its research work Reframing Sport for Teenage Girls, funded by Sport England. It has has found that more than one million teenage girls (43%) who once considered themselves ‘sporty’, disengage from sport following primary school. A fear of feeling judged by

Source: NCSEM 24.02.22



Researchers from Loughborough University's Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour (CLiMB), led by Dr Victoria Kettle, has found that exercise interventions delivered in primary care boost levels of moderate to vigorous intensity activity in adults by an average of 14 minutes a week. While this seems modest, even small increases

Source: Loughborough University 01.02.22



It is suggested around 80% of people will have given up on their new year resolutions by February. The reason motivation wanes is because people choose the wrong goals and motives to begin with. And research shows us that choosing the right type of goal is the key to keeping us motivated over the long term.

Dr Ian Taylor from Loughborough University gives three

Source: Ramblers.org 28.01.22



Walking outdoors grew during the pandemic and isn’t stopping. Ninety-two percent of UK adults agree it’s a popular, ‘on trend’ hobby, according to research conducted for the Ramblers. Over 78% felt their mental health would have suffered without walks whilst, 70% said that the simple pleasures of walking helped them to clear their head.

The new research also highlighted the value o

Source: NCSEM 27.01.22


Research by academics at Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University could improve the chances of success for the UK’s ‘Generation Z’ athletes – by helping them  to develop skills such as dealing with adversity and improving communication. The research aims to support coaches in bringing more psychosocial training to athletes’ development.

Generation Z has e

Source: The BMJ 26.01.22



Physical inactivity, an activity level insufficient to meet current recommendations, has a large impact on global public health, as it is one of the major risk factors for non-communicable diseases and is estimated to be responsible for 9% of all premature deaths globally. Physical activity, any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure, has been quantified with physical activity monito

Source: Parkinsons.org 18.01.22



Researchers in the Netherlands have discovered that regular exercise may improve Parkinson’s symptoms by creating connections between areas of the brain affected by the condition. The research involved a study called Park-in-Shape that compared the benefits of vigorous exercise to stretching over six months. 

One-hundred-and-thirty people took part, with half cycling on a stat

Researchers at Loughborough University are looking for participants to take part in a study looking at the effects of exercise on breast cancer cells. Research has shown that exercise can reduce the risk of developing 13 different cancers, including breast cancer, through altering proteins called cytokines and hormones in the blood. This exercise-induced change in these proteins may be able to prevent a key process in the development of cancer.

This study is investigating if exercised serum from

Source: Gov.uk 04.12.21



A report published by Forest Research during ‘National Tree Week’ has quantified the health and wellbeing benefits of the UK’s woodlands, for the first time ever. New research proves immense benefits of trees and woodlands for people’s physical and mental health and is estima

Source: NCSEM 30.11.21



Loughborough University has launched a new platform that enables academics to share research ideas with scientists across the world, allowing greater collaboration and ensuring no idea is wasted.

The Research Ideas Catalogue – Knowledge and Impact (RIC-KI) website has been created by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, and is initially focussed on

Source: Sported 08.11.2021



The latest piece of Sported research, based on answers from 437 grassroots sports groups across the UK, has found that far fewer young people are attending their sports groups since the Covid-19 pandemic started. 

  • 58% of groups have less than 80% of their young people attending
  • 30% of groups stating less than 60% of their participants had returned since re-opening

The issue of encouraging young people to