Loughborough experts invited to Westminster to present research on sport and physical activity for children in care

Dr Rachel Sandford and Dr Oliver Hooper, of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, have been invited to talk at the All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, at the Houses of Parliament. The event will bring together experts, professionals, voluntary organisations and decision-makers in government to consider what […]

New website provides practical ideas to help ensure children are physically ready to start school

Previous research undertaken at Loughborough University revealed many four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school with 30% of 45 Foundation Stage children found to be ‘of concern’ and almost 90% demonstrating some degree of movement difficulty. Physical development involves developing control of muscles and physical coordination and it is the primary function in all other […]

Loughborough University research highlights influence of teammates on eating attitudes and behaviours of athletes

A recent systematic review of the research in this area, carried out by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences’ PhD student Charlotte Scott, Dr Carolyn Plateau, Lecturer in Psychology and Dr Emma Haycraft, Reader in Psychology, found two key mechanisms of influence: teammate pressure and teammate support. Evidence from studies included in the review suggested that […]

Can a ‘snacktivity’ approach to physical activity reduce people’s future risk of disease?

The Loughborough team will be working with colleagues at the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Edinburgh, and the Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust on the £2.2 million project, which has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Current public health guidance states that over a week, adults should achieve at least 150-minutes of at […]

Spinal cord injury project needs your votes

Exercise is an important tool for improving wellbeing and enhancing independence, but many health professionals highlight a lack of clear guidance on how best to prescribe physical activity. More than 60,000 adults in the UK live with SCI, but outside elite disability sport, they are among the least active, putting many at risk of secondary […]

Can physical activity offset the health risks of sitting too long?

The study, led by the University of Sydney in collaboration with Loughborough University, found that by replacing sitting with physical activity – but not standing – reduced the risk of premature death among people who sit for over six hours a day. The study also discovered that people who were physically inactive and sat for […]

Bid to grow local rehabilitation and medical technology sector receives Strength in Places Funding

Announced today, the Growing Rehabilitation Industries Project (GRIP) was one of 24 to receive up to £50k in early-stage funding to develop full-stage bids. If its full-stage bid is successful, the GRIP would be awarded between £10m and £50m. The GRIP team want to create substantial economic growth in the Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester areas […]

New diet and activity research collaboration tackles obesity and chronic disease challenge

The UK is recognised internationally for the strength of its research in diet, nutrition, and physical activity. For the first time these experts from across the country, including researchers from Leicester’s Hospitals, University of Leicester and Loughborough University, have formally united to launch the NIHR Diet and Activity Research Translation (DART) Collaboration. Professor Melanie Davies, […]

Public lecture: Optimising sports performance

In the presentation Dr King will discuss optimum sports performance using examples from a range of sports, including bowling at over 90 miles per hour in cricket and performing a triple layout somersault in gymnastics. Dr King is a Reader in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University. He has been at Loughborough since 1990, graduating in […]

Overweight men needed for study that looks at liver health and diabetes

The research, funded by Diabetes UK, is being conducted as a collaborative effort between Loughborough University and the Leicester and Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centres. The study will use novel MRI techniques to assess liver fat and will investigate whether the type of fat stored in people’s liver is a risk factor for poor metabolic health […]

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