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NCSEM and FSEM seminar: COVID-19 recovery: the role of physical activity

Date and Time
29th April 2021, 19:30 - 21:00
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Speakers’ talks are available to view at the following times:
Dr Caroline Dalton – COVID-19 recovery – the role of physical activity? (view at 4 mins 46 secs)
Dr Sally Fowler-Davis and Dr Rebecca Robinson – A virtual rehabilitation clinic to support people with long COVID-19 in an underserved community (view at 38 mins 28 secs)

This seminar was the final one in an online series of four seminars jointly hosted by the three NCSEM hubs and the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM).

The seminar focused on recovery from long COVID. It reviewed the state of evidence, including new advances and gaps in knowledge. The session discussed the potential role of physical activity in recovery and the caution needed to avoid potential negative outcomes.

During the seminar we heard first-hand the impact that long COVID has on individuals’ lives, followed by an overview of a pilot project exploring holistic support and multidisciplinary models of care.


Anna is Programme Manager at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine-Sheffield and an Associate Professor at Sheffield Hallam University.  She is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a special interest in physical activity and healthy ageing and she worked in the NHS for many years.  This was followed by policy roles at Public Health England and NHS England.  Anna now leads a number of large physical activity research projects alongside overseeing Sheffield’s Physical Activity Strategy ‘Move More’.

Caroline is Theme Lead for Living Well with Chronic Disease at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and lead the Health and Disease group in the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. Caroline’s research interests include the investigation of the molecular mechanisms underlying differential responses to interventions to treat complex conditions including long COVID. Recent studies include laboratory-based experiments to investigate the effect of drugs at a cellular level, through to community-based projects analysing the individual variability in response to lifestyle interventions.
Sally is an organisational scientist and health services researcher, she has a wide range of policy implementation experience, a growing understanding of co-production research methods and an interest in implementation science. Sally has a clinical background and continuing registration as an Allied Health Professional (AHP) and a strong interest in the health of older adults and the wellbeing of older populations. Her research interests are associated with the measurement of health outcomes and measuring the quality and impact of services.
Rebecca is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine with a special interest in female athlete health and also oncology. Rebecca graduated from Newcastle University, and went on to train in both Hospital medicine and Sport and Exercise Medicine. Rebecca has also completed research on the impact of physical activity on chronic illness, working in clinical research in Oncology to address barriers and opportunities to integrate exercise prescription into medical care. Her current clinical work covers musculoskeletal medicine, sport and exercise medicine for elite athletes and also event medicine. Most recently Rebecca is running a ‘Long COVID’ clinic helping athletes to recover.


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