Technology-based exercise for people living with long-term health conditions:
Exploring the efficacy of a phone application home-based exercise algorithm on adherence to pulmonary rehabilitation of people suffering with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
This project aims to access the efficacy of strength-based exercise using a mobile phone application to deliver pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) to participants who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study will aim to recruit 100 participants to take part in the intervention, from already established contacts within ‘breathe easy’ support groups. During a 12-week intervention period, COPD sufferers will be asked to use the mobile phone application a minimum of three times a week and a maximum of five times per week. The application is powered by a novel algorithm that outputs recommend exercises for the participant to complete.
Get Strong to Fight Childhood Cancer: An Exercise Intervention for Children and Adolescents Undergoing Anti-Cancer Treatment (FORTEe)
Cancer is the first leading cause of death by non-communicable diseases in children in Europe. During cancer treatment, patients’ morbidity is increased due to physical inactivity, cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and reduced health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Adapted exercise training in cancer patients, called exercise oncology, is an increasingly recognised, promising health care intervention. In adults, exercise oncology revealed notable effects on tolerance and completion rate of cancer treatment. However, in childhood cancer patients, strong evidence for exercise efficiency is lacking. Thus, precision exercise training is not part of standard care in paediatric oncology and does not reach the majority of patients. By pooling the leading expertise on a European level, the FORTEe project aims to evaluate a personalised and standardised exercise intervention for children and adolescents undergoing anti-cancer treatment. In the present randomised, controlled FORTEe trial, high evidence for an innovative, patient-centred exercise treatment will be generated. FORTEe promotes exercise oncology that aims at making patients “stronger to fight childhood cancer”. Supervised exercise training intends to increase muscle strength and reduce muscular atrophy due to bedrest. CRF and HRQoL can be improved and in the future, these benefits may help to fight childhood cancer by increasing therapy efficiency and survival rate. Within the project, digital, innovative technologies such as augmented reality will be developed and applied to make the exercise training more effective, age-adapted and personalised. Moreover, FORTEe will stimulate translational research to provide access to paediatric exercise oncology as a new health care intervention. As a progress beyond the current state-of-the-art, FORTEe has the ambition to implement paediatric exercise oncology as an evidence-based standard in clinical care for all childhood cancer patients across the EU and beyond.
- Cancers Augmented Reality Environment (CARE)
This pilot is to test the potential role of an augmented reality (AR) intervention to promote lifestyle management, initially in post cancer treatment patient volunteers, educating the patient of proven benefits of exercise and lifestyle choices using an avatar as a personal exercise therapist.
My current PhD research focuses on sports prevision and policy within primary school physical education. I have a particular interest in the current issues surrounding the declining activity level of young people within the UK, exploring the reasons this may be happening and using other countries' structures in comparative studies within the area.
Research group membership
- Departmental lead for Public Engagement with Research
- Healthy Aging Network
- Children and Young people network
- Artificial intelligence and data network
- Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity Research Group
- Faculty Innovation Team
I am currently involved in active research looking at how technology can be used to assist people within rehab from medical treatment.