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Exercise and physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and musculoskeletal conditions.

Exercise for medical conditions

There is increasing evidence that exercise and physical activity are beneficial for the prevention and treatment of major chronic diseases and musculoskeletal conditions.

Our team is interested in determining the most efficient and cost-effective forms of exercise for improving health-related outcomes in a variety of medical conditions such as back pain (BOOST), dementia (DAPA), and rheumatoid arthritis of the hand (SARAH). We aim to provide practical evidence-based interventions to ease the uptake of our research findings into clinical practice.

Our projects investigating exercise and physical activity for a range of medical conditions are:

  • Exercises for young people with scoliosis - ACTIVATES
  • Exercises for women following breast cancer treatment - PROSPER
  • An exercise programme for patients with dementia - DAPA
  • The management of back pain in older people and a rehabilitation programme for older people with neurogenic claudication - BOOST
  • A hand exercise programme for patients with rheumatoid arthritis delivered by physiotherapists and occupational therapists - SARAH
  • The prevention of falls in older adults - PreFIT