Exercise Physiology Research Group

The Exercise Physiology Research group is engaged in research activities that primarily investigate the use of exercise modalities for health, treatment and rehabilitation. Although our research spans the range from athletes to various specific populations, our research focuses mostly on how exercise therapies are beneficial for different disease and clinical populations, such as cardiovascular disease, chronic pain and neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Our research foci span all stages of life including exercise programs in children with chronic diseases to high intensity strength training in older adults. The Exercise Physiology research group is a multidisciplinary team which includes paediatric sports physicians, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and biomechanists. Our research group works closely with the UNSW Lifestyle and Fatigue Clinics and with NeuRA.

Our research themes encompass: 

  • Investigation of exercise rehabilitation and training for reducing weakness, pain and fatigue to ultimately improve function and quality of life in people with chronic disease and across the lifespan.
  • The role of physical activity in healthy paediatric populations and in children with chronic disease and disability.
  • The measurement and analysis of human movement, with a strong focus on methods of instruction for optimising motor learning and skill acquisition.
  • The effect of exercise and bioactive ingredients on metabolic and vascular health.  The form of exercise used has mainly been interval sprinting, which we have shown brings about positive acute and chronic changes in body composition, autonomic, and cardiovascular function.
  • The role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of metabolic complications in childhood cancer survivors.