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Research concerned with Recreation and Sport is a focus of the School of Health Sciences, a new school, established on January 1st, 1999 through the merging of the School of Nutrition and Public Health, with the School of Human Movement. Important research groups within Health Sciences include those of Physical Activity and Exercise, and the Exercise Physiology and Muscle and Bone Metabolism Research Group.
The Physical Activity and Health program is run by a multidisciplinary group with expertise in Health and Exercise Psychology, Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Sociology. The program has two research concentrations. First, on understanding and influencing physical activity both of the wider population and of specific target groups within the population. This also includes developing strategies to enhance health by increasing physical activity participation to optimal levels. Second, on minimising risks involved in physical activity and sport participation. This includes studies on sports injury prevention and the collection of epidemiological data on sports injury. Evaluations of countermeasures designed to prevent sports injury in specific sports and types of physical activity are also included in this research focus.
The focus of the Exercise Physiology and Muscle and Bone Metabolism Research Group is on studies of muscle and bone metabolism, particularly as these relate to sporting performance and other forms of physical performance and endurance, and to precursors of chronic disease. Specific research interests of the group focus on the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism during exercise, with particular emphasis on muscle glycogenolysis and glucose uptake and liver glucose output, and the implications for carbohydrate nutrition and exercise performance; metabolic bases of fatigue; high energy phosphate metabolism and the regulation of creatine uptake in skeletal muscle; the interactions between physical activity, growth, ageing and bone health; and the quantification of the energy cost of physical activity, with emphasis on economy of movement and the measurement of anaerobic capacity.
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