After working in the health and fitness industry for a number of years, Steve gained his first degree in Sport Science, Health and Health promotion at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he also did his MSc in Sport and Exercise Science. His PhD study investigated METs expenditure of cardiac patients during exercise – which is another way of expressing their oxygen uptake. Subsequent published work in this area has critiqued the use of standard values for a clinical population. His research work reflects his practical engagement with various clinical exercise rehabilitation groups. As a qualified BACPR exercise instructor he has worked in cardiac rehabilitation for 13 years and has also helped to set-up a community-based stroke referral and Parkinson’s Disease exercise class, which provide valuable work experience opportunities for students to get involved in. He is keen to see students develop not just their academic skills, but also to broaden their horizons on the opportunities available to sport and exercise graduates. Most recent research project is an investigation into brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in acute and chronic exercise for Parkinson’s Disease. He is keen to see exercise used for prevention and chronic disease management and these areas are his teaching specialisms.He is programme director for the Sport and Exercise Health degree and is a great advocate of ‘practising what he preaches’. He prefers his bike or micro
My current research interests relate to exercise issues in cardiac, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease populations, but also the broader factors that impact on health and people’s ability to exercise and preserve, or improve health.
There are lots of unexplored areas related to the psychology of exercise, in terms of getting people to be more active, maintain the exercise habit and the influence of other people on that phenomena. I am also interested in the evaluation of exercise referral processes, and ensuring outcomes of those who engage in them are positive. My passion is to see research being undertaken in applied settings, providing a ‘living laboratory’ for the researcher and students to conduct their work and ultimately help improve quality of life.
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Meadows, S. and Woolf-May, K. (2017). Appropriateness of the metabolic equivalent (MET) as an estimate of exercise intensity for post-myocardial infarction patients. British Medical Journal Opne Sport & Exercise Medicine [Online] 2. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000172.Aims: To explore: (1) whether during exercise metabolic equivalents (METs) appropriately indicate the intensity and/or metabolic cost for post-myocardial infarction (MI) males and (2) whether post-exercise VO2 parameters provide insight into the intensity and/or metabolic cost of the prior exercise. Methods: 15 male phase-IV post-MIs (64.4±6.5 years) and 16 apparently healthy males (63.0±6.4 years) participated. Participants performed a graded cycle ergometer test (CET) of 50, 75 and 100 W, followed by 10 min active recovery (at 50 W) and 22 min seated recovery. Participants' heart rate (HR, bpm), expired air parameters and ratings of perceived exertion (exercise only) were measured. Results: General linear model analysis showed throughout significantly lower HR values in post-MI participants that were related to β-blocker medication (F (2,5)=18.47, p<0.01), with significantly higher VCO2/VO2 (F (2,5)=11.25, p<0.001) and gross kcals/LO2/min (F (2,5)=11.25, p<0.001). Analysis comparing lines of regression showed, during the CET: post-MI participants worked at higher percentage of their anaerobic threshold (%AT)/MET than controls (F (2,90)=18.98, p<0.001), as well as during active recovery (100–50 W) (F (2,56)=20.81, p<0.001); during seated recovery: GLM analysis showed significantly higher values of VCO2/VO2 for post-MI participants compared with controls (F (2,3)=21.48, p=0.001) as well as gross kcals/LO2/min (F (2,3)=21.48, p=0.001). Conclusion: Since METs take no consideration of any anaerobic component, they failed to reflect the significantly greater anaerobic contribution during exercise per MET for phase-IV post-MI patients. Given the anaerobic component will be greater for those with more severe forms of cardiac disease, current METs should be used with caution when determining exercise intensity in any patient with cardiac disease.
Meadows, S. (2017). Parkinson's Equip Progress Report 2 MWAG & SSES Exercise for Parkinson's Disease. University of Kent.
Meadows, S. (2017). Parkinson's Equip Progress Report 1 MWAG & SSES Exercise for Parkinson's Disease. University of Kent.Attendance and functional capacity data report to funding charity (Parkinson's Equip) supporting the Medway Working Age Group (MWAG). The project set-up a weekly exercise session for people with Parkinson's Disease which is delivered and evaluated by the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences.