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. (2017). Appropriateness of the metabolic equivalent (MET) as an estimate of exercise intensity for post-myocardial infarction patients. in: BACPR Exercise Professionals Group Study Day.Exercise is an important intervention used in cardiac rehabilitation to improve patient health outcomes and for secondary prevention of cardiac and other co-morbidities. In recent times there has been some debate amongst researchers and practitioners over the use of equations and indices, which are mainly based on healthy individuals, to estimate exercise intensity. Often these are used to provide assistance with exercise prescription and/or to establish exercise capacity for risk stratification purposes, in settings like cardiac rehabilitation. The metabolic equivalent (MET) is one such metric.
Meadows, S. (2017). The Effects of Group Based Exercise Rehabilitation in Stroke Survivors Update. in: BACPR Exercise Professionals Group Spring Study Day.. Available at: http://kent.ac.uk.Stroke is the second leading cause of death (WHO, 2015) & disability adjusted life years worldwide (Murray, et al., 2012). Following a stroke, it is important to manage modifiable risk factors. Hypertension contributes to around half of strokes in the UK. Exercise training post-stroke has been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure (Faulkner, et al., 2013). Physical inactivity also increases the incidence of stroke. Activity levels often decline post-stroke due to loss of movement, mobility & reduced functional capacity (Saunders, et al., 2016). The benefits of exercise training in stroke rehabilitation can improve a wide range of factors including quality of life & secondary stroke incidence (Saunders, Grieg & Mead 2014).
Meadows, S. (2017). The Effects of a Group Exercise Rehabilitation Session on Stroke Survivors. in: ACSM's 64th Annual Meeting, 8th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain.UK stroke mortality rates are falling, but > 50% of stroke survivors have functional disabilities. These impairments reduce capacity to perform activities of daily living (ADL) such as walking, basic self-care and independence, even several years post-stroke. Disability predisposes them to a chronic sedentary lifestyle, leading to further deconditioning and muscle atrophy, compounding disability. Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is markedly reduced in a stroke population, with survivor VO2 max 50% below a healthy age-matched population. Hypertension (HTN) is a modifiable risk factor for stroke, yet 75% of recurrent stroke sufferers have HTN. In the UK there is no routine exercise provision for chronic care of stroke survivors.