Dr Steve Meadows

Undergraduate Admissions Officer
Programme Director for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise for Health


After working in the health and fitness industry for many 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 looking at their oxygen uptake (VO2). Subsequent published work in this area has critiqued the use of standard MET values for a clinical population. His research work reflects his practical engagement with various clinical exercise rehabilitation groups. As a qualified BACPR Phase IV exercise instructor he has worked in cardiac rehabilitation for 15 years. He has also set-up a community-based stroke rehabilitation and a Parkinson’s exercise class. All these sessions provide valuable work experience opportunities for students to get involved in. He is keen for students to develop not just their academic and research skills, but also to broaden their horizons on the opportunities available to sport and exercise graduates. He is keen to see exercise used as medicine for prevention and chronic disease management, and these areas are his teaching specialisms.
He is the undergraduate admissions officer for SSES and programme director for the Sport and Exercise for Health degree. He is a great advocate of ‘practising what he preaches’ and prefers his bike, skateboard or micro-scooter to driving. In his spare time he enjoys kayaking, cycling, reading, live music and spending time on his allotment.

Research Interests

My current research interests relate to exercise in cardiac, stroke and Parkinson’s populations, but also the broader factors that impact on health and people’s ability to exercise and preserve, or improve their health and functional capacity.

His most recent research project is an investigation into brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in acute and chronic exercise for people with Parkinson’s. There are many unexplored issues related to the field of clinical exercise physiology and psychology. This is made more interesting and complex when most people experience clinical health problems later in life. Getting and keeping people more active is critical to maintain and improving health throughout the life-course. Strategies that work in a real-life setting is a focus of my research interest, along with the evaluation of intervention outcomes.  My passion is to see research being undertaken in applied settings, providing a ‘living laboratory’ for the researcher and students.


SS523 Exercise Prescription, Referral & Rehabilitation

SS527 Exercise for Special Populations

SS349 Introduction to Professional Skills

SS346 Introduction to Human Physiology

SS338 Fundermentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology


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Conference or workshop item

  • Meadows, S. et al. (2018). An Evaluation of Phase IV Participants. in: BACPR EPG 2018.
  • Cox, R., Meadows, S. and Ferrusola-Pastrana, A. (2018). Should Exercise be Used as Medicine in Stroke Rehabilitation? in: BACPR EPG Study Day 2018.
  • 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.
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