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). 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.
Meadows, S. et al. (2017). Singing for Better Breathing: Findings from the Lambeth & Southwark Singing & COPD Project. Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health: Canterbury Christ Church University. Available at: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/health-and-wellbeing/sidney-de-haan-research-centre/documents/lambeth-and-southwark-singing-for-better-breathing-final-report-june-2017.pdf.Over the last eight years there has been a growth of interest in the potential value of participation in singing groups for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CODP) and other respiratory illnesses. This is shown by the increasing number of singing for breathing groups established across the UK over this period. The British Lung Foundation have taken a leading role in promoting this activity through their 'Singing for Lung Health' programme. A limited number of small-scale research studies have assessed the benefits of singing for people with COPD and other lung conditions. These include three randomised controlled trials, one in Brazil, and two conducted at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Further studies have been carried out in Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. There is limited evidence that singing improves lung function and exercise capacity, but qualitative feedback from participants has been highly positive. Testimonies point to singing having substantial subjective benefits for physical, psychological and social wellbeing, and in enabling people with COPD to better manage their lung condition. The current study in Lambeth and Southwark, South London, was based on earlier research conducted in East Kent, UK. Morrison et al. (2013) established and evaluated a network of six community singing groups for people with COPD which ran over the course of ten months. Seventy-two people with COPD were followed up over this time and assessed using validated questionnaires, with St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) as the primary outcome measure. Spirometry was also used to assess lung function. Significant improvements were found on the total and impact scores from the SGRQ, and participants also improved in their lung function.
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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.