Steve Meadows

Undergraduate Admissions Officer


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

Research Interests

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.


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


Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository


  • Meadows, S. (2017). Parkinson's Equip Progress Report 1 MWAG & SSES Exercise for Parkinson's Disease. University of Kent.
  • 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:

Conference or workshop item

  • 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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