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Recreational football reduces high blood pressure in mature women

The World Cup in Brazil may be attracting a global armchair audience of millions, but new research has shown that playing football could help lower blood pressure in women aged 35-50.

Exeter researchers investigate effects of exercise on children born with heart disease

The University of Exeter’s Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre today announced its involvement in a three-year project to investigate the effects of exercise on children with congenital heart disease.

Research student wins Nike Award for Athletic Footwear Research

Sport and Health Sciences PhD student Izzy Moore has been awarded the Nike Award for Footwear Research.

Exeter academic and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor honoured by Brock University in Canada

Brock University is recognising Professor Neil Armstrong for his exceptional academic contributions to the fields of paediatric physiology and sport and health sciences by awarding him with an LLD (honoris causa).

Why a little Beet It goes a long way

Athletes no longer ask whether beetroot juice improves sporting performance - they just want to know how much to drink, and when. A new study has the answers.

University ranks 49th best institution in the world

The Leiden University World Rankings shows that the University of Exeter ranks 49th best institution in the world.

Beetroot juice – the winning formula for team sports

New research shows that drinking beetroot juice can significantly improve performance in team sports involving bouts of high intensity exercise.

Healthy rivalry could boost sport and business performance

New research shows that people can recover from poor performance when rivals comment on their failures. 

Pioneering robotic surgery research taking place in Exeter

Pioneering new research in robotic surgery is forging ahead thanks to a partnership between the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E). 

Teenagers urged to exercise to ward off bone disease

Playing football or running for at least three hours a week could help teenagers counteract the potential damage to their bone health caused by prolonged spells of sitting.

Football scores a health hat trick for hypertensive men

Playing football (soccer) could be the best way for people with high blood pressure, known as hypertension, to improve their fitness, normalise their blood pressure and reduce their risk of stroke. 

Exeter research reveals winning ingredient that can’t be beet

Athletes competing this summer have benefited from an unlikely ingredient to fuel their Olympic and Paralympic success.

Expert takes part in Olympic symposium

A world-leading expert in health and exercise among children has been taking part in an international conference ahead of the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

UK study into whether physical activity aids depression finds no additional benefit

Current clinical guidance recommends physical activity to alleviate the symptoms of depression.

Exeter expert to advise on care for children with heart problems

An expert in children’s health from the University of Exeter has been selected to join an expert steering committee that will give children born with heart problems the best possible chance in life.

Short walk cuts chocolate consumption in half

A 15-minute walk can cut snacking on chocolate at work by half, according to research by the University of Exeter.

Surgeons perform better with eye movement training

Surgeons can learn their skills more quickly if they are taught how to control their eye movements.

Could football give homeless men a health kick?

Playing street football two or three times a week could halve the risk of early death in homeless men.

Exeter celebrates 25 years of leading children’s health and exercise research

The University of Exeter is marking a quarter of a century of leading research into children’s health and wellbeing by hosting the world’s biggest and most prestigious paediatric exercise and health conference.

All in the mind

Sport and Health Sciences academic Dr Tim Rees has appeared on the BBC radio 4 programme ‘All in the mind’ talking about his recent research.

Research reveals new secret weapon for Le Tour

Winning margins in the Tour de France can be tight – last year just 39 seconds separated the top two riders after more than 90 hours in the saddle.

Improving rugby for the next generation of grand slam winners

As the Six Nations comes to an end, a research project is under way to see how changing rugby’s rules at the junior level could help develop the next generation of grand slam winners.

Beetroot juice could help people live more active lives

New research into the health benefits of beetroot juice suggests it’s not only athletes who can benefit from its performance enhancing properties – its physiological effects could help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions enjoy more active lives.

Supplement produces a ‘striking’ endurance boost

Research from the University of Exeter has revealed taking a dietary supplement to boost nitric oxide in the body can significantly boost stamina during high-intensity exercise.

Can exercise help smokers quit?

New research to be carried out by the University of Exeter will examine whether physical activity can help people reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke, thereby helping more people attempt to quit and remain abstinent.

'Quiet Eye' helps you putt like a pro

Whether you're sinking the ball to win the Open at St Andrews or on a practice round at your local course, researchers at the University of Exeter have one bit of advice for golfers taking that crucial putt — keep your eye on the ball.

Why England keeps losing on penalties

Imaginative research may explain why England keeps losing in penalty shootouts – just in time for the World Cup 2010.

BBC's One Show interview with Prof Andrew Jones

One of our exercise laboratories was transformed into a film studio recently, when a crew from the BBC visited to film staff and students involved in ground-breaking research at Exeter. The piece will feature on the BBC’s One Show, to be aired on Thursday 6th May at 7 pm, BBC1.

Body building images change perceptions of old age

A University of Exeter researcher has found that showing videos of older bodybuilders working out radically changed young people’s perception of old age.

Should schools test our children's fitness?

Assoc. Prof Craig Williams responded to the question 'Should schools test our children's fitness?' in an article in The Times newspaper, 19 March 2010.

Sports student punches above his weight with strength research

A sports science student from the University of Exeter has become one of the first undergraduates to have his research published in an academic journal.

Why England keeps losing on penalties

A new study may explain why England keeps losing in penalty shootouts – and could help the team address the problem in time for the World Cup 2010.

Beetroot juice boosts stamina, new study shows

Drinking beetroot juice boosts your stamina and could help you exercise for up to 16% longer.

£447,000 research grant awarded to Dr Hillsdon

Dr Melvyn Hillsdon has been awarded a grant of £447,401 by the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) for a study titled 'The feasibility of a simple, low-cost, general practitioner delivered intervention to promote physical activity'.

Sporadic play activity as beneficial to child health as continuous bouts of exercise, study suggests

New research suggests for the first time that frequent bouts of sporadic activity could be just as beneficial to children’s health as longer exercise sessions.

Emotional support leads to sporting success

Sportsmen and women could get the edge on their opponents by accepting more emotional support in their personal and professional lives.

Study shows why sporting heroes should thank their friends

Encouraging words from friends and family can pave the way to sporting victory, according to research by the University of Exeter, released today.

First brain study reveals benefits of exercise on quitting smoking

Research from the University of Exeter reveals for the first time, that changes in brain activity, triggered by physical exercise, may help reduce cigarette cravings.

£50,000 surgical research funding awarded

The University of Exeter and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust secure funding of £50,000 for a surgical research fellow.

Dr Vanhatalo's research recognised by the Physiological Society

Dr Anni Vanhatalo has been awarded the 3rd place prize in the Physiological Society Blue Riband competition for the best conference communication by an Affiliate Member.

£0.5 Million Wellcome Trust Grant

Dr Melvyn Hillson has been awarded a £508,000 research grant from the Wellcome Trust to investigate how the neighbourhood that people live in influences their physical activity.

PhD Student wins two researcher awards

PhD student George Jennings was awarded on Friday 12th June 2009 for the 'best presentation' at the 3rd International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise held at the Roehampton University in London, in association with Routledge.

£125,000 Sports Council for Wales Funding

Dr Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson of the Qualitative Research Unit has been awarded £125,000 from the Sports Council for Wales to conduct a research project to evaluate the Mentro Allan (Venture Out) Programme.

£225,000 EPSRC grant

Dr Sharon Dixon as (as sole PI) has been awarded funding of £225,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to undertake a project entitled "Understanding traction for sports shoe and surface combinations".

£40,000 Unilever research grant

Professor Roger Eston and Dr Ann Rowlands have been awarded funding of £40,000 to support an ongoing collaborative project with Unilever on the use of accelerometry to measure physical activity.

£82,000 ESRC Grant for research with University of Hong Kong

Dr Mark Wilson has been awarded funding through the ESRC and the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong to conduct a two-year project with Professor Richard Masters at the University of Hong Kong.

£20,000 RFU grant

The RFU has awarded a grant of £20,000 to Dr Mark Wilson, Dr Chris Byrne and Professor Roger Eston to conduct research on the efficacy of current coaching methods in youth rugby.

£62,500 Kellogg's grant success

Associate Professor Craig Williams, of the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, has been awarded a grant from Kellogg’s Ltd to investigate ‘Energy Balance in Young People’ in collaboration with the Faculty of Health and Social Work at the University of Plymouth.

University of Exeter wins £1.5 million for research into sport, leisure and tourism

It was announced today that academics at the University of Exeter have won the funding to establish an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Capacity Building Cluster in Sport, Leisure and Tourism.

Brisk walk could help chocoholics stop snacking

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that a walk of just fifteen minutes can reduce chocolate cravings.