The children's health and exercise group initiates research in paediatric exercise science and enhance our understanding of exercise, physical activity and sport that determines health and well-being. We are interested in optimising exercise, physical activity, and sport across a range of different paediatric groups, including healthy school aged children, children with chronic diseases and talented young athletes.
In particular, our work has focused on developing innovative research programmes that are child-centred: all equipment and methodologies have been designed with children for the study of children. The techniques pioneered have been widely adopted internationally and are providing new insights into the study of the exercising child. Data have challenged conventional understanding of young people's exercise responses and demonstrated that the exercising child responds very differently to the exercising adult and that there are clear sex differences in responses.