Lucy Gowing
Associate Research Fellow


Lucy graduated in Biomedical Sciences from Oxford Brookes University in 2013. She subsequently completed an MSc in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter, with a research project examining myocardial adaptations to high-intensity exercise programmes through the use of echocardiography.

Based in the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, Lucy is continuing the work of Richard Horn, researching the use of exercise training in children with congenital heart defects. Most children with a surgically corrected heart defect have near normal exercise tolerance and could safely participate in competitive sport. Individuals with more complex structural defects may have significantly reduced exercise tolerance and functioning, but would still benefit from participating in physical activity in a recreational environment. However, evidence suggests that many children are underactive due to self-perceptions and parental anxiety.

This project is funded by the charity Heart Research UK, with the main objective of developing a comprehensive set of advice and recommendations to enable children with a heart defect to safely engage in sports and other physical activities.

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 4759
AddressBaring Court
University of Exeter St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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