Centre for Exercise Activity and Rehabilitation

Centre for Exercise Activity and Rehabilitation

Research and practice to focus on understanding the benefits of physical activity and rehabilitation-based interventions across the lifecourse.

Find out more about the Centre for Exercise Activity and Rehabilitation.

Find out more about the Centre for for Exercise Activity and Rehabilitation.

Research activity

About us

The Centre for Exercise Activity and Rehabilitation (CEAR) brings together expertise from different but interconnected knowledge areas to generate evidence on the benefits of physical activity, sport, and other rehabilitation strategies to support people’s well-being across the lifecourse. Our Centre brings together researchers from different areas of science, including exercise scientists, clinicians, physiotherapists, sociologists, eduators, nutritionists, biomechanists, psychologists to share their expertise and expand their research focus by working with us. We collaborate with other prestigious institutions in the UK and abroad to conduct scientific research capable of improving the understanding of physical activity as an essential component in our society.

We work in partnership with local organisations, industry and or government bodies to achieve beneficial outcomes from concerning specific groups of people such as children, youth, adults, older adults, workers, service users or patients to addressing global health issues.

  • Professional practices using exercise and other regenerative strategies to promote health.
  • Interventions to improve wellbeing across ages.
  • Use of exercise and others rehabilitation strategies in education and social care.
  • Studies of physical activity, nutrition and rehabilitation in children, youth, middle aged and older adults.

ILD | Institute for Lifecourse Development

The ILD is a key anchor resource hosted by the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences. Professionals from related fields will work closely together with researchers and stakeholders from public, charitable and voluntary organisations. Together they will develop effective and economically sustainable lifecourse solutions and tackle the grand challenge agendas society faces.

Recent publications


Swaine, Benjamin , Zacherle, Emily, Whitmire, Sarah, Leamy, Larry , Bennett, Jeanette , Marino, Joseph , Reitzel, Adam , Huet, Yvette , Swaine, Ian , Baddeley-White, Daniel (2023), Isometric exercise and blood pressure: 12-weeks of training/ detraining in the elderly. Allen Press - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) - Clinical Exercise Physiological Association (CEPA). In: , , , . Allen Press - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) - Clinical Exercise Physiological Association (CEPA), Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology, 12 (1) . pp. 3-11 ISSN: 2165-6193 (Print), 2165-7629 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.31189/2165-6193-12.1.3) NB Item availability restricted.

Blair, Carolyn , Shields, Joanne, Mullan, Robert, Johnston, William , Davenport, Andrew , Fouque, Denis , Kalantar-Zadeh, Kamyar , Maxwell, Peter , McKeaveney, Clare , Noble, Helen (2022), Exploring the lived experience of renal cachexia for individuals with end-stage renal disease and the interrelated experience of their carers: Study protocol. Public Library of Science (PLoS). In: , , , . Public Library of Science (PLoS), PLoS ONE, 17: e0277241 (11) . pp. 1-14 1932-6203 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0277241).

Neethling, I , Lambert, E V, Cois, A, Roomaney, R A , Awotiwon, O F , Pacella, R , Bradshaw, D , Pillay-van Wyk, V (2022), Estimating the changing burden of disease attributable to low levels of physical activity in South Africa for 2000, 2006 and 2012. South African Medical Association. In: , , , . South African Medical Association, South African Medical Journal, 112 (8B) . pp. 639-648 ISSN: 0256-9574 (Print), 2078-5135 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.7196/samj.2022.v112i8b.16484).

Gagliardi, Marcantonio and , (2022), Human attachment as a multi-dimensional control system: a computational implementation. Frontiers Media S.A.. In: , , , . Frontiers Media S.A., Frontiers in Psychology, 13: 844012 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.844012).

Baross, A. W. , Kay, A. D., Baxter, B. A., Wright, B. H. , McGowan, C. L. , Swaine, I.L. (2022), Effects of isometric resistance training and detraining on ambulatory blood pressure and morning blood pressure surge in young normotensives. Frontiers. In: , , , . Frontiers, Frontiers in Physiology, 13: 958135 1664-042X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2022.958135).

Gagliardi, Marcantonio and , (2021), How our caregivers shape who we are: the seven dimensions of attachment at the core of personality. Frontiers Media S.A.. In: , , , . Frontiers Media S.A., Frontiers in Psychology, 12: 657628 . pp. 1-22 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.657628).

Naclerio, Fernando , Seijo Bujia, Marcos, Earnest, Conrad P., Puente-Fernández, Joel , Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko (2020), Ingesting a post-workout vegan-protein multi-ingredient expedites recovery after resistance training in trained young males. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Dietary Supplements, 18 (6) . pp. 698-713 ISSN: 1939-0211 (Print), 1939-022X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/19390211.2020.1832640).

Naclerio, Fernando , Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko, Cooper, Kelly, Seijo, Marco (2020), Effects of a multi-ingredient beverage on recovery of contractile properties, performance, and muscle soreness after hard resistance training sessions. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW). In: , , , . Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW), Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34 (7) . pp. 1884-1893 ISSN: 1064-8011 (Print), 1533-4287 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000003397) NB Item availability restricted.

Naclerio, Fernando and , Seijo, Marcos (2019), Whey protein supplementation and muscle mass: current perspectives. Dove Medical Press. In: , , , . Dove Medical Press, Nutrition and Dietary Supplements, 2019 (11) . pp. 37-48 1179-1489 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.2147/NDS.S166195).

Karsten, Bettina , Fu, Yue (leon), Eneko, Larumbe-Zabala, Seijo, Marco , Naclerio, Fernando (2019), Impact of two high-volume set configuration workouts on resistance training outcomes in recreationally trained men. National Strength and Conditioning Association. In: , , , . National Strength and Conditioning Association, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 35 (1) . pp. S136-S143 ISSN: 1064-8011 (Print), 1533-4287 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000003163).

Monajati, Alireza , Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko, Goss-Sampson, Mark, Naclerio, Fernando (2019), Surface electromyography analysis of three squat exercises. De Gruyter. In: , , , . De Gruyter, Journal of Human Kinetics, 67 (1) . pp. 73-83 ISSN: 1640-5544 (Print), 1899-7562 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.2478/hukin-2018-0073) NB Item availability restricted.

Baddeley-White, Daniel S. , McGowan, Cheri L., Howden, Reuben, Gordon, Benjamin D. H. , Kyberd, Peter , Swaine, Ian L. (2019), Blood pressure lowering effects of a novel isometric exercise device following a 4-week isometric handgrip intervention. Dove Medical Press. In: , , , . Dove Medical Press, Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 2019 (10) . pp. 89-98 1179-1543 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.2147/OAJSM.S193008).

González-Ravé, José M. , Naclerio, Fernando, Parrilla, Isabel, Amores, Inmaculada Yustres , González-Mohíno, Fernando (2019), Adaptations of short-term high-velocity isokinetic training vs. short-term plyometric training on vertical jump and isokinetic performance in physically active people. IOS Press. In: , , , . IOS Press, Isokinetics and Exercise Science . pp. 1-7 ISSN: 0959-3020 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.3233/IES-192107) NB Item availability restricted.

Smithard, David G. and , Swaine, Ian (2019), Healthy ageing, appetite, frailty and sarcopenia: a brief overview. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 28 . pp. 121-125 ISSN: 1876-3820 (Print), 1876-3839 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eujim.2019.02.009).

Cortesi, Matteo , Gatta, Giorgio, Swaine, Ian, Zamparo, Paola , Konstantaki, Maria (2018), Laboratory-based ergometry for swimmers: a narrative review. Edizioni Minerva Medica. In: , , , . Edizioni Minerva Medica, The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness ISSN: 0022-4707 (Print), 1827-1928 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.23736/S0022-4707.18.09100-4).

Naclerio, Fernando , Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko, Seijo, Marcos, Ashrafi, Nadia , Nielsen, Birthe , Earnest, Conrad, P. (2018), Effects of protein vs. carbohydrate supplementation on markers of immune response in master triathletes: A randomized controlled trial. American College of Nutrition. In: , , , . American College of Nutrition, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 38 (5) . pp. 395-404 ISSN: 0731-5724 (Print), 1541-1087 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/07315724.2018.1528906) NB Item availability restricted.

Mehta, Kosha J. , Seijo, Marco, Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko, Ashrafi, Nadia , Christides, Tatiana , Karsten, Bettina , Nielsen, Birthe , Naclerio, Fernando (2018), Case studies: Effects of beef, whey and carbohydrate supplementation in female master triathletes. Universidad de Alicante, Facultad de Educación. In: , , , . Universidad de Alicante, Facultad de Educación, Journal of Human Sport & Exercise, 14 (1) ISSN: 1988-5202 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2019.141.14).

Nathan, Joseph Alexander , Davies, Kevin, Swaine, Ian (2018), Hypermobility and sports injury. BMJ. In: , , , . BMJ, BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 4: e000366 (1) 2055-7647 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2018-000366) NB Item availability restricted.

Laza-Cagigas, Roberto , Goss-Sampson, Mark, Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko, Termkolli, Leke , Naclerio, Fernando , Deportec, Spain (2018), Validity and reliability of a novel optoelectronic device to measure movement velocity, force and power during the back squat exercise. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Sports Sciences, 37 (7) . pp. 795-802 ISSN: 0264-0414 (Print), 1466-447X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1527673) NB Item availability restricted.

Monajati, Alireza , Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko, Goss-Sampson, Mark, Naclerio, Fernando (2018), Injury prevention programs based on flywheel vs. body weight resistance in recreational athletes. In: , , , . , Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research ISSN: 1064-8011 (Print), 1533-4287 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000002878) NB Item availability restricted.

Gordon, B. DH. , Vinoski Thomas, E., Warren-Findlow, J., Marino, J. S. , Bennett, J. M. , Reitzel, A. M. , Leamy, L. J. , Swaine, I. , Howden, R. (2018), A comparison of blood pressure reductions following 12-weeks of isometric exercise training either in the laboratory or at home. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, 12 (11) . pp. 798-808 ISSN: 1933-1711 (Print), 1878-7436 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jash.2018.09.003) NB Item availability restricted.

Smithard, David G. , Shazra, Mariyam, Hansjee, Dharinee, Swaine, Ian (2018), Frailty, swallowing and dysphagia. Springer US. In: , , , . Springer US, Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, 6 (3) . pp. 192-196 2167-4833 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s************94-9).

Fernandez del Valle, Maria , Short, Matthew J., Chung, Eunhee, Mccomb, Jacalyn J. Robert , Kloiber, Shelby , Naclerio, Fernando , Eneko, Larumbe (2018), Effects of high-intensity resistance training on circulating levels of irisin in healthy adults: A randomized controlled trial. Tehran University of Medical Sciences. In: , , , . Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Asian Journal of Sports Medicine, 9 (2) ISSN: 2008-000X (Print), 2008-7209 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.5812/asjsm.13025).

Naclerio, Fernando and , Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko (2018), Predicting relative load by peak movement velocity and ratings of perceived exertion in power clean. Universidad de Alicante, Facultad de Educación. In: , , , . Universidad de Alicante, Facultad de Educación, Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 13 (3) ISSN: 1988-5202 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2018.133.14).

Rook, Caroline , Smith, Lee, Johnstone, James, Rossato, Claire , Felipe López Sánchez, Guillermo , Díaz Suárez, Arturo , Roberts, Justin (2018), Reconceptualising workplace resilience - A cross-disciplinary perspective. In: , , , . , Annals of Psychology, 34 (2) . pp. 332-339 ISSN: 0212-9728 (Print), 1695-2294 (Online) (doi: http://revistas.um.es/analesps/article/view/analesps.34.2.299371).

Moreno-Pérez, Diego , Bressa, Carlo, Bailén, María, Hamed-Bousdar, Safa , Naclerio, Fernando , Carmona, Manuel , Pérez, Margarita , González-Soltero, Rocío , Montalvo-Lominchar, Maria Gregoria , Carabaña, Claudia (2018), Effect of a protein supplement on the gut microbiota of endurance athletes: A randomized, controlled, double-blind pilot study. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Nutrients, 10: 337 (3) ISSN: 2072-6643 (Print), 2072-6643 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10030337) NB Item availability restricted.

Chapman, Mark , Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko, Goss-Sampson, Mark, Triplett, N. Travis , Naclerio, Fernando (2018), Using perceptual and neuromuscular responses to estimate mechanical changes during continuous sets in the Bench Press. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. In: , , , . Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research . pp. 1 ISSN: 1064-8011 (Print), 1533-4287 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000002516).

Triska, Christoph , Karsten, Bettina, Beedie, Christopher, Koller-Zeisler, Bernhard , Nimmerichter, Alfred , Tschan, Harald (2018), Different durations within the method of best practice affect the parameters of the speed-duration relationship. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, European Journal of Sport Science, 18 (3) . pp. 332-340 ISSN: 1746-1391 (Print), 1536-7290 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2017.1418025) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Rossato, Claire and , Basevitch, Itay (2018), Mental Skills Training with Track and Field Athletes. The 5th International Congress of Exercise and Sport Sciences - The Academic College at Wingate. In: The 5th International Congress of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Thursday, 7 June 2018, The Academic College at Wingate , The 5th International Congress of Exercise and Sport Sciences - The Academic College at Wingat. The 5th International Congress of Exercise and Sport Sciences - The Academic College at Wingate, (doi: https://events.eventact.com/ProgramView2/Agenda/Lecture?id=178131&code=3666781).

Conference proceedings

Cutajar, L. , Falzon, O., Mizzi, A., Swaine, I. , Springett, K. , Mizzi, S. (2018), A novel method to determine dynamic temperature trends applied to in-shoe temperature data during walking. IEEE. In: 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, July 17-21, 2018, Honolulu, HI, USA , 2018 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC. IEEE, . ISBN: 9781538636473ISSN: 1557-170X (Print), 1558-4615 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2018.8513329) NB Item availability restricted.