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Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation

The Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation includes researchers from the departments of Clinical and Life Sciences, working in the cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal research areas linked to human performance, health and rehabilitation. The centre brings together strong research groups in physiology and biomechanics from the previous Centre of Sports Medicine and Human Performance (CSMHP) in Life Sciences that are focused on cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal health across the life span with a number of staff in physiotherapy and occupational therapy in the Department of Clinical Sciences with complementary research interests.

Our main research areas include Human Performance, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal Health and Rehabilitation Research and focus on:

  • Mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle blood flow during exercise and environmental stress
  • Role of muscle mechanisms and breathing in cardiovascular control in health and disease
  • Respiratory physiology and pathophysiology as applied to exercise, hypoxia and chronic disease states
  • Role of the respiratory system and its mechanical and reflex cardiovascular interactions as significant contributors to oxygen transport and exercise performance limitations in healthy endurance athletes as well as in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma
  • Dysfunctional breathing, breathing retraining and exercise in the management of dysfunctional breathing, physiotherapy management of breathing conditions
  • Mechanisms of in vivo muscle-tendon and joint function during maturation in children, young athletes and across the lifespan
  • Reduction of musculoskeletal loading and prevention of injuries in athletes and among people with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal pathologies
  • Movement and coordination in children and the effects of acquired and developmental disorders in children and young adults.

A special focus of the research centre is the study of conditions affecting health, development and performance across the life span.The research centre and members have links and collaborations with several Brunel research institute themes, mainly in the Research Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, including the Ageing Studies, Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare Technologies and Welfare, Health and Wellbeing themes.