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Applying Health and Fitness Science into Practice Symposium

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Applying Health and Fitness Science into Practice Symposium

Date: Wednesday 29th March 2017, 6pm

An evening of lectures with experts in the field of health and exercise science. An infinite source of health and fitness information is available on the internet and social media, enabling fitness professionals to broaden their knowledge in many subjects. However, the majority of mass media sources of information (web-sites, social media, and magazines) are not subjected to a peer review process, whereby the accuracy of the information is verified.

This can lead to ineffective and potentially unsafe exercise and nutrition recommendations being applied. Furthermore, inaccurate information can quickly become widespread amongst clients and trainers leading to many exercise and nutrition misconceptions. Effective fitness instruction and training programme design requires the exercise professional to combine his/her experience with approaches underpinned by scientific evidence.  

This symposium will explore how scientific research can be applied to identify optimum health/fitness recommendations based on the needs of the individual client. Excerpts from the recent publication ‘Advanced Personal Training: Science to practice’ will be discussed by the authors. Topics will include: exercise for weight loss, behaviour change, ‘functional’ training and recovery from exercise. This, free to attend, symposium aims to demonstrate how developing an evidence-informed approach can dramatically increase the quality and long-term success of health and fitness programmes.

To register your place, please complete the online booking form.

About the Speakers

Paul Hough (Lecturer in health and exercise science & Lead Sport/Exercise Scientist, St Mary’s University)

Paul is a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist providing sport/exercise science support to a range of clients from fitness enthusiasts to world class athletes. Paul also works with organisations such as Virgin London Marathon and British Rowing.

Simon Penn (Senior lecturer in health and exercise science, St Mary’s University)

Simon is an exercise referral specialist who has delivered exercise and rehabilitation programmes to a wide range of populations (e.g. special populations, service personnel, elite athletes) throughout his career.

John Downey (Lecturer in Health and Exercise Science at St Mary’s University)

John is a health specialist with a background in cardiac rehabilitation in the NHS, as well as nutrition across a variety of public health and sports performance programmes. John is currently completing a PhD in optimising behaviour change, and health service evaluation.

Jessica Hill (Programme Director: Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology MSc, St Mary’s University)

Jess is a leading expert in exercise-induced muscle damage and recovery from exercise and has published numerous studies within this field. She is also a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist.  

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