Research Thesis Topic
Optimal exercise testing and training approaches for improving cardio-metabolic health in young people with intellectual disability
Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) suffer terrible health inequities. For example, they exhibit more cardio-metabolic and mental health conditions, are much more dependent on health care services and ultimately die earlier than their neurotypical peers. Physical activity and exercise training prevents and managements many cardiometabolic diseases and elicits other benefits to physical and mental health. There is an urgent need to increase exercise and physical activity habits in individuals with ID, as they remain much lower than people without an ID. However, there are unique barriers to physical activity and exercise training in individuals with ID. The most effective testing and training approaches for improving cardio-metabolic health in ID also remain to be explored.
This project will determine the utility of different exercise testing and training approaches for improving aerobic fitness, muscular strength and important cardio-metabolic risk factors in individuals with ID. Using client-centred training, training engagement strategies, an inclusive environment, exercise professionals and fun-based training, the project will examine different approaches to enhance physical activity and exercise habits in individuals with ID. These studies will help determine the most effective strategies to promote physical activity and exercise training in individuals with ID, which will reduce their risk of cardio-metabolic disease and premature death.
The project will help improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with ID, make a significant contribution to the literature, and refine exercise prescription guidelines and advice for people with ID. The successful PhD candidate will join an established multidisciplinary team of researchers and work in world class facilities within an inclusive and supportive environment.
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- School of Health and Wellbeing
- Human Movement and Sports Science
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