About

A little about me and my research interests

I’m a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist physical activity researcher based in northwest England. My professional career began as a secondary school Physical Education teacher and since then I’ve maintained an interest in children’s health and wellbeing through physically active behaviours. As a consequence, my research interests focus on children’s and adolescents’ movement behaviours, fitness, health, and wellbeing. This work aligns to the Behavioural Epidemiology Framework (Sallis et al., 2000), and includes interventions to improve health outcomes and activity behaviours, research to understand the influences or correlates of  movement behaviours, and studies into the measurement of these behaviours. 

Sallis, J. F., Owen, N., & Fotheringham, M. J. (2000). Behavioral epidemiology: a systematic framework to classify phases of research on health promotion and disease prevention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 22(4), 294-298.

When I’m not working I’m invariably doing something physical activity or sport related. I try to practice what I preach which usually involves a combination of running, gym workouts, cycling (I’m a self-confessed fair-weather cyclist though!), and touch rugby From 2009 to 2021 I also  coached both of my sons’ junior rugby league teams, and every day share some physical activity with my four-legged friend, our English Pointer Rosie! She’s basically a pair of lungs on legs and can go forever, so she makes a great running partner! Being a Wigan boy I’m also a Wigan Warriors supporter which brings its fair share of ups and downs!

In December 2022 I was shocked to be diagnosed with head and neck cancer. I’ve since had successful surgery and as I write this in late March 2023 I’m halfway through a 6-week daily course of radiotherapy treatment. Work is a good distraction during these trying times and I’m very much looking forward to getting back to normality and living life properly again! One thing I do know is that my physical activity habits and healthy lifestyle over many years have really helped my post-surgery recovery and dealing with the on-going radiotherapy. Once I’m through this I certainly won’t be taking my health and wellbeing for granted and will be moving on with physical activity as a constant in my daily life. 

Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 2015

A revolving door between physical education and exercise science: Reflections on 15 years of children’s school-based physical activity and health research

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