Physical Activity Researcher

Physical Activity Researcher

Hello and Welcome to Physical Activity Researcher Podcast! Physical Activity Researcher Podcast is the source of the latest research findings on all things related to physical activity, exercise, and health. World-renowned scientists and experts as guests in an informal and relaxed interview style format. New episodes on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The podcast is for anyone who likes to learn scientific and evidence-based knowledge of physical activity, exercise, and health. Our listeners range from researchers to health and fitness professionals, and from inactive office workers to marathon runners. Podcast has several series and hosts each concentrating on different aspects of physical activity: Physical Activity Researcher Series The latest research findings in exercise physiology, biomechanics, physical education, coaching sciences, sport psychology, epidemiology, and public health. These episodes are hosted by researcher and entrepreneur Dr Olli Tikkanen. Meaningful Sport Series Meaningful Sport is dedicated to the exploration of meaning and meaningful experiences in sport and physical activity. Many studies have revealed instrumental benefits of physical activity, but is there something more to it, and how does it contribute to meaningful lives? This series is led by Associate Professor Noora Ronkainen. The series provides inspiration for exploring the meaning and value in sport and physical activity for everyone. Practitioner’s Viewpoint Series Practitioner’s Viewpoint Series has health and fitness professionals as guests. How they see sedentary behaviour and physical activity in their work? What are the best practices to promote physical activity? This series is for you if you are a Personal Trainer, Physiotherapist, Medical Doctor, Health Coach, or anyone working as a health and fitness professional. This series is lead by physiotherapist MSc Liis Kukkonen. Publishing schedule: Tuesdays: Physical Activity Researcher Series Friday: Meaningful Sport Series Sundays: Practitioner’s Viewpoint Series. + Bonus episodes and republications of past highlight episodes We hope you find value in the podcast! -Podcasting team-


December 6, 2023 31 mins

🔍 Professor Mark Hamer ushers in Day 2 of ProPASS with a deep dive into "New Data and New Directions". 📈 Join Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis as he unveils the potential of wrist accelerometry in ProPASS's evolution.

Dawn of Day 2 at ProPASS 2023 sees Professor Mark Hamer steering the discussions towards the theme "New Data and New Directions". He meticulously sheds light on the latest advancements in data collection and analysis, ...

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Dr James Nobles (Pt1) - Systems approach | Ripple effect mapping | Social network analysis

Dr James Nobles is a pragmatic, multi-methodological researcher with particular interests and expertise in obesity (prevention and treatment), public health, and systems science. Since starting his research career and through various appointments, he has developed strong working relationships within academia, local- and national- government, ...

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🌍 Discover the intricacies of health metrics, trends, and the implications for global health. 🩺 Dive into the depths of Denmark's health landscape with Dr. Christina Bjørk Petersen as she unravels "The Danish Health and Morbidity Survey" at ProPASS 2023.

In a riveting session of ProPASS 2023, Dr. Christina Bjørk Petersen provides an exhaustive overview of "The Danish Health and Morbidity Survey". Offering invaluable insights into...

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Prof Magni Mohr is currently Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Faroe Islands. He is running research projects in 20 different countries around the world. The topics include basic human physiology, exercise physiology, exercise is medicine, health promotion, fitness testing and training in elite team sports.

Magni has been active in communicating his research to the public through talks, interviews, pop...

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🌧 Join Dr. Joanne McVeigh as she navigates the intriguing dynamics of "The Rain Study" at ProPASS 2023, uncovering the essence of a multigenerational lifecourse. 🧬 Dive deep into the layers of generational insights and understand the lifecourse like never before.

In a captivating Session 3 of ProPASS 2023, Dr. Joanne McVeigh brings forth the intricacies of "The Rain Study", a pioneering exploration into the multigenerational life...

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‘Human-computer interaction and interaction design for digital health and physical activity’

Dr Jan Smeddinck is working as Lecturer in Digital Health at Open Lab and at the School of Computing at Newcastle University, UK.

Prior he has spent one year as a postdoc visiting research scholar at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley and he retains an association with the TZI Digital Media Lab at the University...

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🔍 Dive into the intricacies of active ageing with Dr. Laura Karavirta's comprehensive look at the AGNES study during ProPASS 2023. 🧬 Learn about the Finnish cohort and its profound insights into 75, 80, and 85-year-old men and women.

In the enlightening Session 3 of ProPASS 2023, Dr. Laura Karavirta provides a comprehensive exploration into the AGNES study on active ageing. This study stands out for its focus on a Finnish cohort,...

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Dr Brendon Stubbs is a clinical-academic physiotherapist with an interest in physical activity & mental health, the mind-body interface, healthy ageing and meta-research. He has a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, MSc in Neurological Rehabilitation & PhD in Pain Medicine & Rehabilitation.   

He works locally and (inter)nationally with a fantastic group of collaborators with whom he has published over 500 academic papers in s...

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This is the first part of our discussions with Dr Emily Ryall where we explore foundational questions about meaning of sport in human life. Sport is clearly trivial: we cannot survive without food and shelter, but we can easily survive without sport. Why, then, are so many people across the globe passionately involved in sport? And if sport is trivial, should we take it seriously, and how seriously? What happens if we take sport to...

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🌐 Discover the intricacies of the Middle-age Soweto Cohort (MASC) with Dr. Professor Lisa Micklesfield in this enlightening ProPASS session. 📚 Dive deep into the future strategies and implications for global health research.

In this riveting Session 3 of ProPASS 2023, Professor Lisa Micklesfield delves into the nuances of the Middle-age Soweto Cohort (MASC), offering invaluable insights into its inception, role, and future prospe...

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🚀 Witness the transformative vision for global physical activity research and its implications. 🌍 Dive into the future of ProPASS with Dr. Borja Del Pozo Cruz as he elaborates on the consortium's expansion to LMICs and beyond.

In the captivating Session 3 of ProPASS 2023, Dr. Borja Del Pozo Cruz takes the audience on a journey into the future of ProPASS, particularly its envisioned expansion to Low- and Middle-Income Countries (L...

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In 2009 Pieter Coenen obtained my MSc degree at the faculty of human movement sciences (VU University, Amsterdam) after which Pieter Coenen started his PhD program.

In his PhD project he studied the aetiology of musculoskeletal pain in workers, which ultimately resulted in his thesis ‘On the origin of back pain’. In the meantime, he successfully finalized his epidemiological education, granting him the official title of ‘Epidemiolo...

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<< This episode is lead by a new co-host Dr Noora Ronkainen >> 

Understanding the philosophical debates around paradigms of qualitative research and finding one's position is one of the most challenging tasks for PhD students and early career researchers. In this episode, Dr Gareth Wiltshire explains the debates and how he came to position his work in critical realism, as well as how that position can be used in concept...

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📊 Discover ISPAH's ambitious vision and the challenges and opportunities it presents in the realm of policy and research. 🌎 Join Dr. Karen Milton as she unravels the intricacies of global partnerships in physical activity research during ProPASS 2023's Session 2.

In the enlightening Session 2 of ProPASS 2023, Dr. Karen Milton delves deep into the vast landscape of global partnerships in physical activity research and policy. Anch...

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Dr Catherine Draper works as senior researcher at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South-Africa. Her research interests are: 

  • Development and evaluation of community-based health promotion interventions, with a particular focus on physical activity.
  • Preschool and school-based interventions to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours.
  • Physical activity, gross motor skills, school readiness and executive function in ear...
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📚 Dive into Dr. Jo Blodgett's profound exploration of device-measured physical activity and its ramifications on cardiometabolic health during ProPASS 2023's Session 1. 🌐 Discover insights from her recent article, linking activity types, posture, and health markers.

In the eagerly awaited Session 1 of ProPASS 2023, Dr. Jo Blodgett illuminates the audience with her in-depth analysis of device-measured physical activity and its int...

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Amy has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Leeds, who undertook a work placement year at BiB in 2017, working on the ‘Primary School Years’. Amy is currently a PhD Student, working with the JU:MP team and Loughborough University.

Her PhD will focus on developing and implementing an intervention to increase physical activity in children and adolescents, using wearable activity trackers (such as Fitbits). He...

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In this episode, Noora and Mark discuss their work together on the spiritual dimension of sport. While there is growing literature on spirituality in health psychology and occupational psychology, it still remains a somewhat marginal topic in sport studies and especially sport psychology.

The episode focuses on exploring what spirituality is, the challenges researchers face when trying to conceptualise it, and the role of culture w...

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What kind of being is the sporting human being? For Professor Gunnar Breivik, a human being is the homo movens and the homo ludens: a playful and active being that explores the world and its own possibilities. Our guest explains key ideas in Heidegger's work in Being and Time while also arguing that the ways of ‘worldmaking’ disclosed in sport are more ontologically diverse than Heidegger's classic text opened up for.

We explore th...

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