ISPAR Conference 2022

ISPAR Conference 2022

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University of Bedfordshire

Polhill Avenue


MK41 9EA

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The annual ISPAR conference centres on sport and physical activity research and attracts academics, professionals and the general public.

About this event

We are pleased to invite you to the 2022 Institute for Sport and Physical Activity (ISPAR) Conference, which will be held on Thursday 15th September from 10:00-16:45 in the Gateway building, Bedford campus, University of Bedfordshire.

We aim to build on the our previous conference successes and deliver an exciting cutting-edge conference, giving us the opportunity to showcase the work of our students and staff, and explore opportunities for collaboration across the University and the wider community.

The conference programme includes keynotes from external speakers and a wide range of presentations from our alumni and current ISPAR research students. We are excited to announce that our 2022 keynote speaker is Professor Robert Copeland from Sheffield Hallam University: We also have applied presentations and practical activities from the Sustainable Transport Team at Bedford Borough Council.

The full programme is as follows (please note that the timings below may be subject to minor amendments):

09:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:10 Welcome

Professor Angel Chater, Professor in Health Psychology and Behaviour Change, Director of ISPAR

10:10-10:50 Keynote: Placing physical activity at the heart of the NHS: A systems approach

Professor Robert Copeland, Director of The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Professor of Physical Activity and Health, Sheffield Hallam University

10:50-11:05 Effects of breaking up sitting time on cardiometabolic risk markers and cardiac function post myocardial infarction

Abbie Bell, PhD student, ISPAR, University of Bedfordshire & Daniel Walker MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology student, University of Bedfordshire

11:05-11:20 The impact of resistance training on cardiac structure and function: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Abigail Saunders, PhD student, ISPAR, University of Bedfordshire

Chair: Diana Soares

11:20-11:30 Comfort / ’move more’ BREAK

11:30-11:45 An online survey investigating overweight, obesity and the impact of chrononutrition and health behaviours in UK firefighters

Ashley Beckett, PhD student, ISPAR, University of Bedfordshire

11:45-12:00 The effects of substituting sitting with standing and walking in free-living conditions on glucose in overweight and obese South Asian adults

Kamalesh Dey, PhD student, ISPAR, University of Bedfordshire

12:00-12:15 Glycaemic control, breakfast consumption and active travel among adolescents: daily associations and validation of measurement tools

Roberto Salvaggio, PhD student, ISPAR, University of Bedfordshire

12:15-12:30 Approaches to engagement focused on individual’s awareness and attitudes, to affect behaviour change towards active and sustainable modes of travel

Bedford Borough Council Sustainable Transport Team

Chair: Phoebe Brook-Rowland

12:30-13:30 LUNCH BREAK (including poster presentations (taught postgraduate and undergraduate students), activities (e.g., smoothie bike, micro scooter sessions and Nordic Walking tasters), research exhibitions, networking and refreshments)

13:30-13:45 The effect of cooling strategies on intermittent and team-sport exercise in the heat: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Jake Scott, PhD student, ISPAR, University of Bedfordshire

13:45-14:00 The effects of footwear midsole thickness on postural stability of older adults aged 65 to 79 years

Diana Soares, PhD student, ISPAR, University of Bedfordshire

14:00-14:15 How can the behaviour change wheel, and its components, help understand and facilitate exercise professionals to help people with non-communicable diseases becoming more active?

Phoebe Brook-Rowland, PhD student, ISPAR, University of Bedfordshire

14:15-14:30 Celebrating research and innovation at the University of Bedfordshire: implementing the research and innovation strategy, development opportunities and the Researcher Concordat

Professor Andrew Church, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Chair: Abigail Saunders

14:30-15:00: BREAK (including poster presentations, activities and networking)

15:00-15:15 The rationale for an LGBTQ + Leadership Programme in Higher Education

Alex Baird, Lecturer in Sport and Physical Education and EdD student

15:15-15:30 The effectiveness of Communities of Practice: supporting the use of cooperative learning as a pedagogical model to deliver recreational gymnastics

Dr Michelle Flemons, Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Physical Education

15:30-15:45 Parental engagement in girls’ academy football coaching

David Pears, Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching

15:45-16:00 The reprise of the DJ metaphor for curriculum innovation: towards a polyphonic future

Danny Golding, Senior Lecturer in Psychology Research Methods, and Dr Saul Keyworth, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Chair: Abbie Bell

16:00-16:05 Comfort / ’move more’ BREAK

16:05-16:30 ISPAR Alumni talks: research, academia and practice-based roles in the area of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, health and wellbeing

Dr Marsha Brierley (Specialist Behavioural Science Practitioner, Buckinghamshire Council) and Dr Jane Williams (Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bedfordshire)

16:30-16:45 Thanks, awards and close

Chair: Angel Chater

End of conference - Networking and social continued at the White Horse Pub

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