Exercise prescription

The School of Sport and Exercise has a fundamental focus on exercise prescription.

Members of the school on the Wellington campus co-ordinate the Vascular Rehabilitation Clinic (VRC). This is a Phase II and III clinic for members of the public in the Wellington area who have experienced a cardiac event. The clinic has an important research focus with recent studies assessing

  • The effect of high-intensity, intermittent exercise on physiological function in Phase II cardiac patients
  • The effect of self-paced walking on anxiety and confidence
  • The influence of exercise familiarisation on physiological and perceptual markers of exercise

At Palmerston North, the Massey Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Clinic has been running for three years, providing a service for those with MS and research opportunity for exercise-related research. The efficacy of whole body vibration training on physical capacity in MS clients has been studied.  

School staff are also interested in the assessment of physical function and rehabilitation in the elderly, including working with the elderly in falls clinics developing a dynamic walking test, and cost effective and beneficial rehabilitation exercises.

Other relevant research agendas include assessing the effects of prescribed exercise on acute and chronic physiological and psychosocial markers in patients who have experienced a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or a non-disabling stroke, and endothelial function, exercise and erectile dysfunction.  

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