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Dr Lynette Hodges

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition


Contact details

  • Ph: 063569099 ext 84536
    Location: 2.03, Practical Teaching Complex
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Cardiovascular exercise and health


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Exercise Physiology (110602): Human Movement and Sports Science (110600): Medical And Health Sciences (110000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: Upper and lower body exercise in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

The vicious cycle of decreased activity in individuals with MS contributes to increased disability, and reduced daily activity, cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, health perception and fatigue indices. Although recommended to exercise for 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, twice weekly, for many this is not possible with traditional exercise techniques. The purpose of this study is to assess the physiological and functional responses to upper body and lower body exercise training in individuals with MS. individuals completed an initial incremental VO2peak test on an arm crank ergometer along with functional reach, timed up and go and 10m walk test and . Following this, individuals completed 24, 30 minute, arm ergometry sessions, over 12 weeks. Results from the upper body exercise training demonstrate that individuals with MS have a physical fitness level below average which corroborates with that of other authors. However upper body ergometry was well tolerated in MS patients. These findings suggest that participating in a twice weekly upper body exercise program can have a positive effect in improving mobility in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.
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Date Range: 2010 - 2012

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Paper Co-ordinator for the following papers

234.121 Structural Kinesiology

234.213 Fitness Assessment

234.214 Exercise Prescription

234.312 Advanced Exercise Prescription and Therapy

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Ciara Funnell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Body composition changes during pregnancy and early life

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Merrin Quilter - Doctor of Philosophy
    An Investigation into the link between vitamin D status, erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular risk factors in ageing men in New Zealand

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