Exercise and Training

Prolonged exercise and arduous training is common in those working within stressful environments. Although necessary to bring about positive physical and mental improvements too much exercise or training can bring about illness, injury and psychological stress which ultimately leads to poor health and performance. The Extremes Research Group has comprehensive understanding of the physiological, psychological and motor control demands of military training, and numerous outdoor sports.  We have completed a number of research studies with the Armed services to optimise training and operational performance.

Selected Publications (click on titles below to read the study summary):

Hanstock HG, Walsh NP, Edwards JP, Fortes MB, Crosby SL, Nugent A, Curran T, Coyle PV, Ward MD and Yong XH (2016). Tear Fluid SIgA as a Noninvasive Biomarker of Mucosal Immunity and Common Cold Risk. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 48(3), 569-577.

Walsh NP, Oliver SJ, (2016). Exercise, immune function and respiratory infection: An update on the influence of training and environmental stress. Immunology and Cell Biology, 94(2) 132-139.

Callender N, Ellerton J, and Macdonald JH (2012). Physiological demands of mountain rescue work. Emergency Medicine Journal, 29, 753-757.

Diment BC, Fortes MB, Greeves J, Casey A, Costa RJS, Walters R, and Walsh NP (2012). Effect of daily mixed nutritional supplementation on immune indices in soldiers undertaking an 8-week arduous training programme.  European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112, 1411-1418.

Fortes MB, Diment BC, Greeves JP, Casey A, Izard R and Walsh NP (2011).  Effect of a daily mixed nutritional supplement on physical performance, body composition and circulating anabolic hormones during 8-weeks of arduous military training.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 36, 967-975.

Whitham M, Laing SJ, Dorrington M, Walters R, Dunklin S, Bland D, Bilzon JL, Walsh NP (2006) The influence of an arduous military training program on immune function and upper respiratory tract infection incidence. Military Medicine, 171(8) 703-709.