Exercise Physiology and Sport Sciences
There are two main goals for the research group. One is to examine basic mechanisms for central and peripheral limitations connected to supply and demand of oxygen transport, and identify training responses within the different mechanisms. Similarly to examine the basic mechanisms for muscular and neural limitations to strength, power and coordination, and identify training responses within the possible mechanisms. The prescription of effective endurance and strength training and the different effects of these mechanisms on top sport performance is one of the aims for the research programme.
The second aspect of the research programme is based upon the fact that the fastest developing diseases within the population such as obesity, atherosclerosis, diabetes II and osteoporosis are related to inactivity. Effective training interventions based on basic biological adaptations have proven positive effects and are an effective treatment with a high socio-economic, as well as quality of life outcomes. Other patient groups such as lung disease patients, stroke patients, Multiple sclerosis patients, hip replacement patients, spinal cord injured patients and several other patient groups also seem to be able to benefit considerably from new developments in the understanding of limitations to oxygen transport and specific training interventions.
To illustrate how exercise can give a 78-year old the same fitness as a 20-year old, see the article What do these two men have in common? (pdf).
The research group is running a two years international master degree in Exercise Physiology/ Sports Sciences with 24 students with an excellent track record for grades and finishing on time. The research group has graduated 10 PhD's the last 5 years. The research group has access to excellent research facilities and standard equipment for performing exercise physiology research.