02 May 2012
The report examines the impact of university research on sport
Professor Tracey Howe’s research into the benefits of exercise to older people has been included in a new report on the impact universities make on the world of sport.
The new document, ‘Supporting a UK success story: The impact of university research and sport development,’ has been compiled by representative organisation Universities UK and is published to mark Universities Week, which runs from April 30 to May 7.
It demonstrates the impressive role universities’ research and sport development has played in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and in UK sport more generally.
Research conducted at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) investigated the benefits of exercise to older people. Professor Howe assessed which kinds of exercise older people should carry out to improve their balance, and potentially reduce their risk of suffering a debilitating fall. She examined 94 studies, involving more than 9,000 participants, to identify a list of exercises that elderly people could do at least three times a week to work on their balance, including Tai Chi, dancing and yoga.
The Universities UK report takes an in-depth look at how exploration and development in the areas of technology, health and wellbeing and design have contributed to London 2012 and the UK sports industry.
Karen Rothery, Chief Executive Officer, British Universities & Colleges Sport, said: “Sports development within our universities is encouraging greater participation in sport and activity across the student population and within the communities of universities. This means more people have the opportunity to be more active and enjoy the many benefits that brings.”