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GeneralMar 31, 2021

Physios to play central role in international high-intensity interval training study

Can high-intensity interval training (HITT) programmes run by physiotherapists help patients who are recovering from stroke?

That is one of the questions to be examined in a project led by Professor Damian Bailey, professor of physiology and biochemistry at the University of South Wales (USW).

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Physiologist and sport scientist Damian Bailey at the USW neurovascular research unit

Wales-Québec academic partnership

Funded by the Welsh Government as part a collaboration between Wales and Québec, a team based at USW will work closely with academics at McGill University and Université Laval in Canada, as well as colleagues at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Stroke is the fourth most common cause of death in Wales, and the third largest in Canada. With costs to the NHS and other health systems amounting to billions of pounds a year, finding effective responses has become increasingly important.

According to USW, there is evidence that HIIT can improve cognitive function in older adults who have had either a stroke, or dementia and memory loss. The approach also has a strong track re...

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