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Stroke in Young Adults: Influence of outdoor rehabilitation on biomechanics and metabolic cost of walking

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project will investigate the effects of an outdoor rehabilitation programme on improving walking performance in young adults affected by stroke through alterations to biomechanics and metabolic cost. The project will also investigate effects on quality of life, physical activity and determine barriers to participation in outdoor activities.

***Aims and objectives***

The aim of this research project is to investigate the effects of an outdoor rehabilitation programme on improving walking performance in young adults affected by stroke through alterations to biomechanics and metabolic cost.

The project will also investigate the effects of outdoor rehabilitation on selected aspects of psychological health and quality of life of young adults who have had a stroke.

Additionally, the work will examine barriers to participation in outdoor activities for young adults who have had a stroke and will help to develop guidelines to improve their access and participation.

The results from this PhD project will be used as benchmark data to provide evidence to support the role of outdoor rehabilitation for less able individuals and understand how we can improve access to the outdoor environment for less able individuals. The PhD work will feed into developing guidelines for the environment, accessibility to the park and available facilities that the Brecon Beacons National Park can use with local community councils to optimise the impact of this work. This will set a precedent for other National Parks to follow.

For more about the project, please see our website:

Funding Notes

This is a fully funded project, covering your tuition fees and an annual stipend (around £14,777)

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