Physical Activity Exchange

Delivering world-class research and applied solutions for better health and well-being

Physical Activity ExchangeThe Physical Activity Exchange brings together research, policy and practice that impacts physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health across the life-course.

For over 20 years we have successfully worked in partnership with public, private and third sector organisations, providing a broad range of research, education and consultancy services.

You can follow our updates on twitter: @LJMUPAEx.

For any enquires please contact Professor Lynne Boddy, PAEx Lead:

What we do

We work together with funders, commissioners, practitioners, service users and participants to co-produce evidence-based interventions that are feasible, have impact and are sustainable in the real world.

Our research uses the best available science, employing mixed methods approaches to understand and change behaviour in populations across the life-course and health-span. 

We work across multiple settings including schools, workplaces, NHS trusts, community organisations, and with families to conduct robust, timely and impactful work. Our work has received national and international recognition for its impact and rigour as evidenced by 5* REF impact case studies and international awards.

How we work

  • We research and evaluate the effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health and well-being
  • We use robust scientific measures to provide information on levels of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health
  • We explore factors that affect participation in physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • We design, implement and evaluate interventions to change behaviour
  • We work collaboratively with our external partners to translate evidence into policy and practice

Our Networks

Disability Sport and Physical Activity Network (DisSPA)

Network Leads: Dr Tabo Huntley and Milly Blundell


Find out more information on the Disability Sport and Physical Activity Network.

Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity Network (PESSPA)

Network Lead: Ceri Magill


Find out more information on the Physical Education School Sport and Physical Activity Network.

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  • Journal article

    Developing an ecological approach to physical activity promotion in adults with Cystic fibrosis.

    Shelley J, Dawson EA, Boddy LM, Stewart CE, Frost F, Nazareth D and Walshaw MJ and Knowles ZR

    Publish date:01/08/2022

  • Journal article

    The Physical Behaviour Intensity Spectrum and Body Mass Index in School-Aged Youth: A Compositional Analysis of Pooled Individual Participant Data.

    Fairclough SJ, Hurter L, Dumuid D, Gába A, Rowlands AV, Cruz BDP, Cox A, Crotti M, Foweather L, Graves LEF, Jones O, McCann DA, Noonan RJ, Owen MB, Rudd JR, Taylor SL and Tyler R and Boddy LM

    Publish date:19/07/2022

  • Journal article

    A comparison of modelled serum cTnT and cTnI kinetics after 60 min swimming

    Cirer-Sastre R, Jiménez-Gaytán R, Carranza-García LE, George K, Apple FS, Navarro-Orocio R, López-García R, Reverter-Masía J, Mayolas-Pi C and Morales-Corral PG and Legaz-Arrese A

    Publish date:23/06/2022

  • Journal article

    A games-based assessment in ecological dynamics for measuring physical literacy

    Wilkie B, Foulkes JD, Woods CT, Sweeting A, Lewis C and Davids K and Rudd J

    Publish date:27/05/2022

  • Journal article

    Contextualised high-intensity running profiles of elite football players with reference to general and specialised tactical roles

    Ju W, Doran DA, Hawkins R, Evans M and Laws A and Bradley P

    Publish date:10/05/2022

  • Journal article

    The impact of age, sex, cardio-respiratory fitness and cardiovascular disease risk on dynamic cerebral autoregulation and baroreflex sensitivity

    Maxwell J, Bannell D, Brislane A, Carter S, Miller GD, Roberts KA, Hopkins ND, Low DA, Carter H, Thompson A, Claassen J and Thijssen D and Jones H

    Publish date:16/04/2022