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Anna Lowe, Programme Manager, National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine

Anna Lowe PhD

Programme Manager, National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine


Dr Anna Lowe is Programme Manager at the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine at Sheffield Hallam University and is employed by SHU on behalf of NCSEM Sheffield - a partner collaboration including the hospitals, universities, Sheffield City Council and sport/volunteer organisations.

  • About

    Dr Anna Lowe is Programme Manager at the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine at Sheffield Hallam University and leads a number of collaborative, applied physical activity research projects. Anna also ovesees 'Move More', Sheffield's whole systems approach to physical activity. Anna is based at the new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) and works closely with partner organisations across the city.

    In addition, Anna is lead Allied Health Physical Activity Clinical Champion at Public Health England, a national leadership role that aims to embed physical activity within healthcare.

    Anna's research interests are in supporting less active populations to become more active, especially those with health conditions.  Anna is particularly interested in embedding physical activity into healthcare systems and also in whole systems approaches to physical activity.

  • Publications


    Shafizadeh M,Davids K, Khalid A, Lowe A, et al. (2020) Effects of enriched physical activity environments on balance and fall prevention in older adults: A scoping review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (In press) 

    Mayo X, Liguori G, Iglesias-Soler E, Copeland R, San Emeterio I, Lowe A et al. (2020) The active living gender’s gap challenge: 2013-2017 Eurobarometer's physical inactivity data show constant higher prevalence in women with no progress towards global reduction goals BMC Public Health (In press) 

    Lowe, A (2018) Critically appraised paper: A 12-week pedometer-based intervention, delivered in primary care, produces long-term gains in physical activity [commentary] Journal of Physiotherapy 65 (2019) 54 

    Lowe A, Littlewood C & McLean S (2018) Understanding physical activity promotion in physiotherapy practice: A qualitative study. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, Volume 35, 1-7 

    Lowe A, Gee M, McLean S, et al (2018) Physical activity promotion in physiotherapy practice: a systematic scoping review of a decade of literature. British Journal of Sports Medicine 52(2):122-127 

    Lowe A, Littlewood C, McLean S, et al. (2017) Physiotherapy and physical activity: a cross-sectional survey exploring physical activity promotion, knowledge of physical activity guidelines and the physical activity habits of UK physiotherapists. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 2017;3 

    Alreni A, Harrop D, Lowe A et al (2017) Measures of upper limb function for people with neck pain. A systematic review of measurement and practical properties. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice 29:155-163 

    Tiwari S and Lowe A (2016) Indian Physiotherapists' experience of learning musculoskeletal skills using e-learning resources: A Qualitative Study. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational. 

    Lowe A, Campbell L, Ramaswamy B, Horobin H, McLean S. (2014) Does deprivation influence treatment outcome in physiotherapy? A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19(4) 225-233. 

    Littlewood C, Lowe A and Moore J. (2012) Rotator Cuff Disorders: A survey of current UK Physiotherapy practice. Shoulder and Elbow, 4, 64-71.

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