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Helen Crank

Dr Helen Crank BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Principal Research Fellow


Helen is a principal research fellow in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University. Her particular research interest lies in cancer and exercise rehabilitation.

  • About

    Her research interests lie in the field of physical activity for health, promoting positive health behaviour with clinical and non-clinical populations.

    Helen's current research work is focussed upon the design and delivery of pragmatic lifestyle interventions based upon lifestyle modification and physical activity for cancer patients and patients with chronic diseases.

    Taking part in physical activity during and after cancer treatment can enable a person to take back some control, regain a sense of normality and help manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression, breast cancer related lymphoedema and weight gain. Helen's research experience to date has involved working within the NHS, local authority and voluntary sectors.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Cancer and exercise rehabilitation

    Breast cancer related lymphoedema

    Supporting health-care and leisure professionals to deliver exercise as therapy for clinical conditions

  • Research

    • Centre for Sport and Exercise Science

    Active Everyday, supporting cancer survivors into physical activity.

    Macmillan Cancer Support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

    Development of an integrated approach to promoting and sustaining recovery in cancer patients through exercise in Sheffield.

    Macmillan Cancer Support

    Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

    Sheffield Children's Hospital

    National Institute for Health Research

    Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    External PhD examiner

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