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Measuring the measures: how can we, and should we, assess the physical and mental health impact of exercise restrictions in the past, the present, and the future?

In this session, we will look at ways to assess physical and mental health outcomes in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown. In the light of these tools, we will discuss the ethical weight and imperatives of exercise restriction: is it feasible to assess the impact of lockdown measures specifically tied to exercise restrictions in a valid way? Which parameters should be included, and why? The effectiveness of the restrictions, and the balance of risks and benefits they entail, will determine the morality and acceptability of lockdowns now and in the future.

Guest speakers

Dr. Barbara Jefferis, Dept. of Primary Care and Population Health, UCL

Prof. Andy Smith, School of Sport, York St John University, and former Chair of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Chair: David Lyreskog from NEUROSEC and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities

This webinar is the second in the series on the Ethics of Exercise During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

More about the webinar series

Current lockdown measures in the UK include limitations and restrictions on outdoor and group exercise, although, in parallel, exercise is generally encouraged for physical and mental health.

In this webinar series, we will explore ethical considerations in relation to exercise in the UK during the implementation of Covid-19 social distancing measures. Topics include (but are not limited to): Risk mitigation with regard to catching and/or spreading the virus, or putting oneself at risk of (other) injury, disease, or medical condition; Social signalling and provocation; Stigmatization; Fairness and solidarity; Responsibilization; Risk assessment; Mental and physical health impacts of outdoor activity and sedentary behaviours.

The sessions will include short presentations from guest speakers, but will be heavily focused on discussion between attendees. The sessions will later be posted online to stimulate public debate.

Participation across disciplines is encouraged and very welcome!

Please find details below.


Session 1: 7 May 2020, 3-3.45pm
Session 2: 21 May 2020, 3-3.45pm
Session 3: 28 May 2020, 3-3.45pm
Session 4: 4 June 2020, 3-3.45pm

How to Join the webinar

Please email David Lyreskog for details if you would like to attend.