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The impacts of exercise restriction and prescription on mental health during, and after, the UK lockdown

In this week’s session, we will look at ways in which the lockdown measures restricting exercise on the one hand, and recommendations encouraging exercise on the other hand, impact mental health challenges in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ethical problems emerging from this topic are many and complex, including issues regarding triggering, risk assessment, access to support, and long-term effects which are still difficult to anticipate.

Guest speakers

Rebecca Murphy, Senior Research Clinician, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Jennifer Wild, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

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

This webinar is the third 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.