VIDEO: UL physio’s research on benefits of physical activity for MS patients

A UL researcher has been awarded €270,000 to investigate the benefits of physical activity for patients with multiple sclerosis.

Physiotherapist, Dr Susan Coote, has been given the funding by Ireland’s Health Research Board (HRB) to look into the chronic progressive condition of the central nervous system.

Dr Coote explained the significance of the research.

“We know that physical activity can have major benefits for MS patients, the key is trying to embed this activity as a core part of their daily life,” she said.

“This project is unique in that it combines a programme of physical activity coupled with behavior change interventions to enable patients to remain physically active into the future,” she explained.

“Over 10,000 people in Ireland are living with MS. The majority of these patients are treated in the primary care settings. For physiotherapists working in primary care, exercise and physical activity interventions form the cornerstone of our treatments.

“This research will be particular useful in guiding physiotherapists in the best way to deliver exercise interventions in the primary care setting,” she added.

This project is one of four University of Limerick research programmes which were awarded a total of €1.2 million from the HRB.

A multidisciplinary approach to the problem, it will bring together psychology, sports science and physical therapy expertise from UL, along with collaborators at MS Ireland and the University of Illinois.