David Gardner

David Gardner

David leads on vocational and professional training at the institute.

David’s background is in exercise physiology and biomechanics of sport; he has provided technical support to athletes and teams up to and including international level. More recently, his interests have concerned how exercise and nutrition can be used to improve health, prevent ill health and rehabilitate after illness.

David’s under-pinning ethos relates to the use of an interdisciplinary approach to managing health and recovery. Specifically, the use of multiple and varied environments to get people more active and so improve both physical and mental health. This supported by healthy diets and minimising risk of injury / illness provide the framework for the support he provides to individuals and communities.

This work is evolving to providing assessments and advisory services  within the wider West Wales community, including at health promotion events and sporting events.

Planned future research will evaluate a multidisciplinary approach to exercise referral compared to the more traditional gym based schemes.

Postal Address:

David Gardner, WIPL, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, SA31 3EP

Additional Information

  • Programme Director Sport Studies with Health and Exercise
  • Programme Director Personal Training
  • Programme Director Sport Therapy
  • FE/HE Coordinator
  • Community Health and fitness advisor
  • Liaison with Society of Sport Therapists
  • Liaison with Skills Active and Register for Exercise Professionals
  • Human physiology
  • Health and chronic disease
  • Exercise physiology
  • Promoting health lifestyles
  • Exercise referral
  • Complementary therapies
  • Kinesiology
  • Science of nutrition
  • Nutrition for health
  • Discovering outdoor lifestyles
  • Public ploy and strategies in health
  • Personal training
  • Fitness assessment and measurement
  • Research in health and PE
  • Dietary Behaviours in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis – MSc Dissertation.
  • Exercise Referral using green spaces,
  • An interdisciplinary approach to exercise referral.
  • Community Health and Fitness Assessments
  • Sport event based fitness and health assessments
  • Sport event based sport therapy support
  • Health and fitness education support to staff and students at local schools and colleges
  • Sport specific fitness and training management for athletes and expeditions.
  • Liaison and technical support to local hospital departments relating to fitness and functional measurements