We have a research collaboration with the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC), based at the University of Exeter to evaluate our warrior packs, as well as conduct bespoke research projects around the theme of Exercise for People with Cystic Fibrosis. Established in 1987 the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences.  The Centre, which is housed in a suite of purpose-built laboratories, consists of a critical mass of young researchers working within an experienced support structure and provides arguably the finest facility in the world for the study of the exercising young person.

The Centre continues to lead the World in the scientific study of young people’s fitness.  Its international eminence in paediatric exercise science was recognized by the award of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education.  The Prize, the first to be awarded in the exercise and sport sciences was presented by HM The Queen. CHERC has been researching the responses to exercise for people with CF for the last 13 years in conjunction with medical colleague at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

A number of project initiatives have been proposed including the effects of hydration, changes in body composition and nutritional strategies for people with CF. These projects would help to inform policy and practice in the management of the disease and has implications for the enhancement of quality of life. Research findings also have the potential to inform best practice for the management of exercise therapy for other disease groups and thereby provide wider public benefit.