School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, MSc, Human Nutrition, PhD, Human Body Composition, Exercise and Cardiovascular Risk

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Senior Lecturer in Human Biology

Previous Posts

Postdoctoral research assistant conducting a body shape survey using 3D anthropometric scanner, Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University (Science and Engineering Research Council funded); 
Postdoctoral research associate conducting a randomised controlled trial of  effects brisk walking on bone health in postmenopausal women, Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University (Arthritis Research funded); 
Research fellow  examining effects of commencing, continuing and ceasing exercise on bone density and metabolism, Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University (National Osteoporosis funded); 
Lecturer in Human Exercise Physiology, University of Westminster; research examined interactive effects of pharmaceutical treatment and exercise on bone health and fall risk; the influence of an exercise intervention in obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Current research

Examine the influence of exercise and other lifestyle factors on risk factors for osteoporosis, falls, physical function and related health outcomes in populations ranging from young athletes to inactive older adults


Contribute to BSc(Hons) Human Biology modules in Anatomy and Physiology, Human Ageing, Body Composition and Lifestyle and Disease

Research examines the influence of exercise and other lifestyle factors on risk factors for osteoporosis, falls, physical function and related health outcomes in populations ranging from young athletes to inactive older adults. In particular, Katherine has conducted a number of randomised controlled trials of exercise and whole body vibration training interventions. Several studies have been supported by research grants from the National Osteoporosis Society; other research has been supported by Department of Trade and Industry and Wellcome Trust.

Recent and ongoing research studies include:

  • The influence of brief, high impact exercise on bone structure and neuromuscular function in older men: the Hiphop study (with University Hospitals Leicester, University of Cambridge, Sheffield University)
  • Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of primary care exercise interventions on bone health in older people : The ProAct 65+ Bone study (with University College London, Nottingham University and Hospitals)
  • Bone health in Bangladeshi mothers and daughters living in the UK
  • Vertebral strength and dimensions in athletes from sports with different loading characteristics (with England and Wales Cricket Board)
  • Bone health and stress fracture risk in endurance athletes
  • Effects of exercise on bone and cartilage metabolism
  • Refining the optimal exercise prescription for bone health
  • Physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis: PARIS study (with Derby Hospitals)
  • Evaluation of techniques for assessing fat mass, fat-free mass and appendicular lean mass
  • Journal Activity
    • Editorial Board of Annals of Human Biology 2005-2007
  • Journal Referee
    • Regularly referee for a number of clinical, bone, exercise physiology, human biology, nutrition and gerontology journals, and research funding bodies
  • Learned Societies and Professional Affiliations
    • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, Nutrition Society, Society for Study of Human Biology, British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Collaborative Research 
    Research has benefitted from collaborations with clinical and academic colleagues from a number of institutions including:
    • University Hospitals, Leicester
    • University of Cambridge
    • Sheffield University
    • Nottingham University Hospitals
    • Nottingham University
    • University College, London
    • English Institute of Sport and England and Wales Cricket Board
    • Derby Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Allison S, Poole K, Treece GM, Gee A, Tonkin C, Rennie W, Folland JP, Summers G, Brooke-Wavell K. (2015) The Influence of High Impact Exercise on Cortical and Trabecular Bone Mineral Content and 3D Distribution across the Proximal Femur in Older Men: a Randomised Controlled Unilateral Intervention. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.2499
  • Duckham, RL; Masud, T; Taylor, R; Kendrick, D; Carpenter, H; Iliffe, S; Morris, R; Gage, H; Skelton, D; Dinan-Young, S, Brooke-Wavell K.(2015) Randomised Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of Community Group and Home Based Falls Prevention Exercise Programmes on Bone Health in Older People: the ProAct65+ Bone Study Age and Ageing In press
  • Duckham R, Brooke-Wavell K, Summers G, Cameron N, Peirce N (2015) Stress fracture injury in female endurance athletes in the united kingdom: a twelve month prospective study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. doi: 10.1111/sms.12453
  • Corrie H, Brooke-Wavell K, Mansfield N, Cowley A, Morris R, Masud T (2015) The effects of vertical and side-alternating vibration training on fall risk factors and bone turnover in older people at risk of falls.Age and Ageing (2015) 44 (1): 115-122. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afu136
  • Allison SJ, Folland JP, Rennie WJ, Summers GD, Brooke-Wavell K. (2013) High Impact Exercise Increased Femoral Neck Bone Mineral Density in Older Men: A Randomised Unilateral  Intervention  Bone53: 321-328. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2012.12.045
  • Duckham R, Peirce N, Meyer C, Summers G, Cameron N, Brooke-Wavell K (2012) Risk factors for stress fracture in female endurance athletes: a cross-sectional study  BMJ Open 2012;2:e001920. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001920
  • Duckham RL, Peirce N, Summers G, Cameron N, Brooke-Wavell K. (2013) Bone geometry according to menstrual function in female endurance athletes. Calcified Tissue International 92(5):444-450. doi: 10.1007/s00223-013-9700-3
  • Bailey CA, Brooke-Wavell K (2010) Optimum frequency of exercise for bone health: randomised controlled trial of a high-impact unilateral intervention. Bone.46:1043-1049. doi: 10.1007/s00223-013-9700-3