December 18, 2014, by Charlotte Anscombe
National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine accredited as International Olympic Committee research centre
The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) has been named as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health– one of just nine around the world.
The IOC has identified the protection of athletes’ health and the prevention of injuries and illness in sport as top priorities for its Medical Commission.
As part of its role as an IOC Centre, NCSEM England will be tasked with researching, developing and implementing effective preventive and treatment strategies for sports-related injuries and illnesses. It will receive financial support from the IOC and join an international network of expert scientists and clinicians in sports-injury and diseases-prevention research.
It will receive financial support from the IOC and join an international network of expert scientists and clinicians in sports-injury and diseases-prevention research.
The NCSEM-EM is a partnership between Loughborough University, University of Leicester, The University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
“We are delighted to have appointed nine highly qualified centres from the four corners of the world to assist us with our mission,” said Dr Uğur Erdener, IOC Medical Commission Chair and Executive Board member.
“These centres have demonstrated that they are at the forefront of research in sports medicine and are committed to our shared goal of using knowledge and resources to ensure the athletes’ well-being so that sportsmen and women can perform at their best level with minimal risks to their health.”
The NCSEM England is a partnership with founding members in London, the East Midlands, and Sheffield. NCSEM England was established with a £30m grant from the Department of Health as an Olympic Legacy project that will deliver education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity that can be translated into improved health outcomes for the nation.
The NCSEM will facilitate a wide range of joint working initiatives between exercise scientists and clinicians researching the application of sport, exercise and physical activity for the prevention and reduction of disease, and the treatment of patients with long term medical conditions. The Centre will also work with a number of partners on the Loughborough University campus and the wider sporting community, including sport governing bodies and the English Institute of Sport, to drive applied research into various aspects of health that affect both elite and recreational athletes.
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