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National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine accredited as International Olympic Committee research centre

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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, the NCSEM 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.

“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.” 

Professor Mark Lewis, Director of the NCSEM and Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, said: “I am delighted that the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine has been recognised in this way by the IOC.

“The NCSEM will integrate research, education and clinical services to accelerate the translation of scientific research into new models of healthcare provision, helping to ensure that the UK remains at the cutting edge of the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries.”

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine is comprised of three hubs, based in the East Midlands, London and Sheffield.

As well as looking at athlete injuries and illness, the Centre will focus on the wellbeing of the general population. It will treat injuries caused by exercise and conditions associated with lack of exercise, and help people to cope with existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, through physical activity.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 14/213

  1. The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in the East Midlands is located at Loughborough University. It is a collaboration of six university and hospital partners – Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester, Nottingham University NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


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