Announced by the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, the Centre will help increased numbers of people to be more active and will treat injuries caused by exercise, as well as conditions associated with lack of exercise. It will also help people use physical activity as a means to cope with existing medical conditions, such as diabetes.
The Centre will be run by a consortium of six university and hospital partners – Loughborough, the University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester, Nottingham University NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust.
It is one of three nationally, which together will form the country’s first-ever National Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence.
The Centre, which will be based in a new, state-of-the-art building, will bring together experts in sport and exercise medicine from each of the renowned partner organisations.
Professor Myra Nimmo, Loughborough’s Dean of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, said: “The co-location of university researchers, clinicians and service delivery will provide a new model in healthcare provision, allowing researchers to work in close contact with the people who ultimately benefit from their work. This new way of working will crucially enable us to speed up the translation of pioneering academic research into clinical practice.”
The establishment of the Centre will fulfil one of the Government’s key 2012 Games bid commitments and will be a lasting legacy of the Games.
Announcing the Centre, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said it would not only help get more people active, but also keep them active. He added: “Hosting the Olympics is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Britain and it provides a great opportunity for the NHS too.
“The Centre will share research findings and best practice with the entire NHS so that the whole country benefits. This will ensure we achieve a real Olympic legacy in the health service.”
It is anticipated that the Centre will be operational by 2014-15.