Professor Nick Peirce is now Medical Director for England and Wales Cricket Board, having been Chief Medical Officer since 2007. He is also Head of Service and an NHS Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Nottingham University Hospital, with his NHS post including clinical delivery from the National Centre for SEM East Midlands. He retired in 2018 after 17 years as the lead Sports Physician for Nottingham Forest FC.

Originally trained in Family Medicine, Professor Peirce moved into Sport and Exercise Medicine in 1995 and established a Consultant post in 2001 following an MSc in Sports Medicine, a 2-year Lectureship at Nottingham University, and subsequently an overseas Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Sport. He has worked extensively with all aspects of medical care for athletes including establishing and leading for 7 years the English Institute of Sport at Loughborough University, CMO for GB World Class Canoeing Programme 1997-2017, Great Britain Rowing, Team GB, and for LTA Great Britain Davis Cup team 2001-2007 until moving to cricket. Prof. Peirce has attended Sydney and Athens Olympics and Commonwealth Games.  He was awarded the British Association of Sports Medicine travelling scholarship in 1998 and led the ECB, BMJ award for Sport and Exercise Medicine Team of the year in 2013 and has been a member of international councils for ICC and ICF as well as international working parties for areas such as concussion.

His NHS role now includes leadership in strategy with a focus on health initiatives around prevention, physical activity and prehabilitation. He has been heavily involved in various aspects of healthcare development including the lead for Training Programmes in the East Midlands, Council member for the Faculty for SEM and SAC, and Chair of National Recruitment and Workforce planning for Sport and Exercise Medicine.  He has also been involved in anti-doping appeals and MSK developments.

Early research included extensive involvement in invasive exercise physiology and metabolic medicine research as a lecturer and research fellow at the Nottingham School of Biomedical Sciences with Prof. Paul Greenhaff and Prof. Ian Macdonald and collaboration with Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre.  This research focussed on diabetes and exercise, insulin sensitivity, CHO and creatine ingestion, and protein synthesis in relation to nutrition.

After a period of significant commitment to clinical sports medicine, renewed research programmes have been developing around elite athlete work around female athlete bone health, adolescent bone development, concussion, protective equipment, injury surveillance in professional and recreational sport, lumbar spine stress fractures, wellbeing, sport and physical activity, osteoarthritis and sport, and cardiac screening. He currently supervises 6 PhDs at Loughborough, Bath, and Bangor Universities and St George's Medical School.

Other activities include editorial boards for CJSM and BJSM, and reviewer for multiple journals, ICC Medical Committee and active involvement in translation through chairing BSi Committees and Taskforces for physical activity and mental health.

Married and a father of two, Nick enjoys cycling, skiing, Norfolk beaches, and returning to family routes in New England when possible, including seeing the New England Patriots. He still plays the odd game of cricket but is resigned to watching his kids be much better at sport than he ever was. At some point, as and when time allows, Nick will go back to writing, having had a regular column in the Observer.

Featured publications

  • Disassociation between the effects of amino acids and insulin on signaling, ubiquitin ligases, and protein turnover in human muscle. PL Greenhaff, LG Karagounis, N Peirce, EJ Simpson, M Hazell, R Layfield, ...American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism 295 (3), E595-E604:20
  • Disuse atrophy and exercise rehabilitation in humans profoundly affects the expression of genes associated with the regulation of skeletal muscle mass. SW Jones, RJ Hill, PA Krasney, B O’CONNER, N Peirce, PL Greenhaff. The FASEB journal 18 (9), 1025-1027: 2004                                                        
  • Diabetes and exercise. NS Peirce: British journal of Sports Medicine 33 (3), 161-172: 1999
  • Duckham RL, Peirce N, Meyer C, Summers GD, Cameron N, Brooke-Wavell K. 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, Bailey, C.A, Summers GD, Cameron N, Brooke-Wavell K. Bone Geometry According to Menstrual Function in Female Endurance Athletes. Calcified Tissue International May 2013, Volume 92, Issue 5, pp 444-450
  • Quah, C, Yeoman. MC, Cizinauskas, A, Cooper, K.C., Peirce, N.S., Donal, C, McNally, S, Boszczyk, B.M. Finite element investigation of the effect of a bifid arch on loading of the vertebral isthmus The Spine Journal, 2013 Vol. 14, Issue 4, p675–682
  • Ranson, C, Peirce, N, Young, M, Batting head injury in professional cricket: a systematic video analysis of helmet safety characteristics Br J Sports Med 2013;47:10 644-648
  • Duckham R.L, PeirceN, Jean-PhilippeS, DowdallE, TerruzziF, SummersG, CameronN, Brooke-WavellK, Stress fracture incidence in female endurance athletes is lower than previously reported: twelve-month prospective study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. Volume 25, Issue 6, pages 854–859, December 2015
  • Cordery, P, James, L, Peirce, N, Maughan, R, Watson, P, A Catecholamine Precursor Does Not Influence Exercise Performance in Warm Conditions. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise [2016, 48(3):536-542])
  • Roberts, P.A, Fox, J, Peirce, N, Jones, S.W, Casey, A, Greenhaff, P.J, Creatine ingestion augments dietary carbohydrate mediated muscle glycogen supercompensation during the initial 24 h of recovery following prolonged exhaustive exercise in humans. Amino Acids (2016) 48:1831–1842
  • Cordery, P, James, L, Peirce, N, Maughan, R, Watson, P Dopamine/noradrenaline reuptake inhibition in women improves endurance exercise performance in the heat2016, Scandinavian Journal of Sports Medicine (accepted) doi:10.1111/sms.12753 2016
  • Duckham R.L 1,2Peirce N 1,4, Summers G.D. 3, Cameron N 1, Brooke-Wavell K 1 Magnitude and timescale of bone density changes following stress fracture in female athletes 2016, Scandinavian Journal of Sports Medicine 
  • Orchard, J. W., Ranson, C, Olivier, B, Dhillon, M., Gray, J., Langley, B., Mansingh, A., Peirce, N. et al. "International consensus statement on injury surveillance in cricket: a 2016 update." British journal of sports medicine 50, no. 20 (2016): 1245-1251.
  • Filbay S.R, Bishop F.L, Peirce N, Jones M.E, Arden N.K.  Physical activity in former elite cricketers and strategies for promoting physical activity after retirement from cricket: a qualitative study BMJ Open 2017;7:e017785. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-017785
  • Mary E. Jones, Madeleine A.M. Davies, Kirsten M. Leyland, Antonella Delmestri, Angus Porter, Jason Ratcliffe, Nick Peirce, Julia L. Newton*, Nigel K. Arden* Osteoarthritis and other long-term health conditions in former elite cricketers Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • Filbay S.R, Bishop F.L, Peirce N, Jones M.E, Arden N.K.  Common attributes in retired professional cricketers that may enhance or hinder quality of life after retirement: a qualitative study BMJ Open 2017;
  • Preventing recreational sports injuries: practicalities and governance. Nicholas S Peirce and Craig Ranson Med J Aust 2018; 208 (6): 253-254. ||  doi: 10.5694/mja18.00132
  • Pars interarticularis injury in elite athletes – The role of imaging in diagnosis and management King Kenneth CheungaRanju T.DhawanbcLester F.WilsondNicholas .PeirceGajanRajeswaranf European Journal of Radiology Volume 108, November 2018, Pages 28-42
  • Incidence and prevalence of lumbar stress fracture in English County Cricket fast bowlers, association with bowling workload and seasonal variation.  Peter Alway; Katherine Brooke-Wavell; Ben Langley; Mark King; Nicholas PeirceBMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 2019;5:e000529. doi:10.1136/ bmjsem-2019-000529
  • Lumbar bone mineral asymmetry in elite cricket fast bowlersPeter Alway, Nicholas Peirce, Mark King, Robert Jardine, KatherineBrooke-Wavell Bone Volume 127, October 2019, Pages 537-543
  • The prevalence of hand and wrist osteoarthritis in elite former cricket and rugby union playersMary E.Jones Madeleine, A.M.Davies, Karishma Shah, Simon Kemp, Nicholas Peirce Kirsten M.Leyland, Keith A.Stokes Andrew D.Judge Julia L.Newton Dominic Furniss, Nigel K.Arden Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.  2019 22 871-879