National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM)

NCSEM is an Olympic legacy project delivering education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity.

It aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation – from everyday people at risk of ill health through to elite athletes.

The NCSEM has hubs in the East Midlands, London and Sheffield.

A dedicated space houses the East Midlands hub at Loughborough University. The building has been specifically designed to bring together the capabilities of the partner universities and NHS trusts to facilitate the translation of research into education, training and clinical services.


A wide range of high quality research takes place within the NCSEM-EM, which is then translated into teaching and training through its educational programmes.

There is also a range of clinical services offered, including sport and exercise medicine, orthopaedics, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as diagnostic facilities including a 3T MRI scanner.

NCSEM activity covers the following themes:

  • Physical activity in disease prevention
  • Exercise in chronic disease
  • Sports injuries and musculoskeletal health
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Performance health

The building is home to academics and research students from Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences whose areas of interest fit closely with the vision of the NCSEM-EM.


The East Midlands partnership comprises the Universities of Loughborough, Leicester and Nottingham, as well as three NHS trusts: University Hospitals of Leicester, Nottingham University Hospitals and Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.