The NCSEM-EM is home to a selection of research centres with differing areas of specialism and interest that align to the Olympic legacy of improving the nation’s health and wellbeing through sport, exercise and physical activity.

The centres also carry out translational work to apply the research to educational and clinical practice that has a real impact on groups from all areas of society.

  • Arthritis UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

    The ARUK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis works with sports representatives, patients, the public and carers to improve the understanding of the effects of sport and exercise on joint injury and osteoarthritis, looking at ways to prevent, assess and treat injury to reduce the risk of later osteoarthritis.

    The centre is led by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in collaboration with Arthritis Research UK and a consortium of seven universities: Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Bath, Loughborough, Leeds and UCL.

  • Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU)

    The Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity BRU focuses on exploring and developing innovative lifestyle interventions to help prevent and treat chronic disease, and translating advances in medical research into benefits for patients.

    The BRU is a collaboration between Loughborough University, University Hospitals of Leicester and the University of Leicester. It is one of only 18 BRUs in the country and the only one to have a specific focus on physical activity and health.

  • Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC)

    The PHC is an internationally renowned disability sport research centre focusing on three research themes:

    – Enhancing performance through sport science
    – Promoting psycho-social health and wellbeing among disabled people
    – Maximising performance health

    The centre aims to improve knowledge about Paralympic sport and to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of participating in disability sport and physical activity. The research aims to explore the physiological and technical aspects of disability sport and maximise the health of sports performers to optimise performance at the highest level. The research also looks at exercise and sports participation in rehabilitation and wider disability populations.

    The PHC is heavily involved in research at both elite performance and rehabilitative level and works with a number of GB squads, national and international partners and collaborators.

  • SSEHS Active

    SSEHS Active aims to raise the profile of physical activity to encourage greater participation and investment in health promotion and physical activity, and also to improve the services provided to support more active lifestyles. They provide advice, guidance and resources for practitioners in early years, young people, adults and older adults.