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National Centre named as International Olympic Committee research centre until 2022

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine has been named as an International Olympic Committee Research Centre (IOC) for Prevention of Injury and Athlete Health for a further four years.

The protection of athletes’ health and the prevention of injuries and illness in sport are top priorities for the IOC’s Medical Commission. The NCSEM was first named as an IOC Research Centre in 2014 and will continue researching, developing and implementing effective preventive and treatment strategies for sports-related injuries and illnesses.

The NCSEM is one of 11 institutions around the world forming an international network of expert scientists and clinicians in sports injury and disease prevention research. It will receive financial support from the IOC to develop research in this area.

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 is continuing to be recognised in this way by the IOC.

“The support received over the past four years has contributed to our research into and development of the latest interventions in the prevention and treatment of sport-related injuries. We look forward to being part of this international network for the years to come.”

IOC Medical and Scientific Commission Chair and IOC Vice-President Professor Uğur Erdener said: “We are delighted to have appointed 11 highly qualified centres from the four corners of the world to assist us with our mission.

“These centres have all 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’ wellbeing so that sportsmen and women can perform at their best level with minimal risks to their health.”