ISEH named as IOC research centre 

28/11/2014 00:00 
The Institute for Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) has been named as one of nine research centres from across the world as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health.

The accreditation, which was awarded as part of the ISEH’s role as one of the three National Centres for Sport and Exercise Medicine, was made to the ISEH alongside universities and specialist sports research centres worldwide.

Over the next four years the ISEH and NCSEM will be tasked with researching, developing and implementing effective preventive and treatment strategies for sports-related injuries and illnesses. It will receive financial support from the IOC and join an international network of expert scientists and clinicians whose focus will be research into the prevention of sports injuries and optimisation of the health of our athletes.

The ISEH is collaboration between UCLH, UCL, British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport and private hospital group HCA. It is a major legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games, and opened in June 2013.

“We are delighted to have appointed nine highly qualified centres from the four corners of the world to assist us with our mission,” commented IOC Medical Commission Chair and Executive Board member Dr Ugur Erdener. “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’ well-being so that sportsmen and women can perform at their best level with minimal risks to their health.” 
ISEH’s Clinical Director Professor Fares Haddad said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the ISEH. Accreditation as a research centre by the IOC was one of our aims and to have achieved it so early is a testament both to the quality of our team and our collaborators. It also shows the potential that lies within the ISEH and the National Centres for Sport and Exercise Medicine.

“Building on our existing programme, this important accreditation will enable us to develop and extend our research activities. Our ultimate aim is to help prevent injuries and improve the treatment of athletes and sportspeople.”

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