Sports institute wins Olympic status 

11/03/2016 00:00 
The UCLH Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) has this month officially been recognised as one of nine global Olympic research centres for injury prevention and athlete health.

At a special ceremony to mark the occasion, Dr Richard Budgett, medical and scientific director for the International Olympic Committee and UCLH consultant in sport and exercise medicine, said preventing injury and illness was one of the Olympic committee’s highest priorities.

Establishing a network of international centres, he said, “will enable them to share and learn and benefit from each other’s knowledge, expertise and inspiration”.

Special guest at the event was Baroness Tessa Jowell, who led London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics. She said if anyone wanted to find out about the Olympic legacy “they should visit here”. 

She said she was passionate about encouraging people to exercise and the role of exercise in health, and the need to bring about the public health change that has been so elusive.

The accreditation was awarded to the institute as part of its role as one of three National Centres for Sport and Exercise Medicine. Over the next four years the institute will research, develop and implement effective preventive and treatment strategies for sports-related injuries and illnesses. It will also receive financial support from the IOC, and join an international expert network focusing on research to prevent sports injuries and improve athletes’ health.

Professor Fares Haddad, ISEH director said: “Accreditation as a research centre by the IOC was one of our aims and to achieve it so early is a testament to the quality of our team and our collaborators. This will enable us to develop and extend our research activities to help prevent injuries and improve the treatment of athletes and sports people.”

As part of the IOC award, the Eastman Dental Institute (EDI) and the institute will set up a Centre for Oral Health and Performance – a unique collaboration led by Professor Ian Needleman.

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH CEO, said being awarded centre of excellence status by the IOC was a tremendous achievement. “The success of the ISEH is a tribute to the excellent collaboration between numerous partners and a celebration of the health contribution to the Olympic legacy.

“ISEH is a key player in the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine with Loughborough and Sheffield, we now need to encourage other parts of the UK to join us in promoting exercise as an important contribution to health and wellbeing.”

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