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The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) forms part of the the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). The NCSEM is a major new Department of Health initiative to deliver education, research and clinical services from three hubs in the London (ISEH), East Midlands and Sheffield.

The London Olympic and Paralympic Games pledged to deliver a lasting health legacy to tackle the crucial issues that threaten health budgets, workforce efficiency and the health of the nation. Recent advances in medical care offer opportunities to improve the health and performance of both elite sportspeople and the general population. However despite these advances, many people’s health is at risk as a direct result of inactive lifestyles.

The success of the Olympic legacy depends on establishing a greater level of understanding of the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity and exercise, and enabling people to be active throughout their lives. In order to achieve this, leading academics and healthcare professionals have come together to form the NCSEM. Via a mix of innovative research and education, and leading-edge clinical practice, the NCSEM aims to both promote public health and use elite sports medicine to benefit the general population.   

The work of the National Centres will focus on:

  • chronic disease prevention and treatment
  • enhancing the treatment of sports injuries and promoting musculoskeletal health
  • encouraging mental health and wellbeing
  • enabling peak performance in athletes and sportspeople.

At the ISEH, we are honoured to have been invited to play such a vital role in supporting improvements to the nation’s health. Together with our partners in the East Midlands and Sheffield we are making a difference locally, nationally and globally.