About the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine

The NCSEM was established with a £30m investment from the Department of Health and is a collaboration between universities, healthcare trusts, local authorities and private and voluntary sector organisations, clustered around three regional hubs.

Through world-class research, we are focused on developing a better understanding of the mechanisms of action underlying human movement. This basic science underpins everything we do from small scale pilot trials through to implementing change at a population level. This allows us to fully assess the health, wellbeing and economic benefits of physical activity, sport and exercise.

Through education we translate this research to the health and social care, and public health professions, equipping them with the tools they need to promote physical activity effectively.

Through the re-design of clinical services we are embedding physical activity as a core treatment in an attempt to improve patient outcomes and deliver a sustainable NHS.

We also work closely with elite sports people and leading sporting organisations, providing research discoveries that drive enhanced performance and developing improvements in clinical practice that support athlete health.

The NCSEM is an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Athlete Health. We are one of 11 institutions around the world forming an international network of expert scientists and clinicians in sports injury and disease prevention research.