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Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine

Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Strategy

The Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (CSEM) has a varied research programme. The key research theme is the link between movement and pathology, whether that link serves as a diagnostic tool, treatment modality or outcome measure. We are currently involved in >£2m of funded research, publish approximately 20 papers per year and students prepare between 50 and 60 research projects per annum.

The work on the link between movement and pathology is primarily delivered in the well-equipped Human Performance Laboratory, which supports the work of 7 PhD students and an Academic Clinical Fellow. A particular topic is tendinopathy, and Dr Morrissey has a 5-year NIHR/HEE fellowship to develop clinical trials in this area, as well as an established collaboration with Dr Screen in the School of Engineering and Material Sciences. Clinical collaborators in the NHS, sporting and private sectors are actively engaged with in order to ensure a clinically driven research agenda and immediate translation of findings.

Student research is well supported, being given a high priority by the whole team with a high resultant full paper (40%) and conference presentation (90%) conversion rate. Students on the intercalated MSci choose topics form a wide selection of projects initiated by the academic staff, but develop their own systematic review research. Students on the longer post-graduate MSc have more time, and therefore scope, to develop their own ideas from scratch – but all students are supported to take ownership of their research strand irrespective of course profile.

As a mixed clinical and academic centre with a consistently strong educational profile, knowledge translation is germane to much of our activity. We have a high full paper and conference publication rate, publish many systematic reviews and have an ARUK funded research fellow – Dr Victoria Tzortziou-Brown - developing educational interventions for GPs on common musculoskeletal conditions. We have recently worked with a number of technical companies, sporting bodies and professional service providers in knowledge generation and consulting roles.

Our future research will continue in similar vein, but will add further strands as we generate additional research income and develop relationships with existing and new collaborator.

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