IOC Research Centres

IOC Research Centres for the Prevention of Injury and Illness

Since 2009, the IOC has supported and partnered with established research centres from around the world to promote the athletes’ health through the prevention of injury and illness.  Collaborating closely with these research centres, the IOC aims to further promote and protect the health of athletes by:

  • Establishing long-term research programmes on injury and disease prevention (including underlying studies on epidemiology, risk factors, and mechanisms) 
  • Fostering collaborative relationships with individuals, institutions and organisations to improve athletes’ health
  • Implementing applied, ongoing and novel research and development within the framework and long-term strategy of the IOC
  • Setting up knowledge translation mechanisms to share scientific research results with the field throughout the Olympic Movement and sports community and to convert these results into concrete actions to protect the health of the athletes

The IOC research centres are normally appointed for a four-year term, and the current ones are:

  • The Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (Edith Cowan University and La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, Australia)
  • Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Institute of Sports Medicine & Sports Orthopedic Research Center-Copenhagen (SORC-C) (Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark)
  • Réseau Francophone Olympique de la Rercherche en Médecine du Sport (REFORM; French Institute of Sport; University and University Hospital of Liège; Luxembourg Institute of Research in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Science; National Sport Institute of Quebec; Geneva University Hospitals)
  • Yonsei Institute of Sports Science and Exercise Medicine (Yonsei University, Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, Korean Sports and Olympic, Sol Hospital, Korea National Sport University, Republic of Korea)
  • Amsterdam Collaboration on Health & Safety in Sports (VU University and Academic Medical Centre, Netherlands)
  • Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway)
  • Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital (Qatar)
  • Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa)
  • London’s Institute for Sports, Exercise and Health and National Centre for Sports Exercise and Medicine (United Kingdom)
  • United States Coalition for the Prevention of Illness and Injury in Sport (United States Olympic Committee, Steadman Philippon Research Institute, The University of Utah, USA)
IOC Medical and Scientific Research Fund for the protection of athletes’ health through prevention of injury and illness in sport

The IOC, as the leader of the Olympic movement and the sport sector at large, is committed to the protection of athletes’ health particularly through illness and injury prevention.

In support of this aim, from 2017 to 2020, the IOC funded 22 selected research studies pertaining to injury and illness prevention. Multi-center and collaborative projects and research that has the potential to directly benefit Olympic athletes were prioritised, and areas of research eligible for support included injury and illness prevention studies, as well as current IOC Consensus Statement topics, such as transgender athletes and mental health.

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