With protecting athletes’ health and preventing injuries and illnesses in sport as top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its Medical and Scientific Commission, 11 research centres from across the world have officially been named as IOC Research Centres.
These centres are:
Over the next four years, these centres will be tasked with researching, developing and implementing effective preventive and treatment methods for sports-related injuries and illnesses. They will receive support from the IOC and join an international network of expert scientists and clinicians in sports-injury and disease-prevention research.
“We are delighted to have appointed 11 highly qualified centres from the four corners of the world to assist us with our mission,” commented IOC Medical and Scientific Commission Chair and IOC Vice-President Prof. Uğur Erdener. “These centres have all demonstrated that they are at the forefront of research in sports medicine and are committed to our shared goal of using knowledge and resources to ensure the athletes’ well-being so that sportsmen and women can perform at their best level with minimal risks to their health.”
The IOC Head of Scientific Activities, Lars Engebretsen, added: “While athletes were previously active until they were 25, today they compete until they are 40 to 45 at a very high level. An injury to one of them is a major issue, so treatment and prevention have become all the more important.”
Collaborating closely with the newly-appointed 11 research centres, the IOC aims to further promote and protect the health of athletes by:
Since 2009, the IOC, under the leadership of its Medical and Scientific Commission, has supported and partnered with established research centres from around the world that have demonstrated clinical, educational and research expertise in the fields of sports medicine and elite sports to promote the athletes’ health through the prevention of injury and illness.