The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis has been awarded a further £2M from Arthritis Research UK to continue its research into improving the understanding of the effects of sport and exercise on joint health and osteoarthritis.
First established in 2013, the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis is led by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and continues as a consortium of six universities: Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Bath, Loughborough and Leeds. The Centre consists of an established group of world-leading researchers in sport and exercise medicine, orthopaedics, rheumatology, skeletal muscle biology, physiotherapy, podiatry, occupational therapy, epidemiology and physiology.
The first five years of Centre funding (2013-17) focused primarily on research with elite sports including Olympic athletes, professional footballers, cricketers and rugby players. The next five years’ research (2018-22) will build upon existing research findings to answer the following questions in recreational athletes and exercisers:
- Can we identify risk factors and phenotypes (‘bodytypes’) that predict the onset and progression of symptomatic OA in athletes and exercisers? (Prevent)
- What is the effectiveness of conservative interventions for the prevention and management of OA to enable lifelong physical activity? (Care)
- How can we identify the effects of sport and exercise on the quality of life for those at risk of, or currently living with OA: physical, psychological and social wellbeing? (Transform)
Posted on Monday 8th January 2018