Thursday, 19th July 2012
UK: Sport and exercise science and medicine: building on the Olympic legacy to improve the nationís health
Source: House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
In this short inquiry we asked two questions: how robust is the research and evidence base for improving the performance of elite and non-elite athletes; and how can this knowledge be translated into treatments and preventative interventions to improve the nation’s health? We focused on biomedical research that could enhance the performance of the individual. The context for our inquiry was the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the Government’s commitments to the following legacies: to support the performance of elite athletes (measured by medals won at the Games); and to encourage the nation to be “healthier, happier and more active”.
Science applied to the fields of sport and exercise is referred to as “sport and exercise science” (SES), and medical treatment and prevention of illness related to exercise and sport are referred to as “sport and exercise medicine” (SEM). Although this inquiry focused on sport as a form of physical activity, other forms of activity such as recreational walking and cycling, gardening and housework are also potentially important in improving people’s health.
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