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Active Living

The Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

This five year, £3M multi-centre programme was launched in June 2013. Our major contribution is to advance understanding of the mechanisms of movement dysfunction and develop programmes for exercising safely for active living.

The work extends from sedentary people to elite athletes; working closely with Southampton Football Club.

The Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis is in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham, Oxford, Loughborough, Leeds, Bath and UCL. Prof. Maria Stokes, who leads the Southampton arm of the Centre, is an international expert on mechanisms of movement dysfunction and developing technologies for assessment and rehabilitation in musculoskeletal conditions, sport and ageing. Her work, with colleagues, will identify the best ways to train to avoid damage to joints and to prevent injuries progressing to osteoarthritis. Dr Jo Adams leads on the Patient & Public Involvement in the Centre, which is critical to its translation into practice. The Centre provides a platform from which we are developing major project grants for interventions. Examples of these are investigating the mechanisms of dysfunction in hip pain (femoroacetabular impingement) associated with sport, especially elite and recreational footballers, and the development of an exercise intervention, building on the work of Nadine Botha, one of our NIHR Internsn and Dr Martin Warner. 

For more information about looking after your joints when exercising visit the Arthritis UK website.  If you are interested in taking part in the research, please contact Centre administrators Joanne Bartram or Lis Alhstrom.

Linking injury to Osteoarthritis
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