Sport and exercise science and medicine: building on the Olympic legacy to improve the nation's health - Science and Technology Committee Contents


APPENDIX 3: CALL FOR EVIDENCE


22 May 2012

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, chaired by Lord Krebs, is conducting an inquiry into Sports and exercise science and medicine: building on the Olympic legacy to improve the nation's health. The Committee is writing to seek evidence.

Written evidence is sought by Wednesday, 6 June 2012. Public hearings will be held in June. The Committee aims to report to the House, with recommendations, in July. The report will receive a response from the Government, and may be debated in the House.

The Committee seeks evidence on any aspect of this topic, and particularly on the following questions:

Sports and exercise science research

  • How are advances in basic understanding of physiology, biomechanics, genetics, nutrition and other disciplines applied to improving the performance of athletes (both elite and non-elite)? How robust is the application of science in this area? For example, is it possible to conduct research within a training environment?
  • How is this research relevant to improving the health of the wider public?
  • What is the role of exercise in improving health, as a preventative measure, and as a treatment provided or commissioned by the NHS for illnesses and chronic conditions?
  • How is sports and exercise science research co-ordinated? Who sets the research agenda? Are health professionals involved in setting the research agenda for sport science and vice versa?

Translation of research

  • How are findings from sports science research, and sports and exercise medicine, used to develop medical treatments and public health interventions? Is this done effectively?
  • What medical treatments and public health interventions involving sport or exercise currently exist?
  • Are the findings from sports and exercise science research, and sports and exercise medicine, translated effectively by the NHS and Department of Health? If not, what are the barriers to translation and how could these be addressed?
  • Are policies on sport, physical activity and health adequately integrated? What, if any, are the barriers to integration? How can the sport and health agendas in Government be better linked to leave an Olympic legacy to improve the nation's health?



 
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