DescriptionThe Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis was awarded to Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, under the directorship of Professor Mark Batt. First established in 2013, the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis is led by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and is a consortium of six universities: Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Bath, Loughborough and Leeds. The Centre is strengthened by several international collaborators, with expertise from around the world. 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, focusing specifically on recreational athletes and exercisers, to enhance our understanding of the effects of sport, exercise and injury on musculoskeletal health and osteoarthritis. The Centre will work with sports representatives, patients, the public and carers, in order to improve the understanding of the effects of sport and exercise on joint injury and osteoarthritis. The Centre’s research will lead to plans for prevention, assessment and treatment of injury, aimed at reducing the risk of later osteoarthritis.