Institute of Sport & Exercise Medicine
The Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM) was founded in 1958 as a representative body for the sport and exercise medicine community long before it was recognised as a speciality. Today The ISEM focusses on encouraging, facilitating and sharing research leading the discussion and stimulating debate on important, contemporary issues in sport and exercise medicine. In addition to the Prince Phillip Medal the ISEM recognises significant contribution to sports medicine in the UK through the annual award of the Sir Robert Atkins Award and research excellence at the annual BASEM conference. Furthermore, The ISEM works with key stakeholders and influencers to create change in national and regional policy, professional standards, and public understanding of sport and exercise medicine. The ISEM aims to be the central resource for expert advice, commentary and communicator on important national and international issues. This aim is achieved through The ISEM Fellows and Advisory Board which includes world leaders from across the spectrum of SEM specialities and sub-specialities. In addition, an annual lecture series which includes debates and lectures from world leading authorities. In 2015, The ISEM is focussing on the role of physical activity for health.
Inactivity is the greatest public health concern in industrialised countries. Over 37,000 lives are lost each year in the UK directly linked to inactivity costing the UK government £10 billion per year. In contrast, and only 1.8% of public health budgets are spent on inactivity. Whilst it is well understood that physical activity is wholly beneficial for health providing physical, mental and social enhancement of quality of life, 12.5 million adults (1 in 4 of the adult population) in the UK are classed as physically inactive; they fail to raise their heart rates for more than 30 minutes per month. Paradoxically, Team GB finished 3rd in the Olympic Medal Table and at the same time Men and Women in the UK achieved 1st and 2nd respectively in the European obese tables. This obesity ranking is mirrored for physical activity with the UK named as ‘The Lazy man of Europe’. Rapid and decisive action from government, research funding agencies, industry, the media and the general population is needed to halt and subsequently reverse the growing pandemic of inactivity.
In 2015, The Prince Phillip Medal was awarded to Dr. Richard Budgett, who will continue to work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in supporting the development of an ‘Active Cities’ programme which is focussed on supporting cities who wish to increase physical activity levels.
You can contact the ISEM at their Headquarters at The Centre for Health and Human Performance in Harley Street.
2015 ISEM Awards at BASEM Annual conference