UK Sport and Bupa extend successful partnership

UK Sport and Bupa extend successful partnership

British athletes on the World Class Programme will continue to benefit from extensive medical support as Bupa UK continues to be the Official Health Insurance Partner of UK Sport for a further three years...


Boxers benefit from eye checksEIS & GSK form new research partnershipWorkshops vital to improving para support

Blog: Workshops vital to improving para support

As a Performance Lifestyle (PL) advisor my role is to provide a personalised support service specifically designed to help athletes create the right environment necessary for success...


Boxers benefit from eye checksEIS & GSK form new research partnershipThe English Institute of Sport Podcast

The English Institute of Sport Podcast

Check out our latest EIS Podcasts, featuring interviews discussing athlete health, rehabilitation and the work of the Performance Pathways Team. Also available to download on iTunes...


Boxers benefit from eye checksEIS & GSK form new research partnershipCalling retired para-athletes for insights

Calling retired para-athletes for insights

Are you a retired Paralympian or internationally competitive para-athlete? If so your insights could help practitioners at the EIS better understand para-athletes journeys following retirement from high performance sport...


EIS to do everything possible to support Rio aspiration

EIS to do everything possible to support Rio aspiration

The EIS will do everything possible in the next year to ensure British athletes are as well prepared as possible to achieve UK Sport’s Rio aspiration, according to EIS National Director Nigel Walker...



Sport Medicine

Sports and Exercise Medicine involves the medical care of injury and illness in sport. Solutions require accurate diagnoses, careful clinical examination and experience and knowledge of sport specific movement patterns.

Sport Medicine is particularly important to a performance athlete, as part of the overall multi disciplinary care team.

Physiotherapy and Soft tissue therapy

Physiotherapy and Soft Tissue Therapy, working closely with other members of the multi disciplinary team, specialise in injury prevention and the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculo-skeletal injuries.

Working alongside coaches, physiotherapy and soft tissue therapy constantly delivers the key rehabilitation requirements of elite athletes.

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes for elite sport performance.

The role of the S&C coach is to bridge the gap between sport science theory and applied training; coaching athletes to become faster, stronger and to build their endurance so they perform better and remain injury free.


Exercise Physiology considers how exercise alters the function and structure of the body, examining the acute responses and chronic adaptations to athletic performance in a variety of environments.

Applied physiological support provides specialist advice about the physical demands of an event and its associated training.

Performance Psychology

The mind has a key role to play in sport. What we think and how we feel will impact on any sporting performance.

Performance Psychology focuses on enhancing sport performance by helping athletes and coaches develop the mental skills to improve the way they operate within the sporting environment.

Performance Nutrition

Nutrition plays a pivotal role in supporting the training and competition demands of any elite athlete.

Good food choices help ensure fuels needs are met to promote adaptations to training, to aid recovery in order to continue and intensify training and to ensure good health to prevent illness and injury.


Biomechanics studies the mechanical parameters of human motion. In sport it can help to improve performance by means of developing more effective motion techniques as well as to avoid injury.

Like Performance Analysis, Biomechanics has a strong emphasis on the provision of objective feedback to the coach and performance.

Performance Analysis

Performance Analysis is the provision of objective feedback to performers trying to get a positive change in performance.

Research shows that on average, athletes and coaches can only recall 30% of performance correctly – Performance Analysis helps recall the sometimes vital missing 70%.


The EIS quality assures its Paralympic Sport Science & Medical support services, by harnessing its existing network-wide practitioner knowledge base, and by ensuring that Paralympic-specific interest and expertise continues to be nurtured and developed.

Talent Identification

The UK Talent Team is a working collaboration between UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport with the remit of supporting the National Governing Bodies of targeted Olympic and Paralympic sports to identify, confirm and develop talented athletes.

Performance Lifestyle

Performance Lifestyle™ is a personal coaching and mentoring service that supports more than 1000 World Class Programme athletes every year with their continued personal and professional development.

Delivered by over 20 professionally trained practitioners within the EIS, Performance Lifestyle™ works in partnership with over 30 sports.

Research & Innovation

The EIS Research and Innovation team, which transferred from UK Sport in August 2013, aims to ensure that Britain's top athletes are among the most prepared and best equipped on the world stage.

The team manages an ambitious research and development programme; looking at innovation in the areas of training science, performance medicine, equipment and coaching technologies. The aim is to create a system that allows maximum opportunity for more British Champions, making Britons capable of competing and winning on the world stage, cleanly and fairly.

EIS Head of Physiology Emma Ross explains what happens to the body during a marathon...

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