NGO and charity committed to reducing injury in sport

Our Research Focus

Putting young people at the heart of research and shifting the focus from treatment to prevention of youth and grassroots sports injury

  • Working with our colleagues at the University of Oxford, we are putting young people at the heart of research and addressing an under-researched, under-resourced and often overlooked area in sport.

    The Podium Research programme focuses on the area of data-driven sports medicine and technology for lifelong health and provides the highest quality of evidence and guidance to schools, clubs and National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport to help them make the best fully-informed decisions to improve youth sport safety and reduce the incidence and impact of injury. In addition, the programme supports schools, clubs and NGBs in implementing best practice and measuring the impact of interventions.


    Research is focused on three key areas:

    Longitudinal data collection, with qualitative and quantitative research, identifying broad trends and areas of interest for further in-depth studies

    Podium is undertaking the world’s largest longitudinal study into youth sports injury. The study will, for the first time, create a broad, epidemiological, multi-sport and completely unprecedented view of the youth sport injury landscape directly addressing the current lack of data in this area. Podium aims to gather as much information about as many sports injuries, from as many young people as possible in schools and clubs using the Podium digital platform.


    Focused projects, conducted with a small cohort, exploring specific needs within a sport or sports

    This will include work on projects relating to the prevention and management of potentially catastrophic injury, such as concussion and spinal injury, as well as applied projects with NGBs to address sport-specific issues related to injury and safety, for example, Podium will support the Rugby Football Union in the delivery of an U16–U18 tackle-height evaluation at 1,200 matches.


    Rapid response work to surface and share knowledge to solve a known problem in sport

    Accelerator projects expedite best practice and/or insight in priority areas. For example, in collaboration with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and sport, Podium is delivering a research project to systematically assess the incidence, scale and economic cost of concussion in sport in the UK.

    This unique project will be undertaken by the Podium Analytics Institute for Youth Sports Medicine and Technology, in conjunction with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the Health Economics Research Centre, within the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford. This will help inform the Government’s response to the recent DCMS Select Committee's inquiry into concussion in sport and identify key directions for future research.