Dr Craig Ranson, Programme Director for MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine at Cardiff Met, has been appointed Director of Athlete Health at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), the UK's largest provider of sport science and medicine to elite sport.
This is a newly created role and is key to EIS' Tokyo cycle strategy (2017-2021), which will prepare athletes for 2020's Olympics.
The creation of Dr Ranson's new role reflects the increasing importance of this area of work and is in recognition of the benefits of reducing the number of days that athletes lose to injury and illness.
Dr Ranson has extensive experience as a physiotherapist and sport medicine consultant and as well as his role at Cardiff Met, he currently works as Sport Science & Medicine Consultant to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Team Physiotherapist to the Welsh Rugby team. Prior to this, he was Chief Physiotherapist at UK Athletics and Head of Physiotherapy at the England and Wales Cricket Board.
He will lead the EIS' newly created Athlete Health department which works with sports to provide injury and illness surveillance and analysis that can be used to inform individualised training programmes and medical plans.
Dr Ranson said: "I am very excited to be joining the EIS. This new role provides a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the enhancement of British athletes' health and wellbeing, and I look forward to working with the EIS team and the sports it supports."
The EIS helps elite athletes improve performance through the delivery of science, medicine, technology and engineering. It worked with 93% of the GB Rio medallists and its 350-plus employees deliver in excess of 4,500 hours of service each week to athletes across more than 30 Olympic and Paralympic sports.
Professor Richard Tong, Dean of Cardiff School of Sport, said: "Congratulations to Craig. We pride ourselves on the number of leading experts based at Cardiff School of Sport, whose wider experience within the sporting industry certainly benefits our students in terms of expertise, employability and providing the most current and relevant education possible. The number of our students who have gone on to become elite athletes, coaches and sport scientists is testament to this."