Our research at the London 2012 Olympics, with English premiership football teams, GB Olympic teams and other professional sports has identified high levels of poor oral health and a consistent self-reported impact on quality of life, training and performance.

There are high levels of oral disease in elite sport and these affect self-reported performance. These conditions are preventable with evidence-based, cost-effective interventions that might also enhance performance.

This study works with athletes to improve oral health through high quality, cross-cutting research and knowledge transfer and training. The researchers work alongside athletes, sport and exercise medicine practitioners, sports organisations, funders, policy makers and industry professionals.



  • Commissioned position statement – Oral Health in Sport, Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine 2014 
  • Launch of Centre for Oral Health and Performance 2015
  • Symposium, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Prevention Conference 2015
  • IOC Prevention Conference, Monaco 2017

Find out more: Centre for Oral Health and Performance (COHP)