Mission & Research

The ESSM Mission

The University of Cape Town Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine exists to research factors influencing physical performance and health and to disseminate knowledge and skills through education.


Research Aim

To develop a novel understanding of integrated human function during exercise and to use this knowledge:

  • To promote health and well-being
  • To treat and prevent specific chronic diseases
  • To treat and prevent injuries and medical conditions associated with sport and exercise
  • To optimize exercise performance