The Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute is based on the Hillcrest Campus of the University of Pretoria, in Hatfield Pretoria, South Africa. As constituted, the SEMLI functions as a formal Institute of the University of Pretoria, which prioritizes research, education and training. To facilitate this, the SEMLI also comprises a scientific and clinical services and consultancy platform within its headquarters and adjacent buildings.
This clinical and scientific services platform forms an important part of clinical training in the disciplines of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Biokinetics, Sports Science, Sports Psychology, Sports Nutrition, Sports Physiotherapy, Orthopaedics, Radiology and others. As such, the role of the clinical and scientific service delivery platform is to provide specialist services to patients and clients, and serve as an experiential mechanism for staff and students. The clinical and scientific services are accessible to UP staff and student athletes, students at the TuksSport high school, members of the public and visiting national and international athletes, and includes clinicians and scientists committed to research and teaching in a university, public sector-private sector partnership.
The SEMLI recognizes the importance of knowledge sharing between research institutions and industry, government, and civil society, and as such encourages collaborative relationships with organisations outside the academic environment. The SEMLI plays an important role not only in contributing to the scientific and medical knowledge base in the areas of sport, exercise medicine and lifestyle interventions, but also to the application and relevance of this knowledge in a variety of population groups. Thus a key focus of the SEMLI is in translational research and in the dissemination of the work of the SEMLI to the broader community.