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Sport and Exercise Medicine

Download our Sports and Exercise Medicine information sheet

Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) involves the medical care of injury and illness in sport and exercise.  SEM is not just about treating sporting injuries but helping people to remain active despite injury or illness, at any age and from all walks of life.

SEM Physicians are trained to diagnose and manage injury in those who participate in physical activity, and to target physical activity to improve chronic disease. They offer unique and specific skills in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal, soft tissue and sport injuries.

SEM is made up of three elements:

  1. Exercise as a way to improve health,

  2. Exercise as treatment for illness and

  3. Treatment of injuries from sport.

SEM has been provided in the UK for over fifty years but it wasn’t until the awarding of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games that it was confirmed as a medical specialty by an act of Parliament. For further information on the specialty see the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine website.

What Makes Sportswise Different

Our Sports Medicine team includes SEM consultants, a pain consultant, physiotherapists, a nutritionist and sports massage. The team is led by one of the U.K.’s leading Sports Medicine Specialists, Professor Dr Nick Webborn.

All of our Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultants are doctors who work as part of a close-knit multidisciplinary team specialising in the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions related to sport, physical activity or the workplace.

We take a holistic approach to diagnosis and management of conditions to optimise treatment and prevent the problem recurring. At Sportswise we pride ourselves on not just treating your symptoms but also identifying the underlying cause of your problem so that we can treat it effectively and help you to return to your normal activity or sport as soon as possible. We have the latest equipment and facilities at the clinic to use when needed.

Who Will Benefit

Anyone with a musculoskeletal problem causing pain or a limitation in the ability to be active can benefit from treatment. Our team has extensive experience working in elite sports (both Paralympic and able-bodied), and in occupational health. Our doctors can provide advice on exercise for those with certain medical conditions including high blood pressure, asthma and osteoporosis.


Our skilled practitioners have a variety of treatment options for a range of conditions and your treatment may include:

  • Manual therapy including manipulation

  • Western acupuncture

  • Advice on exercises and stretching

  • Medication advice; particularly for chronic pain

  • Shockwave therapy – especially for tendon problems, plantar fascia or tennis elbow

  • Caudal epidurals performed under ultrasound for lower back/leg pain

  • Injection therapy. This includes:

    • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) for tendon problems

    • Hyaluronic acid (Ostenil Plus) for osteoarthritic joints (+/– PRP)

    • Corticosteroid for inflammatory conditions e.g. bursitis

    • High volume injections for Achilles and patella tendinopathy or frozen shoulder Injections are commonly performed under ultrasound guidance.

Other Imaging Services

We have direct access to all other investigation types including X-ray, MRI and CT scanning and use local providers with negotiated competitive rates. The doctor can also provide onward referral to our in-house team for:

  • Physiotherapy

  • Podiatry

  • Sports massage

  • Pilates exercise


The doctor may refer you to a network of surgical specialists if appropriate, and liaise with your GP


All our doctors are specialists in Sport & Exercise Medicine and are Fellows of The Intercollegiate Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM), a Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. They are registered with the General Medical Council. This means that they have recognised qualifications, have professional liability insurance and are governed by a professional code of conduct.

If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions please contact the administration team.
01323 745970 • E-Mail:

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