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Sport and Exercise Medicine: what we offer

The Sport and Exercise Medicine Service (SEMS) offers a multi-disciplinary approach to Sport and Exercise Medicine.

During a single hospital visit, a patient may benefit from seeing a number of health professionals who specialise in different areas. Therefore, dietitian, podiatrist and physiotherapy clinics run simultaneously.


The service sees patients with the following problems:

  • Acute musculoskeletal injuries:
    • Non-surgical fractures (e.g. stress fractures)
    • Soft tissue injuries
  • Dance related injuries and illness
  • Acute or chronic musculoskeletal symptoms (non-inflammatory)
  • Symptoms which prevent or restrict an individual from participating in their chosen physical activity:
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms relating to exercise
    • Exercise associated respiratory symptoms
    • Overtraining syndrome and relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S)
  • Returning to exercise following injury or illness advice
  • Sports-related concussion return to play advice

Clinical pathways

The team has established clinical pathways with support from:

  • consultant endocrinologists with an interest in metabolic bone to manage stress fractures
  • a consultant neurosurgeon with expertise in sports concussion to manage sports related concussion injuries


The SEMS works in partnership with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and One Dance UK.


The service works closely with a team of five fellowship-trained specialist musculoskeletal radiologists to provide a comprehensive skill mix of diagnostic imaging and interventions.

Diagnostic imaging includes all modalities:

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • PET
  • DEXA
  • MRA

Interventions include ultrasound or fluoroscopy guided injections and radio frequency ablation for mortons neuroma.

Clinic timetable

Consultant physician clinic

Monday (first and third of the month) All day
Tuesday All day
Wednesday (first, third and fifth of the month) 14:00 – 16:30

Combined consultant (physician and physiotherapist) clinic

Wednesday (first, third and fifth of the month) 16:30 – 18:00

Consultant physiotherapist clinic

Wednesday All day

Physiotherapy clinic

Monday 08:00 – 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 – 17:00
Thursday 08:00 – 17:00
Friday 08:00 – 17:00

Dietitian clinic

Monday (first of the month) Mornings
Wednesday (third of the month) Mornings

Podiatrist clinic

Monday (first and third of the month) All day
Wednesday (second and third of the month) All day

Last reviewed: 15 February 2022