Sport & Exercise Medicine /

Our Sport medicine department delivers a world class service including sports medicine, physiotherapy and massage (soft tissue therapy) to the wide range of sports funded through UK Sport or Sport Wales.

Sport Medicine

Sport and Exercise Medicine involves the medical care of injury and illness in sport, for elite and recreational participants of all ages.

Our sports physicians have extensive experience and knowledge of the particular demands of different sports and understand the needs of the injured or ill athlete to recover and return to their previous level of participation as quickly and safely as possible. Sports Physicians have a broad range of clinical skills, knowledge of appropriate investigations to ensure accurate diagnosis as well as awareness of the most up-to-date treatment techniques (including injection therapy) and protocols.

At the Sport Wales Institute, Dr Mark Ridgewell is a Sports Physician with over 18 years experience of working across a broad range of elite sports, at national and international level.

He works in close liaison with the physiotherapist and sports science department to provide elite sportsmen and women based in Wales with the highest quality Sport and Exercise Medicine service.

Since Sport and Exercise Medicine was established as a specialty in 2006, the ability to provide first class training to trainee doctors will arise in the coming years.

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Physiotherapy

The aim of the physiotherapists is twofold - PROACTIVELY they work towards injury prevention, whilst REACTIVELY they assess and treat injuries providing rehabilitation to those athletes until they are able to return to full participation in training and competition.

In terms of injury prevention, Sport Wales Institute offers a dynamic musculoskeletal profiling specific to each sport / athlete, using video analysis and software which allows more specific feedback. The profiling allows identification of any "weak links" or potential areas that could be prone to injury, or simply allows improved movement patterns in order to enhance skill development.

The physiotherapists work closely with athletes as well as coaches and strength & conditioning coaches to make sure they are in a better position to avoid recurring injuries - helping them to identify the tell-tale signs, and to introduce exercises to address the problem earlier. Addressing issues in this manner optimizes performance and helps prevent injuries.

Sport Wales Institute physiotherapists provide a fast and efficient response following injury and work closely with our team of experts to attain a return to training and competition in the shortest time frame possible.

A physiotherapist does not work in isolation but utilizes the expertise of the coach, the strength & conditioning coach and the sports doctor to achieve this. Athlete treatment can take place in a treatment clinic and rehabilitation gym or at the training and / or competition venue i.e. the side of the track, pool or court.

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Sports MassageSports Massage

Sports Massage is the term applied to the discipline of using massage for the specific benefit of all sports participants.

It covers the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body eg muscles, ligaments and tendons. Sports massage is tailored to each individual's needs to positively enhance one's ability to perform.

When applied correctly, sports massage can play an important role in aiding recovery from, and preparation for, training, rehabilitation and competition.  It can also help in prehabilitation and prevention of a predisposition to injury.

Regardless of the sport, age or gender, sports massage will have something to offer you, in partnership with other aspects of a fitness/rehab/strength and conditioning programme.

Sport Wales' sports massage practitioners perform targeted and effective soft tissue techniques and work in an interdisciplinary way with sports physiotherapists and sports doctors. They play an important role in the Sport Wales'  multidiscipline environment is geared toward providing the best possible support service for the individual athlete.

The integrated approach that is adopted here at Sport Wales Institute provides a solid platform for athletes to support and propel them to be the best that they can be.

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