Some of the leading consultants in the field, each with their own impressive sports track record, are available for consultation at Bristol’s fully integrated Nuffield Health Sports Injury Service. The eight strong sports injury team of consultant physicians and surgeons, at The Chesterfield, treats both recreational and elite sports people across a range of sports.

Just back from the European Championships in Glasgow as the Chief Medical Officer for British Swimming, Dr Guy Evans is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Consultant and the Lead Doctor at Bath Rugby. In July, he completed Ironman Austria, achieving a time of 9 hours and 41 minutes and has previously raced as a GB age-group athlete at three World Championships. He has also played high level rugby, football, cricket and hockey.

Dr Evans explains, “I chose this specialty as I have always been interested in understanding the way the body functions during exercise and activity and how we can support performance by optimising health. There is good evidence to suggest that being fit and healthy in the lead up to surgery improves recovery time, improves outcomes and reduces complication rates following surgery. Physiotherapy is key to a timely return to sport and work.”

The first formally recognised specialist in sports and exercise medicine in the UK is Dr Stuart Miller, currently the Chief Medical Officer for the British Paralympic Team. At London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he was lead sports doctor, looking after the needs of athletes from all over the world. Dr Miller has always been very active in sports as a competitive swimmer and an endurance runner, he also played university rugby and football, now keeping himself fit with endurance walking, cycling, swimming and tennis.

Dr Miller explains about his work, “My focus on sport and exercise medicine means that I see a huge variety of problems, from tendon problems, bone stress fractures and other overuse injuries, muscle and joint injuries. Diagnosis and planning management is so important to a successful outcome, particularly in complex areas such as groin pain. Bio-mechanical analysis, diagnostic ultrasound and therapeutic injections are critical sports medicine techniques.”

To find out more please ring 0117 906 4870 or nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/bristol/sports-exercise-medicine

Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital The Chesterfield, 3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1BN