Dr Mark Ridgewell

Consultant Sports Physician

MBBS, FFSEM, MSc, DRCOG, MRCGP, Pg Dip MSK US


Specialises in

  • Musculoskeltal problems
  • Soft tissue and overuse injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Medical issues related to exercise
  • Rehabilitation

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Dr Mark Ridgewell is a Consultant Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician. His main field is the management of musculoskeletal (bone, muscle and other soft tissue) and overuse injuries across the whole spectrum from elite performers to those who are wishing to undertake low level exercise. He specialises in the prevention and management of overuse injuries all over the body as well as rehabilitation.

Dr Ridgewell became the first doctor in Wales to be appointed to the GMC Specialist Register in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2010. He works for Swansea Bay University Health Board as the Clinical Lead of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment Service, which sees over 12,000 patients annually. He has worked at international level across a wide variety of sports included rugby, football, athletics, swimming, cricket, hockey, netball, cycling, and gymnastics. Glasgow 2014 was his third Commonwealth Games as Doctor to Team Wales.

He was instrumental in the setting-up and design of the internationally regarded Masters in Sport and Exercise Medicine course at Cardiff Metropolitan University since 1999 and was Programme Director of the course for many years. He is still a Principal Lecturer at the University. He constantly updates his learning via his teaching posts and has acted as a mentor for many junior doctors and physiotherapists who have risen to prominent roles over the years.

Over the last 20 years Dr Ridgewell has gained considerable experience on the management of sporting injuries, specialising in the non-surgical treatment of soft tissue injuries affecting muscles, tendons and ligaments, particularly in the exercising population. He works with world, Olympic and Paralympic champions across several sports. He has excellent communication skills and liaises closely with Physiotherapists, Osteopaths/Chiropractors and Orthopaedic Surgeons to determine the best management plan to bring good outcomes for his patients. He understands the significant effects that injury and pain can have on normal day to day life and very much encourages physical activity in his treatment plans.

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General Medical Council Number: C3116968

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Mark Ridgewell at Spire include:

Sports and exercise medicine

Other treatments

  • Diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Sports and exercise medicine

Overuse injuries, relative energy deficiency in sport

Research and publications

Recent and current appointments

  • Lead Sports Physician High Performance Unit at Sport Wales Institute, Cardiff 2003-present
  • JLT Condor and Team Storey Cycling Racing Teams
  • Tournament Player Physician Aegon Classic WTA Premier Birmingham 2013- present
  • Principal Lecturer SEM Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • 2005-2012 Doctor To Wales Football Team
  • 1991-2014 Team doctor to Scarlets, Ospreys and Swansea Rugby Club (not all at the same time!)
  • 2000-2003 Medical Adviser ECB

Current NHS posts

Clinical Lead MCAS , Swansea Bay University Health Board

Personal profile

I was born in Swansea and trained at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, I worked in London and Bermuda before becoming a GP at King’s Road Surgery in Mumbles from 1991-2013.

I am married with four daughters and a son so spend a lot of time with family.

Contact information

Telephone 0292 073 6011
Private secretary Mrs Juliette MacDonald
Private secretary email ridgewellmedical@gmail.com