Dr Rhodri Martin

Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine


Specialises in

  • Sport and Exercise Medicine

Languages spoken


I have worked as a doctor in elite level sport for over 12 years, and was appointed the first NHS Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Wales.

I manage patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including sporting and exercise injuries and a diverse number of exercised induced medical conditions. I can equally adapt in managing non-sporting related musculoskeletal conditions, and utilise my skills honed within the elite sporting environment to help return individuals back to their desired level of function.

I am the National Team Doctor for the Wales Senior Men’s football team and have worked with the team since 2014. I have been the team doctor at the last three major tournaments including Euro 2016, Euro 2020 and World Cup 2022. I am the lead Sports Physician to the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in Cardiff, and a member of the Football Association of Wales Medical committee.

In addition to this, I am the lead doctor at Welsh Institute for Sport (Sport Wales) in Cardiff, where I oversee the health of Welsh Olympic and Paralympic athletes and also lead on national level guidance. I also provide sports medicine support to Welsh Commonwealth level athletes as a lead doctor to Welsh Athletics.

I am passionate about finding the route cause for someone’s ailment, rather than focusing solely on the area of pain/limitation, and therefore, take my time to conduct a thorough assessment, before working closely with therapists (eg physiotherapists and podiatrists) to optimise the rehabilitation of my patients.

I hold a PgC in MSK USS and utilise this skill for diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound guided procedures.

My previous posts include being team doctor to Bath and Scarlets Rugby, Chief Medical Officer at the Invictus Games in Sydney 2018 and Sports Physician at Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012.

I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on Sport and Exercise Medicine and provide training opportunities to junior doctors in Wales.


General Medical Council Number: C6135207

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Rhodri Martin at Spire include:

Sports and exercise medicine

Other treatments

  • Rehabilitation and exercise guidance
  • Ultrasound guided injections (steroid and hyaluronic acid injections)

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Additional information

Sports medicine
Sports injury
Soft tissue injury

Professional memberships

British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM)

Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FFSEM)

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)

Professional leadership

I am the lead Consultant for Sport and Exercise Medicine within Cwm Taf University Health Board and also sit on the National Board for the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales.
I am the lead doctor at the Welsh Institute for Sport, and lead doctor for Welsh Athletics.
I sit on the Football Association of Wales Medical Committee, and lead sports physician at the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in Cardiff.

I have published research in high impact international research journals in the field of sport and exercise medicine including papers on the following topics: Sports concussion; the management of COVID-19 in elite athletes; Achilles tendinopathy; Exercise in patients with type 1 diabetes; Exercise in patients with chronic disease.

Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

I am a fluent Welsh speaker from the Vale of Glamorgan. Having completed my junior doctor academic training in London, I returned to Wales to live with my French wife and three trilingual children. I am passionate about leading a physically active lifestyle, and you will often see me either out cycling or out enjoying the Welsh countryside with my family and dog.

Website http://www.drrhodrimartin.co.uk/
Private secretary telephone 07928 511 011
Private secretary email info@drrhodrimartin.co.uk