Professor Nicholas Peirce

Sports & Exercise Medicine Consultant

B Med Sci, BMBS, MRCOG, MSc Sports Med, FISM, FSEM

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I enjoy working with anyone with a musculoskeletal or exercise related problem, regardless of background. As an NHS consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine for over 20 years, I have been privileged to provide care for NHS referrals, both local and national. Equally I have been privileged to look after some of the most elite athletes for nearly 25 years. Currently this elite work includes my position as Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales Cricket Board and as an Honorary Clinical Professor in Sports Medicine at Loughborough University.

My NHS Consultant post at QMC, Nottingham, started in 2001, following an MSc in Sports Medicine and an overseas Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Sport.

My NHS role has seen me heavily involved in various aspects of healthcare development, including the development of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at Loughborough, lead for Training Programs in the East Midlands, Council member for the Faculty for SEM and SAC and National lead for National Recruitment and Workforce planning for Sport and Exercise Medicine. I have enjoyed working with PHE in relation to recent Covid challenges and campaigns for mental health (‘Every Mind Matters’). I am now enjoying supporting the NUH Prevention Strategy.

My career has also focused on the development of elite athlete medical services, working extensively with all aspects of care for athletes. This work has included 7 years as Lead Physician for the English Institute of Sport at Loughborough University, CMO for GB World Class Canoeing Program 1997-2017, Great Britain Rowing, Team GB and for LTA Great Britain Davis Cup team from 2001-2007 until moving to cricket full time.

This career has taken me to the Sydney and Athens Olympics and Melbourne Commonwealth Games, an award of the British Association of Sports Medicine travelling scholarship in 1998 and with the ECB, the BMJ award for Sport and Exercise Medicine Team of the year in 2013. In 2020 my time at the ECB saw a presentation with the annual Special award for services to cricket.

Last, but not least, I have been fortunate enough to have spent nearly 20 years as Nottingham Forest’s lead Sports Physician until retiring from football in 2018.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Nicholas Peirce at Spire include:

Sports and exercise medicine

Other treatments

  • Apophysitis
  • Avulsion
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage
  • Chondromalacia
  • Effusion
  • Enthesopathy
  • Haematoma
  • Illness or injury including Neck; Shoulder; Arm; Elbow; Forearm; Wrist; Chest wall; Abdominal wall; Back; Buttock; Hip; Groin;Thigh; Knee; Patella; Lower leg; Calf; Ankle; Heel; Foot; Rotator cuff; Subacromial; Tennis/Golfers elbow; Meniscus; Achilles; Sports hernia; Quadriceps; Hamstring; Anterior knee pain; Osgood-Schlatters; Lower Back pain; Shin pain or splints; Metatarsal
  • Impingement
  • Injury
  • Instability
  • Malalignment
  • Musculoskeletal pain related to physical activity
  • Muscle strain, sprain, tear, rupture, spasm, cramp, overuse
  • Pain
  • Paraesthesiae
  • Periostitis
  • Sports Injuries: football; cricket; olympic; running; rowing; canoeing; triathlon; track; swimming; adolescents & adults (young to elderly)
  • Stress fracture
  • Subluxation
  • Swelling
  • Synovitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendinosis

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Additional information

Sports medicine

Bachelor of Medical Sciences / Nottingham Univesity / 1986
B Med Sci

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery / Nottingham University / 1988

Diploma Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology / RCOG / 1992

Master of Science in Sports Medicine (With Distinction) / Nottingham University / 1996
MSc Sports Med

Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) / FSEM / 2006

Fellow of the Institute of Sports Medicine / RSM / 2006

Professional memberships

British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

American College of Sport Exercise Medicine

Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Royal College of Physicians

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

Research interests in Metabolic and Endocrine Physiology in exercise were established during a two-year Lectureship at Nottingham University, working with Prof Paul Greenhaff and Professor Ian Macdonald and training at the Copenhagen Muscle research Centre.

Other activities include Chairing several committees, editorial Boards for BJSM and CJSM, International Medical Committees and active involvement in research and injury surveillance.

I currently supervises 6 Phds at Bath, Loughborough, St Georges, Birmingham and Bangor University looking at injury surveillance, osteoarthritis, cardiac screening, biomechanics, spondylolysis, concussion and helmet design as well as research interests in bone development in athletes, metabolic medicine and diabetes and exercise.

Head of Service and an NHS Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Nottingham University Hospital, QMC, Nottingham

There has not been that much spare time, but when it presents itself, I still enjoy joining in with local cricket, golf and getting away to Norfolk beaches and / or skiing.