The Circle Sports Rehabilitation Centre (CSRC) offers a comprehensive approach to the management of sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. Our aim is to assess patients quickly so that they can begin rehabilitation management as soon as possible, thus allowing a safe return to physical and sporting activities.

The CSRC encompasses orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians, physiotherapists, sports therapists, podiatrists, nutritionists, psychologists, and strength and conditioning coaches. We work collaboratively to ensure every patient’s rehabilitation pathway is optimised and tailored to their individual needs.

When should you see a sports doctor?

  • For a global assessment of your injury in order to understand your diagnosis, management options, and measures to prevent future injuries.
  • To plan and discuss imaging options.
  • For adjunct therapies to combine with your physiotherapy management (eg. shockwave therapy, injections, pain relief strategies).
  • To enhance your sporting performance and work with clinical nutritionists and psychologists.
  • To manage specific female-related bone health issues in sport.
  • For exercise prescription with chronic disease.

Read more about our Sports Medicine service.

What services do we offer?

Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or just like to keep active, the CSRC can offer a combined management approach to enable a safe return to your chosen physical activity. Dependent on your injury, one or more of the following specialist clinics can be accessed via the CSRC:

ACL Unit

Committed to research and innovation, with access to the latest technology, such as the Biodex isokinetic muscle testing machine, our expert team will ensure a safe return to activities and sport following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery.

Circle Upper Limb Centre

The Circle Upper Limb Centre encompasses pathologies of the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Specialist physiotherapists offer an extended skill set that combines techniques from both physiotherapy and occupational therapy, such as bespoke and off-the-shelf splinting – enabling patients to return to their activities of daily living.
Physiotherapists have access to cutting-edge technology, such as the Biodex isokinetic muscle testing machine for the assessment of the shoulder, elbow, or wrist, as well as shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy has been shown to be a useful modality in the treatment of chronic tendinopathies, such as tennis elbow, often associated with repetitive strain injuries.

Diagnostic ultrasound and MRI

Led by a team of musculoskeletal radiology consultants, the Circle Sports Rehab Centre can offer rapid access to any diagnostic tests you may require. We have a walk-in service from 8am - 8pm offering access to x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound, CT scans, and MRI.

Physiological Testing

If required, the CSRC can arrange fitness, exercise capacity, lactate threshold, creatine kinase and urea, and heart rate variability testing. These are simple assessments that will allow you to progress your training and sporting performance.

Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) and heart rate max

VO2 max is the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to take-up, transport, and use oxygen during increasing exercise intensity. VO2 max is widely regarded as the single best measure of cardiovascular fitness, maximum aerobic power, and performance in endurance events.

Lactate threshold

Lactate profile testing is done to see the point at which lactate production starts to exceed elimination. This point is known as the threshold. Alongside VO2 max, the exercise intensity at which your lactate threshold lies is an important predictor of endurance performance.

Creatine kinase and urea

This test measures the amount of an enzyme, creatine kinase (CK), in your blood. CK is a type of protein, required by the muscle cells in your body to function. Levels of CK can rise after a heart attack, skeletal muscle injury, strenuous exercise, or drinking too much alcohol, and from taking certain medicines or supplements. If this test shows that your CK levels are high, you may have muscle or heart damage.

Podiatry

Podiatrists specialise in lower extremity biomechanics. They use a variety of assessment tools to identify any structural or functional contributions to pain and injury affecting the leg, foot and ankle, as well as the spine and pelvis. If you have a problem in one of these areas, it can often have an impact on other joints or muscles in the body. For example, a problem with your foot and ankle, may contribute to pain in the knee, hip, or lower back.

Your doctor or physiotherapist may recommend referring you to a podiatrist as part of your injury management.

Pre-event medicals

If you are planning on taking part in any kind of sports or endurance event, it is important to prepare your body. If you are keen to achieve a personal best, it is important to be at the peak of your physical fitness. If you need support to achieve your personal best, we can offer expertise in the following events:

  • 5k or 10k charity runs
  • Marathons
  • Triathlons
  • Skiing
  • Other endurance events

Specialist running clinics

RunFit is a dynamic, circuit-based exercise class, designed to help improve your running form through the use of video feedback, therapist advice, appropriate strengthening exercises, stretches and running drills. It aims to make you more aware of ‘how you run’, which can be beneficial if your running form is contributing to a niggling injury. It is a full-body workout, with a particular focus on the major muscle groups used when running.

Sports injury physiotherapy

A team of highly skilled clinicians, experienced at returning patients to their pre-injury level of sport and lifestyle, and preparing clients for specific events, such as marathons and triathlons, via prehabilitation.

Sports medicine clinic

Our team of skilled sports and exercise medicine consultants have experience working with athletes at every level- from Olympic and Paralympic athletes, professional sports teams and recreational athletes. They have expertise in the diagnosis and management of, both, adult and paediatric sporting injuries and are skilled in the use of ultrasound guided injections, shockwave therapy, compartment pressure testing, and exercise prescription. They also work closely with physiotherapist, sports nutritionists, and psychologists to offer a combined management approach.

Sports therapy

“Sports therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability." - Society of Sports Therapy.

Sports therapists play a crucial role in getting people back to their chosen sport. They utilise the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition, and where applicable, work.

Tendon clinic

Our specialist team can offer rapid access to an assessment clinic for the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic tendon disorders.
Physiotherapists have access to cutting-edge technology, such as the Biodex isokinetic muscle testing machine and shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy has been shown to be a useful modality in the treatment of chronic tendinopathies, often associated with repetitive strain injuries.