London Sports Physician

Appointments: 020 3488 9566 / 07788 787574 (PA- Aimee/ Vicki)


Dr Richard Seah 


Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine (SEM)

Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury Specialist

London, U.K.


  • Dr Rick Seah is a medical consultant working in London. He is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine, RCPL & RCSEd. He is listed on the General Medical Council's specialist register and is doubly qualified as a specialist (FFSEM) and generalist (MRCGP). 


  • Rick completed his early education in Singapore and subsequently attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England. He graduated with a medical degree from Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals Medical School, King's College London (KCL), in 1999. 

  • In 2005, he attained a Master's degree in Sport & Exercise Medicine (with distinction) from University College London (UCL) . In the same year, he also obtained the IABSEM intercollegiate Diploma in Sport & Exercise Medicine. He became a Member of both the UK and Irish Faculties of Sport & Exercise Medicine in 2006.

  • Rick spent 12 years training in various NHS teaching hospitals and clinics in the UK. He is an accredited medical specialist in SEM, having completed the 4-year 'run-through' London Deanery specialty registrar training rotation (ST3-ST6) and subsequently working an extra year as a senior registrar (2007-2012). 

  • He was an honorary clinical research fellow at the Olympic Medical Institute (OMI) and University of Southampton (2004-2005). During this time, he was privileged to work with the GH-2004 research group (led by Professors Peter Sonksen and Richard Holt) and Dr Richard Budgett at the OMI to determine levels of endogenous hGH-markers in injured athletes. This was part of a global anti-doping strategy, since trialled at recent Olympic Games and adopted as the 'Biomarkers Test', to combat Growth Hormone abuse.

  • Rick was recipient of the 2009 UKADIS Malcolm Read Scholarship in Sport & Exercise Medicine Award. Upon completion of specialist training in 2011, he was awarded Fellowship of the UK Faculty- FFSEM(UK). He is an accredited musculoskeletal sonographer.

SpR training posts:

  • Olympic Medical Institute (OMI)
  • Whittington Hospital
  • University College Hospital
  • Royal London Hospital
  • Mile End Hospital
  • St Mary’s Hospital
  • Charing Cross Hospital
  • Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC Headley Court)
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH Stanmore)
  • Homerton University Hospital

SHO training posts:

  • Oxford John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Hammersmith Hospital
  • Northwick Park Hospital
  • Central Middlesex Hospital
  • St Luke's Hospice
  • Park Royal Centre for Mental Health


  • Rick is an honorary consultant at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH) and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust. He consults privately at The Wellington Hospital and Princess Grace Hospitals in central London. 

  • Rick is also an SEM consultant at Pure Sports Medicine Clinic in Canary Wharf.  He was a part-time locum consultant in SEM at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Stanmore until Jan 2020. He is an elected member of the council of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK.


  • Rick has an interest in medical education and is an accredited Member of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd). He has completed an M-level module in Educational Policy & Leadership at the University of Bedfordshire in 2011. He was granted a London Deanery Faculty Development Clinical Teacher Bursary in the same year.

  • He previously organised the London Deanery School of SEM's inaugural and 2nd annual SEM Educational Conferences. From 2005-2007, Rick worked with GP Forum to lead on educational seminars in London for general practitioners travelling from across the country. In 2019, he was the main educational organiser for the Pure Sports Medicine #SEMMS2019 London Study Day.

  • Rick has been an external lecturer on the University College London MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health course and Queen Mary University of London intercalated BSc in SEM course. He was previously a tutor for the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (BIMM) and the inaugural registrar representative on FSEM(UK) council (2008-2011).

  • Rick is an examiner for the MFSEM(UK) faculty membership examination, University of Bath & University College London MSc examinations. He previously examined for undergraduate medical student examinations at Bart’s & The London Medical School.


  • Rick worked as a sports physician at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) from 2011 to 2015, treating international GB athletes at their elite multi-sport clinics in University College Hospital and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

  • Within this role, he was the team doctor for British Fencing and medical officer for British Canoe Slalom. He was also the chief medical officer for British Wheelchair Tennis (2013-2015). 

  • Rick was a sports medicine doctor at the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. He has previously worked with Chelsea FC Academy as part of his SpR training (2009-2010). He was chief medical officer for the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Glasgow. 

  • He was a venue medical officer at the 2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, 2010 UK School Games, 2009 Special Olympics, England Athletics age-group championships, London Marathon, London Triathlon, Blenheim Triathlon and part of the medical team for the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon from 2010-2014. 

  • He was a member of the Wembley National Stadium event medical team (2007-2009) and an expedition medical officer on a month-long expedition to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt in 2001. He is an honorary physician for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). 

  • As part of his ongoing commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) and as a lifelong learner, Rick recently completed the online modular FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine in 2020.



  • Rick's clinical practice covers all age ranges- from adults to adolescent and paediatric age groups. With the latter, he previously worked as a junior doctor in various training settings including a general paediatric ward, special care baby unit, paediatric ENT clinic and paediatric emergency department soft tissue injury clinic. 

  • He has a RCPCH diploma in child health (DCH) and has worked in general practice, managing unwell children with a variety of ailments. During his Public Health training at Tower Hamlets PCT, he assessed childhood obesity and paediatric weight management programmes in East London. He has looked after U16 and U18 football academy squads and worked as a medical officer at the UK School Games and Special Olympics GB. He has level-3 safeguarding children accreditation. He has authored a chapter in a textbook on 'Sports Injuries in Children and Adolescents'.


Rick's clinical interests within the field of SEM include, but are not limited to: 

  • Ankle pain
  • Anterior knee pain  
  • Back & neck pain
  • Bone stress injuries (Stress fractures)
  • Compartment pressure testing (Upper & lower limb)
  • Degenerative joint disease 
  • Exercise-induced leg pain (EILP) 
  • Hip & groin pain
  • Injection therapies
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound 

  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Myofascial pain syndromes
  • Paediatric & adolescent sport injuries
  • Performance & dance medicine
  • Physical activity & exercise prescription
  • Soft tissue dysfunction
  • Shoulder & elbow injuries
  • Tendon, ligament and muscle injuries 
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Work-related & overuse disorders 
  • Wellbeing & mental health