Dr Rhodri Martin



GMC number: 6135207

Practising since: 2006


Sport and Exercise Medicine

Consultation times

  • Every Thursday evening @ the Cardiff Bay Hospital
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Dr Martin has worked as a doctor in elite-level sports for over 12 years and was appointed the first NHS Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Wales. Dr Martin manages patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including sporting and exercise injuries, and a diverse number of exercised induced medical conditions. He is equally adapt in managing non-sporting related musculoskeletal conditions and utilises his skills honed within the elite sporting environment to help return individuals back to their desired level of function.

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

He is the Lead Doctor at the Welsh Institute for Sport (Sport Wales) in Cardiff, where he both oversees the health of Welsh Olympic and Paralympic athletes and also leads on national-level guidance. He is also the Lead doctor to Welsh Athletics, providing Sports Medicine support to Welsh Commonwealth-level athletes.

Dr Martin is passionate about finding the route cause for someone’s ailment, rather than focusing solely on the area of pain/limitation, and therefore takes his time to conduct a thorough assessment, before working closely with therapists (e.g physiotherapists and podiatrists) to optimise the rehabilitation of his patients.

 Dr Martin holds a PgC in MSK USS and utilises this skill for diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures.

Previous posts:

  • Team doctor Bath Rugby and Scarlet's Rugby 
  • Chief Medical Officer at the Invictus Games in Sydney 2018
  • Sports Physician at Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 

Special interests

  • Sport and Exercise Medicine injuries / conditions
  • Injuries or conditions that affect an individual’s ability to exercise
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Tendinopathy
  • Exercise induced lower leg pain
  • Exercise induced groin pain

Personal interests

Dr Martin is a fluent Welsh speaker from the Vale of Glamorgan. Having completed his junior doctor academic training in London he returned to Wales to live with his French wife and now three trilingual children.

He is passionate about leading a physically active lifestyle, and you will often see him either out cycling or out enjoying the Welsh countryside with his family and dog.

Languages spoken

Welsh, English

Locations Dr Rhodri Martin works with

Related experience


Dr Martin has published research in high impact International Research Journals in the field of Sports 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.

 Dr Martin teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on Sports and Exercise Medicine and provides training opportunities to Junior doctors in Wales.


  • Fellow Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Member of British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Other posts held

  • Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Insurers Dr Rhodri Martin works with

Dr Rhodri Martin works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • AXA Health
  • Bupa
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


Dr Rhodri Martin does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr Rhodri Martin does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr Rhodri Martin does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.