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Dr Mehta is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) and the Lead Women's Performance Doctor at the Football Association, working as the Team Doctor for the England Women's Football team.
He qualified in 2003 from Kings College London and initially trained and worked in General Practice. He completed a Masters in Sport and Exercise Medicine (Distinction) and subsequently went on to complete a 4 year specialist training programme in SEM on the prestigious London rotation.
Dr Mehta has extensive experience in treating elite and recreational male and female athletes from a variety of sports and worked as a Sports Doctor at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and more recently as the Team Doctor for the GB Women’s Football Team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. His main sporting interest is football medicine and he has worked in the Premier League and for both the England Senior Men’s and Women’s football teams. He has attended three world cups (FIFA Women's World Cups- France 2019 and Canada 2015 and FIFA Men's U20 World Cup- Colombia 2011), 1 European Championship (UEFA Women' s Championship, Netherlands 2017) and is also currently the Team Doctor to Reading FC in the Championship.
Dr Mehta translates his experience in working with elite athletes to providing all his patients with the same level of care and detail to help improve their pain and return to their chosen activities. He prides himself on ensuring all patients have a detailed clinical assessment, supplementing this with the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound scanning to enable an accurate diagnosis to be made and an appropriate treatment plan implemented. He understands patients’ desire to return to their physical activity levels and sports as soon as possible following any injury and will work with them closely to achieve this.
Dr Mehta is passionate about research and teaching which ensures he stays up to date with the latest knowledge and treatments. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary’s University of London on the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine and has published and presented his research both nationally and internationally.
His main areas of expertise are:
1) Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound guided injections
2) Lower limb injuries affecting the hip and groin, knee and ankle
3) Non-surgical management of osteoarthritis
4) Female athlete health- including the management of menstrual cycle related symptoms affecting performance and bone stress injuries.
5) Shoulder pain – specifically adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), shoulder impingement/rotator cuff-related injuries, acromio-clavicular joint injury
6) Tendon problems including achilles and patella tendinopathy, tennis and golfers elbow and plantar fasciitis
Areas of interest
Musculoskeletal medicine; Sport and Exercise Medicine; Acute and chronic Sports injuries; Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound guided injections; Knee injuries; Meniscal injuries; Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury; Knee collateral ligament injury; Anterior knee pain; Ankle Injuries; Ankle ligament injury; Hip and Groin pain; Pubic bone overload; Sports related groin pain; Tendon problems; achilles and patella tendinopathy; tennis and golfers elbow; plantar fasciitis; Shoulder pain; adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder); shoulder impingement/rotator cuff-related injuries; acromio-clavicular joint injury Female athlete health; Exercise Medicine;
Female athlete health
Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (GB&I) -awarded the Macleod Medal for highest mark
MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine (passed with distinction) -awarded the DJO John King Prize
• Martin D, Timmins K, Cowie C, Alty J, Mehta R, Tang A, Varley I. Injury Incidence Across the Menstrual Cycle in International Footballers. Front. Sports Act. Living 2021 3:616999.
• Okholm Kryger K, Wang A, Mehta R, Impellizzeri F, Massey A, Mccall A (2021). Research on women’s football: a scoping review. Science and Medicine in Football 2021 1-10.
• Sprouse B, Alty J, Kemp S, Cowie C, Mehta R, Tang A, Morris J, Cooper S, Varley I. The Football Association Injury and Illness Surveillance Study: The Incidence, Burden and Severity of Injuries and Illness in Men's and Women's International Football. Sports Med. 2020 Dec 28:1–20.
• Husain E, Angioi M, Mehta R, Barnett D, Okholm Kryger, K. A systematic review of plantar pressure values obtained
from male and female football and the test methodologies applied, Footwear Science, 2020 12:3, 217-233.
• Malhotra A, Dhutia H, Richards T, Cheadle S, Khosla R, Beasley I, Papdakis M, Sharma S, Mehta R. The Emergency response facilities and secondary prevention strategies across professional football clubs in England. Heart 2015;101:A46
• Mehta R, Gaze D, Mohan S, Williams K, Sprung V, George K, Jeffries R, Hudson Z, Perry M, Shave R. Post-exercise cardiac troponin release is related to exercise training history. IJSM 2012. 33: 333-337.
• Shave R, Gaze D, Mehta R, Jefferies R, Williams K, Sprung T, George K. Influence Of Training Status Upon Exercise-induced Cardiac Troponin I Release. MSSE 2011 43(5): 659.
• Imms FJ, Mehta R. Cerebrovascular responses to sitting and standing. European Journal of Physiology (Pflugers archive) 2002; 443 S261.
• Mehta R - Four chapters on ‘Disability and Sport - 1) Overview, 2) Classification, 3) Medical Problems and 4) Equipment’ published in ‘Key Clinical Topics in Sports and Exercise Medicine. JP Medical Limited, London 2014
• Mehta R. Sacroiliac Joint Inflammation. The BMA guide to Sports Injuries. Dorling Kindersley Limited, London, 2010
Courses offered to GPs
Musculoskeletal examination in Primary Care; Management of sports injuries; Joint Injections;
- MBBS Kings College London 2003
- BSc Physiology Kings College London 2001
- MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine QMUL 2009
- Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (GB&I) Royal College of Surgeons 2011
- MRCGP Royal College of General Practice 2007
- FFSEM FSEM 2014
- PgCert Teaching in Primary Care (Teaching The Teachers, TTT) University of Westminster 2013
- MSK Ultrasound Course (CASE Accredited) Bournemouth 2016
Reference number 6076608
Details of entry to specialist register
- Sport and Exercise Medicine, 2014
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Member of the Football Medicine and Performance Association
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.