Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) | Sports Doctor
Dr Alethea McHardy is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM), the highest grade of Sports Doctor. She has a passion for providing high quality care.
Initially training at the University of St Andrews and then Manchester University, she went on to complete General Practice training while pursuing a career in sport and exercise medicine. She completed a MSc in SEM in 2012 and went on to work for the Ministry of Defence at Scotland’s Regional Rehabilitation Unit until December 2016. As a result she has a huge array of experience within the area of musculoskeletal medicine and rehabilitation. She completed a MSc in medical ultrasound gaining this with distinction in 2018 for her research into competitive divers and wrist injuries.
She has vast experience within the world of elite sports medicine having worked as a Sports Doctor at both the Olympics in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in 2014. She has travelled extensively with sports teams including the Great Britain diving squad on the World Diving Series and pre-Olympics in 2015 and 2016. She has worked within rugby since 2010 and continues as a contractor for Scottish Rugby. She was the youngest ever appointed senior racecourse medical officer in Scotland looking after professional jockeys and went on in 2018 to be the youngest appointed Chief Medical Officer in her role at Hamilton Park racecourse.
She is currently an external tutor at the University of St Andrews, as well as on the faculty for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine and the School of Medical Ultrasound, AECC University College, Bournemouth.
In 2018 she was accepted as a fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. She maintains her membership of the Royal College of General Practice.
In 2018 she was awarded the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine Trophy and the Association and Institute Musculoskeletal Poster Presentation.
Dr McHardy is able to offer specialist services from diagnosis and treating musculoskeletal injuries as well as advising more generally on areas such as sports nutrition. She is also a qualified GP so has a broad depth of knowledge. Services include: diagnosis and treatment of MSK problems, MSK ultrasound, ultrasound guided injections, biomechanical assessment, sports nutrition, sports medicals, physical activity guidance and assessment.
In her spare time she enjoys running, golf and in the winter ski-touring and mountaineering.