Dr Ian Beasley is a consultant of sports medicine working at BMI The London Independent and Blackheath Hospitals. We recently caught up with him to discuss his role as team doctor to the England team, but this time we discussed his role as medical adviser/officer to the Royal Ballet and got his advice on common injuries in ballet. You can also find Dr Beasley at BMI Healthcare’s Blackheath Sports Injury Clinic.
Can you tell us about your role as medical adviser/officer to the Royal Ballet?
I have been working at the Royal Opera House for nine years now and hold a clinic there once a week. I also advise on governance and work with a wide multi-disciplinary team (MDT), which is also involved in planning research. Injuries are an important issue in performance and I hold a clinic with one of the physiotherapists at the Royal Opera House, using a diagnostic ultrasound to help guide management.
I was appointed Head of Medical Services for the Football Association, which included arranging care for all 24 teams that the FA run. This was on top of all policy work and medical advice for the professional and ‘grass roots’ game, so concussion guidelines, cardiac screening and pitch side care all came under my umbrella.