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Sport and Exercise

If you have contracted Covid-19, it’s essential to take a slow and measured approach when coming back into sport and exercise. The effect the virus will have had on your respiratory system should be taken into consideration, and be wary of pushing yourself too hard.

For the wider population who’ve not been able to go to the gym or take part in group sports over much of the last year, the advice is to gradually increase your rate of exercise and not expect to go straight back to pre-lockdown levels.

Dr Natasha Beach, Sports Medicine Consultant at OneWelbeck Orthopaedics, has some more advice in this video:

Weight Management

Since March 2020, our consultants have seen a large increase in patients developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea, and polycystic ovarian syndrome, all of which are associated with weight gain.

Mr Sanjay Purkayastha, Gastrointestinal Surgeon at OneWelbeck Digestive Surgery, was instrumental in coining the term ‘covesity’, and is part of a multi-specialty team at OneWelbeck that can help anyone who’s seen significant weight gain (or loss) in the last year.

Watch this video to learn more:

Meet the experts

Dr Natasha Beach

Dr Natasha Beach is a Consultant in Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine at OneWelbeck Orthopaedics.

With experience in working in elite sport, paediatric and adult sports clinics, mass participation sporting events  and NHS training both in Sports and Exercise Medicine and General Practice, Natasha has a broad area of knowledge and expertise in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injuries and concussion.

Mr Sanjay Purkayastha

Mr Sanjay Purkayastha is a Consultant General Surgeon at OneWelbeck Digestive Surgery, specialising in bariatric and upper GI surgery.

He was one of the first surgeons in the UK to carry out robotic bariatric surgery and is just one of four surgeons at the Imperial Weight Centre: a Tier 3 and Tier 4 service providing weight loss management and surgery for obesity patients from all over the UK.