Dr Shabaaz Mughal

Dr Shabaaz Mughal

MBBS MRCGP MSC (Sport & Exercise Medicine) FFSEM (UK) PGC (Musculoskeletal Ultrasound)
Consultant Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

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Introduction

One of the first consultants in the UK to specialise in Sport and Exercise Medicine, having spent 12 years at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, most recently as Head of Medical and Sports Science & Club Doctor, Dr Shabaaz Mughal boasts a wealth of experience in elite sport, chiefly in football medicine, but also across a whole spectrum of other sports.

A Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, he has garnered a clutch of awards including in 2012 the BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Special Recognition Award for his on-pitch role in the cardiopulmonary resuscitation of Bolton Wanderers footballer, Fabrice Muamba. Dr Mughal’s rapid intervention played a huge part in saving the stricken midfielder’s life and his actions won him richly deserved praise from around the world.

With an outstanding track record both in terms of employment and professional memberships, an extensive list of academic presentations and publications, Dr Mughal adopts a holistic approach and devotes himself to giving every single patient the best possible care.

Specialist interests

Sports injuries
Musculoskeletal pain and injuries
Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
Football medicine
Complex sports hip and groin injuries
Ligament and tendon problems
Non-operative management of knee and ankle injuries
Healthy lifestyle and nutrition advice
Rehabilitation from long-term musculoskeletal injuries and post-viral illness

About Dr Shabaaz Mughal

Having achieved his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB.BS) degree in 2000 followed by his Master of Science (MSc) in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2006, both from Queen Mary University of London, Dr Mughal gained his Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in 2016 from the University of East London. While working as a GP in north-east London, he took on several sports-related medical roles, including part-time voluntary roles, before moving to work in Sport and Exercise Medicine full-time. Voluntary roles included acting as Chief Medical Officer for the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, England Athletics medical officer, medical support roles at both the London Marathon and Triathlon, and at Lord’s Cricket Ground. His part-time positions included working as team physician for the England women’s Under-23 and Under-15 teams and club doctor at Leyton Orient Football Club.

He took up the full-time position of Specialist Registrar in Sport and Exercise Medicine at The London Deanery in 2007, completing his specialist training in Sport and Exercise Medicine by 2010. His rotation included working at the renowned DMRC Headley Court in Disability & Rehabilitation Medicine and in the Sport and Exercise Medicine and Trauma and Orthopaedics departments at the Olympic Medical Institute based at Northwick Park Hospital. He then became club doctor at Tottenham Hotspur FC and went on to lead the medical and sport science department. Here he provided complete medical care for all playing staff, match day medical cover at all games and was in charge of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and nutritionists. He also held the post of Honorary Consultant Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician at Homerton University Hospital and Consultant Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician at Whipps Cross Hospital, running bi-monthly SEM and MSK medicine clinics in both roles.

His impressive list of professional memberships includes the posts of President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Sport and Exercise Medicine section (2014-206), Chair of the Premier League Doctors’ Group (2017) and his work on the Premier League Medical Working Group and Steering Group on Head Injuries and Concussion (2014-15) has made a significant impact on medical care in the Premier League.

He has frequently presented on his experiences as a club doctor and on other medical issues in sport such as concussion and sudden cardiac arrest, most recently speaking at the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines Congress 2021 on ‘Guidelines on the Sidelines – Reflections on the Fabrice Muamba Incident’ and has also organised numerous conferences through the Royal Society of Medicine. He has contributed to a number of prestigious publications including the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Taking a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, Dr Mughal strives to ensure the same superb standard of care to every patient whether they enjoy sport as a largely weekend leisure activity or as an elite athlete. He aims to return every single patient to full function so that they can reach or exceed the level at which they previously participated.

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Locations

Dr Mughal can see patients at the following locations:

Professional background

Dr Shabaaz Mughal

MBBS MRCGP MSC (Sport & Exercise Medicine) FFSEM (UK) PGC (Musculoskeletal Ultrasound)
Consultant Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK)
  • Chair of the Premier League Doctor’s Group
  • Member of the Premier League Medical Working Group
  • President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Sport and Exercise Medicine section
  • Premier League Steering Group on Head Injuries and Concussion
  • Council Member, Royal Society of Medicine, Sport and Exercise Medicine section
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Published Papers

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine CJSM April 2015
Resteghini P, Khanbhai T, Mughal S, Sivardeen Z
Double Blind Randomised Controlled Trial: Injection of Autologous Blood for Chronic Patella Tendinopathy

British Journal of Sports Medicine BJSM
Mughal S, Beasley I
BMJ Talk Medicine: Concussion in Football, Podcast November 2014

British Journal of Sports Medicine BJSM
Mughal S, Scott G
BMJ Talk Medicine: Working in Elite Football, Podcast July 2014

British Journal of Sports Medicine BJSM
Resteghini P, Khanbhai T, Mughal S, Sivardeen Z
Prize Winning Abstracts BASEM Congress 2014
Double Blind Randomised Controlled Trial: Injection Of Autologous Blood In The Treatment Of Chronic Patella Tendinopathy—A Pilot Study

Emergencies in Sports Medicine, Oxford University Press 2012
Mughal S
Chapter 9 Head Injuries

Academic Presentations

2021 – European Resuscitation Council Guidelines Congress
Reflections on the Fabrice Muamba Incident
Cardiac Arrest Policy in Football: Then and Now

2017 – Institute of Sport and Health
Experiences of a Club Doctor

2017 – Royal London Hospital HEMS
Experiences of a Club Doctor

2017 – University of East London
Experiences of a Club Doctor

2016 – Royal College of Surgeons
Experiences of a Club Doctor

2014/2015 – Royal Society of Medicine
Football Medicine: A Matter of Perspective
Concussion in Football: Use Your Head

2014 – Royal College of Surgeons SEM Masterclass
Concussion in Football: Use Your Head

2014 – FA Medical Society (SE)
Concussion in Football: Use Your Head

2014 – ECOSEP SEM trainee conference – keynote
Sports Medicine: The Club Doctor

2012/2014 – QMUL, CSEM
MSc Course
Player Signing Medicals and Pre Participation Screening
Sportsmen’s Groin
Examiner for OSCE examinations
BSc Course
Current Concepts in Sport and Exercise Medicine

2012/2013/2014 – London Deanery Speciality Registrar Teaching
Player Signing Medicals, Pre Participation Screening and Role of Club Doctor
Football Medicine Seminar
Sportsmen’s Groin

2012 – London District Branch Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference
Stress Fractures in Footballers

2011/2012 -Homerton Hospital Sports Injury Symposium
Cardiac problems in the Young Athlete
Common Musculoskeletal Injuries in Elite Football

2010- 2017- Whipps Cross University Hospital GP Workshop
Soft Tissue Problems in Upper Limb
Soft Tissue Problems in Lower Limb
Basic Soft Tissue Rehabilitation Techniques

2010 – Grand Round DMRC Headley Court
Sports Hernia: Evidence Based Management
Unexplained Bilateral Exertional Lower Limb Pain in a Football Player: Case History

2010 – UEL Masters Course Sports Rehabilitation
The Sports Physicians Role in the Multi Disciplinary Sports Medicine Team

2010 – UCL Masters Course Sport and Exercise Medicine
Female Athlete Triad

2009 – 3rd Confederation of African Football Medical Congress, Kigali, Rwanda
FA Head Injury and Concussion Guidelines and Management
FA Cardiac Screening Program and Sudden Cardiac Death
Osteochondral Defect of the Knee: Case Study and Management
Injection of Autologous Blood for Chronic Tendinopathy

2006 – QMUL CSEM 8th Annual Scientific Conference
Evaluating Individual Psychological Preparation of Footballers on Match Day: An Observational Study