Dan Grimstead /

Dan Grimstead


Senior Physiotherapist




Working with elite performance athletes from across Wales, Dan is a senior physiotherapist based at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff.

He qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1997 with an Honours Degree from the Cardiff School of Physiotherapy. Dan's experience includes the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, where he quickly specialised in musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapy. He has also worked within the largest Accident and Emergency department in Wales which has given him a unique insight into the acute assessment, diagnosis and treatment of those presenting with all types of musculoskeletal injury and pain.

He has travelled to Australia to complete the internationally recognised Masters Degree programme at Curtin University, Perth. While there, he was awarded the Mona Twomey Prize for breakthrough research into improving the treatment of muscle tendon pain.

More recently Dan has worked closely with both the British Olympic Team and the Welsh Commonwealth Games Team at overseas multisport events. He works closely with the British Triathlon Federation through his work with Helen Jenkins and the British Talent Programme.

Dan explains, "Working within the elite sport environment means that a thorough understanding of the physical demands of each sport is the key to maintaining and promoting performance excellence. Indeed, much of the work undertaken with high performance athletes is done prior to injury ensuring that any likely stresses and strains on the body are recognised early so that the body is trained to become more tolerant to those forces."

Although he maintains a clinical lead role for Welsh cycling and bowls, he has a strong commitment to injury prevention and performance optimisation in sports such as triathlon, judo, athletics and badminton and many more.