Optimising Your Health, Fitness and Athletic Performance

Exercise Endocrinologist

Whether you wish to improve general health and fitness, athletic performance, prevent injury, rehabilitate after injury or illness, whatever your age, my aim is to help you achieve your goals by bringing together my areas of expertise.

I am a medical doctor and offer advice on Exercise Endocrinology in a private setting for  individuals and teams of athletes and dancers of all ages. I wrote the Health4Performance British Association Sport and Exercise Medicine educational resource on relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S). I conduct clinical research in exercise endocrinology, which have resulted a range of research publications and awards. I write regular reviews. I present at conferences giving presentations relating to Exercise Medicine. I also offer Pilates and Ballet classes. All of which are tailored to your specific requirements.

Dr. Nicky Keay
BA, MA, MB, BChir (Cantab), MRCP

Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Division of Medicine, University College London

Honorary Fellow, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University

Member British Association Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Member British Menopause Society.

National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. Chief Medical Officer Forth


“Nicky has worked with many of the female athletes I coach, and the results have been fantastic. Nicky has been very easy to work with and creates a plan in collaboration with me for the athletes. She is very approachable and open, an incredible doctor who has a vast level of experience and knowledge which has been invaluable to my team. I highly recommend working with Nicky for every female athlete and coach” High Performance Coach

“It’s been difficult for me to believe eating more over time will result in greater energy without weight gain. If my experience of it working helps others do it then that would be great! I have been doing what you recommend this year and slowly increasing my energy intake and upping CHO. At times it’s been a nightmare with the anxiety of not wanting to gain fat. However the results seem to be more energy, better power (and power/weight) and better wellbeing overall. Managed my best season to date on the back of it as well! Just wanted to share my experience of how taking your advice has helped me out. Massive thanks!” UCI Continental Team Cyclist

I was recommended to get in touch with Nicky by a Master competitive athlete, as well as an Olympic Coach. When I got in touch with Nicky, immediately I had someone who could relate and listened to where I was on my journey with menopause. Nicky was precise, informative, knowledgeable and so ready to help. Nicky responded to my endless emails and questions. It’s amazing to think that as women we are almost ready to accept that we must feel so awful through the menopause. I’m now happy to say that I have switched my hormone replacement, and I am holding more muscle again. My skin has improved too with the help of the Oestradiol gel, as well as now being on the Utrogestan. Crazy thing is my strength has come back too in the Gym…yay. Looking forwards to seeing how I am back on the athletic track in due time too. So super grateful for Nicky’s kind advice and help with my journey Master Competitive Sprinter 2015 Women 45-50 100m Silver, 200m GB Gold

“I was desperate to get my period back after not having one for 2 years (possibly longer) And I had just finished 2 treatments in an IVF clinic due to not having a period and wanting to start a family. I worked with Nicky from October and within 2 months had got my period. I was so shocked and excited!! Now even more determined to see another period arrive but amazingly I didn’t: instead I got a positive pregnancy result!! I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. Thanks to Nicky for her guidance, amazing support and incredible work she does to help others like me who had no idea it was myself that was in my own way. I am 22 weeks pregnant and I could burst with joy! Hopefully once our baby arrives and I am recovered, I will yet again work with Nicky to ease back doing what I love but in a much more balanced & healthy way that my hormones will thank me for.” A Keen Exerciser

“Having coached a number of female athletes who have struggled with various levels of RED-S, Nicky’s medical input has been invaluable in helping me to guide my athletes in the present with their long term health and athletic careers in mind. Our collaborative approach has been successful and immensely appreciated by the athletes and parents.” Running Coach for high performing athletes

“Coaches & athletes need a good team around them to ensure any problems outside the coaching arena can be sorted by a trusted professional. For this reason, I feel very reassured having Dr Nicky Keay in my corners, to speak to and send athletes to when it comes to things medical and more importantly energy deficiency” BTF L3 – High Performance and Olympian Coach

“I just wanted to drop you an email to say how much you’ve helped me to as an older runner. Your coverage of RED-S, fuelling and protein requirements have been enormously helpful as I plan my 12 marathons in 12 months challenge to celebrate my 60th birthday next month! I love the fact that I’m seeing more and more older runners lacing up and entering into the sport and we need all the advice we can get-it’s so different when you’re older!” Masters Athlete

“Dr Nicky Keay is the ‘go to’ doctor for RED-S. Her knowledge, authenticity and experience in this field is truly invaluable and she has been incredibly successful in helping countless athletes overcome RED-S. What sets Nicky apart however is her passion, patience, integrity and care for the athletes she works with to help them restore their health and get back to what they love doing most. My own experience has been a challenging one to say the least after a long battle with an eating disorder, trying to recovery from RED-S with a strong psychological barrier has been something I have been working on for a long time. Nicky has continued to provide me with support, reassurance, and understanding, whilst explaining very clearly what is happening physiologically. I would highly recommend any athlete/dancer (or recreational exercisers) who may be experiencing RED-S to reach out to Dr Nicky Keay, there is simple no one quite like her practicing in this space at present who will be able to put you on the right track to restoring your health.” Athlete and PhD candidate

“Nicky’s medical expertise and knowledge surrounding female athlete health is exceptional. As someone who has experienced many of these issues myself, I am extremely grateful to her. By shedding some much-needed light on topics that are not often discussed between athletes and coaches (e.g. the menstrual cycle) and covering some important mental and behavioural considerations too, this is a game changer for a lot of female athletes and their coaches. I would highly recommend Nicky to anyone involved in helping female athletes reach their long-term potential in sport.” High-Performing Female Scholarship Athlete