British Karate Federation

BKF Medical Officer - Dave Inman


Dave Inman is a state registered Osteopath who runs a successful Osteopathic and Sports Injury Clinic in Bath. He treats a wide variety of sportsmen and women from keen amateurs to elite athletes.

Qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in 2001, he was awarded the Academic Dean’s Prize in his final year. His skill set was furthered by obtaining an FA Medical Diploma in Treatment and Management of Sports Injuries and a Sports Trauma Management qualification. He has also co-authored two research papers (2015 & 2016) published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine and the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and was privileged to be one of only 24 osteopaths to work at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.


His 22 year career in the Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), provided him with organisational skills, team working and a drive and commitment that has followed him through his career. This, combined with his love and passion for karate, enabled him the opportunity to spend 6 months training in Japan in the early 1980’s, studying under Sensei Kanazawa.


David has practiced Shotokan for over 44 years and attained 7th Dan. Competing himself with the AMA GB squad has given him an unique understanding of the challenges faced by competitors. This, combined with his strong foundation in sports medicine, has driven him to be an active member of the WKF Medical Commission. In April 2019 he was appointed as Head of Classification for the World & European Karate Federations Para-Karate (WKF & EKF).


It is David’s aim is to establish a first class medical service for the all athletes, introducing best practice protocols and developing a network of medical practitioners and affiliated services around the country to support the BKF.


"I'm delighted to work with the athletes of the British Karate Federation and will strive to continually provide first class medical support to the sport I love, ensuring our athletes receive the best possible sports medicine care".