Dr Polly Baker
Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine
MB BChir MA (Cantab) MRCP FFSEM Dip USS
I see patients of all ages with the aim of returning them to sport, work or leisure activities safely and quickly by providing a bespoke management and rehabilitation plan. I provide a one-stop service for musculoskeletal problems, sports and other injuries by performing diagnostic ultrasound scanning within the consultation as appropriate. I work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including physiotherapy, podiatry and other allied health professionals to ensure the patient is treated holistically. I also deliver clinically guided and ultrasound guided injections to reduce pain and facilitate rehabilitation.
I work across a variety of areas including elite sport, military and private practice. I currently work as a doctor for the LTA and also the All England Lawn Tennis Club for the Wimbledon Championships. These roles involve management of injuries and also COVID compliance with regards to tournaments and players. I have worked for the military at Stanford Hall, tertiary rehabilitation centre, leading their tendinopathy service and developing their COVID rehabilitation service.
My practice includes the diagnosis and management of a broad range of issues such as neck related headaches, concussion, shoulder pain including rotator cuff disease, impingement, frozen shoulder and instability, elbow and wrist pain. I also treat spinal pain including thoracic and lumbar including sciatica, hip and groin pain, Knee pain including overuse injuries and those that are acute/ traumatic, ankle and foot pain.
Historically, I’ve also been involved with a variety of other elite sports, such as Northampton Saints rugby, Arsenal Women FC, Chelsea academy, and GB handball. Involvement with the GB handball team led to my current position in Team GBs medical performance team. I am a pitch-side instructor for the Rugby Football Union.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Polly Baker at Spire include:
Research lead for Brighton Marathon
Research chair for British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
I am actively involved in research with a particular interest in tendinopathy and the effect of exercise on the heart. I have published on both subjects.
As part of my role within BASEM I am co-editing the March 2019 British Journal of Sports Medicine organising the 2019 Spring BASEM conference.
Barker-Davies R, Nicol A, McCurdie I, Watson J, Baker P, Wheeler P, Fong D, Lewis M and Bennett A. Study protocol: a double blind randomised control trial of high volume image guided injections in Achilles and patellar tendinopathy in a young active population. BMC Musculo Disorders 2017 May; 18:204.
Richardson A, Leckie T, Watkins ER, Fitzpatrick D, Galloway R, Grimaldi R, Baker P. Cardiac troponin T increases during a marathon are associated with relative exercise intensity. J Sci Med Sport 2018 Sept;21(9):880-884.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with the family and staying as active as possible (I often find the two occur simultaneously). I played tennis to a high level and now continue to play for fun.