Professor Courtney Kipps

Consultant Sports Physician

BMedSci, BMBS, MRCS, MRCGP, MSc (SportsMed), MFSEM

"Spire St Anthony's Hospital has a dedicated team of sports medicine professionals working collaboratively towards getting patients back to full fitness in a fresh new clinical and physiotherapy suite."

Specialises in

  • Sports and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports medicine
  • Paediatric orthopaedics

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I am an Honorary Consultant and Professor (teaching) of Sport and Exercise Medicine at UCLH and the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL, where I am co-lead on the Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc programme. My NHS and private practice is focused on the specialist assessment, diagnosis, and coordinated management of all musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

My clinical practice includes assessment, diagnosis, and management of Achilles tendon, ankle pain, knee pain, back pain, buttock pain, cricket injuries, elbow pain, foot pain, football injuries, groin pain, elbow pain, hip pain, joint injection, knee pain, leg pain, lower leg pain in runners, neck pain, overuse injuries, recurrent injuries, repetitive strain, rugby injuries, running injuries, sciatica, shin splints, shoulder pain, slipped disc, soft tissue injections, stress fractures, tendon/tendonitis/tendinopathy, tennis elbow and triathlon injuries.

To date I have managed over 4,000 different sports and musculoskeletal injuries in both my NHS and private clinics.

Alongside my clinical practice, I am the Assistant Medical Director of the London Marathon and RideLondon, and a Sports Medicine doctor at Wimbledon tennis championships. I have previously been the Medical Director of the London and Blenheim Triathlons and Head Doctor for Harlequins Rugby Club. I have worked with Team GB at the European Athletics Championships, Winter Paralympics holding camp, and the World University Games. During the London Olympics and Paralympics I volunteered as a sports doctor working ring-side in taekwondo and at the polyclinic in the Athlete’s Village. I have worked with a variety of other teams and sports including skiing, gymnastics, football, fencing, and martial arts.

My research is focused on injuries and illness during endurance sport and I organise the London Marathon's medical conference, 'Marathon Medicine', which is the longest running conference on the medicine and science of endurance running worldwide.

I grew up playing sport in South Africa and moved to the UK to finish my education. I studied Medicine at Nottingham University and completed my Basic Surgical Training in London and the South-West. In 2006 I was awarded an MSc with distinction in Sport and Exercise Medicine from Queen Mary, University of London. I continued my sports medicine physician training on the London Deanery’s Higher Specialist Training Programme, dual qualifying as a GP along the way. In 2010 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study sport and exercise medicine overseas. This fellowship took me to Harvard and Stanford universities in the USA as well as Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne. I was appointed to my NHS consultant post at UCLH in 2011 and I have worked there ever since.


General Medical Council Number: C4714484

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Courtney Kipps at Spire include:

Sports and exercise medicine

Other treatments

  • I treat children and young people from 12 to 18 years old 

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Additional information

Back pain
Lumbar spine disorders
Paediatric orthopaedics
Soft tissue injury
Sports injury
Sports medicine

BMBS / University of Nottingham / 2000
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
BMBS is a degree given to physicians after completion of their undergraduate education.

MSc (Sports Med) / Queen Mary, University of London / 2000
Master of Science in Sports Medicine
MSc is a higher degree following post-graduate education. MFSEM denotes Membership of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Professional memberships

Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Professional leadership

I am co-lead on the MSc Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health programme at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health at UCL


Hamer, M., Aggio, D., Knock, G., Kipps, C., Shankar, A., & Smith, L. (2017). Effect of major school playground reconstruction on physical activity and sedentary behaviour: Camden active spaces.. BMC public health, 17(1), 552. DOI:10.1186/ s12889-017-4483-5

Smith, R., Brooke, D., Kipps, C., Skaria, B., & Subramaniam, V. (2016). A case of recurrent swimming-induced pulmonary edema in a triathlete: the need for awareness.. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports.

Smith, R., Jones, N., Martin, D., & Kipps, C. (2016). 'Too much of a coincidence': Identical twins with exertional heatstroke in the same race. BMJ Case Reports, 2016. DOI:10.1136/bcr-2015-212592

Smith, L., Kipps, C., Aggio, D., & Hamer, M. (2014). Camden active spaces: Does the construction of active school playgrounds influence children's physical activity levels? A longitudinal quasi-experiment protocol. BMJ Open. DOI:10.11136/ bmjopen-2014-005729

Bates, S., & Kipps, C. (2013). An anonymous online survey of the views and attitudes of medical students and junior doctors towards physical activity (pa) teaching and promotion.. Br J Sports Med, 47(10), e3. DOI:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092558.50

Williams, J., Tzortziou-Brown, V., Malliaras, P., Perry, M., & Kipps, C. (2012). Hydration Strategies of Runners in the London Marathon. CLINICAL JOURNAL OF SPORT MEDICINE, 22(2), 152-156. DOI:10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182364c45

Kipps, C., Sharma, S., & Pedoe, D. T. (2011). The incidence of exercise-associated hyponatraemia in the London marathon. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 45(1), 14-19. DOI:10.1136/bjsm.2009.059535

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MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health, based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)