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Dr Noel Pollock graduated with Honours in Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast and completed an MSc with Distinction in Sport & Exercise Medicine (SEM) at Bath University. He is Chief Medical Officer for UK Athletics, providing medical services to the Great Britain Track and Field team, at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, ISEH and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Since 2006 he has been the Great Britain team doctor at numerous European & World Championships and the Olympic Games, including the IAAF World Championships in 2009 and 2013, 2015 & 2017, the Beijing Paralympic Games and Rio Olympics. He was a sports medicine lead doctor in the London 2012 Athletics Stadium.
He has completed Specialist training in Sport & Exercise Medicine and is a Consultant in SEM. He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine. His special interests are tendon, bone and muscle injuries, particularly achilles and hamstring and running injuries. He is a former endurance athlete and won national titles and international honours for Northern Ireland in cross country, 5k and 1500m.
Areas of interest
Achilles tendon; Overuse injuries; Rugby injuries; Running injuries; Stress fractures; Tendon; Tendonitis; Tendonopathy; Tennis elbow; Thigh disorders; Shin splints; Sports injuries; Hip disorders; Musculoskeletal medicine; Soft tissue injections; Musculoskeletal ultrasound; Muscle disorders; Ankle pain; Buttock pain; Elbow pain; Football injuries; Groin disorders; Knee pain; Joint injection; Orthopaedics; Back pain; Exercise Induced Asthma; Iron deficiency; Female Athlete Triad
Muscle Injury classification
Vitamin D Deficiency
Injuries in Track and Field
Iron Deficiency in Athletics
Running and Cycling
Return to play in Elite Sport: a shared decision making process
Dijkstra HP, Pollock N, Chakraverty R, Ardern CL.
Br J Sports Med. 2017 Mar;51(5):419-420. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096209. Epub 2016 Jul 29. No abstract available.
Time to return to full training is delayed and recurrence rate is higher in intratendinous ('c') acute hamstring injury in elite track and field athletes: clinical application of the British Athletics Muscle Injury Classification
Pollock N, Patel A, Chakraverty J, Suokas A, James SL, Chakraverty R.
Br J Sports Med. 2016 Mar;50(5):305-10. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094657. Epub 2015 Jul 17.
British athletics muscle injury classification: a reliability study for a new grading system.
Patel A, Chakraverty J, Pollock N, Chakraverty R, Suokas AK, James SL.
Clin Radiol. 2015
British athletics muscle injury classification: a new grading system. Br J Sports Med. 2014
Plantaris injuries in elite UK track and field athletes over a 4-year period: a retrospective cohort study KSSTA 2014 Nov
Effect of Intravenous Iron on Aerobic Capacity and Iron Metabolism in Elite Athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc.2014
Plantaris excision in the treatment of non-insertional Achilles tendinopathy in elite athletes. Br J Sports Med. 2014
Managing the health of the elite athlete: a new integrated performance health management and coaching model. BJSM Apr;48(7):523-3
The role of the specialist sports medicine physician in elite sport Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal 2014:3(1)
A case study of an iron-deficient female Olympic 1500-m runner IJSPP 2013 Nov;8(6):695-8
Sports and exercise-related tendinopathies:(ISTS) Vancouver 2012. Br J Sports Med. 2013 Jun;47(9):536-44
Low Vitamin D levels in International track & field athletes SASMJ 24 (2) 12
Bone mineral density and aspects of the female athlete triad in elite endurance runners: a longitudinal and cross-sectional study IJSNEM 2010 Oct;20(5):418-26
What to tell the media—or not: consensus guidelines for sports physicians
BJSM. Oct 2008; 42: 785 - 788.
Osteoporotic fracture in an elite male Kenyan athlete BJSM Nov 2007; doi:10.1136/bjsm.2007.039818
Chapman Intravenous Iron Alone for the Treatment of Anemia in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure JaCC
2014 The Medical Management of Hip Disease including Viscosupplementation
by Dr Noel Pollock and Dr David Hulse
In The Young Adult Hip in Sport
2015 The Female Athlete Triad
By Dr Noel Pollock in ABC of Sports Medicine
Reference number 6052902
Details of entry to specialist register
- Sport & Exercise Medicine, 2010
- Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth
- 08:00 - 15:00
- 020 3282 7288
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
0203 2827288 or A&E out of hours