Dr Sam Barke

Services:  School sports injury clinics; Telemedicine concussion clinics; Match-Day Doctor

Sam trained at Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. Following junior doctor posts in the West Midlands he undertook his basic surgical training in London before focusing on Trauma & Orthopaedics, now working in young adult and sports injury hip surgery.

In recent years Sam has been at the forefront of improving the management of concussion in amateur sport and in children. He is recognised as an expert in the area and has presented nationally and internationally on the topic.  Sam has qualifications in pre-hospital care and sports medicine and has extensive experience in planning and delivering medical care for sporting events. He is a match-day doctor for Harlequins rugby.

Sam is a passionate believer in the health and social benefits of sport and that by properly managing risk those benefits can continue to be enjoyed.



Dangers of Rugby: How applicable are they to the school game?

Doctors on the COVID Frontline

Concussion: Back to Basics

Concussion: There’s no recovery fast track

Concussion: It’s not a rugby injury

Concussion: Teacher’s have an important role to play

Press articles

Rugby faces fight for a future . . . and must act swiftly – The Times 14 Jan 2021

Grassroots rugby at a crossroads over concussion crisis – The Telegraph 19 Dec 2020

George North urged to seek advice after sixth concussion – The Times 25 Feb 2020

Ryan Giggs criticised as Daniel James ‘fakes his concussion’ – The Times 15 Oct 2019

TV Interview:  BBC Wales News – 09 September 2019

The Ashes Expert View – Steve Smith likely to feel concussion symptoms for at least a week – The Times 19 August 2019

TV Interview: BT Sport’s ‘Rugby Tonight’ – 27 February 2019

Six Nations: Jonny May’s head injury under review – The Times 26 February 2019

World Cup 2018: Nordin Amrabat incident highlights football’s poor relationship with concussion – City AM 20 June 2018

Football must take note of rugby’s concussion protocol – The Times 06 June 2018

England Captain Dylan Hartley is right to follow medical advice – The Times 24 April 2018

Concussion: Back to Basics – The Rugby Paper 29 September 2017

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Whether you are interested in our Sports Medicine, Schools Medicine or Lifestyle medicine services, we’d love to hear about how we can help you so please get in touch.

Meliora Medical Group’s Sports Medicine service operates under the name ‘Return2Play’ and has it’s own website.

Return2Play are the UK’s leading sports medicine provider for schools, clubs and universities.

Visit return2play.org.uk