Jo Larkin

Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine


Jo has extensive experience in treating elite athletes and working in high performance environments, as well as managing musculoskeletal conditions of city workers, weekend warriors and physically active people in pain.

She has a good understanding of the importance of the effects that injury and pain can have on normal day to day life and promotes physical activity in all her treatment plans. Through her experience of working in the Military and her appointment as the clinical lead of the Spines department, she developed an interest in chronic pain management and the understanding the multifaceted components to pain. She recognises the great importance of good communication skills, explaining diagnosis and rehabilitation plans to her patients to optimise recovery and performance outcomes. At the heart of this she promotes a multidisciplinary approach, liaising effectively with Physiotherapists, Physicians, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Surgeons to get the best results for her patients. She is experienced in diagnostic and interventional ultrasound.

Jo works with athletes of all abilities and has been fortunate enough to be involved in two Olympics and one Paralympics. She worked at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London 2012 in the athletes’ village polyclinic as a sport physician and in the athletics stadium as a field of play team leader. More recently she travelled to Rio as the team physician for the men’s and women’s GB7s squad, with the men successfully winning a silver medal. For the past 8 years, she has worked for England Rugby and has been involved with every team in some capacity. For the last 3 years, she has mainly focused her time with the Men’s and Women’s 7s teams, and has developed an interest in women’s health and performance. She was also involved in the Rugby World Cup as an immediate care doctor and an area medical officer. She has worked in a variety of sports including premiership academy football, rugby, hockey, ice hockey and GB disability target shooting. She has experience with both international men’s & women’s rugby and football and has also worked extensively with the younger age group.

Recent and current appointments

  • England RFU International Performance Doctor for England Sevens and Women’s XVs Rugby
  • GB7 Men’s and Women’s team physician
  • Elected Member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • RFU Immediate Care in Sport Instructor
  • International Paralympic Classifier
  • Elected Member of the Council for the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Elected Member of the Royal College of Physicians Sport & Exercise Medicine Committee
  • Previous head of Spines Rehabilitation for the Armed Forces at DMRC Headley Court

Publications, lectures and teaching

  • Honorary lecturer on the MSc in Sports Medicine at the University College of London
  • Honorary lecturer on the MSc programme at CNELM
  • Best practice guidelines for the MOD for low back pain
  • Emergency Medicine Journal (BMJ): Changes to the cardiac biomarkers of non-elite athletes completing the 2009 London Marathon
  • NHS Shared Decision Making – Cholesterol
  • Pulse article: ankle injuries
  • Letter to the editor of the BMJ: Exercise and depression
  • Tower Hamlets Public Health – Needs assessment for physical activity in cancer survivors
  • BJSM Blog
  • Tower Hamlets Public Health – Needs assessment for physical activity in cancer survivors.
  • Contributing author to “SEM: A fresh Approach”
  • Contributor to the "Tower Hamlets Physical Activity Care Pathway for Adults"
  • Contributor to the "BMA Sports Injuries Book" – 4 chapters

Society memberships

  • Fellow Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Member British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Member of the Royal Society of Medicine

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Contact details

To find out more, or to arrange an appointment please contact the Appointments team or my practice manager, Lea Owen-Keenan, who will be more than happy to help:

DDI: +44 (0) 203 195 2442
PM: +44 (0) 203 457 6254
Fax: +44 (0) 203 002 7232

I can’t speak more highly for Dr Larkin’s thoroughness in diagnosis, attention to my circumstances, and her efficiency in acting to ensure that I had relief and an appropriate management plan. As well, I found everyone at the Fortius Clinic to be extremel