Dr Sam Barke



Sam trained at Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals Medical School, London. Following junior doctor posts in the West Midlands he undertook his basic surgical training in London before focusing on Trauma & Orthopaedics. Sam has qualifications in pre-hospital care and sports medicine and has extensive experience in planning and delivering medical care for sporting events. In recent years Sam has developed a keen interest in the diagnosis and management of concussion and has presented internationally on the topic. Outside of concussion, he has an interest in young adult hip problems and sports injuries and is published on the subjects in medical journals and text-books.

Having played rugby from a young age Sam is now Chairman of a large community rugby club which provides rugby for both adults and children. He is passionate about enabling amateur players to access the same level of medical care that professionals are afforded.

Click the links below to read Dr Barke’s series of concussion blogs.

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

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 higlights 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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