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Prof. William Ribbans

  • Job title: Professor of Sports Medicine
  • Department: Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences

General information

Professor William Ribbans’ current roles include: Chief Medical Officer to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club; Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Northampton Town Football Club and the English National Ballet; Medical Advisor to UK Athletics; Director of The County Clinic, Northampton; and Medical Director of the Chris Moody Centre for Sports Rehabilitation, Moulton College.

Professor Ribbans qualified as a medical doctor in 1980, and was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1991, with Fellowships at University of Sheffield and Harvard University.

Qualifications: B.Sc (Hons) Royal Free
1977    
1980 MB, BS Royal Free
1985 FRCSEd Edinburgh
1990 MChOrth Liverpool
1990 FRCS(Orth) Intercollegiate
2001 FRCSEng (ad eundem) England
2003 PhD Glamorgan
2006 FFSEM(UK)

Intercollegiate

 

Memberships and Appointments

  • Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK)
  • Member of the British Medical Association
  • Member of the Harvard Alumni Association
  • Member of the Herbert Seddon Society for RNOH Alumni
  • Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Member of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Appointed Member of the Medico-Legal Committee, British Orthopaedic Association. 2008-present.
  • Appointed Member of the Court of Examiners – Basic Scientist for Anatomy – Royal College of Surgeons of England. 2003-present.​

Teaching

MSc Podiatry at the University of Northampton

Research

Professor Ribbans has had an active research profile throughout his medical career in North America, Central America, Australia, India, South Africa and many European countries.

Current research projects include:

  • Genetics of Tendinopathy and Ligament Injuries, in collaboration with University of Cape Town
  • Sports Medicine Ethics
  • Injury Surveillance in E​​lite Sport
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Cryotherapy in collaboration with with Moulton College

Current PhD students:

  • Louis El Khoury: Genetics of Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Rebecca Rickaby: Genetics of Achilles Tendinopathy

 

Completed PhD students:


Paul Beeson: Hallux Rigidus

Publications

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2017

  1. Heffernan, S. M., Stebbings, G. K., Kilduff, L. P., Erskine, R. M., Day, S. H., Morse, C. I., McPhee, J. S., Cook, C. J., Vance, B., Ribbans, W. J., Raleigh, S. M., Roberts, C., Bennett, M. A., Wang, G., Collins, M., Pitsiladis, Y. P. and Williams, A. G. (2017) Fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene influences skeletal muscle phenotypes in non-resistance trained males and elite rugby playing position. BMC Genetics. 18(4) 1471-2156.

2016

  1. Haq, A., Ribbans, W. J., Baross, A. W. and McCormick, W. D. (2016) An evaluation of the effects of whole body cryotherapy treatment for sports recovery. Seminar Presentation presented to: 5th Postgraduate Research Symposium, Moulton College, Northampton, 15 December 2016.
  2. Heffernan, S. M., Kilduff, L. P., Erskine, R. M., Day, S. H., Mcphee, J. S., McMahon, G. E., Stebbings, G. K., Neale, J. P. H., Lockey, S. J., Ribbans, W. J., Cook, C. J., Vance, B., Raleigh, S. M., Roberts, C., Bennett, M. A., Wang, G., Collins, M., Pitsiadis, Y. P. and Williams, A. G. (2016) Association of ACTN3 R577X but not ACE I/D gene variants with elite rugby union player status and playing position. Physiological Genomics. 48(3), pp. 196-201. 1531-2267.
  3. Rahim, M., El Khoury, L., Raleigh, S. M., Ribbans, W. J., Posthumus, M., Collins, M. and September, A. V. (2016) Human genetic variation, Sport and Exercise Medicine, and Achilles tendinopathy: role for angiogenesis-associated genes. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology. 20(9), pp. 520-527. 1536-2310.
  4. El Khoury, L., Ribbans, W. J. and Raleigh, S. M. (2016) MMP3 and TIMP2 gene variants as predisposing factors for Achilles tendon pathologies: attempted replication study in a British case–control cohort. Meta Gene. 9, pp. 52-55. 2214-5400.
  5. Brown, K. L., Seale, K. B., El Khoury, L., Postthumus, M., Ribbans, W. J., Raleigh, S. M., Collins, M. and September, A. V. (2016) Polymorphisms within the COL5A1 gene and regulators of the extracellular matrix modify the risk of Achilles tendon pathology in a British case control study. Journal of Sports Sciences. 35(15), pp. 1475-1483. 0264-0414.

2015

  1. Haq, A., Ribbans, W. J., Baross, A. W. and McCormick, W. D. (2015) An evaluation of the benefits of whole body cryotherapy treatment for sports recovery and injury repair. Seminar Presentation presented to: 4th Postgraduate Research Symposium, Moulton College, Northampton, 11 December 2015.
  2. Rickaby, R., El Khoury, L., Ribbans, W. J. and Raleigh, S. M. (2015) Variation within three apoptosis associated genes as potential risk factors for Achilles tendinopathy in a British based case-control cohort. Gene. 571(2), pp. 167-171. 0378-1119.

2014

  1. Hammond, L. E., Lilley, J. M., Pope, G. D., Ribbans, W. J. and Walker, N. (2014) 'We've just learnt to put up with it': an exploration of attitudes and decision-making surrounding playing with injury in English professional football. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 6(2), pp. 161-181. 2159-676X.
  2. El Khoury, L., Posthumus, M., Collins, M., Ribbans, W. J. and Raleigh, S. M. (2014) 82 The COL5A1 gene and risk of Achilles tendon pathology in a British cohort. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 48(Supp 2), A54. 0306-3674.
  3. El Khoury, L., Ribbans, W. J. and Raleigh, S. M. (2014) 84 TIMP2 and GDF-5 gene variants and achilles tendon pathology: replication study in a British case-control population. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 48(Supp 2), A55. 0306-3674.

2012

  1. Posthumus, M., Collins, M., van der Merwe, L., O'Cuinneagain, D., van der Merwe, W., Ribbans, W. J., Schwellnus, M. P. and Raleigh, S. M. (2012) Matrix metalloproteinase genes on chromosome 11q22 and the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture. Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports. 22(4), pp. 523-533. 1600-0838 (online), 0905-7188 (print).
  2. El Khoury, L., Posthumus, M., Collins, M., Ribbans, W. J., Handley, C. J. and Cook, J. (2012) The ADAMTS5, ADAM12 and TIMP2 genes and the risk of Achilles tendon pathology. Invited Presentation presented to: International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS 2012), Glasgow, 19-24 July 2012. (Unpublished)
  3. El Khoury, L., Posthumus, M., Collins, M., Handley, C. J., Cook, J., Raleigh, S. M. and Ribbans, W. J. (2012) The Elastin and Fibrillin2 genes and the risk of Achilles tendon pathology. Poster presented to: XXXII International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) World Congress of Sports Medicine, Rome, 27-30 September 2012. (Unpublished)
  4. Carmont, M. R., Stroud, R., Bjorndalen, H., Crowther, J., Ribbans, W. J. and Griffin, D. (2012) The safety profile of a retrospective Accessory Postero-Lateral hind foot portal: The risk of sural nerve damage during visualisation of the Achilles tendon insertion. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 18(2), pp. 128-131. 1268-7731.

2011

  1. Posthumus, M., Collins, M., van der Merwe, L., O'Cuinneagain, D., van der Merwe, W., Ribbans, W. J., Schwellnus, M. P. and Raleigh, S. M. (2011) Matrix Metalloproteinase genes on chromosome 11q22 and the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture. Invited Presentation presented to: International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 07–09 April 2011. Also presented at: 8th Biennial International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15-19 May 2011. (Unpublished)

2010

  1. Posthumus, M., Raleigh, S. M., Ribbans, W. J., Schwellnus, M. P. and Collins, M. (2010) A functional variant within the MMP3 gene does not associate with human range of motion. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 13(6), pp. 630-632. 1440-2440.
  2. Posthumus, M., Collins, M., Cook, J., Handley, C. J., Ribbans, W. J., Smith, R. K., Schwellnus, M. P. and Raleigh, S. M. (2010) Components of the transforming growth factor-beta family and the pathogenesis of human Achilles tendon pathology--a genetic association study. Rheumatology. 49(11), pp. 2090-2097. 1462-0324.
  3. Rogers, J., Dijkstra, P., McCourt, P., Connell, D., Brice, P., Ribbans, W. J. and Hamilton, B. (2010) Posterior ankle impingement syndrome: A clinical review with reference to horizontal jump athletes. Acta Orthopaedica Belgica. 76(5), pp. 572-579. 0001-6462.
  4. Posthumus, M., Collins, M., Cook, J., Handley, C. J., Ribbans, W. J., Smith, R. K. W., Schwellnus, M. P. and Raleigh, S. M. (2010) The GDF5 and TGFB1 genes and Achilles tendinopathy and Achilles tendon rupture. Invited Presentation presented to: International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium, Umea, Sweden, 30 September - 01 October 2010. (Unpublished)
  5. Posthumus, M., Collins, M., van der Merwe, L., O'Cuinneagain, D., Ribbans, W. J., Schwellnus, M. P. and Raleigh, S. M. (2010) Variation within growth factor genes and the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture. Invited Presentation presented to: 4th Clinical Sports Medicine Conference: Injury Prevention and Protection of the Health of the Athlete, Cape Town, South Africa, 13-15 October 2010. (Unpublished)

2009

  1. Beeson, P., Phillips, C. A., Corr, S. and Ribbans, W. J. (2009) Cross-sectional study to evaluate radiological parameters in hallux rigidus. The Foot. 19(1), pp. 17-21. 0958-2592.
  2. Beeson, P., Phillips, C. A., Corr, S. and Ribbans, W. J. (2009) Hallux rigidus: A cross-sectional study to evaluate clinical parameters. The Foot. 19(2), pp. 80-92. 0958-2592.
  3. Collins, M., Raleigh, S. M., van der Merwe, L., Ribbans, W. J., Smith, R. and Schwellnus, M. P. (2009) Variants within the MMP3 gene are associated with Achilles tendinopathy. Paper presented to: 13th Meeting of the South African Society for Human Genetics Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 5-8 April 2009. (Unpublished)
  4. Raleigh, S. M., van der Merwe, L., Ribbans, W. J., Smith, R. K., Schwellnus, M. P. and Collins, M. (2009) Variants within the MMP3 gene are associated with achilles tendinopathy: possible interaction with the COL5A1 gene. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 43(7), pp. 514-520. 0306-3674.

2008

  1. Beeson, P., Phillips, C. A., Corr, S. and Ribbans, W. J. (2008) A cross-sectional study to evaluate radiological variables in hallux rigidus. Paper presented to: 6th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics, Stoke-on-Trent, 25-26 April 2008. (Unpublished)
  2. Beeson, P., Phillips, C. A., Corr, S. and Ribbans, W. J. (2008) Classification systems for hallux rigidus: a review of the literature. Foot & Ankle International. 29(4), pp. 407-414. 1071-1007.
  3. Raleigh, S. M., Collins, M., van der Merwe, L., Ribbans, W. J., Smith, R. K. and Schwellnus, M. P. (2008) Variants within the MMP3 gene and Achilles tendinopathy. Invited Presentation presented to: XXX International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) World Congress of Sports Medicine, Barcelona, 18-23 November 2008. (Unpublished)

2007

  1. Beeson, P., Phillips, C. A., Corr, S. and Ribbans, W. J. (2007) An investigation of clinical indicators of Hallux Rigidus. Poster presented to: The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists Annual Conference, Harrogate, 18-20 October 2007. (Unpublished)
  2. Raleigh, S. M., Davies, B. M., Cleal, D. and Ribbans, W. J. (2007) No association between coding polymorphism within Exon 4 of the human surfactant protein B gene and pulmonary function in healthy men. Journal of Physiological Sciences. 57(3), pp. 199-202. 1880-6562.

2005

  1. Aslam, N. and Ribbans, W. J. (2005) First metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis using a vitallium plate with a mean two year follow up. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 11(4), pp. 197-201. 1460-9584.

2004

  1. Aslam, N., Gwilym, S. E., Apostolou, C., Birch, N., Natarajan, R. and Ribbans, W. J. (2004) Microscooter injuries in the paediatric population. European Journal of Emergency Medicine. 11(3), pp. 148-150. 0969-9546.

2003

  1. Gwilym, S. E., Aslam, N., Ribbans, W. J. and Holloway, V. (2003) The impact of implementing the Ottawa ankle rules on ankle radiography requests in A&E. International Journal of Clinical Practice. 57(7), pp. 625-627. 1368-5031.

2001

  1. Hicks, J. L., Ribbans, W. J., Buzzard, B., Kelley, S. S., Toft, L., Torri, G., Wiedel, J. D. and York, J. (2001) Infected joint replacements in HIV-positive patients with haemophilia. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 83(7), pp. 1050-1054. 1535-1386.
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