Photo of William Ribbans

William Ribbans


  • Professor of Sports Medicine, Science

Accepting PhD Students

Willing to speak to media

1984 …2019
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Bill Ribbans is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of Northampton. His main surgical interests are Foot and Ankle, Knee and Sports Injuries. He undertook Fellowships in Sheffield and at Harvard before becoming a Consultant at the Royal Free, London in 1991. Five years later he returned to his home town in Northampton where he continues to work. Since 2012, he has been in full-time private practice.

He joined the University of Northampton in 2005 as a Visiting Porfessor in Surgical Sciences. In 2010, he was awarded a Personal Chair in Sports Medicine.

He has been involved in the medical care of elite Sports people since 1981. He is Chief Medical Officer to Northamptonshire CCC, Honorary Surgeon to Northampton Town FC and the English National Ballet. He has worked with numerous sports organisations and international teams as both Surgeon and pitch-side Physician during that time.

Bill has over 140 scientific publications and lectures widely both nationally and internationally.  He has an eclectic range of research interests including outcomes in foot and ankle surgery, the genetics of ligament and tendon injury, Vitamin D activity in the musculoskeletal sphere, cryotherapy in recovery and rehabilitation, the ethics of sports medicine and sports injury surveillance.

Research Interests

Foot and Ankle Surgery

Sports Injuries

Musculoskeletal Genetics

Achilles Tendon


Medical Ethics in Sport

Vitamin D


Charlotte Brookes. PhD. Sports, Exercise and Life Science.

Does variations within the NOS2 gene influence risk of Achilles tendon pathology in a British Cohort




Adnan Haq; PhD. Sports, Exercise and Life Science.

An Evaluation of the Effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) Treatment for Sports Recovery.



Rebecca Rickaby. PhD (completed). Faculty of Health and Society.

Genetic basis of human soft tissue pathology.




Louis El Khoury. PhD (completed). Faculty of Health and Society.

An investigation into genetic variants that might predispose to musculoskeletal sfot tissue injuire with emphasis on Achilles tendon pathology



Paul Beeson. PhD (completed). Faculty of Health and Society.

An evidence based classification of hallux rigidus.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Glamorgan

… → 2003

Master, University of Liverpool

… → 1990

Bachelor, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine


Bachelor, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine


External positions

Chief Medical Officer, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club

Sep 2013 → …

Medical Director, Chris Moody Rehabilitation Centre, Moulton College. Northamptonshire.

2011 → …

Director, The County Clinic

2011 → …

Member of the Court of Examiners, The Royal College of Surgeons of England

2003 → …

Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon, Northampton Town FC

1999 → …

Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon, English National Ballet

1996 → …

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where William Ribbans is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 4 Similar Profiles
Achilles Tendon Medicine & Life Sciences
Genes Medicine & Life Sciences
Ankle Medicine & Life Sciences
Tendinopathy Medicine & Life Sciences
Pathology Medicine & Life Sciences
Rupture Medicine & Life Sciences
Foot Medicine & Life Sciences
Hallux Rigidus Medicine & Life Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 1984 2019

Vitamin D and Foot and Ankle Trauma: An individual or societal problem?

Ribbans, W., Aujla, R., Allen, P., Ashour, R. & Wood, E., 1 Jun 2019, In : The Foot. 39, p. 100-105 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Vitamin D
Wounds and Injuries
Bone and Bones

Variation within the iNOS2 Gene influences risk of Achilles Tendon Pathology in a British cohort.

Brookes, C., El Khoury, L., Rickaby, R., Ribbans, B. & Raleigh, S. M., 27 Sep 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conference typesPosterResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Bilateral arthrodesis of the distal tibiofibular joint for deforming osteochondromatas

Ribbans, W., Chadwick, J. & Natarajan, R., 1 Aug 2017, In : Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Open. 8, 8, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene influences skeletal muscle phenotypes in non-resistance trained males and elite rugby playing position

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. & Williams, A. G., 19 Jan 2017, In : BMC Genetics. 18, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Skeletal Muscle

Repair of distal Achilles tendon rupture and reattachment

Carmont, M., MacKay, G. & Ribbans, W., 22 Apr 2017, The Achilles Tendon: An Atlas of Surgical Procedures. Springer, p. 31-36

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapterResearchpeer-review

Achilles Tendon
Sural Nerve

Activities 2017 2019

  • 13 Invited talk
  • 6 Organising a conference or workshop
  • 4 Participating in a conference or workshop
  • 3 Examination

Northampton Sports Medicine and Science Group Meeting

William Ribbans (Participant)
19 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopTeaching

MRCS OSCE Examinations

William Ribbans (Examiner)
23 May 201924 May 2019

Activity: ExaminationsExaminationResearch

The Sharp End of Sport. Injections and the Athlete

William Ribbans (Speaker)
9 Mar 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkTeaching

Northampton Sports Medicine and Science Meeting

William Ribbans (Participant)
18 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopTeaching

The Epidemiology, Management, and Outcome of Acute Fractures in Team Sports

William Ribbans (Examiner)
30 Jan 2019

Activity: ExaminationsExaminationResearch


An evidence-based classification framework for Hallux Rigidus

Author: Beeson, P., 2009

Supervisor: Ribbans, W. (Supervisor), Corr, S. (Supervisor) & Phillips, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The role of novel genetic variants and DNA methylation as risk factors for tendon pathology in physically active individuals

Author: Rickaby, R., 2016

Supervisor: Raleigh, S. M. (External person) (Supervisor), Ribbans, W. (Supervisor) & Posthumus, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis