The Suffolk Sports Injury Clinic is run by Dr. Jo Coates. Jo started running in 1999 and began competing in road and cross country races soon after.
Jo has completed 12 marathons with a PB of 2:46:35 finishing 3rd fastest FV40 and 28th fastest female marathon runner in the UK in 2015. In 2015 Jo was British Masters Half Marathon Champion and in 2016 was first female in the Media Maraton de Jerez in Spain setting a half marathon PB of 1:16:45.
Having initially qualified as a gym instructor and personal trainer in 2000 Jo quickly developed an interest in Sports Injury Treatment and was awarded a higher diploma in Sports Therapy in 2001.
In 2003 Jo enrolled at the University of Northampton to study Podiatry and in 2006 was awarded a 2:1 BSc(Hons). In 2015 Jo successfully defended her thesis entitled “Identification of Quantitative Kinetic Measures for Assessment of the Efficacy of Functional Foot Orthoses” and was granted the award of Doctor of Philosophy.
Following extensive research Jo realised that a high proportion of the injuries that athletes were presenting with were most likely due to gait and biomechanical abnormalities. To treat the cause of these injuries as well as the symptoms, she determined that gait analysis and insole prescription in combination with sports massage and sports injury treatment would be beneficial.
It is the complete assessment and treatment of both the cause and the symptoms of sports injuries that makes the Suffolk Sports Injury Clinic so unique. Jo launched this dual approach in 2006 and has been helping athletes recover from injury and maximise their performance ever since.
Prior to focusing solely on the Suffolk Sports Injury Clinic Jo worked as a Musculoskeletal Specialist Lead Podiatrist and Extended Scope Practitioner for the NHS.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)
2:1 BSc (Hons) PODIATRY
HIGHER DIPLOMA IN SPORTS THERAPY
-CERTIFICATE IN SPORTS MASSAGE
-CERTIFICATE IN SPORTS NUTRITION
-CERTIFICATE IN SPORTS FIRST AID
-ADVANCED SOFT TISSUE TECHNIQUES
Prescription of medicines (POM) certified
-STEROID INJECTION THERAPY
-YMCA GYM INSTRUCTOR
-YMCA PERSONAL TRAINER
-Pony Club “A” Test
Athletic Results 2015
English Half Marathon Champs 2015 11th female
British Half Marathon Champs 2015 9th female
British Masters Half Marathon 1st female
Champs 2015 1st FV35
English 10 mile Champs 2015 11th female
Valencia Marathon 2015 28th Female
Athletic Results 2016
Jerez Half Marathon 1st Female
Bath Half 6th Female
Cambridge Half 2nd Female
London Marathon 15th Female
Suffolk County Championships 5k 1st Female
British 10k Championships 1st FV40
Athletic Results 2018
European Masters Championships
Alicante 10k Bronze
Half Marathon Silver
British Masters 10000m Champs Gold
La Linea 5000m 1st Female
Distance Personal Best Time
5 miles 29:18
10 miles 59:15
1/2 Marathon 1:16:45