Dr Richard Budgett

Dr Richard BudgettTel: 020 3447 9231
Email: info@iseh.co.uk

University College Hospital

Professional background

Dr Richard Budgett was apponted as a consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine in the UCL Institute of Sport Exercise and Health in August 2011.  He works part time and is based in the British Olympic Medical Institute.  He is also Chief Medical Officer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  He was Director of Medical Services for the British Olympic Association from 1994 to 2007 and has been Chief Medical Officer with Team GB at the summer and winter Olympic Games in Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens and Turin .  He was team doctor to the Great Britain men’s rowing team from 2005 to 2008 and was Governing Body Medical Officer and team doctor for the Great Britain Bobsleigh Association from 1990 to 2007 attending the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville in 1992 and Lillehammer in 1994. He was a member of the IOC Medical Commission at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.  He was awarded an OBE in 2003 and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2011.  In 2003 he was appointed lead physician for the South East region of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) based at Bisham Abbey.   He was appointed Chairman of BASEM in 2008 and was elected to the council of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise medicine in 2007.  He is also Chairman of the British Rowing Medical Committee and won an Olympic Gold Medal in the Coxed Four in Los Angeles in 1984.  In 2005 he was appointed to the World Anti Doping Agency list committee which he now chairs.

Research interests

Since 1987 he has conducted research into the problem of fatigue and underperformance and has published and lectured widely on the subject of Overtraining, which is now called Unexplained Underperformance Syndrome (UUPS).


1. The Road to Success in International Rowing.
Budgett R. Br. J.Sports Med. Vol. 23, No.1. pp 49-50, 1989.

2. Illness & Injury in International Oarsmen.
Budgett R., Fuller G.N. Clinical Sports Medicine. 1. 57-61, 1989.

3. The Overtraining Syndrome/Staleness.
Proceedings of the First IOC World Congress on Sports Science. 28 Oct-3 Nov 1989. Colorado Springs.

4. Overtraining Syndrome.
British Journal of Sports Medicine. 1990. 24 (4): 231-6

5. The Role of Physical Rest for Underperforming Elite Competitors.
Koutekadis Y., Budgett R., Faulmann l. Br. J. Sports Med. Vol 24. No. 4 248-252, 1990.

6. The Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome in Athletes.
Chapter in Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome (ME) Wiley & Sons. R. Jenkins and J. Mowbray (Eds.) pp 345-362, 1991.

7. Use of Melatonin in recovery from jet-lag following an eastward flight across ten time zones. Ergonomics. 2000 Oct;43(10):1501-13

8. Plasma Aminoacid Concentrations & Lymphocyte Proliferation in Overtrained Athletes. Proceedings of 2nd IOC World Congress in Sports Sciences, Barcelona. 26-31 October 1991. Award for best short presentation.

9. Metabolic Consequence of Extreme Training Loads: with reference to the Overtrained Athlete. M. Parry-Billings; R.Budgett; J.Koutedakis; P. C. Calder; T.J. Piva; S. Pilling; M. Harries; E. A. Newsholme. Regional meeting IUPS, Prague 1991 – Abstract.

10.  Patients can safely exercise for 30 minutes, three times a week.  R. Budgett; GP Medicine October 21, 1994.

11. The Overtraining Syndrome
Coaching Focus; No 28 Spring 1995

12. Drugs in Sport: How to Play it Safe. R.Budgett; International Sports   
      Medicine and Soft Tissue Trauma. Issue 1 1996 4-6.

13. The Role of the British Olympic Association. R. Budgett; BR.J Sports Med 1996;30:80

14. Melatonin: a position statement of the British Olympic Association. T. Reilly; R. Maughan; R. Budgett. British Journal of Sports Medicine. June 1998. 32: 99-100.

15. Human Angiotensin I-Converting Enzyme Gene and Endurance Performance. S. Myerson; H.Hemingway; R.Budgett; J.Martin; S.Humphries; H.Montgomery. J. Appl. Physiol. 87(4):1313-1316, 1999.

16. Effect of Low-Dose Temazepam on Physiological Variables and performance Tests Following Westerly Flight Across Five Time Zones.  T.Reilly; G. Atkinson; R.Budgett. Int. J. Sports Med. 2001 Apr, 22(3):166-74.

17. Delivering an exercise Prescription for Patients with Chronic Fatigue. R.Budgett. Physical Activity for Patients – An Exercise Prescription – Royal College of Physicians edited by Archie Young and Mark Harries. Published 2001 p 113-118

18. Sports Medicine Safety. Chapter in Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science – Rowing. R. Budgett p.124 edited by Niels H. Secher; Stefanos Volianitis.

19. Bradykinin Receptor Gene Variant and Human Physical Performance. J Appl. Physiol. Vol. 96: 938-942, March 2004. First published November 7, 2003: 10.1152/japplphysiol.

20. Exercise Induced Neurally Mediated Syncope in an Elite Rower: A Treatment Dilemma. G.Whyte; N. Stephens; R.Budgett; S.Sharma; R Shave; W McKenna. Br.J. Sports Med. 2004;38:84-85

21. Spontaneous Atrial Fibrillation in a Freestyle Skier. G.Whyte; N. Stephens; R.Budgett; S.Sharma; R Shave; W McKenna. Br.J. Sports Med. 2004;38:230-232.

22. Olympic Winter Games, Torino. R.Budgett. BASEM Today Issue 8 Summer 2006

23. 2012 Olympic Games – London. R.Budgett. The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) Newsletter, Autumn 2007 No 1 p. 9.

24. The Early Management of Muscle Strains in the Elite Athlete: Best Practice in a World with a Limited Evidence Basis. R.Budgett. Br. J. Sports Med. March 2008: Vol. 42 No 3.

25. On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! R.Budgett. Surgeons News April 2009 Vol.8 – issue 2 ISSN 1750-7995 p.62-63.

26. From Henley Royal Regatta to the Olympics 2012. R. Budgett. BASEM Today Issue 14 Autumn 2009 p.5.

27. Countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. R.Budgett. BASEM Today Issue 15 Winter 2010 p. 14-15.

28. Rowing Injuries Richard Budgett Chapter in Sports Medicine Oxford University Press p.502-505 2011

GMC/GDC number: 2819648