Pip Rainbow

Sports Therapist

Pip Rainbow at SV Sports Therapy

Pip Graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy, which included a fantastic placement year with Wasps RUFC 1st Team.


Pip is currently studying a Masters in Physiotherapy at King’s College, London and is also working for Harlequins RUFC academy team.


She has already been a key SV sports therapist at numerous events including the OCR World Championships and Nuclear Races over the last year, and even took part in the 2019 OCRWC charity event herself.

Since the age of five, Pip has always wanted to represent Team GB at the Olympics as a competitor, and is keen to help others get there or help athletes reach their own personal goals.

Pip has always been passionate about sports and has played a variety of sports including hockey, netball, swimming, tennis and triathlons.


Pip reached the national horse trials championships in 2013 and placed in the top 20.


She currently focuses predominantly on hockey and kayaking. 

Pip has a keen interest in the human body and biomechanics - how the body moves on a day-to-day basis or in sporting activities. She really enjoys helping clients correct muscle imbalances too.


Pip finds joint mobilisations particularly useful, which helps to increase the movement at a joint and decrease levels of pain. 

Q&A with Pip

What is the best thing about being a sports therapist?

Helping people achieve their personal goals.

What sports are you interested in?

Running, swimming, hockey, horseriding 

What sports do you do?

Running, hockey, horseriding, kayaking

What is your favourite muscle and why?

The Gluteus Medius which forms the upper part of your buttocks. It is an incredibly strong muscle and helps to stabilise the pelvis. However, when it doesn’t function properly it can cause issues all over the body.

What is your favourite joint and why?

The knee is my favourite joint because I really enjoy helping clients rehabilitate after knee surgery and see them improve quickly.

What is your favourite stretch for the body?

The scorpion stretch helps engage both shoulders and the lower back in one stretch. It's great for people who sit down a lot or who are very active.

Who is your favourite sportsperson at the moment and why?

Maddie Hinch is team GB’s hockey goal keeper, who saved all penalty shoot-out flicks to help lead Team GB to their first Olympic hockey gold medal. It was such a massive moment for British hockey. The ability Maddie had to keep herself composed throughout under huge pressure, when her team took an early lead and not get complacent is so inspiring.

What are your sporting goals?

To complete an obstacle race, get down the Lee Valley Olympic white water course and jump the equestrian cross country course I just missed out on when competing. Climb Kilimanjaro, get to Base camp of Everest and Machu Picchu.

You are stranded on a desert island and are only allowed to have three things with you - what are they?

  • Avocados

  • Warm clothes for night (I get cold very easily)

  • Pack of cards