Although physiotherapy is a multifaceted degree, Sports physiotherapy focuses more on injuries that may occur in preparation for, and during sporting competitions and events. Injury prevention, management and rehabilitation are all key focus points, and a careful individual approach is taken with each athlete or sports person, young and old, serious sports or recreational.
Exercise is Medicine and as such getting people back to activity safely and healthy is key. Movement control and functional movement screening is used for identifying possible risk areas, as keeping people on the field is just as important as getting them back.
Common conditions include:
post-operative conditions (ACL/PCL, ankle ligaments, knee scopes and meniscus repairs, shoulder surgery, dislocations etc
sprains and strains,
overuse injuries (shin splints, stress fractures, joint inflammation, ITB syndrome, low back pain), tendinopathies (tennis/golfers’ elbow, Achilles tendon, upper hamstring tendon, gluteal tendon etc)
imbalances- cross patterns
I have 20 years of experience behind me and mostly in the area of Sports physo treatments. I graduated from WITS university in 2000, and only later went on to complete a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town in 2010.
I have been exposed to several different sporting environments over the years starting at UJ campus, and then moving on to working as Head Physiotherapist at the Valke Rugby Union for 10 years. During that time, I was also privileged enough to travel with various other sports codes, include Volleyball SA, All African Games, Beijing Paralympics, Women’s Cricket World cup India, Commonwealth Games Glasgow and U20 youth to Angola.
Recently I have opened The Sports Physio Lab here at WOW. I am passionate about athletics and I am involved in travelling with top track athletes internationally. I also have a keen interest in endurance running athletes (tendinopathies and overuse injuries), and I love ultra-trail running. I have participated in various races including two SkyRun 100km races and 108km Outeniqua race and I am also a part time rock climber wanna be