Exciting partnership with the Maritzburg Sports Injury Centre
Launch of the Maritzburg Sports Injury Centre @ College
At the start of 2020, Maritzburg College opened doors to the newly built Maritzburg Sports Injury Centre located in the school’s Ron Jury High Performance Centre. The provision of a medical centre has been in the pipe-line for the school for a number of years. “We are very excited to finally open the doors to this new facility, as this project has been spoken of for many years at College,” said College Deputy Headmaster and Head of Sport, Brandon Swart. The new Centre is aimed at providing the school and the community with access to high quality sport medical practice in a range of disciplines.
Maritzburg College has partnered with Enhanced Physiotherapy, the management practice in the centre, to deliver on the strategic objectives of the project. “With a school of our size, the need for a range of full-time sport medical services has been growing over the last years and this centre now provides the opportunity for many boys to be assisted. We are equally excited about the opportunities the centre will provide for the broader community.”
Enhanced Physiotherapy director, Nick Pereira, and Maritzburg College Head of Physiotherapy, Neil Van Biljon are equally excited about the project. “For us, as a practice, we have put time and effort into upskilling ourselves and our team into a group of professionals who are passionate and highly qualified in exercise and sports physiotherapy, and have partnered with clinicians from different disciplines who will add to our vision for the centre – to be the hub of sports rehabilitation and exercise medicine in PMB,” said Pereira.
As a school that supports multiple provincial and national sportsman, the need for a specialised centre like this is crucial. “The centre goes beyond merely treatment and management of injury but provides the school programme with cutting edge research, information and technology to the sport science realm that will support coaches and players in developing best practice in training and analysis of young sportsmen. “We are very excited with the practitioners already working in the centre, they bring a wealth of expertise and skill to the table and have provided the school with technologies previously beyond our reach for implementation at the school,” said Swart.
Pereira is the only physiotherapist in PMB with a MSc. in sports physiotherapy (UCT) and has worked with Maritzburg United FC, 2014-current, Bafana Bafana and the South African Hockey association. Neil van Biljon, who hails from Pretoria, has been head of Physiotherapy at Pretoria Boys High School, and holds an SPT post graduate qualification through the SA society of physiotherapy and serves on the KZN Sports Physiotherapy Executive. He is also currently the Sharks Craven Week head physiotherapist. The centre also offers biokinetics through FunctionFit, with the highly experienced, Morne Booysen joining school biokineticist Jason Greeff. The Biokinetics practice is focused on helping people obtain health goals and functional fitness through exercise, education of body awareness and efficiency of movement. They view and treat the body as one system, and have a holistic approach that attempts to improve strength and decrease risk of further or future injuries. The overall aim is to improve quality of life, whether to carry out daily tasks with no limitations, or to represent the national team in a respective discipline.
Sharuska Pillay, a local Yoga instructor, is also running classes at the Centre, highlightiing the multi-discipline approach the Centre aims to achieve. Sharuska offers yoga throughout the major gyms around Pietermaritzburg and is qualified and accredited internationally by Yoga Alliance (RYT 200). Yoga can help with the demands of life and all its pressures, in a journey of self discovery, self love and self acceptance through a process of growth and improvement. Yoga helps people to become the best version of themselves; it is neither comparative nor is it competitive and helps equip one physically, mentally and spiritually for everyday life
Home to five practitioners, the centre is already meeting the needs of the school, which was identified as a Department of Recreation Sport Focus School in 2015. The Maritzburg Sport Injury Centre is there to service the whole community of Pietermaritzburg and become the epicentre of sport medical and sport science in the city and to position Maritzburg College, along with the rest of their vast facilities, as the premier school in realm of sport high performance in KZN.