The Wits Sport Hub
Situated on the Education Campus, this area is well positioned next to the swimming pool, Astro turf, running track and cricket field. It hosts the Wits Sport Clinic servicing the universities athletes and students and training physiotherapists in sports injury management. There are ambitious plans to expand the area into a vibrant hub which will serve a broader range of athletes and act as a training centre for postgraduate sports medicine.
The Wits Sport Clinic
Contact 011-7173388 / admin.WISH@wits.ac.za
Address 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2193
The Wits Sport Clinic operates within the School of Therapeutic Sciences and is part of the Wits Initiative for Sport and Health (WISH). It is located at the Wits Education Campus (Impilo block), Parktown. The clinic provides a high standard of medical and rehabilitation services to all athletes and the general population suffering from musculoskeletal and other related conditions. Service providers include sports and exercise physicians, physiotherapists, biokineticists, optometrists, massage therapists, dieticians and podiatrists. The practice is open for consultation from Monday to Friday between 08h00 and 17h00. Appointments can also be made for external clients on weekends.
Sports Medicine Services
Sport Medicine Services offered at WISH:
Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Physicians are involved in the following:
- the promotion and implementation of regular physical activity in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the patient in terms of his/her chronic disease-related lifestyle;
- the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries that occur during physical activity;
- the prevention, diagnosis and management of medical conditions that occur during or after physical activity.1
- Schwellnus M, IOC Medical Commission, International Federation of Sports Medicine. The Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport. Oxford, UK; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell; 2008.
Sports Physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that focuses on the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) sports-related conditions. A sports physiotherapist addresses the athletes’ impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. He/she also becomes involved in injury prevention, sports performance and health promotion.
Biokinetics is a controlled and professionally-guided exercise regime focusing on the optimisation of muscle, tendon and joint function. Under the guidance of a trained biokineticist, sportsmen/women are trained to ensure optimal biomechanics to recover from or prevent injury.
The WISH Network
During 2020, WISH has established 26 interest groups each led by an expert in that area. Over time it is planned that these will expand into specialist referral centres. The interest groups hold regular meetings at which interesting cases are presented, research articles analysed and clinicians are updated on best practice. The following groups have been established:
- Bone Health
- Foot and ankle
- MSK radiology
- Tendon injuries
- Sports psychology
- Cardiology/exercise physiology
- Field side and Emergency care
- Motion analysis
- Child Athlete
- Student Interest group
Clinicians wanting to join an interest group or patients wishing to be referred for specialist care should please contact: admin.WISH@wits.ac.za
A number of sports medicine clinics, each with specialist clinicians associated with the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences, offer expert sports medicine care and form part of the WISH network. These include:
The CMJAH Knee and Sports Medicine Unit
The CMJAH Knee and sports medicine unit provides access to non-medical aid patients with knee and sports injuries. It is staffed by excellent Orthopaedic specialists and is a training unit for fellows and registrars specialising through the University of Witwatersrand. We have support from all industry leaders ensuring word class care.
You can access our clinic by referral from a GP, physio or anyone on the WISH network or alternatively send an email to the address below and we will assist you.
The Linksfield Orthopaedic Sports Rehabilitation Clinic
The Linksfield Orthopaedic Sport and Rehabilitation unit has been managing sports and Orthopaedic conditions for over 25 years. Our team consists of Orthopaedic Surgeons specializing in Shoulder and Elbow (Dr Kastanos and Dr Cable), Hands (Dr Muller), Knee (Prof Firer, Dr Gelbart and Dr Street) and Soft tissue (Dr Gelbart and Street), Foot, and Ankle surgery (Prof Saragas and Dr Ferrao).
They are backed up by a rehabilitation team of Physiotherapists from the practice of Leicher, Speechly, Davidson and Partners.
Our hand therapy is seen to by our Occupational therapists Evanthi Pavli and Roxanne Wentzel.
Once you have returned to good physiology, our Biokinetics team headed by Gareth Devine will optimise your sports performance.
Contact: Please find your chosen practitioner on the above websites or Contact Netcare Linksfield hospital on 011 6473400 and they will put you through.
The Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics
The Centre for Sports Medicine was established in 1996 to focus exclusively on sports medicine. However, the need for a wider range of orthopaedic and allied specialists catering for a broader section of the public very soon became evident and the facility has expanded to offer a range of services in musculoskeletal medicine.
Contact: 011-4428233 / 011-7885110
Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic Surgery
Netcare Waterfall SOS is a modern, multi-disciplinary sports medicine practice situated in the Netcare Waterfall City Hospital in Midrand. We incorporate the latest in sports medicine research with world class facilities to keep you fit, healthy and performing at your best.
Our experts include orthopaedic surgeons, sport and exercise medicine physicians, physiotherapists, biokineticists, podiatrists, and orthotist.