In a career of competitive rugby that spanned 22 year, I spent many hours in the hands of capable physiotherapists who helped me recover from game to game. The underlying movement imbalances (or weaklinks) were however never addressed. This eventually caught up with me, and halfway into a season of professional rugby in Europe, I was forced into retiring at age 29, due to a chronic pain that no sports doctor or physiotherapist could diagnose.
I'm passionate about equiping people with functional solutions to overcome pain, prevent injury, and optimize sports performance in a wholesome and sustainable way.
My desire to help others overcome functional limitations, was born out of my own struggles as a sportsman with injury, chronic pain and symptoms of ill-health. My discontent with the lack of sound answers within the standard medical/rehabilitation system, is what fuelled a journey to seek better solutions.
My experiences of a rehabilitational system that is entirely focussed on the treatment of symptoms, with a complete lack of holistic movement evaluation, then challenged me to seek answers beyond what was offered within the contemporary model. This journey has progressively led me to discovering the work of pioneers who has changed the way we look at movement and well-being. And sharing this better way with others has become my calling.
As qualified Sports Conditioning Trainer, the biggest eye opener to the new perspective on movement, came when I discovered Gray Cook’s Athletic Body in Balance in 2005. I began to incorporate his Functional Movement System into my work as Strength and Conditioning trainer, and together with emerging myself into trigger point therapy, I develop an integrated system of soft tissue therapy and corrective training. I subsequently certified with Functional Movement Systems and have gained expertise knowledge over the past 10 years of advanced corrective solutions for movement dysfunction.
My previous experience includes being the Conditioning Trainer and Head Rugby Coach at two High Schools in Cape Town, and the Conditioning Trainer at two Rugby Clubs in the Western Province and Boland 1st League. During this time I was also Strength Coach of individual sporting clients in the CBD of Cape Town.
In 2008 I moved to Argentina, and a year later opened a training facility in Buenos Aires, called one2one Performance. Based on my integrated system of work, we offered highly individualized Movement Correction and Performance Training. I stepped down as managing director in February 2013 to return to South Africa.