Parys graduated at Wits University in 2000. Since then her extensive CV includes work in Trauma & Orthopaedics, A&E, Private Practice and 5 years as Physio to the England u19 Women’s Football team. She has a special interest in sports injuries and has worked across all levels from weekend warriors to athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Sport has dominated her life, initially on the hockey field where she gained junior national caps for SA and Zimbabwe, and senior provincial colours for Eastern Cape, KZN and Southern Gauteng. One trial season with English Premier League team Leicester Hockey Club lead to five more with 3 league titles and 2 European Cup medals.

On retiring from hockey Parys tried her hand at triathlon. She went on to claim English National, British, European and two World Championship titles during the next 7 years. This prompted the step up to professional racing at the age of 38. Since then Parys has 5 professional wins and 20 podium finishes to her name, carving out a successful triathlon career while still working as a sports physio. Her clinical speciality is in treating all sports injuries particularly running injuries and correcting run biomechanics.

Parys treats from the Old Parks Sports Club.

Run Analysis

Stand roadside and watch any event from a 5k Park Run to the Comrades Ultra marathon and you will see the same thing….everyone runs so differently! Why? For the majority, none have been taught how to run, they just run. Some better then others.

In my job as a physio, I often see the pain and disappointment caused by poor run form. I’ve also learnt a great deal from my own injuries and the process of rehab and tweaking my run technique that I needed to return to racing.

I’ve combined years of experience as an elite athlete and sports physio to develop an extensive run screening program. I assess the movements and strength elements required to run well, in conjunction with video analysis, to improve self awareness and highlight run technique areas to improve. A video report and individualised flexibility and core program, along with cues and strategies to improve run form, are all part of the package to help you run your very best and avoid recurrent injuries.

Swim Screening

Why is Swimming unique?

For a start, there are no ground reaction forces but instead the resistance of the water to propel through. Hence the body works in an entirely different way to many other sports.

From a young age, swimmers commit to a high volume of training. This on its own carries a risk.

Finally, the nature of this sport means making thousands of repetitive strokes each session. The cumulative effect of this means swimmers are prone to pain due to micro-trauma (small repetitive trauma). This can be accelerated by hyper or hypo-mobility (swimmers tend to be hyper-mobile), poor core or scapula control, or inadequate technique.

Swimming injuries

The most common issue reported by swimmers is not surprisingly shoulder pain, followed by knee and lower back pain.

Most of the shoulder and knee-related injures are sustained in the water.

Swimmers are encouraged to do strength work to prevent injuries and help them get faster, yet land-based training is responsible for many injuries, including the majority of back pain.

How does screening help?

By screening the athlete for flexibility, strength, and control issues that most commonly result in swimming injuries, we can highlight areas of concern to prevent injuries before they happen or identify why a swimmer struggles with recurrent injuries.

The screening is used to devise a land-based program specifically for each swimmer and will reduce ongoing niggles or recurrent pain.

However, the most beneficial effect of the program will be to improve those all-important swim splits by facilitating better technique and promoting consistent training through lack of missed sessions from injury.

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