User:Wanda van Niekerk

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Wanda van Niekerk

About Me

I qualified in 2001 and have worked in private practice since then.My special interests are sports injuries and orthopedics. Currently I am not practicing, but spending more time raising three amazing children. I enjoy the research aspect of my profession and am busy with my doctoral degree.


M (Phil) in Exercise and Sports Physiotherapy (University of Cape Town, 2016)

B.Sc in Physiotherapy (Stellenbosch University, 2001)

Work experience

June 2019 - ongoing

PhD in Exercise Science at University of Cape Town

July 2018 - ongoing

Volunteer at Physiopedia. Focusing mainly on Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy topics.

January 2017 - June 2017

Compiled evidence based research reading lists on a contract basis for the MSc (Exercise and Sports Physiotherapy) degree at UCT.

April 2014 –  December 2016

During this period I completed my dissertation component of my Masters degree, and did locum work at Caryn Adam Physiotherapists in Strand.

July 2013 – April 2014

Employed at Sophie Chandler and Associates Physiotherapy (Port Elizabeth) as senior physiotherapist as well as the team physiotherapist for the Chevrolet Warriors Cricket Franchise (Eastern Cape). As team physiotherapist I was responsible for the day to day management of the players as well as travelling with the team and attending all matches. Management of the team included pre- and post-season biomechanical screenings, the development of appropriate rehabilitation programmes, injury management as well as interaction with all members of the medical team and coaching staff.

August 2011 – July 2013

Locum positions at Nicky Roote Physiotherapists, Port Elizabeth Linette van Rensburg Physiotherapy, Port Elizabeth

January 2005 – July 2011

Own practice at Grey High School, Port Elizabeth

I started my own practice in 2005 at Grey High School, Port Elizabeth. I treated a variety of sports injuries as well as orthopedic conditions. In conjunction with the day to day running of the practice, I also gained experience in the financial management of running a practice, the marketing of my services and the interaction with parents and coaches. I was actively involved with all sports teams and worked closely with the coaching staff. In 2011 I sold the practice to spend more time at home raising our three children.

January 2002 – December 2004

Employed at Harry Engelbrecht Physiotherapists Inc (Pretoria), managing a practice at Waterkloof High School. My responsibilities involved the day to day running of the practice, marketing and public relations. I gained extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of sports injuries and orthopaedic conditions.

Post graduate courses

Various sports taping courses

Dry needling modules 1 and 2

Exercises on the Swiss Ball

Management of EMG

Differentiation of SIJ and lower back pain (Dr Ina Diener)

Myofascial trigger point release

Ultimate upper quarter course (Tanya Bell)

Ultimate lower quarter course (Tanya Bell)

Thoracic and Lumbar Spine (Prof Duncan Reid)

Hamstring injuries (Helen Millson)

Mulligan concepts (Geoff Foat)

Introduction to Kinesio Tape (Joyce Morton)

Stott Pilates Matwork and Advanced Matwork

MPhil (Exercise and Sports Physiotherapy) – extensive lectures on sports injuries, neurodynamics, orthopaedic manipulative techniques and exercise physiology and science. As part of the fulfilment of the degree I completed a dissertation component (Dissertation title – A comparison of muscle damage, soreness, morphology, T2 changes and running performance following an ultramarathon)

Professional Affiliations

Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

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