Meet the physio

Maryke is an experienced sports physiotherapist who provides online diagnosis and treatment. She is also a health and diabetes coach.

Maryke Louw

Maryke has an MSc in Sports Injury Management and is a registered Health Coach.

This means that she draws on the latest medical research while also considering the lifestyle and personal circumstances of each patient. “I use this approach with everyone,” she says. “Doesn’t matter whether you’re a world class athlete or pulled a hamstring in the parents vs teachers race at the school sports day.”

She has worked with elite distance runners in Ethiopia. She was a member of the medical team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan and the 2017 IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships in London.

Locally she has provided pitch-side support for various sports teams in East Sussex, including Brighton and Hove Albion FC’s Academy.

All this has earned her a Silver Accreditation with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM).

Maryke is based at one of the UK’s  leading centres for sports medicine, in East Sussex.

Her decision in 2014 to also offer her services via Skype has made it possible for patients to consult her from their homes. People from as far afield as Romania and Malaysia have benefitted from her experience in this way.

While Maryke is a specialist sports physiotherapist, she also treats a wide variety of regular injuries.

She takes an evidence-based approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries. Her Master’s Degree dissertation is on the causes of Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB) – the bane of so many runners. In her daily practice she continues to apply this academic rigour by staying on top of the latest research.

“I’ve realised over time that many injuries can only be treated successfully and prevented from recurring if certain factors in the patient’s lifestyle are also taken into account,” she says. “That’s why I qualified as an ICF Health Coach. I have a passion for helping people live healthy, active lives!”

As a runner Maryke is familiar with the everyday challenges that active people face when trying to recover from an injury.

“I love all sports but much prefer to exercise outside and off-road. Most weekends I go for a run on the South Downs or explore the coast and rivers of Sussex on my stand-up paddle board.”

Qualifications and memberships:

  • BSc Physiotherapy 2003
  • MSc Sports Injury Management (cum laude) 2011
  • Silver Accreditation with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM)
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Registered with the International Coach Federation

Not comfortable with an online consultation? You can also consult Maryke in person at Sportswise, Eastbourne.

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Maryke is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK
Maryke is a member of the Health and Care Professions council in the UK
Maryke is a member of the Association Of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine
Maryke is a sports physiotherapist who has completed sports trauma qualifications.
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