Maryke has an MSc in Sports Injury Management and is a qualified 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 and 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.
Maryke was based at one of the UK’s leading centres for sports medicine, in East Sussex for 8 years. That is also where she met Alison. During this time she also 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).
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 and you can follow her on ResearchGate.
“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 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.”
Articles written by Maryke
Louw, Maryke, and Clare Deary. "The biomechanical variables involved in the aetiology of iliotibial band syndrome in distance runners–A systematic review of the literature." Physical Therapy in sport 15.1 (2014): 64-75.
Maryke has been practising as a physio since 2003.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
MSc Sports Injury Management
Personal Performance Coaching Diploma