Dr Wayne Diesel – My Long Walk to Retirement
Dr Wayne Diesel is a University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa graduate Physiotherapist with a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Cape Town. Over the past 30 years, he has gained extensive experience working, as both a physiotherapist and Head of Department, across 3 continents and multiple different sports.
Wayne’s presentation will explore some of the lessons learned from a global career in professional and elite sport. Taking place in person at Steroplast Healthcare in Manchester and online on Monday, 27th March, from 6.30pm – 8pm.
Dr Wayne Diesel, Physiotherapist with PhD in Exercise Physiology
Over the past 30 years, Dr Wayne Diesel has gained extensive experience working, as both a physiotherapist and Head of Department, across 3 continents and multiple different sports. Teams including the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Miami Dolphins (NFL), Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic (EPL), Gloucester Rugby, Springbok Rugby, Bafana Bafana, Western Province Cricket, South African Field Hockey and South African Women’s Gymnastics. As well as the Head Physio for South African Olympics (1996), Commonwealth (1998) and All African (1995) Games. These experiences, plus a passion for continued academic involvement, taught him the value of working within a truly holistic interdisciplinary team.
At the San Antonio Spurs (NBA) the performance team comprised of Athletic Trainers, Physiotherapists, Sports Scientists, Strength & Conditioning coaches, Psychologists, Nutritionists, Pilates-trained S&C coaches and Massage Therapists. Over the three seasons with the Spurs, his role as Director of Player Care was to coordinate performance initiatives provided by the different specialists and collaborate with the Medical Department.
Since semi-retirement in June 2021, he has maintained his physiotherapy registration in the UK and USA, regularly reviews scientific articles prior to publication, awarded a Fellowship to the Carnegie-Wits Alumni Diaspora Programme, and accepted an offer to be a scientific advisory board member for Euleria, a company specialising in tele-rehab using gaming-technology. Wayne’s personal objectives are now to give back to the physiotherapy profession by encouraging and mentoring young aspiring physiotherapists. In addition, working together with a team’s medical department to provide additional therapy to individual players on a consultancy basis is his goal.
My Long Walk to Retirement
Wayne’s talk, “My Long Walk to Retirement”, will focus on key aspects and lessons learned from working in different sports and countries.
- Date – Monday 27th March 2023
- Time – 6.30pm – 8pm
- Cost – Free
- Location – In person and online
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