I was a professional cyclist for 17 years, representing and captaining the South African National Cycling Team for 11 years. During my career, I raced in over 28 different countries, doing around 70 race days per year.
After 17 years as a cyclist, I did the unthinkable and changed over to ultra-trail running.
With the mentality and physical ‘engine’ that professional cycling had provided me with, I put this same work ethic and vigour into my running. Naturally, (and much to my disgust) the injuries started – from calf strain to patella tendonitis to shin muscle strain to pain in my Achilles tendons and feet, I experienced them. As a cyclist, I had my fair share of injuries but these were mainly as a result of crashing - the usual broken bones and road rash. Sure, broken bones would take you of action for 3 weeks, but these running injuries stopped me in my tracks altogether - often resurfacing after long periods of rest.
Earlier this year, and at my wits end, I was referred to Adrian Stevens. Imagine my consternation when after my first visit as a result of suffering with patella tendonitis for 3 months – the consultation lasted 20 minutes and resulted in a wedge of newspaper being put in my shoe and a prescription of ‘don’t rest, running with this wedge will make you better’ coming from Adrian. 10 days later, I was cured.
Since then, I’ve had a few more injuries as a result of going out of ‘balance’ – I do run on average anything from 80 to 180 km’s per week so it’s be expected. Every time though, after a tune-up by Adrian, the injury seems to disappear after 7 to 10 days.
And the best part – (which is music to my ears every time), ‘No need to rest, running with this wedge will make you better’! As a result, I’ve had very little ‘down time’ this year and have just concluded the best month of a relatively short running career with 2 third place overall results at the Cape Town Ultra (100 km’s with 4200m of climbing) and the Salomon Sky Run (100km’s with 5000m of climbing).
I’ve seen a lot of doctors and physio’s in my time and they all seem to treat the symptons. Adrian treats the cause. Hard work alone would not have elevated me to my current level of running – running injury free with the help of Adrian has done that.
Adrian Stevens is blessed with the gifts of a healer. Coupled with his extensive knowledge of the human body, he only has to lay his hands on a person for them to feel the touch of a modern day healer. His simple, effective and caring way has meant that I personally have completed way more pain free kilometres than I have had the right to put my body through. I am about to complete a South African road running first and would not have got to this point with out Adi in my Corner! Thanks Adrian!
Arnold Geerdts: 2:29 marathoner and aiming to become the first SA runner (and only the 34th in the world) to record a sub-three in five decades
I was told , "you need to stop running ", as a last resort I visited Adrian. Thanks to Adrian I have moved on from being a constantly injured runner , to consistently running 60-80km per week, injury free!
Adrian Stevens has been thoroughly professional in treating both myself and my family. Most importantly for me his understanding of athletes and his skill has helped me get back on the road as quickly but also sensibly as possible.
Parkrun SA nominated for recreational sports activity of the year SA Sports Awards 2014
Fordyce and Associates
I am currently studying Physiotherapy at the University of the Free State. I have a passion for sport and to help people. Being active and having a healthy lifestyle is important to me.
A few years ago I came to Adrian Stevens because I had trouble with sport related injuries, his treatment helped a lot and decreased my injuries by about 80% (according to me)
I'm always willing to learn something new and improve or learn new skills
Adrian came into my life 15 years ago on an aeroplane. I was sitting like a very sore person… I am sure you can relate.
He promised to fix me and has been an earth angel to me ever since. Adrian has given me the strength to persevere; the courage to believe in myself and my body; and his ability to heal.
I used to see him 3 times a week, I now see him every 3 /4 months. I am hoping it will be only once a year in 2015. My spine was 32 degrees out of alignment when we met and now it’s around 15.
Adrian gives me food for thought to work on who I am and heal from the inside, while he takes care of the rest. He is a master in his field and I am grateful every day that he sat next to me on that aeroplane.
“For 2 years I have been struggling with a torn meniscus injury. When I started treatment with Jean a few weeks ago, I found that he was patient and gave me exercises that I could cope with. At each visit I am assessed and then suitable exercises are suggested, to strengthen the knee. I really appreciate this gentle and considered approach – which has also led to a marked improvement in my mobility and mood!!
Jeez Jean worked me today. Wow I feel like I am on a different planet right now.