The Sharks Medical Centre, situated at Growthpoint KINGS PARK, is a centre of rugby medical excellence. It provides the sporting community of KwaZulu-Natal with world class multidisciplinary sports medicine services.
Catering for the needs of active people of all ages, the Sharks Medical Centre team draws from more than a decade of treating The Sharks and contributing to their success.
This wealth of experience is now made available to both professional and recreational sportsmen and sportswomen.
The Sharks was one of the first South African rugby unions to embrace professionalism in rugby from a healthcare perspective. This originated with the formation of The Sharks Healthcare Management Committee in 1999 which ensured that the right structures and processes were put in place to ensure that the medical needs of the contracted players were met in the most evidence based and cost efficient manner.
Thanks to the generous assistance of New Zealand’s ACC, the development and implementation in 2002 of Discovery SharkSmart™, the first rugby injury prevention and performance programme in the country, expanded this focus to the rugby playing community in the province. Other initiatives such as the building of a dedicated Sharks Medical Centre for professional players, the establishment of The Sharks Academy Medical Centre as well as a medical facility on Kings Park 2 field, improved match day medical and paramedical coverage at the clubs and Kings Park and the launch of the Discovery Sharksmart Schools of Excellence Programme, have all helped to enhance The Sharks image in the country.
The role of The Sharks Healthcare Management Committee has now been succeeded by Sharks Medical (Pty) Ltd, a sports medicine company offering a comprehensive range of clinical, consulting and retail services. Sharks Medical is based at the Sharks Medical Centre which is located in the Ticket Office Complex at Kings Park. The medical centre currently provides services to all players contracted to The Sharks, provincial representative players and The Sharks Academy. It also offers multi-disciplinary sports medicine services to other professional and recreational sportsmen and sportswomen. Programmes which benefit the rugby-playing community including the Discovery Sharksmart Programme, the Impact Concussion Management Programme, sports medicine services at events and the sale of sports medicine related products (eg strapping, bracing, compression gear, etc) are also provided. In conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch, a collaborative research programme has been set up.