My Story

As a young, active athlete I have had first-hand experienced of physiotherapy. In many instances physiotherapy helped me to return to participation, but I always felt some aspect was missing. Overall an understanding into the requirement of combative and collision sports was lacking and so I wondered, could the injuries have been prevented? This led me to the University of Pretoria where I completed my degree summa cum laude. I was determined to bring my unique and bio-mechanical approach to the patients I treat.

I’m always astonished by the human body’s ability to adapt when an external input alters the normal movement patterns. I share my knowledge and expertise I gained through years of experience with high level sport at the HPC (High Performance Center). I have a neuromuscular and bio-mechanical approach which means my aim is to treat the root of the problem through a thorough analysis. I am known to be successful with people suffering from chronic long-term pain as my approach differs from most other physiotherapists. The goal of my treatment is ultimately: “To prevent injury and disability at all costs.”

What my clients say about me

Professional, kind and diligent. Happy to have found this place. Jaco is highly recommended.

W Janse van Rensburg

I had an operation & had no idea what the surgeon did, Jaco explained everything in detail, I am impressed! I have never met such an intelligent forward thinking man. Keep up the good work.

H Smit

I feel like a new person and after 24 hours I almost have no pain! You rock Jaco!!

A Sherman

I refer all my national athletes to Jaco, he sorts them out fast. No matter what the problem tight be: hamstring tears, Achilles tendonopathy, stress fractures or scoliosis. His rehab keeps the athletes on the field, pushing performance at all costs.

N Cornelius

I had lower back pain, so bad I couldn’t stand up straight. After the first treatment I could walk upright with a little discomfort and by the 2nd week I could return to my training for comrades. Didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t expect such a fast recovery. Jaco is a brilliant physio – can’t thank him enough.

R Naude

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Sport Physiotherapist in Pretoria

Sport physiotherapy is focused on your biomechanical and structural rehabilitation. With targeted goals to maximize your functional movement so you can return to normal daily activities. This type of therapy is most commonly used to address accidental injuries, sports injuries and resolving physical impairment due to lifestyle and ageing.

The physiotherapist will focus on the bodies’ main structures of bone, muscle, ligaments and tendons along with the connected systems of the heart, circulation and lungs. Treatment is tailored to the individual based on their initial assessment. Exercise plans and advice are routinely given following treatment and the number of treatments will vary depending on the patient’s progress in recovery.

Specialist in Physio treatment

Jaco Swart has a special interest in problem originating from your Shoulder down your arm, including shoulder blades, shoulder, upper arm, elbow and upper back injuries. To know more about the types of treatment that we use, please refer to the treatment section.

Sport Participation and Post Graduate

I’ve participated in many sporting codes but my passion lies in combat sports. I currently hold a third degree black belt in Ring Contact Fighting Art as well as a first degree black belt in JKA Karate. I have competed in boxing, kickboxing (welterweight title holder), karate and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). I have participate in Cross-fit and have trained in Pilates and Yoga. I have gained a valuable understanding of the relationship between flexibility and strength through this. I am pro-strength training and feel disappointing when are told to stop due to the practitioners poor understanding of strength training.

I’m a lecture at the University of Pretoria and have done my postgraduate course to specialize in Sports Medicine (SPT1). I have completed an LLB and can always be found on a new academic endeavour to improve. I have been the head physiotherapist for domestic T20 cricket teams and I love to travel with sport teams around the country. I have worked with sport icons and Olympic athletes, but my passion for providing a high level of physiotherapy service has brought me into private practice. If you on the verge of giving up on yourself – consult with me and let us change that.

Practicing Physiotherapy in Pretoria

Our practices are fully equipped with the newest technologies and treatment rooms to allow our experienced physiotherapists to treat all musculoskeletal conditions. All our patients will be assessed to identify the cause of their condition so that treatment can be targeted, appropriate and effective.

Renier Cilliers and I run our home based practices in Garsfontein, Pretoria-east. We compliment each other considering the fields in which we specialize. Both Renier and myself pride ourselves in giving a high level of service and have developed a reputation for getting results where others have given up.

I invite you to give me a call to speak directly to me. I will be treating you. Physiotherapist’s treatment can be uncomfortable and may cause you some discomfort. To know more about the types of treatment that we use, please refer to the treatment section.

Work Experience

University of Pretoria
Physiotherapy Department

  • Lecturer
  • Research and Development
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Examiner
  • Outpatient Dept consulting

Tswane Hospital
(Community Service year)

  • ICU
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurological conditions
  • High care
  • Outpatient Department

High Performance Center

  • Private Practice
  • High Performance Athletes (Olympic and National)
  • Screening

Urology Hospital

  • ICU
  • High care