Craig Govender, currently holds the post of Head Physiotherapist at the Bizhub Highveld Lions Cricket Franchise, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Seen as a Sports Physiotherapist with a special interest in cricket, he is also currently the South African “A” physiotherapist and has worked closely with the Protea’s in present times.
A cricket enthusiast, that played the game during high school and university. Cricket has always been a passion and the goal setting began at Kharwastan Secondary School, Chatsworth, Durban. He had to leave Durban, after a year of Sport Science at the then University of Durban-Westville, to Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), situated in Bellville to begin the dream of becoming a cricket physiotherapist. Plying his trade as a leg spinner for the 1st and 2nd team for UWC, cricket continued to flow in his blood. After graduating in 2004, he returned to UWC in 2006, on a cricket bursary to begin a Masters degree in Physiotherapy. His thesis was entitled “The implementation of an injury prevention programme in the lower limb soft tissues of fast bowlers”. The 2009 summer graduation proved to be a momentous occasion, as he then registered for a PhD in 2010. Upon his return to UWC in 2006, Craig developed the Sports Medical Department of an extremely well run cricket bursary programme called, Sport Skills for Life Skills. The players of the programme were now assessed and conditioned as domestic franchise players were, thus bringing in a semblance of professionalism in a very amateur/club environment. From 2007-2009 he was honoured by being asked to be the National Universities Physiotherapist.
In 2010, the, Bizhub Highveld Lions Cricket Franchise, under the then coach Dave Nosworthy, approached him to become the first full time employed cricket physiotherapist in the country. Hence forming a high performance environment, which, consisted of a full time strength and conditioning coach, a bowling coach, as well as an assistant and Head coach in Nosworthy.
Since his rise to the professional cricket ranks, Craig as progressed from being the National Universities Physiotherapist, to the, South African National Academy Physiotherapist and now, the current South African “A” physiotherapist under Vincent Barnes. In recent times he has also taken care of the Proteas, during the 2013 Pakistan ODI series and toured with the Champions Trophy squad for a preseason camp in Amsterdam, Holland.
Craig is now currently establishing an interdisciplinary sports medical centre at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium. This facility will consist of 12 specialist sports practitioners and a fully functional gym.