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semli Clinical & Scientific Services

SEMLI promotes the health and well-being of people through lifestyle interventions, reducing exercise-related illness, injuries and medical complications, promoting participation in exercise and facilitating improvements in sports performance.
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List of Services

Fundamental to the success of SEMLI is its unique patient-centered and multi-disciplinary approach to research and scientific and clinical services, which fosters an invaluable culture of research informing best clinical practice, and vice versa.


Sport & exercise medicine

Sport and exercise medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, treatment and management of illness, injury and other medical complications related to participation in sport and exercise.

Sports medicine physicians have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries in muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones; and also advise on the management and prevention of injuries in all active individuals. They may also treat chronic illnesses that can affect physical performance, such as asthma and diabetes. Sports physicians treat all medical complications that an active person may encounter, from musculoskeletal injuries, cardiology (heart) issues, sub-optimal performance, and exercise-induced asthma, to screening for cardiac abnormalities and diabetes.

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semli biokinetics


Biokinetics is the science of movement and the application of exercise in rehabilitative treatment. The primary function of Biokinetics is to improve physical functioning and health care through exercise.

Biokinetics is concerned with health promotion, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation, using the prescription of scientifically-based physical activity programmes. A Biokineticist is a clinical exercise specialist who facilitates a person’s improvement in physical well-being and quality of life through individualised scientific assessment and the prescription of exercise in rehabilitative treatment. The aim being to prevent or intervene with certain ailments and to enhance performance (sport and work). Biokineticists evaluate and measure body posture, body composition, blood pressure, glucose levels, lung function, heart rate, fitness, muscle strength, endurance, power, flexibility and other health screenings.

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semli physiotherapy


Sports Physiotherapy is a specialised division of Physiotherapy focussed on sports-related injury treatment, rehabilitation and prevention.

A Sports Physiotherapist can provide sports injury treatment and rehabilitation, post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation, injury prevention strategies, injury screening and risk factor identification, back & neck treatment, postural improvement, strapping, treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.

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sport science

Sport Scientists are specialists in the application of scientific principles and techniques to assist coaches and athletes improve their performance at an individual level or within the context of a team environment.  Sport Science is broadly made up of three areas of speciality – these are Sports Physiology, Strength & Conditioning, and Sports Biomechanics.

Sports Physiology involves the assessment of anthropometric, physiological, and metabolic demands of sport training and competition, developing sports-specific physiological assessments, monitoring training and competition loads and providing advice on recovery and regeneration techniques.

Strength & Conditioning includes assessing the physical fitness demands of sport training and competition, developing individual and/or team training goals and priorities following identification of physical strengths and weaknesses, designing and implementing tailored strength and conditioning training programmes to enhance sports performance, and integrating strength and conditioning training with the sport-specific, technical and tactical training of athletes.

Sports Biomechanics assesses sports techniques using reliable and valid technologies to improve an athlete’s performance, reduce injury risk, or monitor progression during the injury rehabilitation process.  It is used to measure an athlete’s force production abilities, as well as external forces and mechanical load experienced by the athlete in various conditions (e.g. task- and intensity-specific, different footwear, surfaces, fatigue, technique modifications).

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semli nutrition


Services our Dietitian offer:

InBody Scale is being used at every consultation.

Special Interest in:

  • Sports performance and athletes
  • Weight management
  • Chronic Lifestyle diseases- for example Diabetes, Heart disease, Elevated cholesterol, Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • Breastfeeding
  • Complimentary feeding (Introducing solid foods to your baby)
  • Growth monitoring for children <5 years
  • Healthy eating habits and nutritional adequacy for kids, teens, and adults
  • BestMed Tempo Wellness Assessments
  • Group education sessionsGroup education sessions

What to expect from a consultation with our dietitian:
The initial assessment (±60 minutes):

  • Body composition analysis with the InBody scale
  • Interpretation of InBody Data
  • Examination of your lifestyle and eating habits
  • Goal setting
  • Individualized nutrition coaching
  • Individualized nutrition education sent electronically
  • Individualized check in Message from Dietitian

Meal plan discussion (if necessary):
(± 30 minutes, takes place after the initial consultation)

  • Full body composition analysis
  • Discussion of meal plan
  • Food diary discussion

Follow up consultations:
(± 30 minutes)

  • Full body composition analysis with InBody scale every time
  • Discussion of any challenges or feelings experienced
  • Diet plan amendments if needed
  • New goal setting
The SEMLI dietitians offer personalised meal plans for athletes related to their sports performance; for lifestyle-related diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, cancer, high blood pressure), pregnancy and lactation, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), weight management and gastrointestinal disorders (such as irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers, crohn's, diverticulitis, chronic constipation).  They also perform Vitality nutrition assessments, advice on healthy eating habits and nutritional adequacy for kids, teens and adults, and group education sessions and tailor made workshops.
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semli psychology

sport psychology

Sport psychology uses psychological principles to assist athletes in achieving their best performance. Sport Psychology may assist athletes on two different levels:

On one level athletes may request performance enhancement - here the focus would be to assist the individual to self-actualise within the sport environment. This could focus on addressing fear of failure, dealing with injury, fear of re-injury, self-confidence, dealing with pressure and the termination of the athletic career to name a few.

Sport psychology may, on a different level, also assist athletes who present with difficulties in other contexts of their lives, for example, interpersonal relationships, adjustment difficulties, trauma, grief, anxiety and depression which has a detrimental impact on their athletic performance.

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semli radiology

capital radiology onsite

Capital Radiology has a facility conveniently situated within the SEMLI precinct on the Hillcrest Campus (Burnett Street) of the University of Pretoria, which is available to the public for radiological services including ultrasound, X-Ray and MRI.

+27 (12) 001 0070

+27 (86) 582 6201 (Fax)

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