Jumaane Bant graduated with a degree in Sports Therapy from Worcester University. Throughout university, he was on placement with the Worcester Warriors rugby team, Severn Stars netball team, Worcester Wolves basketball team, Worcester neurological clinic and injury clinic, the massage clinic and managed his BUCS American football team. He then worked for the Severn Stars netball team for 2 years. This gave him a array of experience not just in sports but also in clinical situations. He participated in basketball, rowing, and rugby. He currently plays Rugby 7s for Jamaica and maintains his own injury prevention at the gym. As an active person, he understands the importance of looking after your body and having a good routine to help manage the body, preventing injuries and helping to improve overall mobility. Jumaane uses a variety of treatments: sports massage, active release, passive release, mobilisation, PNF stretching and rehabilitation and pre-habilitation exercises, and enjoys watching clients use their body to their full potential.
What led you into wanting to become a sports therapist?
I’ve been fascinated by anatomy for a long time. I have also loved sport and helping people which helped me with deciding what I wanted to study at university. My exposure to sport at a young age and attending games, tournaments and track events inspired me to, not only play, but learn how to avoid injury through therapy.
What has surprised you most about the profession as a practitioner?
How certain areas of my qualification get used and other areas don’t. I predominantly practise soft tissue and rehab/PT in clinics, but I also have my trauma qualification which I rarely need to use.
What have been the unexpected hurdles you have had to face?
Having to make adjustments after getting my sports therapy degree and defining my role and all it entails in different clinics with differing types of clients. Ensuring that I can draw on my training to help solve an injury or plan the rehabilitation.
What have been the unexpected benefits you have enjoyed?
How much I have learnt from other colleagues in the private clinics that I have worked in since I graduated, and how my approach to different cases and methods I treat clients in the manual therapy environment has changed and developed.
What has been your most momentous moment?
Expanding on my soft tissue techniques, FMS, muscle testing and screening testing on my massage and rehabilitation clients.
What glimpse of wisdom can you offer about health/ the body
Listen to your body more; we know our bodies the best and we usually ignore any key signs such aches/pains and/or tightness which are signs there is a problem that should be addressed. Health is wealth; what you put into your body will be what you get out of it. So make time for yourself to look after your body in terms of exercising, diet, hydration, sleep and stretching. Foam rolling and having professional advice and treatment here and there will keep your body ticking over and will prevent any niggles or injuries from developing, and are crucial elements to having a healthy body and lifestyle.
Outside of work, what do you enjoy in life?
I love to exercise and play sport. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. Photography is also a hobby of mine. I currently play Rugby 7s.
What will always bring a smile to your face?
Seeing my clients come a long way due to my intervention.