Dr Jon Patricios

jon2015Jon qualified as a medical doctor at Wits University, Johannesburg in 1992 after which he studied for a master’s degree at the Institute for Sports Medicine and Exercise Science at Sheffield University graduating with distinction. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK), the American College of Sports Medicine (where he serves on the Medical Education Committee) and the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS).

Jon is Clinical Director of Morningside Sports Medicine and has been a practicing sports physician at The Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Rosebank since 1995. He has been team physician to the Wits University Rugby Club and the Professional Basketball League. Jon was team doctor for the Golden Lions Rugby Team for 10 seasons and over 300 first class matches and the Cats Super 12 Rugby Team for 6 seasons. He is a member of SA Rugby’s Medical Advisory Panel and was medical director of the International Rugby Board Under 21 World Cup held in June 2002 in Johannesburg and has been involved in rugby medical administration at school, club, academy and provincial levels for 20 years. In 2014 Jon was appointed to the World Rugby (formerly the International Rugby Board) Advisory Panel on Concussion.

He has been medical doctor to the Lions Cricket Team and stadium doctor at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg since 1997 and has served on the Cricket South Africa Medical Committee for the last 6 years. Jon was the regional medical director (Gauteng) for Cricket World Cup 2003 and Chief Medical officer at the World Cup Final, Medical Co-ordinator for the ICC World 20/20 Tournament 2007, the ICC Champions Trophy 2009, the Indian Premier League 2009 and the Indian Champions League 2010.

He is a consultant doctor to touring international cricket and rugby teams, medical advisor to Kaizer Chiefs premier league football team and a member of the Rockies Comrades Marathon Panel of experts. In 2011 he became a member of the Premier Soccer League Medical Group and was medical consultant to Cirque De Soleil. In 2012 he was appointed as Chief Medical Officer for MTN Qhubeka, Africa’s first pro-continental cycling team.

Jon is a co-founder and current director of Sports Concussion South Africa and the Schools Sports Concussion Programme. He is the author of the Sports Concussion Chapter for the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS) manual (2009) on injury management and the South African Rugby Union “BokSmart” concussion protocols (2008-2015). He has presented the concussion programme including the integration of clinical assessments and cognitive screening at international congresses including the American College of Sports Medicine (2007-2015), South African Sports Medicine Association (2005-2013), presented at the Third International Conference on Sports Concussion (Zurich, 2008) and presented on the topics of concussion and tendinopathy at 4 international conferences in 2014. In 2015 he will be lecturing on concussion in Singapore, Florida and San Diego, USA and London. In February 2012 the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCOAT) that he developed as a clinical assessment tool for concussion was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Jon has been elected President of the South African Sports Medicine Association in 2013 for his second term. He serves on the South African Rugby Medical Association, and Cricket South Africa’s Medical Committee, has been the race doctor for the 94.7 Cycle Challenge and serves on tribunals for the South African Institute of Drug Free Sport. For the FIFA 2010 World Cup he was appointed to conduct the pre-competition medical assessments on the South African National Team (“Bafana Bafana”) and was a local medical consultant to several other international teams.

Jon is a lecturer and assessor in post-graduate sports medicine at Pretoria University, an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Wits University and is the current Chairman of the Council of St John’s College, Johannesburg. He has presented over 300 seminars and published papers locally and internationally as well as contributing chapters to 2 books “Make sure of your Comrades Medal” (2010) and “Rugby is in our blood” (2011).

His current research projects include the identification of genetic factors underlying Achilles tendon injuries, genetic predisposition to concussion in sport (with Prof Malcolm Collins, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town) and the efficacy of platelet rich plasma injections in patella tendinopathy (a multi-centre trial with the Australian Institute of Sport). In February 2009 Jon was appointed convener of the American College of Sports Medicine’s International Team Physician Course held in Johannesburg and convened a similar course in Cape Town in October 2012. He will again host an ACSM team at the SASMA Congress in 2015 of which he is convenor.

Jon has been awarded the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) travelling fellowship which he will undertake in April 2015 lecturing, teaching and learning at sports medicine centres around the United States.

He is an associate editor of 2 international journals, the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Current Sports Medicine Reports (USA), and has been extensively involved in Continuing Medical Education Programmes lecturing to colleagues and the public, producing sports medicine education manuals, rugby development protocols and appearing on several national and regional radio and television broadcasts.

In addition, Jon is involved in education as the Chairman of the Council at St John’s College, Johannesburg.


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