We are delighted that Dr Siva Mani-Babu is joining the Sportswise team. He will start with us in early July, working alongside Dr Polly Baker. Siva qualified at UCL Medical School in 2005 and in 2013 completed his four-year Sport and Exercise Medicine training, also in London, to become an SEM consultant.
Since becoming an SEM consultant Dr Mani-Babu has worked at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court. After two years in the Lower Limbs Dept, he became Lead Consultant for Spines Rehabilitation in the Centre for Spines and Upper Quadrant Rehabilitation, managing chronic musculoskeletal symptoms.
He was involved at the London 2012 Games, working as field of play team leader at the weight lifting and athletics arenas, and, as so many have said of working at the London Games, he says ‘it was an incredible experience, particularly as it was in the city I predominantly grew up in’.
Now in his sixth season as a club doctor with Brentford Football Club he has seen the club move up through the leagues ‘with our ultimate goal of promotion to the Premier League,’ he says. Though passionate about many sports, football is the main sport Siva has followed, enjoyed working in, and has played, though he does say that ‘of course I would like to have had more playing ability myself!’
As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Dr Mani-Babu also works for British Athletics as a classifier for Disability Athletics and has been involved with the Sport and Exercise Medicine National Training programme as a member of the National Training Committee. To further develop his expertise Siva went back to university recently to complete a formal qualification with a Postgraduate Diploma in musculoskeletal ultrasound at the University of Bournemouth. ‘Though going back to writing lots of essays was hard work,’ he says, ‘it was definitely worth it.’
We are thrilled that Dr Mani-Babu will be working with us at Sportswise, bringing a wealth of skills and expertise, and together with Dr Baker forming a highly qualified and talented Sport and Exercise Consultant team.