THE SCIENCE BEHIND PERFORMANCE WITH MOLOPYANE

With sport performance, sport science, strength and conditioning, performance testing, resistance training and human performance being only a few of the skills and expertise he encompasses, than surely there is much more to Obakeng Molopyane than what people may think.

 

After matriculating at Lofdal Christian School, Molopyane pursued Sport Science. “I did both my undergraduate and post graduate degrees at the University of Free State, and my latest degree is an honours degree in Sport Science, which I graduate with cum laude” said 24-year old Molopyane. “Another major qualification I have is a Human Tecar Therapist and operator, at this stage I am the only one in South Africa with it.” Tecar Therapy is a unique manual therapy treatment used in physiotherapy and it uses a combination of sophisticated manual techniques with electrotherapy technologies. “Both of my parents are medical doctors, so the science has always been in me, but I have no idea where the sport ‘gene’ comes from” he added.

He went on to represent Free State in athletics (100m/200m) and long and short course swimming (50m/100m freestyle and 50m fly). Although he had the potential to be a class athlete, he decided to put his dreams aside in order to help others achieve theirs. “I love seeing my work having a positive influence on the performances of my athletes, helping them realize their dreams/goals” said Molopyane who started his professional career in 2015. “From March 2015 I started training Wayde and Gideon Trotter and that was affectively the start of my professional career as a sport scientist.” He also became the only Human Tecar therapist in SA in November 2016, therefore setting himself apart from the rest in his field. And on top of that, he was naturally drawn to his current study field. “I chose the field because I have always had a natural interest in the human body and performance. The interest also stems from my interest and participation in sport from a young age” he further said.

Business for him eventually went through the roof, and he still enjoys a busy schedule with top notch sport persons. Besides Wayde van Niekerk, “I work with Akani Simbine (Human Tecar Therapy), the Free State Warriors basketball team S & C (Strength and Conditioning), Free State VKB Knights Academy and Semi-pro cricket teams (S & C) and Hendrik Maartens (S & C).” He also coaches a few up-coming athletes at Kovsies, no wonder why there is such a buzz around the place. And his ‘anything and anytime’ hands-on approach also adds to his success. “What I have learned from working with Wayde and some other athletes is that you have to be prepared to deal with anything and anytime. Your client’s body will never feel the same on two given days, especially in peak cycle, and my job is to make sure the body is prepared for the main track work by of means both strength and conditioning as well as treatment…but always be prepared to think on the spot.”

And for anyone looking to follow the same path as Molopyane, be prepared to work hard. “Have a burning passion for sport or the sports you will be working in, as well as having a passion for people in general and understand that athletes are people with emotions too. Also remember to always stay reading scientific papers/articles, stay updated and be aware of what changes are happening around the world; that, and reaffirming the basics could be the difference maker.”

Aged only 24, surely a bright future lie ahead for Obakeng Molopyane, and as he constantly reaffirms the basics in his life, he will conquer the world with his feet planted on solid ground.

 

Written by Reggie Hufkie