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Divya Jaitly & Sameer Jain take a ta­ble at the rooftop Ev­viva Sky Lounge

vi­sion of ProS­port Fit­ness was born more clearly in 2008, more so post my shoul­der in­jury, when I wanted to cre­ate a fa­cil­ity that pro­vides train­ing, re­hab, and phys­io­ther­apy un­der one roof, so you get the right guid­ance at the time you need it. I would travel abroad, be­cause I wouldn’t find this kind of sys­tem in In­dia. I wanted there to be a cen­tre that would fill gap of in­jury man­age­ment and sports re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and that’s where the thought came from. When my first shoul­der in­jury took me out of the field, I did my surgery, physio and my shoul­der strength­en­ing abroad. The only rea­son I did that is be­cause I wasn’t sure that I would find ev­ery­thing un­der one roof in In­dia. We do have fab­u­lous sur­geons in In­dia, but phys­io­ther­apy is not up to the mark. And phys­io­ther­apy ac­counts for 40 per cent of your come back! Be­sides, as an ath­lete, you need ag­gres­sive phys­io­ther­apy. You don’t just re­cover from the surgery… You have to get back in shape as bet­ter as be­fore. With my shoul­der surgery, I could still go to the gym and train other parts of my body so that I could still be fit. In­juries do break the rhythm, but there are other ways of achiev­ing the same thing, so your fit­ness lev­els are not lost dras­ti­cally. This is why we have roped in An­drew Lei­pus and Adrian Le-Roux, who are the best-known names in train­ing and phys­io­ther­apy. I was keen to get them on board; es­pe­cially with my also hav­ing worked with them ear­lier, I wanted them to lead the team.

So ProS­port is a new age gym with train­ing and physio un­der one roof? In In­dia, the sur­geon does his job. Then what? The ph­syio does his work… The trainer does his work. But they all do this in cy­cles. At ProS­port, we com­plete the cir­cle. The trainer and the physio work to­gether to pro­vide both pre-hab and re­hab, which are cus­tom­ized pro­grammes be­fore and af­ter the surgery. Some­times surgery can be pushed, if you take the cor­rect ac­tion for your in­juries, and that’s what we do in pre-hab! Also, in cases of post-surgery, you need to have a whole sys­tem that will have to help you get back on your feet. Take ACL in your knees, for ex­am­ple, the re­hab for which goes on for six months. But within six months, with a good trainer and physio, you can play any sport. The whole idea of hav­ing a hub like this is to feel a pos­i­tive en­ergy. You don’t feel like this is a clinic and some­thing is wrong with you. You feel charged up to ex­er­cise.

What is Za­heer, the en­tre­pre­neur, like? Any lead­er­ship lessons from cricket you ap­ply to busi­ness? How do you han­dle your time with so many things? Ev­ery­thing I know, I have learned from

Sachin Ten­du­lakar and Za­heer Khan cut­ting the cake, at the launch of Za­heer’s sports bar lounge TOSS in Pune

Za­heer Khan with his fam­ily

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