As a sophomore in college, I tore my UCL for the fourth time and was informed by my physician that my baseball career was over. After coming to grips with my situation, I began to investigate why my career had been cut short and if there was something that I could have done differently to prevent this from happening in the first place.
My curiosity led to my acceptance into the University of Missouri’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. While at Mizzou, I became a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and accepted an internship with the MU Human Performance Institute. While working my way into an Assistant Trainer position, I was fortunate to get to work with athletes ranging from grade school aged to the professional realm. In addition to coaching athletes, I had the opportunity to train individuals with various medical histories, such as COPD, cancer, diabetes, cerebral palsy and many more.
During my final clinical rotation at Mizzou I traveled to EXOS at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL where I was introduced to the Selective Functional Movement Assessment and learned how to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance. Following graduation, I spent the next two years with EXOS treating athletes from the NFL, MLB, and UFC in addition to rehabilitating our special forces military.
Currently, I work as a Physical Therapist in Columbia, MO where I continue to collaborate with performance coaches and integrate numerous technologies into the rehabilitation process in order to deliver the best possible care.
I believe my past professional experiences have given me a unique ability to take a movement-based approach to physical therapy in order to help my athletes traverse the return-to-play continuum from the treatment table to playing field.
The goal of this blog is to help physical therapy students and practicing clinicians alike to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance in an effort to optimize performance and mitigate the risk of injury in athletes of all backgrounds.