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Overview

In addition to our professional physical therapy training, all of our therapists are competitive athletes in their own right. We understand what it takes to win the next race, and we're here to help. Our techniques have proven so successful LAVA Magazine has selected us to write their monthly column on training tips. We also sponsor several professional athletes and teams that provide us with "live" data on what techniques work for each sport.






PERFORMANCE TESTING

1. SPORT SPECIFIC MUSCULOSKELETAL AND FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT

2. RUN GAIT ANALYSIS

3. ADVANCED MEDICAL BIKE FIT

4. VO2 MAX AND METABOLIC TESTING

5. NUTRITION AND SUBSTRATE UTILIZATION 

"Not only are the world’s best Triathletes put together well genetically, they are also “engineered” by  wide range of service provision experts to enhance their genetic gifts. Physical Therapy has been and remains at the forefront of this “engineering” process whereby through a thorough process of screenings including current physical and historical referencing and measuring, a PT can identify all areas of where interventions can occur. Using business terminology, personally and at USAT we conduct what is called a SWOT analysis, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. The entire purpose of the PT screening is based around clearly identify each of these areas and then in conjunction with the primary coach and a host of service providers creating an integrated program whereby physiological training is coupled with a wide range of mechanical aspects and physical wellbeing. Be it a top professional athlete or the part time athlete, the identification of mechanical or functional limiters is not only a key first step but also a continual point of reference when in search of optimal performance and longevity in sport. One of the key measures I use outside of performance markers and outcomes is “days lost to injury”. As we have further integrated our support at Endurance Rehab as well as with key United States Olympic Committee providers our performances have improved and the days lost to injury reduced. You can put these in any order but the correlation is clear. No different to training the body for continual improvement, initial and subsequent screening by a quality PT is a great investment at any level in achieving performance gains."

Jonathan Hall

Head Coach Triathlon  Canada
Former High Perfromance Advisor USA

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