By Christine Danielson
Nearly all small talk I've had inevitably lead to, “so when did you decide you wanted to be a physical therapist?” I have gotten this question probably a hundred times both in and outside of work, yet I have the same answer for everyone: "I knew when I was a freshman in high school!"
I consider myself lucky that I found my passion rather early in life. I come from a family of athletes--swimmers specifically--and was regularly shuttled between sports practices about 5 to 6 nights a week. My practice schedule began with swim to soccer to basketball, then right back to swim. I would eat dinner or do homework in the car just so I could continue participating in everything. I played almost every sport growing up, but the constant in my life was always swimming. And it was because of this sport I was introduced to Physical Therapy (PT) at just 14 years old.
As a whole, swimmers are not known to have the best posture in the world. The typical forward head, rounded shoulders look you see when you watch any major swim meet you will now be sure to notice more than you will notice “good posture." You will notice this same posture in the general population as well (but that is not the topic at hand, even though many of the traits and stretches/exercises below can carry over to the general public). It is because of this posture that I found myself in PT. I was a freshman in high school and at the time and was committed to two swim practices a day plus lacrosse practice. Eventually, I began to notice pain along the side of my shoulder that would radiate mid-way down my arm. The pain was only made worse when I raised my arms overhead.
Mackenzie Chrisco, PT, DPT is a former collegiate club lacrosse athlete and Division 1 rower from the University of Delaware, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2015. Dr. Chrisco went on to attend Emory University in Atlanta, GA receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree in 2018, with highest honors. With a special interest in sports medicine and a background as a multi-sport athlete, Dr. Chrisco gained knowledge from experts in the field of sports physical therapy during various internship experiences, treating patients of various ages, interests, and abilities. Dr. Chrisco has a strong passion for movement and hopes to combine rehabilitation and sports performance specific treatment, manual therapy, and functional dry needling into focused patient-centered care.
Tori Rhoades, PT, DPT graduated from the University of Delaware in 2014 after only 3 years with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Health, Physical Activity and Disability. She was introduced to the FX PT family during a 3 month full-time internship while completing her graduate degree and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2018. Dr. Rhoades is planning on pursuing courses to hone her skills for functional evaluation and treatment and become certified in Functional Dry Needling. She enjoys treating youth athletes and patients with neurologic diagnoses, however consistently incorporates education into her treatment plans to allow all of her patients to be active participants in their care and perform at their personal best, while promoting injury prevention for the future.
By Lindsay Kirlin PT, DPT
Summer is here! With the great weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to head out for a ride or hit the spin studio to burn some extra calories. Although cycling is a universal sport that almost anyone can participate in, each bike fit is individualized based on biomechanical and anatomical uniqueness. Multiple factors such as terrain, event-specific positions, novice vs. elite rider pedal technique, flexibility constraints, and mobility constraints all contribute to an individualized bike fit.
During a fitting process, the most important aspects are the point of contacts on the bike. Even though there is not a “one-size-fits-all” for bike fitting, below are some tips and tricks to help when fitting your bike.