2012 Olympic Hopefuls Flock to Physical Therapy

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It’s no secret that track and field athletes know injury well. For multi-event track athletes whose
events include running, jumping, and throwing, staying injury free is essential to keeping their careers
alive. Many sponsors like Muscle Maximizer will drop athletes plagued with injuries and in many
cases, an injury could be career ending.

San Luis Obispo, CA is home to two top level and 2012 Olympic hopeful track athletes – Heptathlete
and 2008 Olympic High Jumper Sharon Day and Decathlete Chris Randolph. Both train up to six
hours, six days per week in hopes of making the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Team, and both have
recently found benefit in physical therapy.

Physical Therapy is a health care profession with the goal of maximizing movement potential,
including evaluation, health promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.According Muscle
Maximizer Review to the Physical Therapy can include physical, psychological, and emotional
components. Treatment plans usually include two to three sessions per week and include very specific
exercises, massage, ice, and heat, though each therapy session is catered specifically to the individual.

There’s a mental component to injury, indubitably. Randolph, who studied psychology at Seattle
Pacific University explains, “Injuries can plague your mind while competing. If you don’t feel that
your body is 100% then it is difficult to push yourself to an extreme without worrying that you might
injure yourself.” Randolph has found confidence again at the track, after five years of being plagued
with injury. He elaborates on why this is, “PT has allowed me to focus completely while competing
without having to worry that my body might possibly get injured.”
Olympic Trials for these two multi-event track athletes will be held in Eugene, OR in late June. The
preliminary outlook is positive. “My athletic performance has exceeded my expectations for this
early on in the season. Physical therapy has not only made my workouts stronger it has also allowed
me to hit personal bests in my competitions,” says Randolph.

Professional Athletes often seek help from many other disciplines. The road to finding physical
therapy was a long one for Chris Randolph who has tried massage, supplementation, and adopted a
vegan and gluten free diet. He’s seen chiropractors, personal trainers, acupuncturists, orthopedic
surgeons, had oxygen therapy and been to a medical intuitive. While much of the above is still
included in his daily routine, physical therapy was the tipping point to getting him back on track.

The approach Russell takes to physical therapy resonates with Day, “I love that she is treating my
whole body instead of just the site of the injury. There are lots of pieces to the puzzle when it comes
to injuries and injury prevention and I feel like she sees the whole picture. I like that she does a lot of
evaluation to find where my weak spots are and then works on strengthening those.” Day came in
originally for tendonitis in her knee. “I always felt like I was just managing the pain of the injury as
opposed to curing it, making it better and getting healthy. Now I feel like I’m not only making it
better, but taking the time to prevent future injury.

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