Motion is the Best Lotion

This is one of our favorite sayings at Rehab Plus.  In essence, the bulk of what we do in physical therapy is based on movement: be it restoration of range of motion after an injury, teaching/coaching/cueing correct movement patterns (be it walking, running, throwing, etc.), understanding balance and functional transfer of weight, we could go on an on.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of teaching MOVEMENT.  Be it a  neuro patient learning to walk again to a prospective NFL draft pick learning how to run the fastest 40 yard dash he is capable of, to everything in between, teaching proper MOVEMENT is one of our specialties.

The following piece is a little technical, but we found it pretty cool.  It’s about a boxer called “Chocalatito”(considered one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world) and his use of proper footwork and balance to maximize his boxing efficiency.  The piece is called “The Art of Moving”.  Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks to All Our Fall Interns

Much thanks to all of our fall interns.  They’ve done a great job! Javier, Arielle and Sam will be graduating from ASU and probably going to physical therapy school. Mariola will be heading back to Chicago to finish up the last part of her physical therapy program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. We’ll miss them all!

BMX Legend Eddy King Fights to Walk Again

On October 6, 2013, BMX legend, Eddy King suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury after falling off his bike.  On his 2 year anniversary of his accident, we wanted to give an update on Eddy’s amazing recovery and journey to walking without wheelchairs or canes.   Please watch the video.

With spinal cord injuries there is no definite recovery or outcome.  Eddy has proven that the body can and will heal.  Function can be regained through hard work and dedication.  As Eddy says “there is no blue print for recovery from a spinal cord injury”.

Eddy’s trainer, Chad Dunn, says “we have taken an athletic approach to Eddy’s rehabilitation, incorporating training movements, not single muscles.  We always say around here, ‘It’s not where you start, but where you finish’, and Eddy is a great testimomy to that”.

Technology in Physical Therapy and Sports Performance



The world is certainly a different place now than it was a year or two ago, much less ten years ago.  Technology has become an increasing part of our every day lives and some aspect of technology touches everything we encounter.  Keeping up with technology and implenting it into one’s business effectively is a challenge for all, Rehab Plus included.  Following is a pretty cool article we found about how the St. Louis Rams are embracing technology to more effectively teach and connect with a very young team made up mostly of “millenials”.


Here are just a couple of examples of how we’re using some elements of technology to deliver better care:


  1. Home Exercise Programs-  No need to draw stick figures of exercises, or hand out some “boiler plate” home exercise program.  In many cases, we have started to video patients performing selected home exercises, then text or email to them.  This way the patient gets visual “real time” feedback, the sets and reps are verbally spoken, the proper technique is “cued”, demonstrated, and corrected,  and all they have to do is go to their smart phone and it’s right in front of them.
  1. “Coaches Eye”- This is a great app that allows us to tape, then analyze mechanical efficiency (i.e gait correction, postural correction, etc.) and then text or email to the patient so they can study themselves.  For “visual” learners this is a great teaching tool.  And it’s a free download app.  We have used this app extensively with athletic performance as well as clinical physical therapy.
  1. Digital Correspondence-  As simple as it sounds, once we have patients in our system, the ability to text or email personally and privately with the patient can be a very time effective tool.

Grudge Match: Danny vs Ann



While we all try to work hard and service our patients to the best of our ability, we also try to have fun.  As such, our staff at Rehab Plus is always competing with each other in one way or the other.  Recently Dan Herrle threw down a challenge to our summer intern Ann Marie challenging her to a 400 Meter race.  Now while Dan played collegiate baseball, Ann Marie not only played division 1 college basketball, she also ran track, and her event was the 400m race.  Doesn’t sound like a good move on Dan’s part, but he assured us he would emerge victorious.




Ann Marie was very confident in her abilities and didn’t seem to fazed by Danny’s taunting





20150613_123542-11Renowned attorney Bob Itri even set the betting line at Ann minus 4 seconds.




Danny even had the lead for about 20 meters…that didn’t last long.









In front of a good crowd of Rehab Plus friends/patients/staff Ann smoked Danny by 5 seconds.


ATT_1434746372990_20150613_123642See Dan cramped up!!!






See all pre-race interview and full race video


Congragulations Ann! The next challenge awaits.


While we always have interns with us in the clinic (physical therapy students doing clinical rotations, undergrad exercise science students , and master’s level exercise physiology, biomechanics, and bio engineering students) this summer we have our first intern in entrepreneurship! A Brophy graduate, and currently enrolled at St. Louis University, T.J. Decker is an honor student in addition to being a varsity swimmer. We’ve known T.J. and his family for many years and are really excited to collaborate on this project with T.J. He is going to be doing some direct marketing work as well as giving his input into the social media and website content. We’ve encouraged T.J. to come up with some of his own creative concepts and to “think outside the box” when working with us. This will be a fun project! Welcome T.J.!

Young Athletes Begin Speed Camp this Week

FullSizeRender22Week 1 of our Annual Speed Camp with Warren Anderson is in the books.  We have a great crew of young athletes from Brophy Prep, St. Mary’s High School, Harvard University, Seton Catholic High School, Arcadia High School, Ingleside Middle School, and Madison Traditional among other schools around the valley.   Athletes, both boys and girls, ranging from 11 to 20 years old. These young athletes are experiencing a great opportunity to work with one of the best trainers in the world.  He’s worked with youth, college, and professional athletes for more than 30 years.  He teaches and instructs athletic development unlike any other trainer.  Simply put, in our opinion, no other trainer can do what he does, teaching the “why” we do a drill, teaching game smarts, teaching them to listen and learn, to get the drill right, pulling out the competitive drive of each athlete.

Our camp is open for new clients if you are interested in becoming a better athlete.  Our camp will run every Tuesday and Thursday this summer except the week of Fourth of July.  Please call us at (602) 954-7742 to sign up before the camp is full.

An Intern’s Experience at Rehab Plus

11006372_10150471893519960_5057536484973326690_nMany of you got to know Karly very well over the last few months.  Karly has finished her ASU internship with us and hopefully, we have convinced her to go to physical therapy school or scared her to death, not sure.  We appreciate Karly’s hard work, dedication to providing our patients with excellent customer service and greeting every patient with a smile.  We will miss Karly and we wish her all the best in the future.  Karly left us with kind words of her experience with us that we would like to share.

“My experience interning at Rehab Plus- Phoenix has increased my understanding of the importance of exercise to prevent and heal injuries. One of my favorite experiences was to work with a patient who had issues with both of her knees; her first day at the clinic she could hardly walk without assistance. By the time I left she was walking on her own and completing the exercises given with enthusiasm. The enthusiasm came not only because she saw the improvement in herself, but also because she started understanding the importance of the exercises for her. This occurred because of the knowledge, patience, and skill set of the PTs, PTA’s, and exercise specialists at the clinic. The staff is very knowledgeable and they are so willing to help their patients get better. I loved my time here and I plan to make what I learned here the foundation for future rehab experiences.”


Karly N.

Single Sport vs. Multiple Sport (Part 2)

In part 2 of our Single Sport vs. Multiple Sport discussion, we provide commentaries from our staff  on a great article we found written by sports writer, Jonah Keri called The Tommy John Epidemic:  What’s Behind the Rapid Increase of Pitchers Undergoing Elbow Surgery?  In the article, the author talks with Dr. Glenn Fleisig who was the research director at the American Sports Medicine Institute and adviser to Little League, USA Baseball, and Major League Baseball.  Dr. Fleisig has extensively studied pitch counts and injury rates over his career.


Dr. Fleisig quotes in the article,

“Here, look at this. This is a graph of surgeries done at our center. For a while, there were none in youth leagues or high school. Then they started happening, and trending up. Back in the mid-1990s, 100 percent of our patients were adults. By the time we get to 2010, [the adolescent rate is] pushing 40 percent.

So is this strictly overuse?

Right. We found out that the ones who had surgery tended to be the ones who would throw more than 80 pitches in a game, the ones who pitched more than eight months per year. Again, this was 15- to 20-year-old kids. The pitchers who have surgery were almost always the ones who kept pitching when they were fatigued.

The basic problem is that too much pitching leads to injuries. People ask me all the time, “Is pitching natural?” I would say that excessive pitching, throwing 100 full-effort pitches every fifth day, is not natural.”

We asked our own Hal Wyatt, Certified Athletic Trainer for our high school program and former NFL athletic trainer what he thought about this article.  Hal says,

“I think the guy hit it on the head with the identification of the “one sport generation”….I think uncorrected poor mechanics in  kids is a contributing factor…in general, kids are not nearly as physically fit today as they were 50 years ago…. then the proliferation of all the travel and all star teams when they’re 10-14 yrs old and they play year round…more stress on more poorly conditioned bodies…bad combination”.

As sports performance and physical therapy specialists to athletes at all levels for over 20 years, we continue to advocate for our young clients to engage in multiple sports throughout the year, appropriate strength training, and adequate “active rest” and recuperation.  Not only are you reducing the risk for overuse injuries, but your chances of becoming a better overall athlete increases.
We asked our owner and sports perfomance specialist, Warren Anderson, his thoughts on this topic.

“Even IF a youngster has devoted himself to one sport, like baseball, he or she has to “carve” out time in the calender year for general athletic development , and , at some point appropriate strength training. Some in the medical community use the term “serial pattern overloading”, which basically means if the majority of your training revolves around one movement: i.e throwing, linear running, freestyle swimming, etc.  or activity: i.e. volleyball, baseball, swimming, etc. the likelihood of injury raises dramatically.  “

At Rehab Plus, we provide sports performance training to appropriately strengthen our young athletes to help them to not only perform to “make plays”, but to decrease the chance of traumatic and overuse injuries.  We also have been providing injury rehabilitation and physical therapy to professional athletes, Olympic athletes, collegiate athletes, and high school athletes for over 20 years.  We’ve trained and rehabbed the best.  If you have sports injuries or looking to become a better athlete, come and train and rehab like the pros with Rehab Plus Sports Performance and Injury Rehabilitation.

Call us at (602) 954-7742 to set up a consultation.

Check out this great article from the Chicago Tribune, Cubs’ Joe Maddon no fan of travel baseball and how he appreciates multi-sport athletes and his thoughts of travel baseball.