The spring 2014 Sports Physical Therapy Section Travelling Fellowship was an exciting experience for three Sports Physical Therapists: Daniel Hass, PT, DPT, SCS (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH), Chris Juneau, PT, DPT, SCS (Ironman Sports Institute, Houston, TX), and Matt Owens, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA). The three Fellows flew into Houston, TX to kick off the program with host Physical Therapist Russ Paine, PT (shown above with the Fellows) at Memorial Hermann. In addition to observing Russ in action in the clinic, the Fellows had the opportunity to meet and interact with the rehabilitation and training staff of the Houston Rockets (Head Athletic Trainer Keith Jones and Director of Strength and Conditioning Darryl Eto) and Houston Texans (Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist Geoff Kaplan and Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist Roland Ramirez). Other stops in Houston included Baseball USA with pitching coach David Evans and River Oaks Country club with golf professional Bruce Davidson.
The Fellows and Russ Paine at a game.
The next stop was Scottsdale, AZ with host Todd Ellenbecker, MS, PT, SCS, OCS, CSCS, where the Fellows observed a busy Ellenbecker at Physiotherapy Associates treating a majority of shoulder/elbow athletes. The fellows then spent an afternoon with Todd and USTA Tennis Director David Critchley, where they observed some of the top amateur tennis players train. The Fellows travelled 20 miles west the next day to Physiotherapy Associates in Glendale, AZ where Keith Kocher, PT, MOMT, FAAOMPT, and colleagues treated a number of overhead athletes. The last day of the Traveling Fellowship ended with Head Athletic Trainer Ken Krenshaw and the Arizona Diamondbacks rehabilitation and training staff at the brand new Talking Stick spring training facility. Not only did the Fellows spend hours observing and interacting with the training staff, but were also able to catch a spring training game to wrap up the day!