Race Tip #3: Advice From Us

The Bayshore Marathon provided an opportunity for Dr. Hannah DePaul and Dr. Katie Noble to pull from their own experiences and share some advice with our patients and fellow athletes.

Katie advises that instead of concentrating on the outcome of a race, focus on the process. Set small goals during the race to make the task more mentally manageable. Not every race goes to plan, but stay calm and do what you can in the moment. Every race is a learning opportunity that you can benefit from in races to come!

Hannah found that many endurance athletes put so much focus on just the long workouts (example the 20+ mile marathon prep run), but neglect the consistency and frequency in their training to nail the full race. The hero workouts can contribute to injuries and require prolonged recovery time. Instead, she recommends focusing on consistent training rather than hero workouts. Putting in the work week after week will give you confidence and put you in the right mindset to meet your race day goals!

Tweak and Level Multisport

Tweak is a swimming facility that focuses on athletes’ biomechanics and overall fitness in order to help them be more efficient in the water. During a swim analysis you will get into an endless pool and their coaches will capture live video. When going over the footage, they will look at your form, point out aspects to improve and give you feedback that you can immediately work on and integrate into your stroke. It is akin to what we do for runners with a running gait analysis, but for swimmers in the water. You can schedule your swim analysis online or call the facility and talk to the staff! 


Level Multisport is a triathlon store that we have heard so much about from our patients. Since 2011, they have been proudly serving the triathlon and fitness community. Their knowledgeable and friendly team are deeply involved with the multisport lifestyle themselves, giving them an edge on helping you find exactly what you want and need for your training. They specialize in shoe fitting and bike fitting and also offer elite swimwear. Feel free to attend their Saturday morning Spin Lab or just stop in to grab some gear and meet the crew! 

Brian and Hannah Certified in Level 2 Functional Dry Needling

Dry Needling involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle into a muscle in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This treatment can resolve pain and muscle tension, and will promote healing. 

Patients can experience valuable and effective relief from musculoskeletal pain with this treatment. It is sometimes compared to traditional Chinese Acupuncture but it is NOT. Instead, dry needling is a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective. 

The actual insertion of the needle causes very little discomfort, if any, being that the needles are so thin. With a sensitive muscle or a muscle that contains trigger points, needling will provoke a “twitch response” that feels similar to a muscle cramp. Over time, this process contributes to deactivating the trigger point, therefore reducing pain and ultimately restoring normal function of the muscle. 

Through KinetaCore, Brian, Hannah, and Katie have all met the requirements to be considered Certified Level 1 Functional Dry Needling Practitioners. This weekend, Brian and Hannah are now advancing their skills to be certified in Level 2 Functional Dry Needling. 

Level 1 entails learning how to treat muscle knots – or trigger points – to help regulate nervous system disfunction.

Level 2 involves treating parts of the body that involve more skill or are harder to get to. This includes muscles that lie over the chest and mid-back

, as well as muscles in the jaw, neck, thoracic spine, hands, and feet.

With this training, Brian and Hannah will be able to be use these skills to treat more patients, more parts of the body, and help even more people reach their goals! 

Cervical Spine Dry Needling

Level 2 Dry Needling Course

Taking Therapy in Stride ::: PT Products Article

Dr. Caitlin Noble

We are always proud to showcase Dr. Caitlin Noble’s physical therapy skills on a daily basis in clinic. She helps so many patients and athletes reach their full potential. But did you know that she is also an amazing journalist? Her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University was in journalism.

Katie was recently commissioned by Physical Therapy Products Magazine (www.ptproductsonline.com) to author an article on running gait retraining and tools utilized in our sports medicine clinic. The article features research citations and contributions by our own Dr. Hannah DePaul. You can find an online version of the article here: LINK

This article will be in print form in the February 2018 edition, and will also be circulated at the annual APTA Combined Sections Meeting next month in New Orleans.

Dropping Knowledge at HPC!

Last week Dr. Hannah DePaul and Dr. Brian Adams participated in a panel discussion with some of the leaders in the sports medicine and health community. They were invited to talk about and collaborate on a number of topics including injury prevention, off-season training, periodization of training, thoughts about post-season conditioning  and more.

Thank you to Human Performance Collective for hosting such a fascinating collaborative event. Some other members on the panel included Dr. Steve Broglio (UM Kinesiology/Neurology), Jessica Bratus (Sic Transit Cycles) and Darryl Nelson (USA Hockey Strength Coach). We are so grateful to be part of such a knowledgeable group of experts! Such a productive discussion that will help athletes stay strong and healthy!

Team in Training’s Kick Off For a Cure

Team in Training  is on a “Mission in the Mitten” to find a CURE for blood cancers! Join the Kick Off on Saturday, December 9. The 30th Anniversary event will take place at Triad Performance Training in Farmington Hills from 8:00AM to 10:00AM.

We are proud to sponsor this event, along with our friends at Triad Performance Training and Duncan Chiropractic Group. Call 248.581.3909 or email [email protected] to RSVP. Follow the link below for details!

Team in Training Kick-Off

Iceman Mountain Bike Race…lived up to it’s name!

Congrats to all of those who participated in the 2017 Iceman Cometh Mountain Bike Race in Traverse City, MI this past weekend. We are pleased to be able to work with such great athletes, support this race and also send racers to compete. Our own Dr. Brian Adams scored a podium spot for his age group.

Looking forward to 2018!!!

Did you race or know someone who did!? Check the searchable results here: RESULTS


Welcome to the TEAM Dr. Caitlin Noble, PT, DPT!!!

Our TEAM at Adams Sports Medicine is growing! We would like to introduce Caitlin “Katie” Noble, PT, DPT to our clinical staff! Many of you have met her during her clinical rotations here this past year while finishing her doctorate, and we are very excited to have her on board full time. She brings with her a wealth of sports medicine and running knowledge based on her education and personal experience as a Big 10 collegiate runner at Michigan State University.

She is now accepting new patients and is looking forward to contributing to the health and wellness of our local athletes and community!

Caitlin “Katie” Noble, PT, DPT

Dr. Caitlin Noble, PT, DPT

Welcome to Dr. Caitlin Noble, PT, DPT


For any of our PT, ATC, OT, DC, MT, Coaches/Strength Trainers and sports medicine colleagues: We will be hosting a weekend RockTape FMT course (Basic/Performance) June 24th/25th. Come and learn from one of the best, RockTape Instructors (Adam Wolfe)!

Sign up: http://shop.rocktape.com/june-24-25-2017-novi-mi-fmt-basic-fmt-performance/

We do our best to give back…

When it comes to clinical practice, the focus is always on the patient. Our team at Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy strives to deliver the best care that is supported by outcomes and current concepts supported by literature.

Sometimes we are involved in assisting and conducting clinical and lab-based research. As of today, Dr. Adams is part of a team from Wayne State University that conducted research on the efficacy of utilizing mobile devices (in the clinic and in the field) for assessing gait. The process was to establish a protocol to further improve the accuracy of utilizing mobile apps in the physical therapy clinician. The article was accepted for publication in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

The article is published here:

Video Movement Analysis Using Smartphones (ViMAS): A Pilot Study

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1Physical Therapy Program, Department of Healthcare Sciences, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University, 2Adams Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy


Finkbiner, M. J., Gaina, K. M., McRandall, M. C., Wolf, M. M., Pardo, V. M., Reid, K., et al. Video Movement Analysis Using Smartphones (ViMAS): A Pilot Study. J. Vis. Exp. (121), e54659, doi:10.3791/54659 (2017).

Dr. Brian Adams along with a team of docs from Wayne State University conducting clinical research

Meeting of the minds: Wayne State University professors and students combine powers with Adams Sports Medicine to establish a research protocol.

But there is more to what we do at Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy. We are active with our local universities hosting clinical doctorate students completing their final clinical rotations. We support physical therapy doctorate programs from the University of Michigan – Flint, Grand Valley State University, Wayne State University and Oakland University. We support Eastern Michigan University, GVSU and UM exercise physiology programs by hosting sports medicine clinical interns. We conduct guest lectures at these same universities. Our own Dr. Adams is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Michigan – Flint PT program.

We are also one of the select clinics that offer an Orthopedic Residency Program affiliated with the University of Michigan – Flint Physical Therapy Program. This one of a kind program offers licensed physical therapists the opportunity to further their careers in orthopedics by studying under seasoned clinical specialists and attending classes at the University of Michigan to best prepare them for the ABPTS Orthopedic Board Examination.

Beyond that, we partner with the Novi and Northville High Schools to offer school credit for sports medicine observation, and provide guest lectures to their medical careers and Sports Medicine IB programs. We also act as mentors and sponsors for the Novi HOSA chapter, who continue to exceed expectations at the local and state level.

In short: we do our best every day to not only help our patients, but to help our community. We are leaders in our profession, and continue to foster growth in learning at all stages of the physical therapy and sports medicine curriculum. We are “Athletes Treating Athletes”, but we are also doctors of physical therapy leading the way for future clinicians.

Dr. Brian Adams on the cover of Rehab Management magazine talking about bike fit and sports medicine

Dr. Brian Adams on the cover of Rehab Management Magazine