New Window Coverings

WE are very excited about our new perforated window coverings that were installed on our outside windows this past week. We worked very hard to showcase some of our local athletes and capture the essence of our clinical focus at Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy.

One Soul Graphics in Livonia, MI (WEBSITE) did a great job pulling this project together, and now that the Michigan weather has finally begun to break, they seized the opportunity to put the large displays up effortlessly.

Special thanks to Martin Vecchio (WEBSITE) and Bob Bruce (WEBSITE) for allowing us to use their images.

A huge shout out to some of our local athletes that were included in our shots:

  • Elite/National Level cyclist Danielle Mullis, who has had massive success on the velodrome and on the road, racing locally, nationally and internationally at the highest level.  An all-together awesome athlete with an amazing family around her.
  • Lisa Edwards, local CrossFit athlete and friend that has been around since our first days. She has awesome energy, a very positive personality, a great friend and is a huge ambassador for what we represent here in the clinic.
  • One of our nationally ranked CrossFit athletes Alexis Raptis, who was one of the top 10 CrossFit Teens in last year’s World Championships. Stemming from her years as a gymnast, she has an amazing work ethic and a passion to push herself to the highest limits. She has been a ton of fun to work with, and we love to watch her grow (and stay healthy!) in her sport.
  • Our own Dr. Hannah DePaul, PT, as an elite swimmer and captain on the University of Michigan Women’s Swim Team, a member of the UM and Duke Tri Teams and an amazing triathlete (and mountain biker 😉 ) She provides amazing service and treatment to our athletes and patients, and then continues to race and train alongside them outside of work!

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BikeFit Clinical Level 2 Course


We are excited to host some of the best and brightest clinicians from around the region to our BikeFit Clinical Level 2 Course, taking place Saturday and Sunday (February 20-21, 2016). The course builds off of the BikeFit Level 1 course, taking a comprehensive look at performing a concise bicycle fitting for your athletes and cyclists from multiple disciplines (Road, Mountain, Cross, Triathlon) and allows the clinician to drive a evidence-based approach to their bike fit process. We take special consideration to common injuries and ailments that can affect the athlete.


Curious about the medical bike fitting process that we offer here at Adams Sports Medicine? Please give us a call or stop into the clinic.
Want to find out more about the BikeFit education offered around the globe? Take a look here: BikeFit Education

Winter = off-season training, both indoors and out

It’s wintertime in Michigan. As outdoor athletes, we need to adapt to our surroundings. I was recently commissioned to write an article for Physical Therapy Products magazine. With so much to say and so little space, I do my best to identify some of the perspective we take as sports medicine specialists in the physical therapy world. If you are going to the annual APTA CSM meeting in California this week, you will see the magazine available throughout the convention. If you are less fortunate and remain here in Michigan in the cold and snow, then feel free to download a digital copy of the article found here: COLD WEATHER WARRIORS.

Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.

-Sinclair Lewis




National “Ride your bike to work” day: 5-15-15


As part of May being “National Bike Month”, the impetus to get out and ride your bike to work happens tomorrow!

Get out an ride. If it’s not tomorrow, then Monday.  Not sure what route to take…? Try riding to your work on a saturday morning as a “dry run”. Drop off extra clothes or food at the beginning of the week.

If the logistics appear to be too great, figure out a solution. Excuses are easy. The reward for enjoying an activity that helps you, mentally and physically, is priceless.

And if you drive your car to work…watch out for the adults and kids on their bikes!



Barry-Roubaix 2015


Best of luck for all of our sponsored athletes/patients competing at the first big race of the year, Barry-Roubaix!










National Athletic Trainer’s Month

NATM_2015_Logo_BWIn sports medicine, the health care team is comprised of many different specialist … combined to deliver optimum care for our athletes. March is National Athletic Trainers Month. In our clinic, we embrace the eclectic team approach, and have been lucky to work with one of the areas finest licensed athletic trainers: Shingo Matsubara, ATC, MA. This month we celebrated all of the ATC’s we have worked with over the years, and many of my close friends and colleagues from previous sites/teams.

Shingo has gone on to work with one of the premier spinal cord injury units in southeast Michigan. He was an awesome clinician and helped hundreds of patients/athletes over the past month.

Change is growth.

Hats off to Shingo and all the other ATC’s that work tirelessly with our athletes!

Shingo Matsubara, ATC, MA Licensed Athletic Trainer

Shingo Matsubara, ATC, MA
Licensed Athletic Trainer


FAST Event: Hosted by TRIAD Performance Training

To all of our Triathlete friends and FAST athletes: Sunday, March 1st (tomorrow) is an event hosted by TRIAD and supported by Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy and Tri-Covery Massage and Fitness. It will be fun and informative, with hands on and discussions from all of the resident professionals. Hope to see you there!

2015 01 25 FAST Triad Event Flyer

2015 01 25 FAST Triad Event Flyer


Yoga for Cyclists/Athletes

Abi Carver, Yoga

Abi Carver, Yoga

We advocate for our athletes to take on a mobility/flexibility regimen. A perfect adjunct to the daily grind is a series of yoga positions, or vinyasa-type flow of one move to another.

Take a look at some of these yoga positions/movements demonstrated by Abi Carver. Although (in the description) these are geared towards moto, they can be applied and utilized by any athlete, runner, cyclist, triathlete, etc. Please do these with focus on breathing and form, without pain. Build at least one mobility day into your weekly workout plan.

We offer Tuesday Night Yoga/SMR @ 6:30PM in our clinic, hosted by CrossFit Novi and Yoga Instructor Laurie (

Have concerns or need guidance? Give us a call.


BikeFit Pro Level 2 Clinical Course 1/31 to 2/1/2015

BikeFit Pro Level 2 Clinical Course 1/31 to 2/1/2015

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We’re excited to announce the next bike fit course that we are teaching this coming weekend, January 31 to February 1, 2015. This will be an advanced course for Certified Level I BikeFit pros. This course is specifically detailed and catered to the clinician working in sports medicine, and we are pleased to host a handful of doctors of physical therapy. This two day intensive course will contribute to the conditions current skill set, and honing the advanced skills that these clinicians possess.

Paul Swift, owner of FikeFit and innovator of the Switch-it and forefoot wedges, will be leading this intensive hands-on course. Dr. Brian Adams will be leading the biomechanical and clinical discussion.

If you’re interested in learning more about our role in treating the cyclist, triathlete and endurance athlete, please feel free to contact our office. Stay tuned for more continuing education courses that we will be hosting throughout the year.

More about BikeFit and the courses/products that they offer, please visit their website:



Taking better care of your athletic body…

Jim Vance wrote an interesting piece on the TrainingPeaks website this fall. It outlines 10 of the more common “self destructive” things that we do as athletes. He directs it to endurance athletes, but this can apply to just about any athlete that is conducting focused, intensive and repetitive exercise as their dive head-long into their season.

This summary comes at a good time in the “off-season” to review and refresh. (Off-season in Michigan often means 6+ months of snow/cold!)

If you haven’t done so already, take a look at Jim’s article, and take a moment to make some notes and curtail your training plan.

(C) Erika Fulk

When it comes to sports medicine, we take a very multidisciplinary approach to treating our patients. That means we look beyond the obvious injury or pain and delve into the broader components of training, periodization, zone-based programs, functional movement screens, biomechanical analysis (bike fit, running/gait analysis), etc. We utilize industry focused tools such as TrainingPeaks training programs, BikeFit fitting tools for cyclists/triathletes, LactatePro and Hemoglobin analyzers, Fastech Orthotics, and UberSense video capture.

We are sending you positive energy to help ensure that 2015 is your most successful season yet! Let us know if we can help you!