Physical Therapy + CrossFit = Symbiosis
For the numbers of people who have visited our clinic here, one of the first things they notice is the adjoining “warehouse” behind the clinic. Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy is located in a “flex space”, which in commercial real estate, simply means an office/showroom adjoining with a manufacturing or warehouse space. About a year ago, the now-owners of CrossFit Novi (Jason Ritchie and Phil DiPrima) put a plan in motion to renovate the abandoned warehouse into something very useful: a crossfit “Box”. At the same time, I was negotiating with the property owner to secure the front office space.
Within months, the Renascence began. And so did the symbiosis.
And the relationship between sport/science/rehabilitation became so evident, and the relationships between coaches, athletes, patients and clinicians began to form. There is a lot of sharing of knowledge, support and education. One of the strengths of CrossFit Novi is their camaraderie, their support of each other and their community. It has been a blessing to be a part of this, and we are pleased to be a supporting roll in their growth…and in growing our business in a synergistic way. The ability to work side-by-side with local athletes, and the ability to consult and educate in an Athletic Training Room atmosphere is priceless.
An article was recently written by a fellow doctor of physical therapy Dan Pope, and shared by one of my favorite professors from Grand Valley State University, Barb Hoogenboom. It is a very well written piece about the positive relationships of sports-minded physical therapists working in a symbiotic nature with crossfitters and the cross fit scene. You can read the article here:
Not all CrossFit boxes are the same. Not all physical therapists are in-tune with the needs of their athletes and their return to sport requirements. Regardless of your stance on crossfit, or your feelings towards physical therapy, their is value in each when utilized in isolation…and in our collaborative model here at ASMPT and CFN, their is added value in a symbiotic relationship!