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I Want to Help You Become a Better Physical Therapist or Fitness Professional
With all the information out there these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I get it, I was in your shoes too.
Who do you turn to? Who can you trust to help guide you? And to me, social media is only making it worse. Who actually has experience and is not just trying to act like an expert online? I shake my head daily at some of the things I see.
I’ve got a ton of experience (which is just a nice way of saying I’m getting old…) working with injured people looking to restore the performance, as well as healthy people looking to optimize and enhance their performance.
I’ve been a physical therapist, athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and performance enhancement specialist for over 20 years. After working for many years with such prestigious organizations such as The Boston Red Sox, The American Sports Medicine Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital, I co-founded Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston, MA, where I help people get the most out of their bodies every day.
But I’m not just in the trenches working with people, I also conduct clinical research, have dozens of journal publications, and educate people all over the world.
I Want to Help
This website is where I have been sharing my research, experience, and thoughts behind how I integrate rehabilitation, fitness, performance training, and sports medicine for over 10 years.
My goal is simple…
Share what I have I learned over the years, what I have tried, and what I have found to work in my hands. I hope this helps give you a shortcut in your career.
But I’m also going to share what I am currently learning today because I believe we should always be pushing ourselves to grow and become better. I continue to grow every day and want you to grow with me.
My Promise to You
I have a handful of principles I follow in my educational style. If these resonate with you, you’re going to be happy here and learn a ton:
Always Keep an Open Mind and Strive to Keep Growing
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed my thoughts based on new evidence or experience. This is how we keep growing. I often feel like people are too aggressively taking a stance, which causes them to defend their opinions rather than keep an open mind. As research comes out, they’ll cherry pick what they learn based on what confirms their beliefs. They often attempt to educate others by aggressively attacking anyone with a different opinion. I prefer to educate by teaching you what I do, not what I think you are doing wrong. I always say I’m pretty sure people will be laughing at us one day because we thought the earth was round! :)
Always Know the “Why”
This is a principle I have followed my entire career and led to most of my research projects. I’m never happy with doing something because “that’s how we’ve always done it” or because “that’s how someone taught it to me.” I always challenge myself to know the “why” behind everything we do.
Combine Current Evidence with Experience
My goal is always to make the complex more simple. As new evidence comes out, we need to add that to our existing experience. This is how I approach every new journal article I read. What can I take from this new study? How will it change what I do? What are the clinical implications? It’s hard to do this without a bunch of experience under your belt. That’s why I share it with you.
Ready to Get Started?
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How This Website Began
I remember when I was first getting started how daunting everything in our profession seemed. We all learn the basics in school but then get thrown out into the real world to fend for ourselves. It takes times to get comfortable.
I was super lucky to surround myself with great mentors that helped me along the way. But I hear from so many people that they don’t have a ton of people to learn from every day.
That is exactly why I started this website – to help others grow and stay current. To take new research as it comes out and discuss the clinical implications. To combine what limited evidence we have with experience. To make the complicated more simple.
My plan from day one was to share my journey with you by writing about what I am learning and how this is changing what I do every day.
Today, everyone wants to be an expert on social media, but I always advise our students and interns to not try to “fake it ’til you make it” and try to proclaim expertise online. It’s easy to spot a lack of authenticity. Rather, just humbly share your journey and what you are learning.
I’m not going to lie, though, I started this website for me.
To keep me sharp, to keep me growing, to push me to never stop learning. I always recommend others get into education for these reasons. Either through clinical research or simply just taking students and interns. Honestly, it helps you as much as the person learning from you.
I started my career off as a physical therapist in a high pace outpatient clinic. I spent my spare time in the evening conducting clinical research, and then my spare time on the weekends traveling around the world teaching. It was an amazing experience and something that really made me grow as a clinician during the first years of my career.
Then a funny thing happened.
I actually landed my dream job with the Boston Red Sox.
While this was exactly what I wanted to be doing every day, I literally worked every day (all day…) and stopped teaching.
I simply couldn’t. There was no time.
After a few seasons in professional baseball, I felt that I was getting stale. I started trying to figure out a way I could continue to educate because I missed it so much, and I missed how much it pushed me to keep growing.
I actually remember the day I decided to start this website. I don’t think I ever told anyone this story before…
We were in Yankee Stadium, and I walked out of the clubhouse into the dugout during the game. I sat down next to the other athletic trainers and I clearly remember asking them, “hey, do you think people would want to read a website if I review journal articles as they come out? Would that be helpful?”
That was it. What a ride it’s been.
I found an image of one of the early versions of the website (very web 1.0 haha):
Take a closer look and notice I had under 500 readers and 219 twitter followers hahaha! And people love cracking up at Lenny and me from some of our earlier work:
While my site has changed a lot and I personally got LASIK surgery, dropped a few pounds, and even started wearing modern slimmer clothing, I’m pretty proud of how the content has remained consistently impactful for people for over 10 years and 1000 blog posts.
I have consistently published ~2 articles a week for over 10 years. The website is visited by 2 million people around the world each year and has won numerous awards. We’ve expanded to have a ton of video content on Youtube, a top ranked physical therapy podcast, and now a dizzying amount of micro-content on my social media accounts like Instagram each and every day. And I have slowly developed a ton of great online courses for people to learn from me at any time, from all over the world.
But most importantly, I’m still having a blast! Because I am still learning and still growing. And now YOU are the one pushing me. So while I admit I started this website for me, I sure hope you’ve learned from it as well.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
Get to Know Me a Little
Before we get into all the boring and stuffy professional biography stuff (it’s at the bottom of this page), I wanted to share some random things about me. We are all connected more and more each day through the internet and social media. I meet people all the time that I feel I “know” because of our interactions online. Many of you have been following my work for over a decade. I wanted to give you an opportunity to learn a little more about me. This should be fun…
Some Interesting Professional Tidbits…
Some stuff about my personal life…
Some odd things about me…
Some useless things I’m good at…
Some crazy things i’ve done…
Mike Reinold, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, C-PS is considered a world-renowned leader in the field of physical therapy, sports medicine, fitness, and sports performance. He is a noted author, lecturer, consultant, researcher, and clinician. As a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Dr. Reinold has used his expertise in a variety of settings to help people restore, optimize, and enhance their performance. He has most notably worked extensively with a variety of professional athletes from every major sport, with emphasis on the care of throwing injuries in baseball players.
Dr. Reinold is currently the co-founder and president of Champion Physical Therapy and Performance, a physical therapy and performance training facility just outside Boston in Waltham, MA.
He is also currently the Senior Medical Advisor for the Chicago White Sox and the Director of Baseball Performance at Northeastern University, where he has been instrumental in the restructuring and building of the high performance and medical teams.
Dr. Reinold has worked for many years throughout professional baseball after having worked for Boston Red Sox for many years as Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist and as a consultant to the Chicago Cubs. He was a member of the 2007 World Series Champion team and focused on keeping pitchers healthy and rehabilitating players back to peak performance. Dr. Reinold redesigned the medical model throughout the major and minor league systems, developing a comprehensive program to proactively attend to imbalance, deficiencies, and poor movement patterns before injuries developed. He continues to consult with many teams and players around Major League Baseball.
Prior to the Red Sox, Dr. Reinold was formerly the Facility Director of Champion Sports Medicine and the Coordinator of Rehabilitative Research & Clinical Education at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL under the direction of legendary orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. He was involved in the rehabilitation of 1000’s of athletes from all sports and levels of play. He helped develop many of the leading rehabilitation protocols and return to sports programs that are used around the world.
Dr. Reinold also coordinated the rehabilitative research and education for the Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Sports Medicine and the Sports Physical Therapy Department.
Education and Training
Dr. Reinold received his B.S. in physical therapy from Northeastern University and his Doctorate in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, both in Boston, MA. He is board certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a board certified Athletic Training and Strength through the NATA and Conditioning Coach through the NSCA. He graduated from the postprofessional sports physical therapy fellowship program of the American Sports Medicine Institute, in Birmingham, AL, under the direction of Kevin E. Wilk, PT, DPT, James R. Andrews, MD, and Glenn S. Fleisig, PhD.
Dr. Reinold has been awarded the 2019 ASMI Career Service Award by Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Glenn Fleisig, and Dr. Kevin Wilk for his contributions to the baseball sports medicine, and the 2004 New Horizons award by the Sport Physical Therapy Section of the APTA.
Research and Publications
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Reinold has made significant academic contributions in the form of laboratory research, biomechanical research, and clinical education, teaching thousands of individuals worldwide. He has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters in such prestigious publications such as AJSM, JOSPT, and the Journal of Sports Health. Mike serves on the advisory and review boards of several journals. He guest edited a special issue of JOSPT on articular cartilage and meniscal lesions of the knee and was also an associate editor of Sports Medicine and Performance Magazine.
His research has won numerous awards, include the 2019 Sports Health David T. Sisk Award for Best Original Research and the 2002 Excellence in Research Award by JOSPT.
In addition to his journal publications, Dr. Reinold has also authored several books including The Athlete’s Shoulder, Conditioning Programs for Baseball Pitchers, Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercises for the Upper Extremity, and Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercise for the Lower Extremity.
Featured Presentations and Consulting
Dr. Reinold is also actively speaking at various seminars and national meetings including past presentations at the annual APTA, NATA, and ACSM conferences and an invited lectures at Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Iowa State University, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer Society, The Professional Baseball Team Physicians Society, and is a yearly presenter at the ASMI Injuries in Baseball Conference. He has served as a rehabilitation consultant and advisory board member for several companies such as Genzyme Biosurgery, TRX, AlterG, Empi, and Don Joy.
Dr. Reinold has been featured in several local and national publications such as Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, ESPN, Men’s Health Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company Magazine, Greatist, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald and has been recognized for his contributions to the field of sports medicine and performance as well as his programs for caring for overhead athletes. He was recently name one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.
Dr. Reinold.com has an educational website at MikeReinold.com where he shares his new research and clinical experience in articles read by thousands daily and is being translated into languages such as Spanish, Japanese, and Hungarian. His website is visited by 2 million people per year and has won numerous awards for the content and quality, including the best overall physical therapy blog. In addition, he also has one of the top rated podcast for physical therapists. He has several critically acclaimed educational online programs teaching his approach to rehabilitation, sports medicine, fitness, and performance training.
Dr. Reinold is active in his professional societies including the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society, ICCUS Society, Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer Society, and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
I’ve been lucky to work with Mike my entire career. Mike can help you excel at your sport or get back from an injury better than anyone.
There is no one I trust more to rehab an injury or enhance your performance, Mike is simply the best.
Having known Mike for many years, I have trusted him in the care of my patients and athletes. Mike and his team can help you return from injury and take your performance to the next level.
Mike Reinold, the “Injury Whisper,” is one the most influential people in health and fitness. The former Head Athletic Trainer and physical therapist for the Boston Red Sox now runs Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston. His specialty is helping professional athletes recover from injury and return to peak performance.
Winner of the Best Physical Therapy Blog Award for multiple years.