4/27/2014 0 Comments
Last month Alpine PT’s Samantha Schmidt traveled to Sacramento, California, to complete her faculty training for Balanced Body University for their Comprehensive Pilates Program. Sam has been facilitating Core Align trainings for BBU for several of the past years and with Sam’s 10+ years of experience teaching Pilates in the studio and integrating into rehab it was a natural next step for Sam to begin mentoring new Pilates instructors for BBU.
The Comprehensive Program for Pilates is quite an investment that provides extensive instruction, support, and experience for individuals seeking a career as a Pilates Instructor. The Comprehensive Program typically takes about 18 months to 2 years to fully complete and includes all areas of Pilates from mat, reformer, Cadillac, chair, barrel, and accessories. Students must not only complete each module (there are 9) testing out of each, but build up over 200 hours of observation, practice, and mentorship during their training.
Some students prefer to take only the Mat Certification, allowing them to teach mat classes in a group or private setting other students are health care professionals like many of Alpine’s PTs who will take the Reformer 1 course to learn the most effective ways to use the reformer in their practice.
Currently, Sam has four students who are pursuing their full comprehensive training. Stay posted on their progress, and perhaps you can even attend a class they are offering in our community!
To learn more about the BBU Pilates Certification please go to www.Pilates.com.
On behalf of Fit to Fight, here’s a letter from our colleague and Alpine Physical Therapy fan Ron Veilleux of MT Ergo.
I wanted to say thanks for your support of the Fit to Fight Volleyball Fundraiser! The bike fit giveaway courtesy of Alpine PT was very well received and your sponsoring our gym time cost allowed us to maximize our donation. We had 10 competitive teams in the tourney and everyone had a great day playing volleyball and knowing that they were supporting a great cause. Our final donation from the tourney to Fit to Fight was $705! Thanks again for your support! I have attached a PDF (see below) with some of the top teams and a few action shots.
4/20/2014 0 Comments
The 2014 season is shaping up about the same as our 1974 season, only slower. The way over 45 men’s softball team ,the Alpine PT Cruisers, are currently in spring training for this summer’s rigorous schedule. Defibrillators and oxygen tanks are in the dugouts and dehydration fluids are always available… in case the other teams need help.
Some are training in Mexico and Mesa. Others are in the Pressbox or the health club. But the goal for all is the same: to show up upright.
Last season was a bust as injuries and fishing trips had their affect. But with a few new recruits, the team is upbeat and ready to go for the gold. It has been two years now since we won the city title, and we are due for a comeback.
Our roster for this year is quite full, but if you are talented and interested (and “of age”)in softball we would be glad to hear from you. Thanks to Alpine for our full ride scholarship program. We do appreciate it and we will try to get injured so we can visit your friendly and efficient staff.
Here’s a picture of our point man and Alpine magnate, Doug, and his Alpine Ruby.
Together, Alpine Physical Therapy and The Core Studio present Core-A-Palooza, an open house event bringing ALL THINGS CORE to Missoula.
When Thursday, April 24th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where At our north clinic location at 2965 Stockyard Road, just behind Johnny Carino’s on north Reserve.
Join the fun and freebies, including:
Drawings for give-a-ways run all evening.
For more information, call our north location at 406-541-2606.
Alpine Physical Therapy has stepped up to the plate as a tier one sponsor for MT Alpha Cycling. Alpine has been behind this team from the very beginning and we couldn’t be more excited to have their support. Just 3 years ago we had 8 girls that wanted to race mountain bikes. Now we have something much, much bigger.
MT Alpha Cycling is Montana’s premier women’s-specific mountain bike racing team. It was developed by a couple of friends who wanted to create a safe haven for women to develop their skills in a male-dominated sport. When creating the team, we had no idea there would be so much community support and so much excitement surrounding a team like this. Due to high demand, the team has expanded to a race team, a club team and a junior development team. We recruit every spring at our annual BBQ. If interested, please visit our Facebook page for updates on the event set for April 13th.
MT Alpha Cycling puts on the Kettle House Beer League Series at Marshall Mountain for 5 weeks leading up to the Pro XC Tour race. This is a great way to get exercise on warm summer nights and cool off with a FREE Kettle House Beer. MT Alpha also puts on a women’s skills clinic at Ten Spoon Winery with 10 elite coaches. This event sold out last year and was a fantastic day. We made some exciting changes for this year and expanded the event from 60 to 80 riders. If interested, please sign up early to ensure your spot. Registration can be found on usacycling.com or montanacycling.net starting on April 15.
Other exciting events for the 2014 season include a big-little program. Our Junior development team has grown tremendously over the past year and so this year we are starting a mentorship program. Each race team member will be paired with a junior member. This will foster the development of our youth on the trails and be a great way for our racers to give back to the community. We are really excited about this program. If you have a daughter between the ages of 12 and 18 interested in riding, send us a message on our facebook page. We would love to get her involved.
Cycling is a little like skiing. It can be expensive and that is a limiting factor for a lot of women and girls interested in racing. This year it is our goal to break down some of these barriers. We are starting a scholarship program. If you or your daughter fit this description, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This program would not exist without the support of our sponsors. We can’t thank you enough ALPINE! See you on the trails!
The 2014 Session Spring Session of Fit To Fight begins April, 8th. Know also that the Fall Session is slated to start this September. To schedule, call 406-251-2323 or stop by the Alpine PT window at the Peak Health & Wellness Center on Blue Mountain Rd.
FIT TO FIGHT OFFERS FREE RESOURCES TO CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS
Missoula has always had an active community. We understand that exercise can help fight depression, regain strength and combat fatigue. Exercise is the best medicine. There is no population that understands this more than cancer patients and survivors. FIT TO FIGHT is here to help. Medical studies prove that exercise helps minimize the detrimental side-effects of cancer treatment, aiding in the return to a better quality of life. This unique program is based on education, health, and fitness to empower those fighting cancer to understand how to become stronger and maintain strength.
FIT TO FIGHT helps cancer survivors re-establish trust in their bodies and return to daily life as productive members of their community.
The FIT TO FIGHT program runs three 8-week sessions per year, twice weekly. The format is a small organized group exercise session, with individual tailoring. Each session consists of stretching, breathing & relaxation, resistive strengthening, and endurance training. Each class of the session was developed by a licensed physical therapist and is led by an exercise physiologist. Who can participate in the program? FTF is open to cancer patients and survivors of any age, gender, cancer diagnosis, and stage in the treatment process. A medical release is required from their doctor. How much does it cost? The program is free of cost to all participants.
Fit to Fight is a non-profit 503 c. Donations go directly to the Fit to Fight program and its participants. Click here to donate. And for more information about Fit to Fight, click here for their website.
As Spring soccer ramps up, the Missoula Strikers organization welcomes two local physical therapists and former coaches back on the field to teach our young athletes a proper dynamic warm-up and some plyometric drills that have been proven to help decrease the rate of non-contact ACL injury on the field.
Jessica Kehoe and Leah Versteegen from Alpine Physical Therapy were joined by Alpine aide and U18 assistant coach John Prugh last week at the Strikers Academy opening week of practice. They ran a 10 minute dynamic warm up and provided a basic introduction to plyometric form for the 8-12 year olds participating in the Academy.
Over the next several weeks, these three Alpine crew members will be showing up at practices for each of the Strikers teams to educate their players and coaches on the dynamic warm-up and age appropriate plyometrics for injury prevention. The program they will teach has been adapted from the Sportsmetrics Program (out of Cincinnati) and PEP (out of Santa Monica) programs, both of which have been shown in the latest research to reduce non-contact injuries in soccer players.
The long term goal is for all kids participating in the Strikers program, including Academy, to be able to reproduce this warm-up prior to all practices and games. The coaches will provide the most assistance and feedback to the younger players so that by the time they reach the U16 to U18 level, the players will be mostly on their own. The dynamic warm-up will be the same for all age groups, while the plyometrics will increase in difficulty as the players move up in age. Coaches, parents, and players can check out the link on the Strikers page to help remind them how the dynamic warm up is run.
Alpine Physical Therapy will also be offering free player consults for Micro, Academy, and Strikers athletes. Jessica and Leah will be able to see these players day of injury in order to help determine what they need to do to manage their injury, whether the need is for rest and ice, PT treatment, or a visit to the doctor. As former Division I college soccer players, Alpine’s representatives know what it takes to be a competitive soccer player and will help get these young athletes back on the field with better form, strength, and control.
For more information on Alpine’s work with area soccer players, click here.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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