Congratulations to Alpine's own Megan Fisher who raced last weekend in the Butte 50. Read her story below this awesome picture of Megan after her race!
Photo credit: Meagan Thompson of the Montana Standard.
Butte hosted a trio of mountain bike races over the weekend high up on Homestake Pass. The Butte 25, 50, and 100 mile races are well-known nationally for being the most grueling races for their respective distances.
The course is widely recognized for its beauty, as it includes sections of the famous gritty Continental Divide Trail. Alpine physical therapist Megan Fisher took on the Butte 50 and can attest to both the race's infamous attractions, splendid scenery, and grueling difficulty.
Having raced nationally and internationally as a member of Team USA’s Paralympic Cycling Team, Megan had to rely on those years of training to carry her across the 52.4 mile course with 8,500 ft of elevation.
Reflecting on her race, Megan said, “It was an incredible experience and a wonderful opportunity to push my physical limits. Many years ago, before I was a physical therapist, I was a patient of Alpine PT because it hurt to ride. I am so grateful that they helped me get back on the bike and I just haven’t stopped!”
Alpine Physical Therapy welcomes Francisco Quiñones, DPT, to their team of now 20 physical therapists. Francisco is a 2018 graduate of the University of Montana Physical Therapy Doctorate program.
Francisco's clinical interests include orthopedics, sports medicine, biomechanics of the knee, and working with tactical athletes. In his spare time Francisco can be found spending time with his family or getting outdoors to trail run, hike, snowboard, cross-country ski, mountain bike, or rock climb.
You can contact Francisco at our downtown clinic by calling 549-0064.
Alpine Physical Therapist Megan Fisher went the extra 13.1 miles to represent Missoula and Alpine PT at the annual Missoula Marathon. Along with providing her expert help for runners at the Expo on Saturday, Megan ran the half marathon on Sunday. Her involvement was chronicled in Saturday's Missoulian and is titled: Excitement High as Missoula Marathon Weekend Gets Underway. Click here for the entire article.
Special thanks to Megan for providing additional information below.
The Missoula Marathon, half marathon, and 5k draw participants from far and wide. Of the nearly 5,000 runners who participated this year in all the events, all 50 States and numerous countries from around the world were represented.
I am pleased to say that I was among the ½ marathoners, proudly representing Missoula, Montana, and Alpine Physical Therapy. Notably, I became the first person with a prosthetic leg ever in the event!
For years I had seen the Missoula Marathoners and ½ Marathoners run, jog, and walk by my house, been impressed by their strength and determination, and wondered if I had what it took to be in their shoes.
Usually I saw the runners as I rolled out for a training ride during my tenure on Team USA’s Paracycling Team. Over the nine years I raced on the National Team, I won ten World Championship titles and had the great honor of representing Team USA at the London 2012 Games where I earned Gold and Silver medals, as well as at the Rio 2016 Games where I earned Silver and Bronze medals. Cycling has been good to me, but now that I’m retired from the National Team I wanted to challenge the limits of my body.
I run with a running prosthesis—a blade that acts somewhat like a spring,—due to a horrible accident 16 years ago that resulted in numerous injuries including the loss of my left leg. I wish I could say that my prosthesis provides a physiological advantage, but it doesn’t.
Regardless, running is hard for everyone. Thirteen point one miles is a long way to go! Race day energy, the support of my pacer, and the encouragement of fellow runners propelled me to running the whole way faster than I thought I ever could. I finished in 2:25:28. Maybe next year I can shave some time off?
I’m already looking forward to next year!
Alpine physical therapists Leah Versteegen and Jess Kehoe got first hand experience of the physical challenges facing Forest Service ax and saw loggers. Their work with two such experts is chronicled in Friday’s Missoulian and is titled: Tactical Athletes: Forest Service Adds PT to Logging Training. Click here for the entire article.
Special thanks to Leah for providing additional information below.
Hiking into the hills west of Stevensville, Montana we could hear the hum of a chainsaw well from the valley below. On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, Jess Kehoe and I, two PTs from Alpine, donned our hard hats and joined some of the top sawyers in Western Montana for an educational session on the art of sawing, limbing, and bucking trees.
Our purpose for the afternoon was to evaluate the mechanics, physical and mental demands of the profession. It was truly impressive to witness in person the efficiency with which these sawyers can quickly and swiftly take down and disassemble a tree.
As tactical athletes, the season for a sawyer in Western Montana consists of long hard days bringing down weakened trees that have been damaged by fire, clearing trails, and removing hazards. They work their bodies hard, typically with a lot of repetitive motion for days on end.
We, as physical therapists, typically do not get to see these workers until after an injury has sidelined them or at the end of their season when they finally have time to address their nagging aches and pains. Part of our mission at Alpine PT is to educate and promote wellness in our community.
This day in woods with the Regional and National Directors of the Saw program was the first step in Alpine’s collaboration with the Saw Program to rewrite their training manual to include the missing elements of wellness education and injury prevention.
Jess and I learned the art of using an axe and cross cut saw and observed some of the best sawyers in the region handling their chainsaws to efficiently bring down fire-damaged trees. We will now take this experience to help us work with the Saw Program Directors to develop a new training manual with important sections that were previously not included.
Specifically, we will add education on the biomechanics of an efficient sawyer, training guidelines to prepare for the job and minimize risk of overuse injuries, recovery strategies during the long days, and helping understand the human factors of the job, such as how stress can affect performance and ultimately improve safety. Hopefully with better preparation we don’t have to see these guys and gals in our office quite as often.
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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