Dr. Theresa Larson, CSCS, SFMA

Dr. Theresa Larson DPT | CSCS | SFMA

Dr. Theresa Larson (aka “Dr. T”) has become one of the healthcare and fitness world’s most sought after experts on movement health and inclusive wellness. Dr. Larson earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego, CA. A former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran, Theresa also played professional softball in Italy and in the US, was an All- American Division I softball player at Villanova University, a former Body-for-Life Champion, and 2021 Force for Good Recipient.

Dr. T believes the meaning of life is BEing as fully present in as many moments as possible. This is where joy, happiness, sadness, and even anger can happen, and beautiful memories are made. She is a highly introverted performer who is extremely passionate about her family and work with an indefatigable work ethic.

She founded Movement Rx* with her husband in 2013 in order to break free from the limitations that traditional physical therapy puts on practitioners and patients. The result was a company where skilled practitioners can authentically treat patients with the time, care, and movement education they deserve.

Dr. T is determined to deliver movement and mindset health to as many people as possible with her team – including adaptive athletes, the military, veterans, business leaders, and families. She has become an inspiring educator for individuals, companies, and military units, helping individuals and teams understand that change is possible when you lead yourself first. In 2016 she authored her first book, WARRIOR, via Harper Collins publishing house, about her personal journey to health.

On top of founding Movement Rx and its digital health and well-being platform, Dr. T is following a passion to help foster inclusivity for those who have disabilities (aka adaptive needs). This work includes advising organizations on how to create inclusivity in wellness as well as provide content and education for fitness organizations, health professionals, coaches, and students. Representative clients include TRX, CrossFit, Spartan Racing, Challenged Athletes Foundation, FitOps, 4LNS’ WarriorUP, and the Veteran Administration's Adaptive Sports Program and Whole Health Program.

Dr. T is a huge advocate for Challenged Athletes Foundation’s military and 1st responder division - Operation Rebound, and serves on the Advisory Board for The Mission After, a non-profit focused on delivering digital health and wellness solutions to veterans across the globe.

While Dr. T loves her work, the reason she created such a practice was to BE more present and spend time with her husband raising their two strong and brave little boys in the mountains, and having the space to travel and experience other cultures and ways of BEing that are different to her own.

*Movement Rx is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB).

Training Considerations for the Adaptive Athlete

TITLE: Training Considerations for the Permanently Wounded or Adaptive Athlete

Lecture: 

This lecture will help give you the confidence and understanding of how to work with anyone who walks or rolls through your door. We will review 4 of the main movement principles and why these are important to understand when working with an athlete who is permanently wounded or has adaptive needs.  We will review proper progression of movement training when it comes to anyone with an injury, especially those who are not expected to make a full recovery.

You will understand, on a functional level, the training considerations for athletes or individuals with both upper and lower extremity impairments. This includes people training with: full or partial limb loss (above/below the elbow or knee amputations), salvaged limbs, or paralysis due to spinal cord injury or stroke.  

You will understand the training considerations for those who roll through life in a wheelchair such as athletes or individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury, spinal infection, multiple sclerosis, and/or loss of both lower limbs above the knees. And finally, you will understand the training considerations for those with “invisible wounds,” such as athletes or individuals with traumatic brain injuries (especially mTBI or mild traumatic brain injuries), depression or anxiety, post-traumatic stress (PTS), and other neurological conditions. 

Practical: 

In this section, you will participate in hands-on movement drills to help solidify your understanding of the 4 main principles of movement as they relate to the typically-moving individual as well as the atypically-moving individual who may have permanent wounds or adaptive needs.  You will also perform an EMPATHY workout which will put you in the shoes of those with invisible, limb or salvage limb, and seated athletes. This will give you a first-hand experience of some of the challenges that adaptive individuals face daily so you can better serve this amazingly resilient and gritty population.