Athletes in Motion

Conditioning for optimum sports performance


Competitive athletes, regardless of age, are focused on their performance — striving to perform better and move up on the team.

Michael Erickson, PT, DPT, OCS, MS, LAT (Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and FMS Level 1 Certified) has experience working with middle school through collegiate level athletes utilizing injury prevention programs and post-injury rehabilitation.

Athletes will receive instruction for safe movement and increased performance allowing them to gain strength and confidence to move forward in their sport.

30-50% of injuries that occur in youth athletes are due to overuse during practice and games. Many lower extremity injuries are the result of improper movement mechanics and muscle imbalances.
Source: Journal of Athletic Training

80% of ACL tears are noncontact injuries. ACL injury rates can be decreased through improving dangerous movement patterns, such as landing and cutting techniques.
Source: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

The program begins with video analysis of each athlete performing two dynamic movements: drop jump landing and lateral bounding. In addition, new this year will be the use of the Functional Movement Screen, which looks at 7 different movement patterns to identify risk for future injuries and improve performance, allowing the athlete to move well and move often.

Regardless of your sport — volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, hockey, or football — these movements are critical in jumping and cutting. Learning how to do them correctly can make all the difference in your performance.

After analysis of the video, a specific program is created for each athlete to help improve imbalances. At the conclusion of the program, another video analysis is completed to review improvements and offer recommendations for exercises post-series.


Michael Erickson, Physical Therapist, DPT, MS, LAT

Michael worked for HSHS for 5 years working with a wide variety of populations including Middle School through collegiate athletes. He has developed and ran the Athletes in Motion program over the last 3 years. He has a background with working as an athletic trainer for four years before receiving his doctorate in physical therapy. He has completed post-professional certification identifying him as an orthopedic specialist in physical therapy. He has also complete continuing education in injury prevention programs and the Functional Movement Screen System.


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Do you have a team of 8-10 athletes that would like to have specialized evaluation and training program developed specifically to your sport? Call to set up a series of your own. Team rates apply.

Individual sessions are also available, for a fee.

Team and Individual sessions can be booked throughout the year. Call for scheduling and cost.