Author Archives: Matthew Zanis

About Matthew Zanis

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS Former baseball catcher and an avid outdoorsman. Worked with Division 1 basketball, football, and track and field at the University of Pittsburgh, along with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Cardinals organizations. Received a Bachelors in Athletic Training from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2014. Is board certified in Orthopedics and a Fellow in Training through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Currently owns and operates his performance therapy practice in Phoenix, AZ and became a Power Athlete Block One Coach in September of 2017. Dr. Zanis utilizes the Power Athlete Methodology to optimize performance, reduce injury risk, and rehab his clients and athletes through movement assessment, coaching, and individualized program design.

Stretching is Overrated: Quick Hits

Remember when the ole’ ball coach had your team doing ten-count static stretches before each competition? It was a bold strategy, we’re still waiting to see […]

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Tendinopathy: Isotonics Rehab Part 2

Now that you’ve learned some background information on tendons, their function, and how they heal covered in Isotonics Rehab Part 1, we can get to the […]

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Tendinopathy: Isotonics Rehab

Have you ever been to rehab for a patellar or Achilles tendinopathy injury before and felt like a hamster on the proverbial wheel? You show up, […]

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Tendinitis: Where Do I Begin?

It’s Monday morning. You wake up, pound your coffee and head to the gym. Heavy squats are on the menu today, but as you start warming […]

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Tendinopathy: Dose Dependent Destruction

When we are sick, we see a physician who prescribes us medicine. When we need to dial in our diet, we see a nutritionist who prescribes […]

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Pain: Sticks and Stones

“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Words Will?…” The next time you get under a heavy barbell, give yourself the following cues: Don’t round […]

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Pain: Why Won’t it Go Away?

As we learned in Power Athlete Episode – 251 with Adriaan Louw, working with athletes in pain is a tricky business, but one that has fast […]

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Pain: This Shit is Complicated

Did you know that the US healthcare system spends approximately two billion dollars a year on the management of pain due to sport-related injuries alone? Beyond […]

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Unlocking Stress: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

“Just listen to your body…” We hear this shit all the time. As coaches, we try to educate our athletes on how to manage stress and training. […]

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Unlocking Stress: The Double Edge Sword

We’ve all been there: the alarm clock goes off, you start to roll out of bed but your body feels like it has been hit by […]

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