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Author Archives: Matthew Zanis

About Matthew Zanis

PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS, ATC, 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 through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Is a PT with the United States Olympic Committee and USA Shooting. Currently operates his performance therapy practice in Scottsdale, AZ with Dr. Tom Incledon of Causenta Wellness, 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.

Rehab to Performance: Movement

I can remember back to watching the original Rocky movie with my dad when I was just a young, chubby grade schooler, and being engrossed by […]

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Rehab to Performance: How Pain Affects Movement

How many times have you instructed an athlete to hinge over and pick up a barbell, only to see a guarded grimace form over their face? […]

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Quality Coaching Trumps All

We like to use the analogy that our athletes are like machines, turning their engine on and their minds off during training. That couldn’t be further […]

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Rehab to Performance: What’s Missing?

In the world of athletics, rates of injury and re-injury continue to climb, despite the best efforts of well-intentioned rehabilitation professionals practicing evidence based medicine; the […]

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Valentine For A Coach

How many nights has your significant other come home late, exhausted, and silent? He or she kicks their shoes off, plops down on the couch, and […]

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Battle the Bullshit: Fitness Guru Fallacies

In today’s technological age, we are bombarded with information from a slew of sources. Navigating these treacherous waters, especially when it comes to information found on […]

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Empowering Your Cyber Monday: Recovery

If you think that your performance in the gym or on the field is only tied to your best efforts under the barbell or at practice, […]

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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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