The Sports Reaction Center has been a generous supporter of Club Northwest this past year. They have healed our athletes and supplied trainers to many of our events. Neil, Laura, Bethany and the entire staff are friendly and knowledgeable. If you are injured or, better yet, want to prevent injury, then I recommend you give them a try.
Club Northwest, Vice President for Teams
Laura Mickelsonis the newest member to Sports Reaction Center. She received her Bachelor’ degree in pre-physical therapy from Loyola Marymount University in 2008 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington in 2011. She was a NCAA Division I collegiate runner for both schools and is currently in her third year as an elite runner for Club Northwest. After spending hours in the training room, she knew that she wanted to help rehabilitate athletes to reach their full potential. She looks forward to bringing her skills and positive energy to minimize recovery time in order for patients to achieve success.
Collegiate Accolades: West Coast Conference Cross Country Champion (2006), runner-up (2007), USTFCCA first-team All-Region (2006 cross country season), First female athlete at LMU to qualify and compete in NCAA track national championships (2006) and cross-country national championships (2006 and 2007), LMU Female Athlete of the year (2006 and 2007)
Physical Therapy Services Provided for Athletes
Injury Assessment: The key to assessment is first to identify the tissue in dysfunction and then to figure out the contributing factors. Our first visit will address these issues.
Injury Treatment:Depending on the phase of wound healing, we intervene in the right manner to allow the tissue to achieve optimal repair. Our purpose is to first get you out of trouble, then we work to make you strong and elastic, and finally we help you to become "bullet proof".
Functional Movement Screen: Top athletes need specific basic fitness assessment. This screening typically looks at key points of flexibility and of stability. Once we have completed a Foundational Movement Screen, and you have implemented our suggestions, then the next level of assessment is the Functional Screen. This screen helps us pick up subtle asymmetries that might be responsible for holding you back.
Alter G: Our anti gravity treadmill powered Alter G is the first of its kind in the Seattle/Bellevue area. The benefits to Alter G training are numerous. Alter G training allows a person to:
* Increase mileage injury-free
* Continue to maintain fitness while injured
* Recover fitness after injury safely
* Over-Speed train to gain tempo
* Reduce pounding on joints
* Recover from injury faster
State out the art Gait analysis: The OptoJump allows us to establish your gait symmetry and provide us with the data on your speed, power, acceleration, stride length and so on. We can use this data to make the necessary changes to enhance your performance out on the track and the roads.
Custom Orthotic Therapy: At Sports Reaction Center we make corrective devices that are custom made to correct for the acquired or inherited deviations from optimal alignment. We use two different technologies depending on the dysfunction. In our experience, the athlete stands to enjoy a great benefit when custom orthotic therapy is needed and the correct devices are made.
Testimonials from CNW Athletes
In January 2010 I sustained a sharp injury in my hip area during a workout. I had important races coming up, so I continued to train and run through the pain (big mistake). I ended up with a severely injured hamstring tendon. What followed were three Physical Therapists, 2 Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, and a year of no running. I really was very frustrated and concerned I would never run again. At the recommendation of one of our elite athletes, I went to see Neil at Sports Reaction Center (SRC). Neil did a thorough video gait analysis and pin-pointed my weakness to poor flexibility in my upper back. This was putting excessive strain on my hamstring. I proceeded to do his prescribed exercises and my hamstring dramatically improved. Post treatment video analysis showed a much improved running form as well.
I learned two things from this: 1) do not run through pain and 2) get your gait analyzed early in your running career to prevent injuries. SRC has the tools, knowledge and experience to perform these tasks. I highly recommend them.
I came to the SRC with a nagging, stabbing knee pain. Laura has been patiently persistent in designing treatment and tracking progress. Her enthusiasm for our progress is a big lift just when I need it. This meld of passion and professionalism is clearly above and beyond, as I'm certain her's is the first text I've received with "proprioception" in the message. All the SRC staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the facilities are top-rate. I'm already back to racing with a plan to retrain my knee.
Without the help of Sport's Reaction Center I would have never recovered from two major injuries I've suffered during my professional running career. I was able to defend a major title as well as make my 8th USA National Team this year which led to an 11th place finish at the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships. They also have a great staff who made treatment a little easier for me mentally. Being able to laugh while getting treatment is priceless. Injuries can put you in a depressive state, but with the laughter and support of Sport's Reaction Centers' staff my time on the injured list went much smoother than expected. Thanks a ton Sport's Reaction Center!
Neil and his staff provide a unique individualized therapy plan and strive to ensure that their patients' athletic needs are met. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing team working to make me a better runner.
-Kristi Houk –
SRCPT has done a great job of helping me understand the process to heal a stress fracture. Thanks to their excellent knowledge and advice I am now running again and working my way back to the fitness level I was prior to the injury. I am grateful that Neil Chasan and Laura Mikkelson have made themselves available to answer any questions and address any concerns I have had during this process.
- Ruth Perkins –
In 2008 I ran the Moses Lake Olympic triathlon to qualify for the USAT championship. My 10K mile average was 7min/mile. I trained for long course races the next two years but in 2011 I raced Olympic distance again. I did the same Moses Lake Olympic triathlon under similar conditions. My swim and bike times were about the same as the 2008 race, but my 10K run averaged 6:30/mile. I know there were two seasons of long course training between the 2008 and 2011 races, but I feel that the big difference was the increased stride length and efficiency that resulted from the stretching work I had been prescribed by Neil.
- Ron Vollbrecht –