PHYSICAL THERAPY

When it comes to managing the care of athletes who’ve suffered a sports-related injury, our athletic team employs the cutting edge techniques to maximize flexibility, strength, power and endurance needed for safe return to sport.

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  • Trauma – Tendonitis, Fracture, Ligament Tear, Meniscus Tear, ACL/PCL/MCL/LCL Tear, Muscle Strain, Labral Tear, Ankle Sprains, Hamstring Tear
  • Repetitive Stress – Stress Fractures, Runner’s Knee, Jumper’s Knee, Bursitis, Shld/Hip Impingement, Swimmer’s Shld, Pitcher’s Shld, Golfer’s Elbow, Tennis Elbow, Shin Splint, Achilles Tendonosis, IT Band Syndrome
  • Pre/Post-Operative Care
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Concussion – Head impact, Whiplash
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Turf Toe

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PHYSICAL THERAPY

We know athletes have higher demands placed on their bodies, and healing times become especially important when trying to salvage a season. We also realize each sport brings about unique biomechanics that need to be restored or improved upon before returning to competition at the highest level. Thus, our exercises are designed to challenge the body’s systems while slowly bringing back in movements that mimic the sport.

When requested by the athlete, we go above and beyond to communicate with coaches, athletic trainers, orthopedic physicians, parents, and spouses. This helps ensure that the athlete’s health comes first by establishing parameters and standards of care all parties can abide by. Our goal is to be the support network needed for full recovery, allowing the athlete to focus on healing.

We have worked with enough professionals to know that when it comes to optimizing performance after injury, the work must be put in by all members of the team.

PAUL HODGE

DIRECTOR OF SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY

Paul’s drive to become a sports physical therapist grew as he pursued high level baseball and managed his own shoulder injuries with physical therapy. He graduated with his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California in 2012. Prior to USC, Paul completed his undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science. Since 2012, Paul has treated a variety of patients with orthopedic injury and dysfunction.

In 2018, Paul returned to PLNU to teach in the Kinesiology and Biology departments, where he continues to actively work as an adjunct professor. He also mentors upperclassmen in an Internship in Kinesiology course, guiding juniors and seniors into physical and occupational therapy fields. Additionally, Paul teaches Gross Anatomy, where he instructs undergraduate and graduate students through an in-depth laboratory course involving musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanical analysis through human cadaver dissection.

Paul’s excited to be the Director of Sports Physical Therapy at Catalyst Performance where we focus on evaluating athletes, developing treatment programs, and working alongside our performance team to get athletes performing better than ever. We optimize the success of each client by individualizing rehabilitation, periodizing treatment and communicating with our performance team to have each client peaking at the right time.

Outside of work, Paul lives an active lifestyle including road cycling, mountain biking, paddle boarding and hiking. Paul and his wife, Kari, have two young sons, Griffin and Easton. He loves a great “dad joke” or pun, so please, feel free to share when you meet him!

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