Do you need to increase your FLEXIBILITY?  Do you need to improve your STABILITY?

Do TIGHT MUSCLES restrict your movement, preventing you from being able to perform certain tasks, or cause STIFFNESS & DISCOMFORT in your lower back after physical activity, exercise, or sporting events?

Does a lack of CORE STABILITY & STRENGTH prevent you from performing at your best, or do you fear the risk of FALLING due to lack of BALANCE & MOBILITY?

From young athletes to active seniors, everyone has unique movement imbalances and limitations that can lead to pain and injury. The ability to perform functional movement patterns without limitations or compensations is necessary before initiating a general fitness program or a sports performance enhancement training program, and to safely & comfortably perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) with a fulfilling Quality of Life. The application of Sports Medicine is an essential aspect of being able to optimize your overall health and maintain a state of optimal wellness.

At TOPS Athletics, our philosophy is to screen, test, & assess movement, correct identified limitations or asymmetries, develop optimal mobility & stability, THEN design & implement the optimal exercise or training program to lose weight, enhance balance & wellness, increase strength, power, speed, agility, quickness, endurance, etc. as per the client’s, patient’s, or athlete’s specific personal needs & goals.

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the innovative screening system used by the Strength & Conditioning Professionals at TOPS Athletics to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.

These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic loco motor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized.
Based on your screen results & score, your TOPS FMS Certified Coach (FMSC) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) develops a customized Corrective Exercise Prescription (CExRx) tailored to meet your needs, while continually tracking and updating your online FMS Corrective Exercise Plan as you progress. This is an example of our dedication to providing each and every one of our patients/clients/athletes a unique and customized fitness experience designed to accommodate their personal, specific health and fitness needs.

Treat the injury. Rehab the athlete.

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The field of Sports Medicine focuses on helping people improve their athletic performance, recover from injury, and prevent future injuries, a proactive and reactive process. It is a fast-growing health care field, because health workers who specialize in sports medicine help many “regular” people as well as athletes.

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to seek help from a Sports Medicine professional. Sports Medicine professionals treat people who participate in sports just for fun or want to get better results from their exercise program, patients who suffered injuries and want to regain full function, and people who have disabilities and want to increase their mobility and capabilities.

Sports medicine professionals range from Licensed Athletic Trainers (LATs/ATCs) to Physical Therapists (PTs) to Orthopedic Surgeons, including Registered Dietitians (RDs) who specialize in Sports Nutrition.

Athletic Trainers (LATs/ATCs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide a workout regime that accommodates to your health and fitness needs. The services provided by LATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The AMA (American Medical Association) has recognized athletic training as an allied health care profession since 1990.

Typical patients and clients served by Athletic Trainers include:

  • Active individuals and recreational, amateur, and professional athletes
  • Individuals who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries
  • Those seeking strength, conditioning, fitness, and performance enhancement
  • Others delegated by the physician

CSCS_logo_galleryInjury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection:

Athletic trainers are educated and trained in injury and illness prevention strategies that focus on optimizing health to improve an individual’s quality of life. Athletic trainers are the only health care professionals whose expertise in prevention ranges from minor sprains to catastrophic head and neck injuries, and from minor illnesses to exertional heat syndrome. Nutrition and wellness also play an integral role in the athletic trainers’ work in preventing injury and illness. Athletic trainers recognize when consultation with other health care providers is necessary and refer accordingly.

Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis:

Athletic trainers are educated and trained to examine patients/clients who have acute, subacute, or chronic musculoskeletal disorders and medical conditions and to arrive at a differential diagnosis regarding suspected pathologies. Based on this assessment, athletic trainers determine the impairments, functional limitations and the disabilities that result from these injuries and illnesses. Effective examination requires a thorough understanding of musculoskeletal and systemic anatomy, and the physiological response to injury and illness. Examination is an ongoing process focused on meeting the changing needs of the patient/client.

FMS_Collage_&_Cert_320x240Immediate and Emergency Care:

Athletic trainers are educated and trained to provide standard immediate and emergency care procedures to patients and clients.

Treatment and Rehabilitation:

Athletic Trainers are educated and trained to assess the status of a patient’s or client’s post-operative, chronic, acute and subacute musculoskeletal injuries, illnesses and/or conditions to determine impairments, functional limitations and disability. Based on this assessment, athletic trainers determine the appropriate treatment goals and therapeutic interventions to reduce the extent of a patient’s or client’s disability. Athletic trainers modify the treatment plans based on continual/regular assessment of the patient/client, and discharge the patient/client once treatment goals are met or the patient’s or client’s condition is no longer improving.

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation:

tylerMomentum PT & Wellness is owned by Tyler Whiteside, DPT, CSCS. Tyler earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in physical therapy from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Penn State University. Throughout his career, Tyler has successfully treated varying degrees of general, orthopedic and sports injuries. He emphasizes manual, physical, sports, and surgical therapy and rehabilitation together with the appropriate prescription of therapeutic exercise. Tyler is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has attended continuing education courses including Back to Golf, Running Medicine and Maitland Manual Therapy, just to name a few. Tyler believes in patient focused, one-on-one therapy to maximize a patient’s return to functional, recreational and occupational activities. Outside of physical therapy, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and twin boys, surfing, golfing and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins and the Boston Red Sox.

At Momentum PT & Wellness our job is to get you moving and keep you moving. Whether you’ve had an injury or surgery, or just need to get more active, we can help. We treat a wide range of medical and orthopedic conditions along with sports and work injuries. We work closely with you and your healthcare providers to help you get moving again, and to bridge the gap between medicine and fitness to improve your overall health.