In this short interview, we get to know Dr. Teter and hear a little bit about why he developed the Rehab to Fitness course and how it “bridges the gap” between rehabilitation and optimal performance.
We discuss using exercise as medicine and the true definition of fitness. We also discuss why being able to understand and apply basic principles of fitness is an essential component of next-level patient care for any musculoskeletal practitioner.
Dr. Tom Teter is the owner of Engineering Athletes, a manual therapy and performance enhancement clinic that focuses on integrating movement-based rehabilitation and functional performance training. With more than 15 years of experience in strength and conditioning and clinical practice, Dr. Teter has treated and trained thousands of athletes at all levels of skill and ability. His clients have ranged from children in youth development programs to high level elite and professional athletes from a wide variety of sporting backgrounds. Dr. Teter holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Missouri State University, as well as a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College. With his extensive experience in rehabilitation, Dr. Teter hold numerous certifications within the industry that have helped him develop injury prevention training protocols that assist his clients in reaching their peak physical potential. In addition to running his clinical practice, Dr. Teter is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of the Fitness and Wellness Program at Park University. During his time at Park, Dr. Teter has developed the program’s full curriculum blending the science of exercise with the practical application of strength and conditioning. Through also working with the sports medicine program at Park University, Dr. Teter created and developed an app for smartphones that determines daily readiness for athletic activity by measuring subjective training loads and physiological adaptation to stress. The application ‘Ready Athlete’ has the ability to decrease the incidence of injury by using data to predict the onset of overtraining. Dr. Teter has also become a sought-after expert witness in court cases involving fitness and injury due to his expertise in injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement training.
In this 4hour online course, we cover the fundamental definitions of fitness and training, physiological concepts of stress, an overview of injury management and practical principles of managing movement.
In the first day of our live course weekend, we cover concepts in functional training, risk stratification and screening, program design preparation and development,biomechanics of exercise and the functional exercise continuum.
On the final day of our live course, we cover concepts and method of activity preparation and resistance training of the upper and lower body and trunk/spine. We progress through conditioning, energy systems and conclude the course with program execution and implementation.