Christina Sterling, PT, DPT, CSCS

Christina received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in Miami, Florida, in April 2019. During graduate school, she completed a performance physical therapy internship at the headquarters of EXOS in Phoenix, Arizona. While at EXOS, she was able to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and deliver prognosis to both elite athletes and the general population. During the busiest time of the year—NFL Combine prep season, she gained experience treating musculoskeletal impairments in accordance with EXOS performance and rehabilitative ideologies: pillar prep, soft tissue mobilization/manual therapy, movement prep, plyometrics, movement skills, strength training, energy system development, and regeneration.

Prior to physical therapy school, Christina received her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science with a concentration in sports performance from Purdue University. As a supplement to her undergraduate didactic curriculum, she completed strength and conditioning internships at Purdue University Sports Performance and St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, Indiana. During this time, she created and delivered exercise programming for youth, elementary, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. The skills Christina acquired during these internships facilitate her ability to efficiently progress athletes along a continuum of rehabilitation and performance.

Christina became certified in the Functional Movement Screen levels 1 and 2 in 2014 and has utilized it as part of return-to-play discharge as well as “pre-habilitation” for athletes and the general population alike. She is one course away from her manual therapy certification as well as becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her clinical interests consist of orthopedic and sports-related physical therapy. Topics that interest her include the influence of breathing mechanics on joint centration and postural restoration, performance training, dry needling, and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment.

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