Physical therapy in the world of sports is given. Tending to a new or old injury, or re-strengthening and nurturing the body after strenuous activity, these two worlds collide more often than not. After an injury or a surgery, the process is relatively straight forward with a goal of reducing inflammation, improving range of motion, and improving strength in the affected area to get patients of all abilities back to their normal activities, according to physical therapist George Wilson. Hamptons Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab Center is now expanding its services and expertise as Wilson brings on Sinéad Fitzgibbon to his Sag Harbor practice.
There is never a good time to sustain an injury. The pain experienced is not only at the injured site, but affects the surrounding muscles and tissues as well. Capitalizing on the body’s ability to heal itself, properly implemented manual therapy and therapeutic exercises help move the process along in a safe, smart way. Both Wilson and Fitzgibbon have personal experience as athletes themselves.
“George and I both come from athletic backgrounds,” Fitzgibbon says. “Him: soccer, surfing, and snowboarding. Me: triathlon, rowing, and snowboarding. We share a common physical therapy educational background with a focus on manual, manipulative physical therapy and therapeutic exercise.”
Though their clientele is similar, Fitzgibbon shares the pair can offer more when combining their different strengths together. She is a Kettlebell certified level two instructor, adding kettlebells into the rehab environment, a certified rowing instructor and certified running coach. The practice has a specialized rowing ergometer that has a very water-like feel that is great for high performance athletes as well as full body strengthening and cardio fitness with a low impact. The treadmill provides has a biofeedback function to give biometric information on ground contact time, flight time, and cadence in real time. This allows for Fitzgibbon to implement form corrections immediately and show impact in real-time for optimal learning.
“Sinéad and I offer patients the one-on-one attention they envision when going to physical therapy, not a ‘factory’ approach,” Wilson shares. “We continue to be the preferred providers for many top surgeons locally and in the New York City area for this reason.”
Fitzgibbon also has a PhD in musculoskeletal research, a use of evidence-based practice and current best practices for diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions. It was while she was in the middle of earning her PhD that Wilson had opened his office in Sag Harbor after returning from Australia. “I had been eyeing the space, but was buried in my dissertation work, so was in no position to jump on the space,” Fitzgibbon recalls. “Towards the end of my lab work, I met with George and we discussed our mutual work interests and ambitions. Good things can happen over a burger and beer, and here I am, back in Sag Harbor where I started on 9/11 in 2001.”
Wilson credits his background in sports, and the various injuries that he has sustained, with his ability to help get patients where they want to go. He worked for Southampton Hospital’s satellite clinic, Westhampton Sports Rehab, after graduating from Boston University. Later he moved to Australia and opened a chain of three physical therapy clinics called Aushealth Physiotherapy. Wilson sold the business and returned to the South Fork in 2011 where he opened this Sag Harbor practice. Coupling their expertise and relationships with other medical professionals, Wilson and Fitzgibbon say clients can be rest assured they will receive personal care in a professional environment.
“We have strong relationships with local and New York City medical doctors, and growing international connections to the United Kingdom, Europe, and Canada,” Fitzgibbon says. “We also use cutting edge protocols for joint replacements, and post-operative surgical repairs of peripheral joint, return-to-sport training, prehab-to-podium, pelvic floor rehabilitation, and multi-disciplinary management of painful chronic spinal conditions.”
Hamptons Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab Center is located at 34 Bay Street, Suite 206 in Sag Harbor. For more information, visit hamptonspt.com.