Dr. Ryan Summers is a physical therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist located in the greater Cleveland area. He comes to Cleveland after spending the last three years traveling and practicing throughout the United States, from Hawaii to Boston, Seattle to Richmond, and various other cities in between. He has experience working in a multitude of sports rehabilitation and orthopedic outpatient clinics with patients ranging from the elderly to elite athletes to Special Operations Forces at Fort Bragg. Ryan played college basketball at Division III Bethany College and is a renowned expert in working with jumping athletes at all levels. He currently provides online services through his website AMPSrehab.com while also working with patients/clients at Pure Physio located in Strongsville, OH. Ryan strives to be the compass that guides you to a life of optimal performance and improved overall well-being.

Please DO NOT train without understanding this.

Why do we train? What’s the purpose or intent? Is it to sweat or get fit and swole? Yes, and no. “The only reason we train is to create the opportunity to recover.” – Larry Gaier What a beautifully simple and powerful phrase. When broken down, that’s all training is and…

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Load versus capacity. The source of ALL pain and injury.

Throughout the history of mankind, every injury that has occurred can be traced back to a single culprit: The amount of load placed on the body exceeded the body’s capacity to handle it. Back pain, an ACL tear, “tight” traps. It doesn’t matter. Load exceeded capacity. To illustrate this, I want you to think…

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What it really means to be an “old” athlete.

There’s a lot of misconceptions about aging. Yes, once we hit about 35 years old, it is true that our VO2 max and stroke volume will incrementally diminish and we gradually lose muscle mass. However, this is all relative. Compared to a sedentary person, these declines happen more slowly for…

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Mantras simply work. Here are a few of our favorites.

Mottos and mantras simply work. We use them all the time to effectively communicate our message and to serve as a reminder for what we’re trying to accomplish.Here are a few of our favorites: “Trust the process, chase the stimulus.” .If you could sum up the goal of our programming into a…

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Do HOKAs live up to the hype?

Hokas have become incredibly popular as of late. They’re a “maximalist” shoe company that offers a ton of cushion in the heel or rearfoot. So is that a good or bad thing? It depends. It’s good if a runner is recovering from something like metatarsalgia or plantar fasciitis as the…

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Waiting is worse than failing.

Why? Why do we wait to do the things that can get us closer to our goals? We see an opportunity and think “sounds great, but maybe later.. when the timing’s right. Let me get through this month. Let me try this other thing first. When I’m ready.” Why do…

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Take time to appreciate your success.

Greediness can be a deterrent towards meeting goals. We win a race or hit a PR, and instead of indulging in the success, we want more. We get greedy. We get excited, seeing new possibilities. It’s easy to fall into the trap, but whenever a breakthrough occurs, the reaction shouldn’t…

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Taking a lesson from Pixar.

Jacky and I had a chance to sit down and watch a great documentary over the weekend. It’s called The Pixar Story, and it tells the story of how Pixar created, and essentially re-imagined, the animated film industry we know and love today.While a great documentary overall, there’s one part that stood out…

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Myths and Truths of the Pregnant Athlete

Being pregnant is an exciting and nerve-racking experience for a woman, and for athletes it can bring a whole world of unknown. How hard can I push? When should I scale back? And how soon can I return to training postpartum? I’m here to provide some insight and peace of…

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Good enough for now.

I want you to remember a product that was unappealing. Maybe an old couch that is cracked and torn, with strips of black tape holding it together.Or an old car that is well past its prime, soaked in rust and traveling on spare tires. Somewhere along the line, someone decided that “this…

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