Managing Performing Arts is a challenge that we have mastered. The combination of ART and SPORT makes it one of the most beautiful, but challenging categories of movement to provide injury prevention for as well as rehabilitation and activity return. It takes an unmatched understanding of the sport, from the inside out. We have Internationally recognized therapists in the treatment and management of NCAA and World Champion gymnasts, proving performance care for Broadway touring dancers, and writing for Cheerleading magazines, teaching the world how to be safer, to name a few. The ART applies to the knowledge of how a combination of equipment, coaching, conditioning, performance and competition schedules, communication with coaches, directors, teachers and managers, time constraints, strength, flexibility and stress play into success. We’ve been there. We walk the walk. We speak the lingo. From rocks to Tkatchevs; from the demand of a 2-show day, to the arm carriage on a violin, we help you to be your best.
Our program involves lecturing locally and nationally, writing for magazines and books, serving on medical boards, and providing unmatched mentoring during the clinical education process of medical professionals and new PT’s.
Each week, our therapists and athletic trainers are on site at gymnastics gyms, dance studios, rink-side, in cheer gyms, and backstage at theaters and rehearsal studios. This care allows us to imbed ourselves in the culture of the athlete so that we can watch all aspects of training and performance and provide movement analysis. We get to communicate with your teaching, coaching and directing staff in person, to ensure that the therapy and rehab process extends past appointments only. It also allows busy parents the option of one less trip to the clinic for treatment.
Unmatched knowledge and professionalism. We provide encompassing care for the gym, including medical management for gyms, coach education and communication, treatment, injury trend analysis, research, medical writing for magazines, on site care at national events and more. There are so few medical professionals nationally that can use a rare combination of former athlete, coach, elite clinician, medical staff, and therapist. Gymnastics is a sport where the rehab, return to performance process, and training cycle requires years of personal experience and education, and a small amount of knowledge elsewhere leads to early returns, repetitive injuries, and ruined seasons Gina has co-written the only APTA gymnastics medicine course through the PT national organization. She writes for Inside Gymnastics magazine, works US Championships, and so much more. She consults for coaches and physicians, internationally. The nation’s best are in our clinic, you should be, too.
There are so many varieties of dance- including but not limited to ballet, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, stage performance, ballroom, Irish Dance and more. The treatment of the dancer requires a deep understanding of the demands on the body on a daily basis, as well as a lifetime. Achieve is renowned for its management of not only the dancer, but the studio as a while. We help with flexibility program creation, teacher education, injury rate analysis, rehabilitation, and prevention. Knowing how to carefully but aggressively treat a hamstring takes experience and meticulous understanding of soft tissue injuries, joints, and the demand that elements place on the body. Working through performance schedules, in-season stress, and suggestions for altering classes help to make our program as elite as you get. Gina writes for multiple dance publications, including Inside Dance and Irish Dancing and Culture Magazine.
Early hours at the rink, late hours at the clinic. Skaters require a very particular combination of strength, flexibility, explosive leg power, spine stability, ankle health, equipment alignment and fitting, and artistry. Using manual therapy, balance techniques, movement analysis and range of motion attainment, we address the issues that the ice gives you. Our clinic director, Gina, co-authored a book on it, too. Light bedtime reading, before 5 am ice time.
Cheer is a great example of the struggle between sport and art. High schools have it listed at times as an activity, and at times as a varsity sport. Some cheer gyms are run as such- strength, stability, safety, matting, training, tumbling, etc. Some programs are community based and less intense. The demands of a good cheer program mimic that of a combination of gymnastics, dance and stage performance. Jump height, wrist health for bases, flexibility for jumps, spine health for tumblers, safety in spotting and catching are just a few of the topics of focus for our program. Gina writes for multiple international cheerleading publications and provides sheer gym clinics all over. You want to be a cheer athlete? Then treat yourself like one, you deserve to! Your body deserves it!
The demands of performance, both physical and mental, play into every performer’s injury. We have been there, performance and backstage treatment. Our PT’s know how to predict return to stage and manage the process, communicate with stage and company management, weight the benefits of being off and the stress of cast shifting, how to alter and work with costume and set designers on decreasing injury rates, and analyze a show and a track, for its potential rate of injury, and so much more. Manual treatments include a vast knowledge of voice and breathing mechanics, foot and ankle health, trigger point management, and repetitive stress injuries for those performing up to 8 shows each week. The magic you see on stage is supported by magical hands off stage.
There is not a more repetitive stress combination of art and sport than a musician. Not only are your fingers and arms moving in the same small ranges of motion, but often done while holding your body in resting positions specific to the instrument, that do not change very much. Attention to detail is provided at Achieve for finger and hand, neck and shoulder, elbow and wrist, diaphragm and breathing, as well as vocal performance health with neck/chest and posture. It always looks fun and flawless on stage- lights will do that for you.
Location(s): Burr Ridge, Naperville