“Empowerment Through Running:” A Conversation with Cat Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CSCS at Custom Performance
Athletes are naturally inclined to focus on performance goals. We balance training with recovery in pursuit of the best possible race performance, sometimes coming up against, or even crossing the fine line between peak fitness and over-training. Perhaps a more sustainable approach for long-term success lies in directing additional attention to injury prevention in the name of performance. After all, we cannot perform to our highest ability if we are injured. In this episode we speak with Cat Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CSCS, Senior Physical Therapist and Running Consultant at Custom Performance in New York City about running, running-related injuries, physical therapy, injury prevention, and performance. Cat, along with the other therapists and the athletic trainer at Custom Performance, believes in achievement, and fostering others’ achievements. A therapeutic philosophy that all people have the opportunity to experience self-transformation through running informs the excellent care provided at Custom Performance. Patients arrive at Custom for various reasons and are welcomed by a team of professionals available to support them well beyond the lifespan of an injury. This is an informative and enlightening conversation about physical therapy and also the special approach taken at Custom Performance. Cat is a skilled therapist, a delightful person, and a runner herself. Cat knows her stuff and she shares it with Chill Track Friday.