Whitney Welsch — CrossFit Elite Athlete Profile

Whitney Welsch received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006 from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She soon joined Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, an up and coming private practice specializing in Evidence Based Practice, manual and manipulative therapy, and clinical mentoring. In 2008 she was introduced to CrossFit by her sister and soon Whitney caught the competition bug. In 2009 she moved to Austin and joined Select Physical Therapy.

After months of independent WODs in her garage she joined Woodward Crossfit as a mobility coach and began performing injury prevention screens,and began training at RedBlack Crossfit, a Crossfit gym emphasizing garage gym style strengthening and Underground Strengthening. In her current physical therapy practice,Whitney focuses on performance-based Orthopaedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on Evidence Based Practice and Manual and Manipulative treatments to assist in returning athletes to elite level sport and performance.

Starting in 2011, Whitney will began traveling to teach “Complete Conditioning and Injury Prevention” and other topics to follow up Kelly Starrett’s Movement and Mobility Certification in an effort to spread her message that proper movements are the keys to good performance and to give back to the Crossfit community.

Whitney’s background as an athlete and coach includes playing NCAA DivisionII Soccer at UIW where she was honored as Heartland Conference Freshman Defender of the year and All Conference, and was an NCAA Academic Athlete and graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Biology. Her soccer career included 2 visits to the NCAA tournament, including an Elite 8 finish.

Whitney is a Texas Consortium Certified Clinical Instructor and has lectured nationally for EIM’s Residency program on topics including: deep neck flexor strengthening, cervicogenic dizziness, advanced core stabilization for athletes with a history of spondylolisthesis, and evidence based examination and treatment of meniscal pathologies. She has also been a guest lecturer for the Army-Baylor Doctorate Program on topics including differential diagnosis of cervicogenic dizziness. She is an active member in the American Physical Therapy Association including the orthopedic and sport sections, and the performing arts special interest group, the Texas Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and is a member of the NSCA.

In her spare time Whitney acts as a consultant for Pilates Room at Synergy in San Antonio, at Body Armor, a Crossfit and strength and conditioning gym, and acted as a consultant for the strength and conditioning coach for the Trinity University Women’s Soccer team.

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