Update: US Equestrian to Hold Next Human Sports Science Medicine Program (HSSM) Physical Therapist Network Course October 12

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Aug 15, 2017, 11:49 AM EST

Physiotherapist Andy Thomas works on an athlete. (Photo courtesy Andy Thomas)

Lexington, Ky. – In an effort to develop the US Equestrian Human Sports Science Medicine Program (HSSM) and its network of physical therapists, US Equestrian’s High Performance HSSM Advisor Andy Thomas will hold his second course of 2017 on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the historical Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, N.J. The cost of the course and being associated with the network is free and open to any licensed physical therapist interested in joining US Equestrian’s growing network of physical therapists.

In order for a physiotherapist to join US Equestrian’s network, the following criteria must be met:

•Must have three years of licensed experience as a physical therapist and work in the sports field

•Complete an application, pass a background check, and complete US Equestrian SafeSport training, as required by US Equestrian

•Complete one course with Thomas

The course is practical, interactive, and hands-on, delivered over eight hours and covering three key sections:

•Anatomy, biomechanics, and functional movement patterns of the human equestrian athlete.

•Assessment of common asymmetries and imbalances and associated non-traumatic injury.

•Functional assessment (on horse), identification of common faulty movement patterns, their effect on performance and injury, and development of rehabilitation pathways.

US Equestrian will add practitioners who meet the requirements to the US Equestrian’s Therapists Network List. The list will be distributed to athletes supported by US Equestrian’s High Performance Programs and promoted to US Equestrian members.

About Andy Thomas: Andy Thomas is a British-based physiotherapist. Over the last 12 years working with elite equestrian athletes, he has developed a well-respected program that includes the identification of rider asymmetries, weaknesses, and imbalances. He has also worked to build strength and conditioning exercises to address weaknesses, and has overseen some complex and time-constrained rehabilitation programs. Working with over 500 elite and developing elite riders, Thomas has identified three distinct causes of imbalances, which have a performance inhibiting impact on riders. This impact can be seen in areas such as rider suppleness, riders slipping to one side (saddle / rider) impact on lateral work, etc., which impact the rider’s ability to be coached, the horse’s movement, and the combination’s performance in the arena.

For additional information or to register, please email Steven Morrissey at smorrissey@usef.org. The deadline to register is September 25, 2017.