It’s the beginning of fall. That crisp snap in the air means a lot of different things. For some, it means the end of racing season. For others, it’s the beginning of a season of rehabilitation, now that most of the events are done and over with.

We can’t think of a better time to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Daniela Walsh, a doctor of physical therapy based in Southbury, Connecticut. Daniela’s worked in physical therapy since her graduation with a doctoral degree in physical therapy from Philadelphia’s esteemed Temple University in 2005, but her work in the field goes back to 1994, when she graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

Of equal importance to us is her long involvement in sports. Growing up on the Jersey Shore, Daniela was active in basketball, cross-country, and track, and she went on to letter in volleyball, basketball, cross-country and track when she was at university.

Needless to say, she’s a big fan of cross-training. “I think having four different sports in the year made me stronger, and it kept me cross-trained,” she says. “It wasn’t doing the same thing all year around, which can be stressful for the body.” Daniela did, however, find one sport intriguing enough that she kept doing it even after her involvement in school sports ended; she went on to play beach volleyball at the semi-pro level.

She’s a fan of running, both road and trail, and is on staff at two different physical therapy clinics. When she’s not training or working, Daniela looks after her 3-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter, and somehow convinces her husband to train with her as well, although they’re very different athletes. “I’m more cut-throat competitive,” she says. “I want to win the race, but he wants to participate.” That’s okay by us, as long as it leaves Daniela time to work with us on helping our demographic to understand their bodies better.

Daniela will be helping us to help you demystify some of the injuries you might see and experience while you’re training and racing. “Anyone that’s interested in being educated,” she says, “makes a great patient. If you’re interested in learning how to make yourself better, that’s a great patient. Really try to listen to your body, understand it.”

We can get on board with that. Stay tuned to this blog to learn more about your joints, and, perhaps most important, to learn how to stay as active as you can, for as long as you can.

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