We're excited to have Daniela M. Walsh, DPT back with us for a four part series! Many of you have meet her at the BRD SPORT measuring stations across the United States. She's coming back to give us some great ideas on how to stay active, injury free, and what to do if you do get injured.
If you haven't meet Daniela we wanted to take a minute to introduce her to you
before she starts her series.
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 a local physical therapy clinic. When she's not training or working, Daniela looks after her 6 year old son, and 2 daughters ages 3 and 2 years old. 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.
Stay tuned to learn more about staying injury free, training, and perhaps most important, to learn how to stay as active as you can, for as long as you can.