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Podcast: The Sideline Perspective
Recovery | with Anna Terry
No matter what our sport, our competition status, or our current day to day looks like, one thing is for sure: we could all use more recovery in our life. Whether focused on physical recovery from an injury or mental recovery from the stress of life, Team USA Kayaker and health expert Anna Terry encourages us all to find little ways to slow ourselves down and tune in to what our minds and our bodies are asking of us.Anna Terry is an athlete performance and wellness expert who specializes in muscular health and mobility. Her experience as the Director of Integrative Health at Dartmouth College Athletics, the Director of Athlete Care at Killington Mountain School, and member of the US Ski Team medical pool has informed her philosophy. Anna believes that a well rounded approach balancing effort, rest, nutrition, and mindset is crucial to optimize performance. As the founder of Total Athlete Care, Anna is making the expertise she has cultivated through over 18 years of experience working with developing athletes through olympic champions available to individual athletes and teams worldwide.
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Anna’s specialty and passion lies in working with all athletes to “prehab” for their sports, building strength and proper movement patterns to help enhance performance and reduce the occurrence of injury. In addition, she works with athletes to eliminate pain and discomfort from acute and chronic issues. Anna does this by assessing each athlete as an individual, and employs hands-on assessment, massage, yoga, movement, and manual therapy to get her clients feeling better on track to achieve their goals and stay healthy.
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Each sport works certain parts of the body, so every athlete needs targeted bodywork. The treatments Terry performs or recommends to a runner, for example, are not the same as those a hockey player needs. You must understand each sport, she said, to understand which muscles are engaged and which areas of the body to concentrate on.
“You want to have an idea of the sport they’re doing, so in your mind you can visualize what muscles are being used,” Terry said.