From as early on as I can remember, I loved being a part of a team. Growing up I played many different sports including volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball. I loved the feeling of everyone working together towards a common goal, the sense of camaraderie, and always pushing myself to be better. My senior year of high school I was playing in the Regional finals for volleyball when my opponent came under the net and I landed on her as I came down from jumping for a block. I felt sudden severe pain in my ankle and fell to the ground. Turns out it was “just an ankle sprain” but it ended my volleyball season and I was crushed. I felt like my whole identity as an athlete was taken away from me in that moment. I started physical therapy and worked to resolve the swelling, regain my strength, and get off crutches. Through that process my eyes were opened to an amazing career as a physical therapist in sports rehab, which I hadn’t heard of before.
The idea to pursue physical therapy and sports rehab wasn’t immediately apparent to me. When I got to college all my friends were majoring in Business and I just couldn’t picture myself sitting at a desk or in a cubicle all day, but I wasn’t sure what I could see myself doing. I wracked my brain to figure out what I wanted to do. I knew it had to be something that let me move my body, interact closely with others, and be able to help people. All of the sudden it hit me like a lightening bolt, I wanted to be a sports physical therapist!! It felt so obvious, I could combine my love of being active with the incredible ability to help others get out of pain and return to the things they loved. Once I had that revelation I never looked back.
I went to physical therapy school at Duke and after graduating I worked in several outpatient physical therapy clinics over the next 8 years. I have been certain I chose the correct path since going to PT school, but when I found Girl Fit, I knew I had found my new team. Looking back I am thankful for that injury that set the wheels in motion for me to pursue sports rehab physical therapy and helps me connect with my patients on a deeper level as I understand the pain of not being able to do what you love.
Christina Verhorevoort, PT, DPT
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Christina Verhorevoort earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2009. Since graduating, she has been working in outpatient orthopedic clinics focusing on sports medicine rehabilitation and injury prevention. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as a Graston Technique Provider for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. She has been trained in Video Gait Analysis to identify biomechanical faults in running form that could lead to injury, and has performed several injury prevention clinics for runners around the Newton-Wellesley area. Recent post-graduate course work includes treating pregnant and postpartum women with an emphasis on helping women regain core function and to return to their previous activities in a smart and safe way. She is also completed coursework in treatment of overhead athletes and rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction and repair.
Christina played many sports growing up including volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. She understands the unique stresses that these sports place on the growing bodies of young female athletes. She is passionate about helping others live a healthy, active, and pain free life!
At Girl Fit Physical Therapy, we pride ourselves in quality, evidence-based, individualized care for girls and women of all ages. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Christina or one of our other sports rehab physical therapists, email office@girlfitPT.com or call 617-618-9290 to schedule an appointment.
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