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The Sports Physical Therapy Academy Podcast

Are you a healthcare or fitness professional looking for tips, tools, and strategies to work with more athletes, become a sports specialist or get a job in a sports you can finally enjoy the career that you’ve always dreamed of? If so, you’re in the right place...this podcast is for you. Your host is Dr. Chris Garcia, a physical therapist, business owner, entrepreneur, nationally recognized public speaker, and residency-trained sports specialist. 

Dr. Chris Garcia, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, USAW has worked in professional sports and traveled around the world working with elite athletes throughout his career, and he’s learned a lot of lessons along the way. He created this podcast to share his experiences and give you everything you need to know to help YOU become a sports expert. Dr. Chris Garcia talks about everything from sports rehab and injury prevention to developing athletic performance and the path to getting your dream job...even if it is in professional sports.

If you want to become a sports expert so you can finally enjoy the career you’ve always dreamed of, visit


***DISCLAIMER: This content is for educational & informational use only and & does not constitute medical advice. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice or medical recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with a qualified medical professional for proper evaluation & treatment, or beginning any exercises or activity in this content. Dr. Chris Garcia and The Sports PT Academy Podcast are not responsible for any harm caused by the use of this content.***

Aug 31, 2022

“If there is an economic downturn, what does it mean for physical therapists?”

In this episode, I share how patients and athletes will view physical therapy and I offer solutions for providers to continue to deliver high-quality care despite the uncertainty. If you want to continue to be successful in your role in a...

Aug 25, 2022

“Have you ever made the mistake of pushing an athlete too slow or too fast when returning to sport? Have you ever felt hesitant because you didn’t feel confident that the athlete was ready?”

There is an art and science to returning athletes back to sport in a short timeline. In this episode, I share mistakes...

Aug 18, 2022

“How do you mentor aspiring sports PTs?” This is a question I often get from physical therapists. 

In this episode, I share the ideal structure and framework of clinical mentorship throughout the first 8-10 years of clinical practice. If you are looking for mentorship or want to know if you’re on the right path,...

Aug 11, 2022

“What do you include or modify to reduce aches and pains in a powerlifter during a strength cycle? How can a physical therapist support athletes as they train for a competition?”

In this episode, I interview Charlie Illardi, wellness coach and fitness professional. We review a strength cycle to prepare for...

Aug 4, 2022

“How do you manage an injured athlete with a short timeline to return to sport? Are you more aggressive or conservative?”

After working with professional athletes for over a decade, I’ve compiled the top 4 tips I personally use to quickly get athletes out of pain and back to sport faster. In this episode, I share...