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A modality with momentum: Laser therapy brings power to the Major League Baseball lineup

Author: Steve Smith, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Read about why modality skeptic, Steve Smith, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, decided to adopt deep tissue laser therapy into the Dodgers athletic training room and how the modality has become a key treatment component.  Steve discusses the impact laser therapy has on player recovery times and his approach to evidence-based medicine.

Published:  Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine. June 2014; 25(11): 21. www.advanceweb.com/pt

About the author(s)

Steve Smith, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Steve Smith is head physical therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Prior to joining the big league team he spent two seasons as the organization’s Medical/Rehabilitation Coordinator.  Previous to that he was the Manager of Performance Physical Therapy at Athletes’ Performance (EXOS) Florida in conjunction with Dr. James Andrews and the Andrews Institute.  A native of Hagerstown, MD, Smith earned his Master’s and Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore.  He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  He is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and an Emergency Medical Responder (American Red Cross).

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