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DOR Podcast #132: Elite Athlete Training with Mike Staropoli, PT for Red Bull

In this episode, Andrea is joined by Mike Staropoli, DPT and founder of GOAL Physiotherapy & Sports Performance. In addition to managing GOAL, he was previously the first team physio for the New York Red Bulls in Major League soccer as well as currently is a physical therapist with Red Bull Performance, working with many of the Red Bull sponsored athletes you may see across various sports. He and Andrea discuss training wisdom and experience gained from working with elite athletes across many sports. They'll also give you tips for finding a high quality, local PT, how to rehab well from an injury, and how to integrate strategies from elite athletes into your training regimen.

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About Mike Staropoli

Mike graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy as well as Bachelors in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University. He then went on to become a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, demonstrating advanced skills, knowledge and clinical experience as an expert in his field as well as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. 

You can find Mike online here:
Instagram: @mikestardpt and @goaldrivenpt 
Goal YouTube: @goaldrivenpt

The Subjective: if you had unlimited time for running, what would you change about your training & routines?

0:00 - Intro & getting to know Mike 
9:51 - Mike's journey from a PT clinic to working for Red Bull 
14:32 - The Subjective: if you had unlimited time for running, what would you change about your training & routines? 
15:52 - How to find a high quality PT clinic 
23:43 - How does Goal assess runners? 
31:52 - How to know if you're truly ready for return to sport after an injury 
36:58 - What does the rehab process look like for professional athletes? 
41:18 - What it was like to work for New York Red Bulls 
50:50 - What training lessons can runners take from professional soccer teams? 
53:07 - The use of PEBA foams in soccer cleats 
55:48 - What can the average runner learn from pro athletes? 
57:34 - Wrap-up

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