Injury Prevention Program
Physical therapists from Alpine Physical Therapy
will run 10 minute dynamic warm ups and basic introductions to plyometric form during the first week of the Academy Program. During the first several weeks of Strikers’ Competitive Program, physical therapists will be attending practices for each of the Strikers competitive teams to educate players and coaches on dynamic warm-ups and age appropriate plyometrics for injury prevention. The education programs have been adapted from the Sportsmetrics Program (of Cincinnati) and PEP (of Santa Barbara) programs, both of which have been shown in recent research to reduce non-contact injuries.
The long term goal is for all kids participating in Strikers, including the Academy, to be able to reproduce this warm-up prior to all practices and games. Coaches will provide assistance and feedback to the younger players so that by the time they reach the U-16 level, players should be able to complete the warm-up on their own. The dynamic warm-up is the same for all age groups, while the plyometrics will increase in difficulty as the players move up in age. Coaches, parents and players can check out this link
to help remind them how the dynamic warm up is run.
Alpine Physical Therapy will also be offering free player consults for MicroStikers, Academy, and Competitive Program athletes. Alpine’s PTs can provide initial consultations right away to help determine what you need to do to manage your injury, whether it just be rest and ice, PT treatment, or a visit to your doctor. As former college soccer players, they know what it takes to be a competitive soccer player, and they will help get you back on the field as soon as possible.
See below for Alpine Physical Therapy bios:
Leah Versteegen MS, DPT
After playing 4 years of Division I College Soccer at Furman University in South Carolina, I moved across the US bound for graduate school in Montana. I immediately began coaching at summer camps for the Lady Griz Soccer Program and acted as head coach for the U-16 and U-18 Missoula Strikers Girls for over 5 years. During this time, I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Montana in 2002 and then went on to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006. I have remained involved in the Missoula soccer community over the years, both as a player and a coach. I am proud to support the Missoula soccer community as a physical therapist, educating the players on proper off-season training, injury prevention, and sport nutrition as well as maximizing their performance with sport specific rehabilitation after injury.
Jessica Kehoe, DPT, CSCS
I earned my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at UM in 2007 and have enjoyed working as a physical therapist in Missoula ever since. I played Division I soccer at Colorado College, and I continue to play and coach. I also enjoy running and have raced in several 1/2 marathons. I also enjoy mountain biking, playing hockey, and racing triathlons. As a physical therapist, I like to help people get back to their sports safely and help prevent future injuries. I have been involved in integrating injury prevention and improved warm-ups for the Missoula Strikers soccer club and at the high school level for over 5 years. I really enjoy working with this population and trying to decrease injuries for Missoula's soccer players.
I grew up in Bozeman and have played soccer for most of my life. I attended and played soccer at North Idaho College for 2 years and Whitworth University for 2 years. After I graduated with a Kinesiology/Health-fitness degree from Whitworth, I played 2 years of professional soccer in Liege, Belgium and Brisbane, Australia. I have since moved back to Montana and enjoy living and playing in Missoula. I currently work as an aide at Alpine Physical Therapy and I assistant coach the U-18 Missoula Strikers boys team. I am an ASCM certified personal trainer and have spent 2 years doing so in Spokane, WA. I enjoy teaching young soccer players about injury prevention as well as soccer-specific conditioning so that they can enjoy the sport to its fullest.