Q&A with Andrew Pritikin, ’08 physical therapy alumnus

first_imgDT: What will you do at the London Olympics?Pritikin: I get to run the PolyClinics — a clinic for all the countries that need treatment. Whatever comes up, you’ll treat it. It’s great. I’m a sports physical therapist, and it’s truly the most you can really do. Next to working with professional athletes every day — the Olympics is really the biggest thing you can do. It’s great. I’m very excited. Daily Trojan: What are you going to talk about at the Youth Summit?Andrew Pritikin: We’re going to  be speaking to kids who are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, who play sports and who are interested in doing physical therapy as a profession. We’re going to talk about basic types of injuries that they see on television at college games. We’ll explain what happened to the injured athletes. DT: What are you really proud of?Pritikin: I work with a lot of professional [mixed martial arts] fighters, so the therapy I do with them is very intense. I’m happy to say that I make a number of them whimper. When you put those guys in pain, you know you’re doing something right. DT: What kind of clients do you see?Pritikin: I am working with some 14-year-old swimmers who are looking forward to going to the Olympics in five years. I’m working with tennis pros who want to go to the Olympics next year. I’m working with the US Olympic Committee, going to explain what we do here because this company will be working in London. I’m lucky to work with the US Olympic Committee where this company will be, inside the Olympic Village at the London Games. DT: What do you most remember from your time at USC?Pritikin: It was a lot of work, but just knowing that I was at the No. 1 school in the country gave me the assurance that I was learning for the best by the best. One professor, Dr. Cheryl Resnik, taught a professional development class that focused on how important it was to have ethics of equally high standards as the manual skill I was learning.center_img DT: Why are you reaching out to these children?Pritikin: I used to teach a sports injury class at Santa Monica Community College. Then I was able to reach the kids at a level when they were in their decision-making process of what they wanted to do. The step beyond that is to help other kids at a high school level and let them know there is a profession out there that allows them to work with sports at a high level. Andrew Pritikin received his degree in physical therapy from USC in 2008, after working several years as a self defense instructor, office manager and industrial salesman. He now serves as clinical director of the Bauerfeind Performance Center in Santa Monica, which works with a variety of professional athletes and will work in the Olympic Village for the London 2012 Games.On Saturday, he will speak at the first Youth Summit for the Foundation for Second Chances, a non-profit organization devoted to helping underserved children. The Youth Summit, which will be held at USC, was created to inspire Los Angeles area high school students to actively plan for their futures. DT: What kind of technology do you use in your line of work?Pritikin: We use sports motion analysis. High speed video cameras at multiple angles are used to biomechanically access athletes’ motion to find the defects and compensations. This has been around for a good number of years. Something else we’re using now that’s more advanced is what’s called the MediLogic system. It is a wireless insole system where we have the athletes either walk, run or move in a lateral motion. We’re able to get pressure readings on each insole to see exactly how they’re landing, what their foot is doing, how it’s moving and the proper custom insoles that are needed for that particular athlete. It’s wireless so there’s nothing that encumbers them, so they can do their natural motion without any issue.last_img read more

Chickasaw County mom gets life for death of baby son found in swing

first_imgNEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A Chickasaw County woman whose infant son’s lifeless body was found in a baby swing has been imprisoned for life without possibility of parole.Court records say 22-year-old Cheyanne Harris was sentenced Tuesday in New Hampton to the state-mandated penalty, and her request for a new trial was denied. A jury found her guilty Feb. 6 of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.The charges stem from the death of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn, whose body was found Aug. 30, 2017, in a maggot-infested diaper at an apartment in Alta Vista. The swing was in a sweltering bedroom.An autopsy shows he died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection.The baby’s father, Zachary Koehn, also has been sentenced to life in prison.last_img read more

NBA playoffs race: East top 8 unchanged, Wolves fall to No. 8 in West

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Closing time: LeBron scores 33, Cavs rally to stun Wizards Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s still seven teams alive in the race for the final five spots out West.FRIDAY’S GAMES— Indiana at Toronto: Raptors can set a franchise record for wins in a season (57) and clinch the No. 1 seed in the East. The Pacers almost certainly need a win to have a realistic chance of opening the playoffs at home.— Cleveland at Philadelphia: Winner will be No. 3 in the East when the night ends, loser will be No. 4.— Atlanta at Washington: The Wizards will try to end a three-game losing streak, but John Wall won’t play.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cleveland rallied from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Washington, which might prove fortunate for both teams. It allowed the Cavaliers to stay No. 3 in the East, and kept Washington in the No. 7 spot — which they might prefer.With Kyrie Irving’s season over, the Boston Celtics don’t look as scary as they once did. And since the Celtics are just about locked into the No. 2 seed, the No. 7 seed might actually look attractive to teams. Milwaukee could have moved into No. 7 on Thursday, but it lost to Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson reacts as time runs out in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 100-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with six days remaining in the regular season:EAST UPDATEADVERTISEMENT WEST UPDATEUtah’s easy win over the Los Angeles Clippers put the Jazz on the brink of clinching. Minnesota hurt its cause with a loss to Denver and dropped to No. 8 in the Western Conference. View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This will be the first season since 2000-01 that two teams in the same conference with records above .500 miss the playoffs. It happened to Houston (45-37) and Seattle (44-38) that season, and will happen to two other Western Conference clubs this season.QUOTE OF THE DAY“In general, it’s hard to win an NBA game if you don’t put forth an effort — at all.” — Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after Golden State lost by 20 in Indiana.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next — Chicago at Boston: Celtics’ first game since the Irving-is-done news came out.— Miami at New York: Win keeps Heat in the driver’s seat for No. 6 seed and, possibly, a first-round matchup against LeBron James.— New Orleans at Phoenix: Obviously, not a game the Pelicans can waste, not against a team with the NBA’s worst record.— Minnesota at LA Lakers: The Wolves must win Friday to remain in the top eight out West.— Dallas-Detroit, Charlotte-Orlando and Sacramento-Memphis have no playoff implications.CURRENT BRACKETFirst-round matchups if the season ended Thursday …East: 1-Toronto vs. 8-Milwaukee, 2-Boston vs. 7-Washington, 3-Cleveland vs. 6-Miami, 4-Philadelphia vs. 5-Indiana.West: 1-Houston vs. 8-Minnesota, 2-Golden State vs. 7-New Orleans, 3-Portland vs. 6-Oklahoma City, 4-Utah vs. 5-San Antonio.NOTE OF THE DAY Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIESlast_img read more