Matthew Walsh, Bsc, PT

Physical Therapist

Matt is a 1987 graduate of Cumberland College of Health Sciences/Sydney University in Sydney, Australia. He has a representative-level background in Rugby and Cricket, has completed an Ironman Triathlon, and been chosen for the USA in Touch Rugby at the World Master’s Games. With wide-ranging sports physical therapy experience, he has consulted with groups such as the PGA Seniors Tourand the Nike Team Oregon project and was the Canadian National Cross Country Ski Team Physiotherapist. Matt is also a board certified sports physiotherapist (Australia SPG, Level III) who teaches courses throughout the USA, Canada, and Australia on topics such as Running biomechanics and treatment, advanced orthopedic Clinical Reasoning, and treatment approaches for the foot, ankle, and spine. He has a particular interest and expertise in running-related injuries, technique, and rehabilitation, but he also enjoys treating complex chronic spinal and tendon-related pain, having developed a number of evidence-based protocols with local surgeons and physiatrists. Contact Matt at: [email protected]

Articles written by Matthew Walsh

The Value of Shared Decision Making Through the Lens of a Physical Therapist

Shared Decision Making also means reflecting on my thoughts with my patient. This is not a new concept; all good clinical reasoning involves reflection. But when I do this, I find myself sharing my patient’s narrative interpretation of the problem (and not just listing findings). Shared Decision Making involves transparency about misunderstandings and exposing both of our belief systems that often become a roadblock to recovery. All of this creates a closeness with my patients that I never expected. Not only are these the attributes of advanced practitioners, as evidenced in many research studies, but they also contribute to the most enjoyable way of practicing as a PT.

Fundamental Five - Postural Exercises for the Runner

A runner’s ability to maintain a relaxed posture and fluid running form goes beyond mileage, intensity, and strength. Devoting time to develop the complex interactions of conscious postural awareness, stability, and mobility can become a catalyst for improving running economy and speed, and decreasing injury risk. The Fundamental 5 focuses on just one of these components: a runner’s conscious postural awareness.