There's a famous poem you may have heard about a triathlete named Humpty:
Humpty Dumpty ran on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
But Stephanie Shew could, salvaging Humpty's race season.
Before we get to the interview, please allow me as Utah Tri Buzz editor to offer my witness regarding the truthfulness of this poem!
After trying to manage an injury for several weeks, I finally got smart and sought out Stephanie's expertise. In addition to the hands on work she does, the strength/flexibility stuff she prescribes, etc, it's been awesome to be able to ask specific things triathlete to triathlete... "so, St. George is 2 months away... do you think I can still give it a go or would that be stupid?" "I was gonna do a 60 min tempo run today... what would you do, should I just swim instead?" etc, etc. She can relate, and will help get you back on track while mitigating loss of fitness.
What’s your professional background as a PT as well as your athletic background? How did you first get started with triathlon?
I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2013, following receiving my Bachelor's in Exercise Physiology, with minors in Chemistry and Nutrition in 2009. I was lucky enough to jump directly into Outpatient Orthopedics following PT school, and have been working with the same company since graduation. I am currently a Clinical Director with Registered Physical Therapists, Inc at the Life Centre.
|Stephanie at her triathlon debut, Ice Breaker 2015|
|a little PT mid-ride.... here, bite on this cracker for the pain|