SPP #10: Dr. Rori Alter: Physical Therapy Issues for Powerlifters: Mobility, Prehab & Technique

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Episode 10: Physical therapist and USAPL lifter Dr. Rori Alter is on to talk all things physical therapy for powerlifters.


Guest Bio

Dr. Rori Alter

Rori Alter is the founder of Progressive Rehab & Strength. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), as well as being a competitive powerlifter herself.
Competitive Athlete

Rori holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Boston University. At Boston University, she specialized in Human Physiology, a topic that has fascinated her since she was a young dancer training in New York City.

Following her doctorate, Rori entered the competitive world of Powerlifting and is a nationally-ranked lifter with considerable achievements in the sport, including 4th place in the -72kg Open at 2015 USAPL raw nationals, and 1st place in the -75kg class at the 2014 USPA open.

Dr. Rori’s philosophy is to provide and educate her clients with evidence-based rehabilitation techniques specific to their unique injuries and competitive goals, and to return them to training as soon and as safely as possible while reducing the risk of re-injury.

In This Episode We Discuss:

  • Misconceptions that people have about “mobility”
  • Squat depth: is there a universal “optimal”?
  • What prehab work/preventative strategies are a good idea for lifters (and what are generally a waste of time)
  • Transitioning a round-backed deadlifter to a flat-back

Links & Resources


Click here for details of the European Powerlifting Conference 2017