“Returning to knee-strenuous sport before 9 months after ACL reconstruction was associated with an approximately 7-fold increased rate of sustaining a second ACL injury.”
We believe in order for each athlete to have the best chance of success post ACL reconstruction they need to complete a Return to Sport (RTS) Program, pass a battery of tests, and wait a minimum of 9-12 months post surgery in addition to Physical Therapy. Athletic Evolution and Athletic Evolution Physical Therapy collaborate on our Return to Sport (RTS) Program to give each ACL Return to Sport athlete the best possible product and a real chance at success upon returning to their sport. AE has been doing RTS for over a decade and uses their first hand experience and proven research to make sure athletes return to sport with all the tools needed to make sure this injury doesn’t happen again. Our comprehensive program includes Baseline and Return to Sport Evaluations, monthly muscle testing using a hand-held dynamometer, weekly manual massage and scraping, weekly 1 on 1 and semi-private training, and physical therapy if needed. We can start you immediately post surgery in our Physical Therapy Clinic, or if you are rehabbing at another PT Clinic, we can take you between 4-7 months post surgery and guide you back to a Return to Sport.
Scott is the man, he’s an excellent (personal trainer) and coach who builds great programs. He not only builds workouts, but he also teaches you how to lift. I rehabbed with him after an ACL tear and I came back stronger and faster than before I got injured.
The past year Scott has worked with me to come back from an ACL tear. He pushed me to work hard even when I didn’t want to and I’m the strongest I’ve ever been.
Great place with even better trainers, went through a complete rehabilitation of an ACL surgery with AE. Nothing but good things to say about this place highly recommend anybody looking for a place to train or to do rehab to go to AE.
Prior to joining Athletic Evolution, Scott led the Assumption College Football summer strength and conditioning program after completing three diverse internships. His internships included a private training facility, his Alma Mater, UMass, working with the basketball, hockey, lacrosse and football teams, and Sports and Physical Therapy Associates. A former captain of Hudson High School’s football and ice hockey teams, Scott graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Kinesiology. During his college years, Scott was a member of the UMass Amherst football team and earned the UMass special teams “Player of the Year” in 2010 while starting at fullback.
Scott’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from years of pushing himself to attain his own athletic goals. He is dedicated to helping young, driven athletes accomplish their own athletic goals. Scott has worked with every type of athlete from Youth to the Pros, as well as adults. He prides himself on being able to adapt each workout to the individual needs and goals of each client. Scott also assists Erik with the NFL and NBA combine programs each winter and spring after multiple seasons interning with him. Together they have helped over 50 athletes sign NFL contracts and 4 athletes get drafted. In the summer of 2012 Scott took over the Internship program and ran it for 7 years before handing it over to Kaitlyn Roux in 2018. During his time as Director of Education Scott welcomed over 250 interns to his program from across the United States and from nearly 20 countries across 5 continents.
Scott is also heavily involved with injury prevention and rehab. He takes pride in helping athletes come back from major injuries stronger and better than before their injury. Over the past 10 years Scott has helped over 80 athletes return to their sport following ACL surgery.
Scott is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.
Maureen joined Athletic Evolution Physical Therapy at the end of April 2019 with over 12 years of physical therapy experience. She completed her Associates of Science (AS) in Physical Therapy at Baystate College in Boston in 2006. She then decided to attend Salem State College for another 3 years where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Athletic Training in 2010.
Maureen grew up a dancer, and loved ballet, tap and lyrical dance. Her love for dance sparked her interest in the human body and ultimately led her into the Physical Therapy field. Her clinical interest includes Orthopedics, evidence based treatment approaches, and hands on manual therapy.
When not in the clinic, Maureen enjoys chasing after her two young children, spending time with her family and friends, working out and baking.
Shannon Walton PT graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1995 with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. Shannon brings over 20 years of experience treating orthopedic injuries through manual therapy, functional exercise, and patient education, including 12 years as owner of his own practice in Woburn.
Shannon completed a year long manual therapy residency program at the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy with Martin Langaas. Shannon is also McKenzie and Graston certified. He also completed the lumbar and cervical MedX certification at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Shannon’s experience allows him to treat a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, working with children to the geriatric population, serious athletes to the weekend warrior. He has coached youth sports in soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Outside of work Shannon enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding.
Dr. Matthew Flynn is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Peak Mental Performance Coaching, LLC, located in Winchester Ma. Peak Mental Performance Coaching LLC is a behavioral health practice that specializes in Clinical, Education, and Sport Psychology. Dr. Flynn graduated in 2000 from Boston College with a B.A in psychology, and received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from William James College. His doctoral research focused on developing a new athletic assessment tool that was based on Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, but one that that athlete specific and assessed the psychological and environmental variables that lead to elite athletic performance. Dr. Flynn has been in private practice for over ten years working with general mental health clients, while building up his expertise in sport and performance psychology. His goal is to help all his clients learn the mental skills necessary to reach their peak performance in any area of life they choose. When not at work, Dr. Flynn can be found spending time with family, watching, or attending some sort of sporting event.
Oftentimes, the hardest part of the ACL Return to Sport journey is the mental part. Dr. Flynn is a great resource to aid in this area while we work on the physical side.
Gianna Roma is a Registered Dietitian. She studied Nutrition Sciences with a focus in sports nutrition at the University of Connecticut while simultaneously playing division 1 soccer for the Huskies. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree she went on to complete her Dietetic Internship in NYC while obtaining her MS in Dietetics online through the University of Rhode Island. She worked in the clinical setting for five years at a level one trauma center in downtown Boston in the intensive care units. She also helped create the first nutrition program for the MA National Guard. She continues to work in the clinical and sports nutrition setting, and is dedicated to helping all athletes fuel their athletic performance with proper nutrition.
For athletes limited in movement during their ACL RTS journey, meeting with a nutritionist like Gianna can be very helpful for returning to sport in the physical condition needed.