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Dan Phillips

200 Butterfly at Puget Sound Championships

200 Butterfly at Puget Sound Championships

After taking a 30 year break from swimming, in February Dan Phillips went back to the sport after suffering a combination of running and other injuries on his left leg. He came to mySpine for rehabilitation as he increased his yardage in the pool and tried to regain some of the form that had helped him compete for Auburn University in the 80’s.

The return went better than expected as Dan won state titles for the 50 – 54 age group in both Oregon and Washington and qualified for US Masters Nationals. After each competition Dan would return to mySpine for treatment using Graston, Release and kinesiotape. While the leg problems had been solved, other old injuries and scar tissues became apparent, particularly in his rotator cuffs. After each competition he would visit mySpine to help him heal the shoulder problems so that he could train for the Nationals. Dan would visit mySpine, then head straight to the pool. “Despite Justin’s assurances, before each rehab session I was really skeptical that my shoulder would be ready any time that week, but he would restore the flexibility and I could swim two or three miles that day,” said Dan. “Justin’s work with Release and Graston made a huge difference in my preparation for Nationals.”

Dan with Lake Washington Masters Coaches at Nationals

Dan with Lake Washington Masters Coaches at Nationals

In May he went to Indianapolis and placed third the 1,650 Freestyle and medaled in several other distance events. He also set a Puget Sound record for his age group in the 100 breaststroke. Now that he has returned to the sport Dan is looking forward to more competitions this summer in Oregon, Arizona and the Long Course Nationals in Mission Viejo, CA. “Tell the moms and dads that competing again is really fun. I hope other parents can find groups like I have. The Lake Washington team has been fantastic for both working out and travelling,” said Dan. And maybe with just a little more Graston and water-proof Kinesiotape he can get another Masters record as well.