Connor Ryan on Training, Therapy, and Working to Blend the Model

Dr. Connor Ryan is currently working with the Arizona Coyotes as the physical therapist and also see’s patients in his own office in North Scottsdale AZ. He finished his undergrad in Exercise Physiology (2010) and then Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2013).

Prior to working with the Coyotes he worked at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in Gilbert AZ as a staff orthopedic physical therapist and worked as personal trainer and physical therapist working under Charlie Weingroff in NYC at Drive 495.

Connor currently has 2 children ages 1 and 4 with his wife Harmony and he enjoys being a dad, training in the gym, mentoring the youth, sports, music, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

In this show, Connor and I talk about how essentially dying on a baseball field at age 14 got him started working out, his philosophy and thoughts on blending therapy with physical preparation, and why he’s made such an effort to simplify his model and approach in recent years.

Connor and I touch all the bases on this one, and I really hope you enjoy it!


Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of this week’s show:

  • The Week That Was
  • Deep Thought – Input = Output
    • What ways are you replenishing your energy stores as a trainer/coach?
    • Example of my day – now how am I going to re-energize myself?
    • Question for you – how can you better match your input to your output?
    • What things give you joy? Replenish your energy? And keep you on your A-game?
  • Interview with “The Mayor” Connor Ryan
    • How almost dying at age 14 got him started working out.
    • His career path, and how he finally ended up in Arizona.
    • Connor’s overarching philosophy as someone who treats patients but also likes to train hard.
    • How his philosophy changes or adapts when we’re talking about pro athletes vs. Average Joe’s.
    • His diagnostic process, and arguably the most important part of the session (HINT: it’s not just taking a bunch of measurements!)
    • The standard findings he sees when we’re talking about hockey players.
    • Connor’s thoughts on better blending PT and training, and how we can better smooth that process so the athlete gets the best possible result.
    • The BIG Question.
    • The always popular lightning round where we talk about how he got his nickname, the books he’s reading right now, what it’s like being a dad, and what’s next for Connor Ryan.


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