When UFC fighters are broken, Heather Linden is on the front lines to help them feel better and get back to training. Heather has experience working with a variety of athletes and is currently the Director of Physical Therapy at the UFC Performance Institute. In today’s podcast, she shares some of her insights about keeping fighters healthy and helping them recover when injuries occur.
In this episode we discuss:
- Heather’s experience at the US Olympic Training Center
- Joining the team at the UFCpi
- 2 most common injuries she sees with UFC fighters
- Overuse vs Traumatic vs Activities of Daily Living
- Managing Your Training Schedule
- Scheduling Recovery Time Each Week
- Coordinating with Other Coaches
- Tips on Finding a Good Therapist
- and more!
Heather Linden serves as the Director of Physical Therapy for the UFC Performance Institute. Prior to joining the UFC, Heather worked at the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Division and was the director of an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.
Heather’s previous title at the USOC was Senior High Performance Health Care Service Provider-Physical Therapist. She worked at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Clinic as part of the USOC’s multi-disciplinary sports medicine team. Heather was on staff for Team USA for the 2012 London Olympic Games, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, 2015 Parapan Am Games, 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Heather’s responsibilities at the USOC were injury prevention, designing and implementing rehabs, aiding in Elite Athlete Health Profiles, daily treatments, and practice/competition coverage.
Heather is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and supports the Orthopedic Sections within APTA. Heather is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor by the APTA. Her certifications include Pilates Instructor, Kinesio-Tape Techniques, Mobilization with Movement, Graston, Dry Needling, Functional Movement Screen, Myofascial Decompression, Myofascial Manipulation, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Postural Restoration, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Heather has diverse experience in areas from pediatrics, geriatrics, amputees to vestibular disturbances; her career specialty is orthopedic manual sports physical therapy.