How To Make An Olympian!

Hey there it’s Andrew Dombek from AID performance Physical Therapy and I am back from South Korea and the Winter Olympics. Since returning, I have had time to reflect on everything that I saw and experienced as well as interviewing the athletes, their friends and their families.

What I’ve learned (from my experience) is that it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice in order to achieve the ultimate dream of competing on one of the world’s largest stages such as the Winter Olympics.

While in South Korea, I even had the chance to speak with some of the athletes who did not make it this time around to compete at the games. Based on our conversations, I know now, more than ever before, that it takes a lot of time and commitment from everyone to help get these young athletes to all of their practices, games, and competitions along the way.

Some of these athletes who came from small towns, where there was not much competition or they did not have the facilities to train their sons and daughters, the families had to make the ultimate sacrifices of uprooting their entire family from the place that they knew as their only home or to send their 14 year old child away to live on their own or with strangers to live out their Olympic dreams.

Like raising a child, it often takes a village; well creating an Olympian often takes more than just the village! It takes getting instruction from some of the best coaches in the world, to the nutritionist helping create proper diet plans, the personal trainers who help with strength and conditioning, a Sports psychologists to assist with the mental sharpness as well as the psychological toll this takes on an athlete. One thing I heard a lot was that some of the athletes are combating anxiety, homesickness, as well as the mental anguish of not knowing if you’re going to make the team or if you’re good enough to compete on the world stage.

And then the unspeakable happens, you get left off the squad for a competition or even worse an injury happens, setbacks like these will cause even more doubts and insecurities. Now you need a bigger team which may include doctors, physical therapists as well as massage therapists and the list goes on and on.

It’s a pretty brutal cycle and achieving the ultimate is the road that not many people can do alone; AID Performance Physical Therapy’s staff has the knowledge and experience treating athletes of all ages and skill levels to help them get back out on the playing field and back to competing at the highest level again.

At our new facility, we are able to offer all of those services and much more if you or someone you know has big dreams of competing at a super high-level or simply having the desire to make your high school varsity team. We have programs injury like our Return To Play program where we can improve your performance as well as return you back to game speed after an injury. This can also be supplemented or integrated with massage therapy and nutritional planning to better maximize your recovery and improve on the end result (you being back out there better than you ever were before)!

If you’d like to learn more about one of our programs please feel free to call us at 703-723-6758 to inquire about a free discovery session with one of our expert physical therapists, personal trainers, nutritionists or massage therapists.

We are now taking reservations for our Summer session of Return To Play programs, space is limited visit to inquire about availability or for more information!


Your goals are our goals at AID Performance Physical Therapy call now 703-723-6758 to inquire!


I want to give a special thanks to my niece and nephew @JillianSaulnier and @BrennanSaulnier for inspiring me and allowing me to be apart of their journeys. I have seen your handwork, courage, determination, sacrifice, and the ups and downs that have allowed you to reach the pinnacles of your sport Hockey and I encourage you to not stop in whatever you do in life because I know you will be continue to be successful. I use your stories as motivation for my athletes and clients because you have overcome injury and setbacks but never let that get the best of you!


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Andrew Dombek, PT, MSPT, CMTPT, CGFI

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