1st Place Sports Takes Care of Its Customers

1st Place Sports, Jacksonville’s premier running store for over 30 years, demonstrated its commitment to its customers again this week.  Long recognized as one of the top running stores in the country, 1st Place Sports asked me to assist their efforts in keeping their customers and fans healthy and, well, running.

I’ve volunteered to serve as 1st Place Sports’ Sports Medicine Advisor. The exciting opportunities that this role provides are numerous.  This includes being a sports medicine resource to help prevent running injuries while sharing my expertise to enhance an athlete’s ability to recovery from a chronic overuse injury in record time.

“We are very excited to have Mike Ryan as a resource to help our customers, fans, family and friends to stay healthy,” says Doug Alred, Owner of 1st Place Sports.  “Running injuries are a real problem and no one is better qualified than Mike to keep us all injury-free.”

This new partnership with MRF & 1st Place Sports is a first of its kind in sports medicine and the ability to help some many fellow-runners is exciting to me.

The new Mike Ryan’s Sports Medicine Corner will provide elite sports medicine advice normally reserved for professional athletes to help runners, young and old, to stay healthy and active.  As a longtime runner and triathlete, I’ve developed many safe techniques and programs which has allowed me to competing at a very high level while avoiding significant injuries.  Although running injuries are common, they don’t necessarily need to keep you on the sidelines.  My 23+ years as a registered physical therapist and certified athletic trainer in the NFL have helped me develop a sports medicine approach to keep athletes in the game in a safe and timely manner.  Keeping 55+ professional world-class athletes ranging from 170 to 345 pounds healthy is no easy task!

“Plagued by a very painful case of plantar fasciitis a week before this year’s Boston Marathon, I asked Mike Ryan for help.  Not only was he more than happy to help me immediately, he provided me with expert insight into the injury that proved to be priceless as I struggled to understand why my own treatments were not working,” Colleen Clarson explained appreciatively.  “Completely over the phone and online, Mike taught me what I needed to do for myself and gave me a precise and aggressive rehab program through his website, MikeRyanFitness.com, that reduced my pain by 70% in 1 week!  I had a great race in Boston and I couldn’t have done it with without Mike’s help. Mike has a tremendous first-hand understanding of how to help runners with the myriad of injuries we commonly face. Thank you Mike!”

Providing timely articles and blog posts through MikeRyanFitness.com, the Sports Medicine Corner on 1st Place Sports homepage will be an easy way to help readers to prevent, treat and rehabilitate common running injuries.  Addressing a common complaint by runners that modern orthopedic care often fails to appreciate the needs of the “mature” runners, the Sports Medicine Corner will help keep runners “in the game”.

I applaud Doug and Jane Alred and the courteous staff managing their four (4) Jacksonville stores.  1st Place Sports has always put their customers first.   By being one of the first running stores in the country to provide free sports medicine advice on their website, they continue to demonstrate why they are the industry’s leader in true customer service!

Author: Mike Ryan

After 26 seasons as a full-time certified athletic trainer and registered physical therapist in the National Football League, Mike Ryan has outstanding first-hand experience. His unique professional and athletic background has sharpened his skills in the arts of sports injury management, elite rehabilitation, performance enhancement and injury prevention. Mike is now taking his experience to mainstream America. His mission is simple: Sports Medicine advice that is easy to use and brings fast results. Learn more about Mike Ryan

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