Dr. Kristinn Heinrichs, PhD, PT, ATC

About Me

State of the Art Science:

  1. -sport-specific performance assessment

  2. -2-D video analysis

  3. -3-D motion analysis

  4. -integrated holistic approach

Services Offered:

  1. -orthopedic & sport rehabilitation

  2. -concussion, PCS

  3. -injury prevention

  4. -wellness

  5. -stress management

  6. -performance analysis

  7. -manual medicine

  8. -dry needling

  9. -movement re-education

  10. -personalized movement-based fitness programs

  11. -triathlete health care & performance

  12. -educational seminars


Dr. Kristinn Heinrichs


Based in Vicenza, Italy, Dr. Heinrichs incorporates the most current, scientifically-based methods with more than 30 years experience with recreational and elite athletes at the Division I Collegiate level to international and Olympic levels. Fluent in German, Italian, and Spanish, Dr. Heinrichs brings a global perspective to her work. 

Dr. Heinrichs combines the latest technology in exercise physiology and biomechanics with classic and current approaches in physical therapy, sports medicine, and exercise science.  Strength, power, and flexibility combined with movement control results in sustainable, peak, injury-free performance in sport, work, and play.    I use a variety of approaches to restore movement quality and draw upon the work of Butler, McKenzie, Cyriax, Mulligan, Lee, Sahrmann, Siff, Winkel, McConnell, Travell, Pilates and others. Over the past year I’ve focused my attention on post concussion syndrome management (including headache, vestibular, and balance rehabilitation). I strongly believe in the mind-body-spirit connection and combine complementary approaches with manual and exercise approaches to facilitate healing and lifestyle changes.     Blending experience with evidence, I tailor the treatment program to your individual needs and goals to achieve improved health, fitness and  optimal sport and work performance—no matter what your experience or fitness level. 

She was graduated from Marquette University with a degree in physical therapy and continued her education at the University of Virginia where she earned a MS in exercise physiology and a PhD in sports medicine.  While at the University of Virginia she was inducted into the Raven Society in recognition of scholastic achievement and service to the University.  She is a certified athletic trainer and has been a Diplomate in Sports Physical Therapy and certified strength and conditioning specialist.  Dr. Heinrichs is a highly respected international clinician, author, and educator with over 70 publications, presentations, and workshops presented in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.  She has led entry-level physical therapy and athletic training education programs, and teaches continuing post-professional education courses to audiences ranging from orthopedic surgeons to practicing physical therapists, athletic trainers, and coaches. Her clinical specialty and interests center around triathlon training, movement-based rehabilitation, post-concussion management, and residency/fellowship mentoring.   

I live by these words:

“Desire + sacrifice + discipline = Preparation.

Preparation + success = Confidence

Mental toughness + pride = Perseverance

If you are prepared, have confidence, and persevere, you will always have the edge.  If you have the edge, you will always succeed.  Eventually.” --Howard Ferguson, 1990

“It is only with the heart that one sees rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

~St. Antoine d’Exupery, Pilot, The Little Prince

Academic Curriculum Vitae

Clinical Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  1. Golf Digest   Understanding Biomechanics, Applying Dynamics

  2. The Horse Equine Physical Therapy

  3. Critical Thinking in Sports Medicine

  4. Osteitis Pubis Syndrome in a Professional Soccer Athlete:  A Case Report

  5. heinrichs_cold_hot_physical_therapy_canine.pdf in Canine Rehabilitation by Taylor, Millis, and Levine (2nd Edition coming soon)

  6. Chronic Deep Posterior Compartment Syndrome in a Collegiate Track and Field Athlete: A Case Report

  7. Effects of protocol and assessment device on isokinetic peak torque of the quadriceps muscle group

  8. Rehabilitation of the surgically repaired Achilles tendon:  an approach using a dorsal functional orthosis

  9. The effect of a functional elbow brace on medial joint stability:  a case study

  10. Medial elbow stability: clinical implications

  11. Comparison of N‑K table offset angles with the human knee flexor torque curve

Although I’ve expanded my thinking since these were written, these early articles were among the first to bridge the gap between the rehabilitation specialist and the conditioning coach:

  1. Shoulder anatomy, biomechanics, & rehabilitation considerations for the whitewater slalom athlete: Part I

  2. Shoulder anatomy, biomechanics, & rehabilitation considerations for the whitewater slalom athlete: Part II

Research Collaborators:

  1. Arizona State University: Department of Kinesiology, Ira Fulton Department of Bioengineering

  2. Otto von Guericke Universitat Magedburg:  Institut fur Sportwissenschaft

  3. Research interests:  Pilates movement based rehabilitation;  potentiation of movement and cognitive load in post-concussion rehabilitation; healthy lifestyle promotion and obesity management

“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.  Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

“Don’t aim at success-the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you’re going to miss it.  For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a persona other than oneself.  Happiness must happen, and the same holds true for success:  you have to let it happen by not caring about it. Listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge.  They you will live to see that in the long run success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”  --Victor Frankl


Achieve Your Personal Best!