Dan Jensen, DPT

Physical Therapist

Physio Performance

725 West St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD, 57701, United States

Academic Backround

Daniel Jensen is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. Daniel obtained his B.S. in Exercise Science from Black Hills State University and Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN.

Specialties & Certifications

  • Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Gait Analysis
  • Post-surgical Rehab
  • Strength and Conditioning

Athletic & Training Background

I've been both a competitive and recreational athlete all of my life. Growing up, I played the standard basketball, football, baseball, and track. After high school and since, I picked up snowboarding, cycling, weightlifting and running. Today most of my training and competing consists of cycling and running (incl. non-competitive weightlifting). I recently signed up for my first triathlon, which could be interesting, considering I swim like a rock! I truly enjoy any form of exercise and focus much of my life around it!

Current Role Working with Athletes

Daniel regularly works as a physical therapist both in the US and abroad, working with Olympic athletes of the Chinese National Track & Field team. Recently, he was selected to be a member of an international sports medicine team, accompanied by Tim Grover (Attack Athletics, trainer to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, etc.) to deliver care & performance training to basketball players at the Shanghai Sports Institute. During this time abroad he has presented on various topics of sports rehab--specifically on current concepts related to athletic hip injuries and treatment. He currently is a full time faculty member at Black Hills State University in the Exercise Science department & owns a physical therapy and performance practice, Physio Performance, in his hometown of Rapid City, SD.

Professional Philosophy

My professional philosophy is grounded in a blend of current clinical biomechanics, neurophysiology, and exercise physiology principles. I believe that creating, treating, and improving an athlete requires such a blend. I rely heavily on movement evaluation, followed by objective joint mobility and neuromuscular performance/strength testing to lead my prescription of treatment. This, along with a good look at an athlete's current training program (volume, intensity, etc) can give an overall basis of establishing goals and sensible progression of exercise. Last, I believe in true collaboration across disciplines, and have enjoyed working alongside orthopedists, osteopaths, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches. We are better when our minds align!