Ryan Baugus

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Headquarters Physical Therapy

9385 SW Greenburg Rd #100, Portland, Oregon, 97223, United States

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Academic Background

  • Undergraduate degree: Athletic Training/Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy: George Fox University
  • TAI orthopedic residency program
  • Misc: Speaker at OPTA conference 2014 (Agility, A Neuromechanical Approach)

Specialties & Certifications

  • DPT
  • ATC
  • SFMA-1
  • USAW-1
  • FMS
  • KIEP
  • Exos Level 1 Mentorship

Athletic & Training Background

From a young age I played basketball and baseball. My formal athletic career ended when I went to college, however, out of necessity for personal competition I fell in love with the gym (more specifically weight lifting). Since that time I have experimented with many different styles/methods of lifting from kettle bells to power lifting and have enjoyed them all. For the last 1 and a half years I have been training and competing as a weightlifter. I have fallen in love with the weightlifting culture and personal competition aspects of the training.

Current Role Working with Athletes

I have worked with athletes in many different sports and skill levels over the last 7 years. As an athletic trainer I have worked with the Oregon State football and baseball teams, as well as two seasons with the San Fransisco Giants baseball team. I have also been the head of athletic training and performance training at LO FITT over the course of my time as an athletic trainer. In this capacity I built the performance training system from the ground up and served as the FITT Systems (Functional Integrated Therapy and Training) Director of Athletic Performance for several years.

Early on I was selected for PT internships with David McHenry, head strength and conditioning coach/PT for the Nike Oregon Project and Exos (formerly Athlete’s Performance) during NFL/MLB off season training and NFL draft combine prep season. 

At this point, I feel incredibly blessed to own my own clinic, located in an awesome crossfit box/barbell sports gym. I am engaged in the wellness management of several high level weightlifters and crossfitters, as well as, many of the highschool and college athletes in the Portland area. In my current capacity, I travel out to NFL teams and perform physical therapy services to ensure the health and wellness of their athletes in season. The NFL offseason and NFL combine prep season is my favorite time of year. I spend the months of January-July preparing NFL players and NFL hopefuls for the grueling NFL season.

Professional Philosophy

This is a very big question but I will try to keep it short…In my opinion performance training is improving a person’s ability/efficiency in the generation and acceptance of forces. 

I utilize a wide range of treatment approaches to promote adaptations that will improve movement quality and control through full range of motion in predictable and variable circumstances. With that in mind I use hands on therapy as a means to improve joint mobility or resting tension within tissues for improved volitional movement. 

I am by no means a believer in magic hands, they don’t exist. I am very upfront with my patients about the limited role that the therapist’s hands play in their overall wellness. I always try to promote ownership of movement and optimization of patient’s/athlete’s movement potential. You have to own range of motion…never lease it. My patients hit the training floor early and often. I am a big believer in putting someone in a difficult, but manageable, position and letting them struggle. True motor learning occurs through the organic process of movement experience and error correction. My favorite aspects of therapy/training are communication and education. 

I truly believe that what we say matters and I attempt to bring an evidence based approach to the way I utilize coaching cues. I am also a believer in the idea that a true understanding of agility plays a monumental role when treating/training any type of athlete, from Olympic lifters to football players to fencers. Fill in the blank: an agile person is _________. I would say that an agile person is able to manage variability. I always seek to empower patients/athletes with the tools they need, from a movement perspective, to manage variability. Finally, I believe that there is something to be said for being strong. There is an unhealthy obsession in our field with the undefinable idea of “functional exercise.” I believe that a lot of these “functional exercises” stem from boredom with fundamentals and a desire to appear smart rather than focusing on results or the patients actual needs. 

With that in mind, strength in a wide range of positions and control through full ranges of motion will give patients and athletes the tools they need to manage variability…leading to transfer in the face of fatigue and secondary cognitive demands…and improved ability to generate and accept forces.

"Principles and results are the only thing I have to offer. Don't get bored, get better." - Jake Hicks