Liz Yerly Explains The Importance Of Physical Therapy For Rehab, Injury Prevention And Performance Enhancement

by | Sep 28, 2022 | Podcast

Episode Overview

Liz Yerly has been my physical therapist since 2014. I initially saw her with plantar fasciitis but she has since seen me for a plethora of other injuries as well as post-surgery. She sees many endurance athletes and has a world-class facility. I enjoy working with her because she challenges me and keeps me from getting bored. She also uses a variety of methods to help me reach my goals.

Besides being a physical therapist, Liz also is a certified athletic trainer and massage therapist. She teaches her clients the best ways to avoid injuries. She sees many common orthopaedic injuries, including overuse injuries, and post-surgery patients. Liz has a vast knowledge of biomechanics, which allows her to examine athletes’ movement patterns and resolve dysfunction to help decrease injury and improve performance.

Liz developed the Chicago recovery room. In order to be seen there, clients don’t need a prescription. The recovery room has compression boots, and ice baths, and they do a lot of education for athletes at all levels. She tries to work with clients who may not be able to afford therapy due to no insurance and those that may have issues with their insurance. Her goal is to provide access to as many people as she can

Episode Highlights:

  • What sparked Liz’s Interest in physical therapy
  • Some of Liz’s  certifications
  • Liz’s experience with endurance athletes.
  • Liz’s tips to run injury-free.
  • Why Liz started the Chicago Recovery Room
  • Liz talks some more about The Chicago Recovery Room.

Guest Bio

“I believe as physical therapists we have the unique ability to provide a missing piece in the healthcare spectrum. I want to be a resource for athletes and patients during all aspects of their care, whether for injury rehabilitation, preventative maintenance, or performance enhancements. We offer a skill set that should be utilized on a continuum that will ultimately result in overall improved function and continued wellness over time,” Liz Yerly


  • Marquette University, Bachelor of Psychology
  • Marquette University, Masters of Physical Therapy


  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Full Body Certified in Active Release Technique
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Certified Graston Technique
  • Professional Interests

A licensed practitioner in physical therapy, athletic training, massage therapy and personal training, Liz offers a unique perspective on injury prevention, maintenance, and rehabilitation of her patients and athletes. Liz has experience treating everyone from the collegiate athlete to the weekend warrior. She also sees many common orthopaedic injuries, including post-surgical patients and overuse injuries common in endurance sports. She has a vast knowledge of biomechanics which allows her to examine patient/athlete movement patterns and resolve dysfunctions to help decrease injury and improve performance.

Liz provides individualized, hands-on patient care with a focus on soft tissue dysfunction. She completed her full body Active Release Certification in 2008; she is trained in administering intramuscular trigger point dry needling and also administers Graston Techniques which utilizes an instrument to detect and treat soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation and restore range of motion.

She has volunteered at numerous triathlon and marathon races, including the Madison, WI Ironman. She is also part of the medical staff for the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and Broadway in Chicago Performing Arts team.

Liz also developed the Chicago Recovery Room concept, which is an open-to-the-public athletic training room providing access to state-of-the-art recovery tools and services for athletes. The Chicago Recovery Room provides athletes of all levels with affordable access to cutting-edge technology and treatment options to help speed up recovery, prevent injuries, and continue to train like the pros.


  • Active Release Techniques
  • Graston Technique
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Athletic Taping,
  •  FMS
  • Runner’s Analysis 
  • Bike Fitting 
  • Pose Certified
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 
  • Licensed Athletic Trainer

Connect with Liz Yerly 

See Liz’s profile at Impact Physical Therapy

Catch Liz’s website

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