Improve your performance and presence on the stage! Using evidence based practice and current up to date performance training protocols, we have created an unmatched training regimen to keep your dancer on the stage, injury free and performing at elite levels.
Mary Kate graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and currently specializes in sports medicine rehabilitation. She is a former collegiate lacrosse player with four National Championships as a member of the Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse team, current Head Lacrosse Coach at DePaul Prep in Chicago and a member of the Wellness Team for the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). In 2019, Northwestern University Physical Therapy Department selected Mary Kate as the Young Alumni of the Year for her innovative contributions to the Physical Therapy Profession. Mary Kate sustained an ACL injury early in her freshman year of college, which sparked her interest in physical therapy. During a 6-9 months recovery process, Mary Kate followed a strict program that not only focused on strength, speed, agility, and quickness but also included flexibility, balance, mechanical and proprioceptive training during sport specific activities. This unique training regimen helped her achieve athletic success throughout her collegiate career and into young adulthood. Her holistic approach to injury prevention, sports performance, and mental preparation was born out of this experience. Her experience both as a former collegiate athlete and an experienced physical therapist, convinces her that something is missing for those athletes who train extended hours to excel in their sport, yet continuously need to fend off injuries. This along with her extensive understanding of the increasing prevalence of ACL tears, she developed her own ARSI Movement System which she utilizes during her therapy and sports performance programming. Her methodology pre- and post-injury focuses on the assessment of muscle imbalances, recruitment of specific muscles, stabilization of muscle groups and integration of proper mechanical loading during sport specific activities. Mary Kate addresses individual’s weaknesses with a hands on approach, employing manual therapy techniques, Graston Technique, myofascial release, neuromuscular control and dynamic flexibility. Currently, PREP is using DorsaVi wearable technology to provide baseline movement assessments to young athletes to assist with injury risk assessment, limb symmetry and return to play readiness. Founder of PREP Performance Center, a physical therapy and sports performance facility, Mary Kate emphasizes the importance of creativity, innovation, education, community involvement, injury prevention and integration with sports performance. Mary Kate’s team is providing cutting edge therapy and sports performance that helps athletes of all ages train like the pros and develop into well rounded athletes despite early sports specialization.
Designed by Doctor Mary Kate Casey, National Champion Lacrosse player and former Irish Dancer, Dr. Casey knows what it takes to get back to the top. Her inside knowledge into the sport of Irish Dance paired with her medical experience brings you the first and only program of its kind. She developed it while treating various dancers players throughout the city of Chicago and was often left sending PDFs, home videos and pictures. She wanted to be everything for her patients; their PT, their trainer, their dance coach and their confidant. She understands first hand the isolating feeling of rehabbing an injury on your own, sitting on the sidelines, and missing bonding experiences at practices and competitions.
Our focus for these sessions will be postural control (hands and arms), core stabilization, jump height, strength, power, footwork and flexibility. Our methodology trains your dancers as athletes and prepares their body for the demands of dance; power, explosiveness, poise, speed, and body control.
Evidence Based Injury Prevention and Performance Program: IRISH DANCER
- Compiled from over 10 training protocols from some of the best movement performing arts specialists across the nation
- Comprehensive Injury Prevention and Performance program
- Assessment Driven- Complete an at home virtual assessment with objective data to measure improvements and track your improvements over time in our app
- Access to your program anywhere, anytime from a smart device
- 100s of videos to teach you correct form and how to identify compensations
- Chat with Doctors of Physical Therapists and Strength and Conditioning Coaches to keep you on track
- Designed for the weekend warrior to the ELITE level athlete
- Unified Group of dancers to share their stories and ask questions
- Developed and tested by Doctor of Physical Therapy, 4x National Champion Lacrosse player, and former Irish Dancer Dr. Mary Kate Casey
There is no risk or commitment. If this monthly program isn't a great adjunct to your in clinic Physical Therapy, which is highly unlikely, cancel your subscription free of any additional penalty. We have a track record for getting athletes back to their sport and pride ourselves with providing proper training that meets both performance and wellness needs.
Visit the App Store on your iPhone or Android and search “PREP Performance Center”. There you can download the mobile app, sign in, and find your purchased program.