Dan Lorenz, DPT, PT, LAT, CSCS
Director of Physical Therapy
Dr. Dan Lorenz, DPT, PT, LAT, CSCS is a well-recognized and respected clinician, educator and author in sports and orthopedic physical therapy. Dan Lorenz is Kansas City’s only sports medicine fellowship-trained physical therapist. Dan’s professional interests are vast, but he is most interested in knee rehabilitation, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) prevention and rehabilitation, shoulder rehabilitation, rehabilitation in sports, concussion management, youth sports injuries, and performance enhancement in the terminal phases of rehabilitation. Additionally, he is also very interested in biomechanics of injuries and discovering the true cause of his patient’s conditions.
He earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy with an Emphasis in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, FL. and has a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI in 2001. In addition to being a licensed physical therapist (PT) and licensed athletic trainer (LAT), he is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as a USA weightlifting level I sports performance coach.
Dan has a pedigree that is truly unmatched in the Kansas City metro area. He completed the Duke University Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship from 2004-2005 where he focused on orthopedic and sports injuries, particularly of the knee and shoulder. Following the fellowship at Duke, he was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist in 2005, a position he held until after the 2006-2007 campaign. Prior to the Duke fellowship, he was an athletic trainer and physical therapist at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in 2004 in the weeks leading up to the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Dan has been a consultant for both MLB and NFL organizations on rehabilitation and strength/conditioning practices. He has served as a rehabilitation consultant for both the Kansas City T-Bones and the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club, and currently for Sporting Kansas City. Additionally, he currently serves as a rehabilitation consultant to the athletes at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Mid-America Nazarene University. As an undergraduate, Dan completed an athletic training internship with the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball team. Dan has also consulted with National Football League teams on return-to-play criteria.
Outside of the physical therapy clinic, Dan was Vice President of the Kansas Physical Therapy Association from 2011-2013 and is also a legal expert witness for physical therapy and athletic training cases through Experts in Therapy, LLC. As an active member of the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, he is Chair of the Sports Performance Enhancement Special Interest Group (SIG) and is the Editor-in-Chief of Home Study Courses for the Sports Section. He is also the Kansas state representative to the Sports Section. In February of 2014, Dan was awarded the inaugural Presidential Award for the Special Interest Group Chair of the Year from the Sports Physical Therapy Section. In May of 2014, Dan was recognized by his alma mater, Grand Valley State University, with the inaugural Distinguished Physical Therapy Alumni Award.
Dan has presented numerous times at both the local, state, and national levels on topics related to sports and orthopedic physical therapy. In May of 2016, he’s an invited speaker at the Fairview Sports Medicine Conference in Minnesota. There, he’ll be speaking on rehabilitation after meniscus surgery, rehabilitation as well as strength & conditioning considerations in the recovering and healthy athleteIn March of 2016, Dr. Lorenz was an invited speaker for the Sanford Health System’s Annual Sports Medicine Conference in Fargo, ND. In February of 2016, Dan spoke at the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA in Anaheim, CA on end-stage rehab and performance training in the athlete’s shoulder. Also at Combined Sections in 2015 in Indianapolis, IN on rehabilitation considerations for lower extremity injury in the contact athlete and on program design for ACL reconstructions. In March of 2015, Dan was the keynote speaker at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Sports Medicine Symposium. There, he spoke on current concepts in ACL rehabilitation, performance enhancement in the athlete, and program design models for rehabilitation. In 2013 and 2014, Dan spoke at national conferences on concussion management in the athlete, performance enhancement and injury prevention, ACL rehabilitation and biomechanical considerations in exercise prescription for specific lower extremity pathologies, upper and lower extremity testing and screening, “bridging the gap” between rehabilitation and performance, post-operative treatment of meniscus lesions, return-to-play criteria following ACL reconstruction, and on the epidemic of youth sports injuries and prevention strategies. In addition to numerous talks on knee, shoulder, and spine conditions, Dan has given lectures on rehabilitation following total knee arthroplasty as well as total shoulder/reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. Dan is also an adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University and has guest lectured at KU Medical Center’s physical therapy program. In 2010, Dan was awarded the “Clinical Instructor of the Year” by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program.
Dan has been published numerous times in peer-reviewed journals including Sports Health, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Strength and Conditioning Journal, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and Physical Therapy Reviews, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation as well as numerous articles in trade journals such as Physical Therapy Products and Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation. He is a manuscript reviewer for Sports Health, Strength and Conditioning Journal, Physical Therapy Reviews, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, and the Journal of Athletic Training. In 2012, he was awarded the Editorial Excellence Award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work with the Strength and Conditioning Journal. He has co-authored a chapter on posterolateral corner knee injuries, and has penned four home study courses on thermal modalities in rehabilitation, protective equipment/head/face injuries in sports, hematological concerns in the athlete, and exercise prescription in physical therapy. Fox 4 Kansas City featured Dan in a segment about the high-intensity interval training fitness craze and the implications for injury as well as another segment on ACL injuries and the benefit of neuromuscular training.
He is an active member at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, KS where he is in the Knights of Columbus and has been a catechist in the school of religion. He was also in the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Overland Park Class of 2014. Dan has also recently founded a non-profit organization for injury prevention in young athletes, The ASPIRE Foundation – The Athlete’s Sports Performance, Injury Reduction, and Education Foundation. Dan lives in Olathe with his wife Jo Ann where they’ve been blessed with three children, Luke, Mallory, and Justin.