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Karena Wu: The Woman Behind Pro Volleyball Health


As published in Femmefan:

jason_long_octaveVolleyball season is right around the corner, and here to spike the pros into shape is NYC Physical Therapist Karena Wu, owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy. Having her own unique net gain, she also holds the titles of Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Pilates Instructor, and she in on the Board of Directors for the Association of Volleyball Professionals.Benefitting from ActiveCare, professional volleyball players shared their reasons as to why Karena and her team make differences: “Working with Karena is every serious athlete’s dream for getting back into training and playing at a high level after an injury. I have done rehabilitation her after knee and shoulder surgery and was able to get back to playing volleyball ahead of schedule. Her teaching technique has helped me take better care of myself, and I’m looking forward to my next local and international tournament.”- Jason “Long” Octave, Professional Volleyball Player/Captain of St. Lucia National Team

Mark_Burik_ActiveCare“I first met Karena while competing on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in the summer of 2014. As a professional athlete, I am very particular about the people who work on my body. Karena worked on me for 45 minutes in our first meeting, and I was hooked. Not only did she bring my body to a point where it felt the best it had in weeks, but she backed up and explained every method and every movement. I had the fortune of being in NYC for a 4 month period following that summer and I chose to pay out of pocket and see her and the staff at ActiveCare Physical Therapy 5 days a week. ActiveCare Physical Therapy became a second home for me and has given my career a second start.”- Mark Burik, Professional Beach Volleyball Player and CEO of VolleyCamp Hermosa

lauren_fendrick_AVP_celebrity_testimonialA whole-hearted team, ActiveCare does not only treat athletes in-house, but out on competitions as well. Karena, or one of her staff members, will personally travel from city to city to aid clients 24/7. “As a professional beach volleyball player, having great treatment at tournaments is essential. It has been such a treat to have Karena on the road at AVP tournaments! Her knowledge and expertise in diagnosing and treating the body allows me to relax and focus on competing and winning. I know that when game-time comes, she will have my body in tip-top form.”- Lauren Fendrick, Professional Beach Volleyball Player/Attorney

ActiveCare’s treatments and techniques are continuously up-to-date, including hands-on therapy (from joint and soft tissue mobilizations, to adjunct manual therapies), to McConnell and kinesio taping, to Pilates-based training and functional training. Injured athletes can be diagnosed and treated for: Disc herniations (cervical through lumbar), Shoulder labral/rotator cuff tears, Elbow strains, Wrist strains, Carpal tunnel, Lumbago (lower back pain), Lumbar instability, Hip labral tears, Knee meniscal/ACL/ligamentous tears/sprains PFPS (patellofemoral pain syndrome), Ankle sprains, Bunionectomy, Plantar fasciitis, Arthritis, and more.

Some therapeutic words from Karena: “Physical Therapists have one of the best jobs out there. We fulfill goals. We return clients to a prior level of living, oftentimes with increased quality of living and awareness. We love to touch and feel so our clients get the benefit of great hands on therapy, the healing touch of the hand. We know how to evaluate and treat many conditions and we work one on one with clients to restore health, mobility, strength and stability. It is a gratifying profession and rewarding for both the client and therapist in that both work together as a team to get back enjoying life.”

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