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Mike YassonCEO/Founder at Big League Performance and Rehab Big League Performance and Rehab
Dr. Mike is the Founder of Big League Performance + Rehab, a lifestyle therapy brand. Dr. Mike grew up in New York, and his life was centered around sports (mainly baseball). Like most young athletes, he had big dreams of going pro one day, but saw those all come crashing to a halt his sophomore year. While pitching a bullpen session, he felt a sharp pain in his shoulder, and was unable to lift his arm. He had a torn labrum, and was out for the rest of the season, unsure of what his future would look like if it didn’t involve baseball.
He was sent to physical therapy to rehab his shoulder, and it was his first experience seeing that side of healthcare. Watching his own physical therapist work with people to get them back to doing what they love was enough to set Mike off. He fell in love with physical therapy, and came to the conclusion that if baseball wasn’t going to work out for him, physical therapy would. If he couldn’t make it, he’d help others make it. Thanks to his PT, he made a triumphant return to the mound and had a successful high school career and went on to play baseball in college at the University of Scranton.
He spent two years working as a strength and conditioning coach in the New York Yankees organization and a spring training with the San Francisco Giants. During his time with these organizations, he was exposed to the special treatment that professional athletes receive. From extra attention in the weight room to the extra stretch in the training room, these players weren’t just another number in the system. They were treated like actual people. And thus, the Big League Treatment was born!
Mike firmly believes that physical therapy doesn’t have to be just a reactive form of treatment, and that some of the best results come from using physical therapy in a proactive way. During his time in professional sports, he didn’t just work with athletes who were injured, but also with athletes who wanted to stay healthy and keep playing at the top of their game for the long term.
From here, Mike made it his mission to make that Big League level of care that the professionals receive available to everyone. Professional athletes shouldn’t be the only ones with access to superior care with extra attention to the details. As a result, Big League Performance + Rehab was born!