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Travis Ross, DPT - ChristianaCare. Wilmington, DE, US

Travis Ross, DPT

Physical Therapist | ChristianaCare


Travis Ross, DPT, is a physical therapist at ChristianaCare.


Travis Ross, PT, DPT is an outpatient orthopedic and sports Physical Therapist at ChristianaCare in Newark, Delaware since 2006 who has attracted national attention for trailblazing new types of therapy. He co-created the Core Sling System which has been used to prevent and reduce injuries by athletes across the country, including the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. This research has been published in The New York Times Well Section and as a cover story in the Philadelphia Inquirer Health Section. He also made a cameo appearance in the documentary series “Golden: The Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts” on NBC’s streaming channel Peacock TV, as he cared for the former World all-around champion gymnast Morgan Hurd.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Active Release Techniques

Sports and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Injury Recovery

Physical Therapy

Injury Prevention

Core Sling System

Dry Needling

Education (2)

University of Delaware: Doctorate, Physical Therapy 2005

University of Delaware: B.S., Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology 2001






Sling Activation Session Introduction For the Love of Health: Strengthening the Core with Brian Catania and Travis Ross


Strengthening the Core with Brian Catania and Travis Ross

Media Appearances (7)

For a Stable, Strong Core, Forget about Crunches

The New York Times  print


A small study conducted by Mr. Catania and Travis Ross, another physical therapist at ChristianaCare, found that core exercises incorporating rotation strengthen the obliques better than more traditional exercises like situps and planks. Rotation exercises also strengthen the multifidi, which is important because strength in these muscles protects against back injury, Mr. Ross said. Mr. Ross and Mr. Catania designed a set of seven core rotation exercises which Mr. Hernandez has incorporated into pre-practice and pre-game training with the Rams.

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These physical therapists have a new approach for strengthening the core, and the NFL is taking notice

The Philadelphia Inquirer  online


Exercises that rotate the spine have been a source of controversy among athletic trainers, with some arguing that the lumbar spine — the five vertebrae centered on the belly button — can be harmed in the process. Catania and Ross say their regimen is carefully designed to rotate muscles higher in the torso, along the thoracic vertebrae and rib cage, while the lumbar spine remains in a relatively neutral position.

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NFL puts core strengthening program of Delaware therapists in its playbook

WHYY  online


Ross says that’s the ultimate affirmation, to see their program adopted by someone whose career they have followed since high school. “And then they make it to the next level and we have something to do with him even getting better and staying on the field in the pros,’’ he said. “And maybe even more peak performance to further this career. It would be great to see him 10 years from now still playing.”

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ChristianaCare exercise routine tested at UD used by Rams, Ravens

Delaware Live  online


“What we found out with the Lacrosse team is we were able to cut hamstring, groin and thigh injuries down dramatically from the previous year,” Ross said. “We were able to test in the beginning of the season and the middle of the season and then tested how many people got injured through the season.

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New technique to prevent muscle injuries gets NFL’s attention

Delaware Public Media  online


Ross says the treatment is to prevent back pain from fatty deposits that go into your core muscles causing the pain."We have a target approach that helps strengthen those muscles that actually get weaker and have fatty infiltration," said Ross. "Sometimes we can kind of get in there and wait those muscles up and prevent that chronic low back pain from becoming a cycle where they're returning and returning so we can address the low back pain and the weakness. We can sometimes reduce the chronicity of the condition."

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Trailblazing treatment by ChristianaCare physical therapists catches attention of NFL

Yahoo!  online


“It has been meaningful through this research to contribute to the ongoing evolution in the field of physical therapy and sports medicine,” Ross said. “We are always looking for ways to protect our patients, many of whom are athletes, from injury. It makes physical therapy better, it makes patients better, and it makes players better.”

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Delaware Athletic Trainers' Innovative Work Catches the Attention of the NFL

NBC10  tv


The innovative work of two Delaware athletic trainers is catching the attention of the NFL. NBC10’s Tim Furlong explains why.

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