Dr. Kristen Schwaegerle

Dr. Kristen Schwaegerle is a certified and licensed Physical Therapist, and earned her DPT from The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of VermontThe Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. She also completed her Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy at The American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.

Kristen has also been a competitive equestrian and dressage rider since her youth, winning numerous championships through the Hanoverian Society, the Fédération Equestre Internationale, and rode for the very competitive Olympic Dream Team.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy
  • Stemwave Therapy
  • Dry Needling Professor
  • Stemwave Therapies

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Dr. Kristen Schwaegerle’s brings a unique perspective to Off Season. With her experience as a competitive equestrian, she understands the physical demands and challenges faced by riders of all levels. Whether you’re a dressage enthusiast, a show jumper, a trail rider, or a competitive eventer, she understands the distinct requirements of your riding style.

While equestrians are a primary focus, Dr. Kristen’s expertise extends beyond the arena. She treats patients with any physical therapy-related issues, offering a personalized approach to care.

Injuries Common to Equestrians
Equestrians, both recreational and competitive, are no strangers to the physical demands of the sport. The unique partnership between rider and horse requires balance, strength, and coordination that are specific to the equestrian world. Dr. Kristen is well-versed in treating a range of equestrian-related injuries and conditions, including:

  1. Back and Spine Issues: Riders often face back and spinal problems due to the need for a stable posture while riding. Dr. Kristen provides targeted treatments to alleviate pain and enhance spinal health.
  2. Hip and Pelvic Pain: The movement of the hips and pelvis is crucial for a secure seat in the saddle. Dr. Kristen can address issues like hip impingement, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and pelvic misalignment, which are common among equestrians.
  3. Shoulder and Neck Strain: Riders often hold tension in their shoulders and neck, leading to chronic discomfort. Dr. Kristen offers techniques and exercises to improve posture and reduce strain.
  4. Knee and Ankle Injuries: The lower extremities are heavily engaged during riding. Dr. Kristen is well-versed in treating conditions like patellar tendinitis, meniscal tears, and ankle sprains, which can be common among riders.
  5. Core Strength and Stability: A strong and stable core is crucial for a rider’s balance and effectiveness in the saddle. Dr. Kristen specializes in exercises that enhance core strength and control.
  6. Overuse Injuries: The repetitive nature of riding can lead to overuse injuries, such as tendonitis and stress fractures. Dr. Kristen provides guidance on injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  7. Concussion Management: While not exclusive to equestrians, head injuries can occur in riding. Dr. Kristen’s experience in assessing and managing concussions ensures that riders receive the best care following such incidents.

Dr. Kristen’s expertise is not limited to equestrian-related injuries. Her deep understanding of the human body, physical therapy, and athletic performance can benefit individuals involved in various sports and activities. Her knowledge can be particularly valuable for:

  • Gymnasts: Given her insights into the challenges and injuries common to gymnasts, Dr. Kristen can be an excellent resource for gymnastics-related issues.
  • Dancers: Dr. Kristen’s knowledge of posture, core strength, and injury prevention aligns well with the needs of dancers and performing artists.
  • Figure Skaters: Balance and coordination are paramount in figure skating, and Dr. Kristen’s skills are well-suited to address these aspects.
  • Musicians: Musicians, especially those who play instruments that require precise hand and finger movements, can benefit from Dr. Kristen’s expertise in hand and wrist injuries.
  • Cyclists: Dr. Kristen’s understanding of the biomechanics of riding can be invaluable for cyclists, helping them enhance their performance and prevent injuries.
  • Other Athletes: Whether you’re a runner, a swimmer, or involved in any other sport, Dr. Kristen’s approach to injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement can be of great assistance.

Your Path to Wellness
At The Off Season Sports and Physical Therapy, we believe in personalized care. Dr. Kristen Schwaegerle works closely with each patient to develop a tailored treatment plan that takes into account their specific needs and goals, and an emphasis on getting back to the sports and activities you love!

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