Laura Opstedal, DPT, OCS, SCS is The Khaki-Free Sports PT. The idea behind “khaki-free” started as a fashion statement against the stereotypical “uniform” of the typical physio: polo shirts, khakis, and running shoes (or Dansko clogs, if you fancy). Beneath the surface, being “khaki-free” is a movement towards overdo change in our profession. Just as physios can be identified by our khakis, we are also identified by what we do, rather than who we are. The movement towards a collective goal of autonomy, respect from both patients and medical professionals as THE musculoskeletal experts, and a definition as physical therapists, rather than people who do physical therapy, cannot occur until we have better consistency with how we advise, educate, and manage patients’ musculoskeletal complaints. The intent of this blog is to provide current, research-driven blogs that are simplistic, direct and sometimes a little bit sassy.
Laura is a sports physical therapist in Bozeman, Montana and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Puget Sound. She is dual Board Certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She has worked in orthopedic & sports physical therapy since 2001 and has had the unique opportunity to work exclusively with children in Seattle prior to moving to Bozeman in 2013.
Laura’s clinical focus and interests are ACL rehab and RTP testing, hip arthroscopy, achilles repairs, tendinopathy, blood flow restriction training and clinical reasoning. She regularly works with collegiate and high school athletes of all sports, professional athletes, and the many recreational athletes of Montana, particularly skiers. Her clinical approach blends concepts of strength & conditioning with simple advice to promote self-efficacy. Less is more!