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Larsen's Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy relocates, adds the Catalyst Institute

Matthew Iverson is working on the push sled. Other training takes place on the 2600 square feet of artificial turf. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl1 / 3
Thomas Dewey is using the TRX suspension training program. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl2 / 3
Rich Larsen played five sports in high school, and baseball in college. The Catalyst Institute, a new part of his business, focuses on everything related to the training of a sport. He is pictured sitting on 2,600 square feet of artificial turf, which features coated sand. This is one of the first indoor applications of the product designed for performance and to protect the athlete from injury. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl3 / 3

Rich Larsen is all smiles. Five years after of branching out on his own, the business owner, physical therapist and sports enthusiast has relocated his business, Larsen Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy to 2305 Willis Miller Drive.

Larsen graduated from Mayo School of Health Related Services in 1998. After a brief stint working in St. Cloud, the Montana native moved to the Hudson area, working at Hudson Hospital and River Falls Area Hospital before opening his own business Larsen Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy in March of 2006. The building had a total of 2,600 square feet.

Today, 4,000 square feet is dedicated to physical therapy and another 4,000 square feet for his newest adventure.

"We have now expanded to include the Catalyst Institute," said Larsen. "That is the biggest change." According to their mission statement C.I. strives to provide rehabilitation, analysis and training through the use of scientifically driven protocols that will both educate clients while enhancing their performance and well being.

Larsen has brought is all together, offering APEX, an athlete performance training program developed with assistance from Cal Dietz, sports nutrition, sport psychology, sports vision therapy, post operative/injury sports specific rehabilitation and ACL prevention programs.

"There is no place that offers all of these things under one roof," said Larsen.

"It was my personal relationship with sports that drove my interest," said Larsen, who played five sports in high school and baseball in college. "It is rewarding to work with folks that are motivated and driven to reach a goal. Every day is a new challenge. From middle school to professional athletes, it is a great opportunity to share in the journey of people who are driven."

Since Larsen started in 2006, he has implemented a program in schools as well that focuses on age appropriate strength and conditioning in Hudson Middle School and Hudson High School as well as New Richmond and Hastings.

Another offering is the use of Dartfish Software, which uses video to take a biomechanical look at both performance and injury prevention so sports clients can make changes.

"We are in the process of accreditation and will be starting an orthopedic residency program," said Larsen. "We will be one of the few in the region to offer this beginning in June of 2012."

Today, LSMPT employees consist of five physical therapists, four athletic trainers, three strength coaches and a support staff of four.

"It has grown faster than I would have guessed," said Larsen regarding this company's success. "We have over 100 physicians that have supported us by referring patients to us."

All the while there is a twinkle in Larsen's eye. He understands what it means to be a local business in a small town. Larsen Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy and the Catalyst Institute, located at 2305 Willis Miller Drive in the Tower View, will have an open house to celebrate their new location and expansion on June 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. The event will include demonstrations of sport performance training, live music, autograph signing, food and beverages as well as speeches from local business owners about what it means to be a Legacy Business in Hudson.

For more information about LSMPT or the Catalyst Institute you may call (715) 386-1155 or visit their websites at or