It is with a heavy heart that the RX Sports Recovery (RXSR) staff will send off one of their first members and Division I recruits to college this fall.
Chris Theodore is a Rock Canyon High School graduate and three- time 5A state finalist in cross country and track for the Jaguars. He will run for Duke University this fall. He is also one of the few that helped RXSR evolve into what it is now. Some other notable RXSR first-generation athletes from Rock Canyon High School are Bailey Timmons (University of Nebraska) and Emily Sloan (University of Oregon).
RX Sports Recovery migrated from BackCountry CrossFit and opened their Highlands Ranch location in the winter of 2015. Theodore wasn't far behind. His first encounter with RXSR was at Runner’s Roost in Lone Tree his freshman year. He explains, “RX Sports Recovery had the NormaTec systems there and I thought, ‘wow, these magic devices work wonders.’” Theodore then began to experience minor IT Band Syndrome symptoms that were getting in the way of his goals; his journey with RXSR started there. Theodore began with RXSR in the fall of 2015.
RXSR’s athlete-centered care helps athletes reach optimal and Chris Theodore is no exception. He has visited 315 times in three years and can recall only a couple weeks of time-loss from running due to injuries. His 5k cross country time went from 17:24 to 15:32, two mile from 10:34 to 9:22, and mile from 4:51 to 4:20, helping him receive interest from Division I schools across the country.
“RX Sports Recovery can help any level of athlete become more optimal and stay in their sport. Injuries are incredibly prevalent and if the athlete has the self -motivation to take care of themselves and utilize our expert staff, I have no doubts they will compete at a high level. Chris is a prime example of exactly how an athlete can evolve.” -- Nora Gilman, Director of Services at RXSR.
“Ever since joining RXSR, I was embraced by such a supportive and helpful staff. The technologies and habits that you can develop from RXSR are all habits that not only Division I athletes are receiving, but professional athletes across many disciplines. I can say without a doubt that without RXSR in my daily routine as a student-athlete, I would not be where I am today,” says Theodore.
As the summer winds down and we enter in the fall sport season, runners are beginning to join RXSR at the age Chris joined (Freshman/Sophomore years). We look forward to future generations of optimizing athletes of all levels and disciplines. Theodore has a bit of advice for the incoming second-generation of athletes:
“As high-school athletes, we are constantly pushed in many aspects of our life, so having a place that you can do both homework and recover after practice is a blessing and huge relief off your shoulders. If you want to be a high-level student-athlete, the RXSR staff and technologies are the first step to becoming great as they not only help recovery, but the time it saved me from getting injured or my occasional injuries.”
Theodore concludes, “... on my behalf, I want to thank RXSR for everything they have done for me, whether it be listening to all the running conversations or the many late nights spent recovering, thank you!”