03.08.2021 23:35

Meet the New York Entrepreneur and Physical Therapist Who Helped Team Israel Reach Their Physical Peak at the Olympics


NEW YORK and TOKYO, Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Tokyo Olympic games, Team Israel made history for their country. Their 12-5 victory over Mexico was the first team sports win in Israel's Olympic history.

SPEAR Physical Therapy: The New Yorkers Behind Team Israel's Historic Olympic Performance

Dan Rootenberg, PT, DPT, CSCS, a New York City physical therapist and business owner helped get them there.

"The relationships that I established with the team, that's where a lot of this teamwork and synergy really came from," Rootenberg recalls of this journey that started 15 years ago. "There's a lot of personal connections here."

As Israel's baseball team has surprised the world—by qualifying for the Olympics and by winning the country's first ever Olympic game—one of its secrets is this ex-professional baseball player, business owner, physical therapist, and overall team comrade born in Brooklyn, NY.

"Dan has become like a brother," said Team Manager, Eric Holtz. "He cares about everything he does for us. You're not just going in for a session and leaving; he asks, 'How are you feeling?' and he follows up to take care of the team."

This around-the-clock accessibility has become a difference-maker for the team, and a service that only friends with their history could expect from a healthcare professional and business owner.

Rootenberg's credentials are unparalleled. He is not just Team Israel's physical therapist, but he is also the CEO & Co-founder of SPEAR Physical Therapy, the only physical therapy practice to be awarded The Nation's Top Practice twice. He has also played professional baseball on three continents.

Rootenberg also has a long history with the team. He has been providing physical therapy and training services since he helped them qualify for the World Baseball Classic in 2012, he assisted at the 2017 World Baseball Classic in South Korea, and even played in Israel's professional baseball league in 2007.

About SPEAR Physical Therapy?
Founded as Sports Performance Enhancement And Rehabilitation (SPEAR) in a single room in?Midtown Manhattan?in 1999, SPEAR has now grown to over 20 locations plus telehealth services that improve the lives of thousands of patients each year. SPEAR is the only physical therapy practice to be named the Nation's Top Physical Therapy Practice twice, and?has become the highest-rated physical therapy practice in NYC. SPEAR's quality of service and consistent growth have earned it significant recognition, including being the first private physical therapy company to ring the opening bell on the NY Stock Exchange and being profiled in the NY Post's feature on democratic leadership. SPEAR has made the Inc. 5000 list six times, and also won CEO Report's Corporate Culture Award.

Physical Therapist Dan Rootenberg at the Tokyo Olympics

Physical Therapist Dan Rootenerg at Tokyo Baseball Field

Team Israel with physical therapist Dan Rootenberg (bottom right)

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