Connor Brown, PT, DPT

Connor Brown
Connor Brown, PT, DPT

Connor Brown received his bachelor’s degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where he played collegiate soccer in addition to competing in cross country ski and bike races. His enjoyment of outdoor adventure naturally aligned with his desire to become a physical therapist and help others stay active with their own passions. He relocated to the Pacific Northwest to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

Connor has expertise in general orthopedics, with a special interest in return to sports for various demographics and injuries. His practice scope focuses on sports medicine and the treatment of endurance athletes of all types, climbers, whitewater athletes, and team sport injuries. Connor has advanced training in wheelchair seating and prescription, running and cycling evaluation, bike fitting, and the treatment of climbing injuries. He additionally sees patients with concussion/vestibular, lower extremity amputee treatment, and advanced adaptive sport injuries.

Let’s learn a little more about Connor:
How many triathlons have you competed in? 
Quite a few! Many ½ irons and dozens of sprint, Olympic distance, and xterras. 3 Ironmans (most recent was world championships in St George, Utah). Worlds was a huge bucket list item. Working full time and training was difficult so I don’t think I will be getting back into that distance. I’m transitioning to off-road triathlons (xterras) so I get to trail run and mountain bike more!
Tell me about the process of applying for pro status? 
Difficult status to get but there are two types. One is just to get sponsored by brands (I have been sponsored by a few local vendors like running shops or outwear brands, nothing big). The other is to excel in your field, win some races, and apply for your “pro card” via USA triathlon. Its very difficult to go pro in any sport and triathlons are a bit extra because you have to be good at 3 sports. It requires a lot of organization, drive, and mental toughness. A team of coaches, specialists, and health care providers (PTs!) are really important at that level. Working as a sports med PT allows me to stay mostly injury free as I handle things as they are beginning to appear.  I will by trying to get both versions of my “pro status” this year via xterras.
How long have you been am MBSEF coach? 
This is my second year coaching an alpine team. I grew up in Sun valley racing Nordic and alpine so when I heard MBSEF was looking for coaches in the developmental stage of racing I jumped on board. Coaching is very related to my role as a PT, creating coordinated movement patterns to achieve a goal.
What is your favorite thing about coaching MBSEF? 
Teaching and then seeing the young athletes rip an edge and lay out some aggressive GS turns. There are always plenty of silly jokes, laughs and snowball fights along the way. My team in particular had a unique skillset at destroying snow berms with their ski poles in a matter of minutes. At the same time, they have learned to leave all that behind on race day. The energy and focus at the start gate is electric, and apart of why I love to stay around all types of competition in general.
Do you still compete in MTB competitions? 
I do some races here and there for fun but the multisport has been the focus over the last few years. I dabbled in mountain bike racing and ultramarathon running but ultimately I like to pair them together (and throw in some swimming). Mountain biking continues to be one of my favorite sports in general so I don’t think Ill let that competitive side go for some time!