ISPA Professional Spotlight Matt Kruger

Mr. Kruger is the Senior Vice President of Workers Compensation Services for ATI Physical Therapy, a rapidly growing outpatient rehabilitation provider.   Since his joining ATI in 2000, ATI has grown from 1 location and 6 employees to 90 locations/1200+ employees in 5 states.  Mr. Kruger is the co-developer of ATI’s Trademarked Work Conditioning/Hardening Program – the FIRST Program, which utilizes strength and conditioning expertise, sports psychology, and physical rehabilitation principles. After producing superior clinical results with Workers Compensation clients, Mr. Kruger founded ATI’s dedicated Research and Development Department – which now employs 4 full time professional researchers. The results of the FIRST Program has been published & presented in organizations like NASS, World Spine, Spine Across the Sea, ACOEM, ASES, FASEB, ACSM, and the NSCA.  Mr. Kruger has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences regarding workers compensation services & outcomes, both internationally and in 10 different states.  He has performed approximately 1100 Key Functional Capacity Assessments (FCAs) for case closure and was a FIRST Program Director for over 5 years.  Currently, Mr. Kruger provides clinical training and quality control oversight for all 40 FIRST Programs within ATI Physical Therapy, as well as starting up ATI’s first two (2) Fitness Centers.  He holds a Master’s Degree (M.S.) in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), USA Weightlifting Club Coach, and a CHEK Level I rehabilitation specialist.

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