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A Better Way To Train

Physical Therapist, Performance Trainer Opens Business In Ice Arena

May 31, 2009
By Dennis Phillips,
Scott Van Kampen, physical therapist and performance trainer, said he works with the understanding that each person he treats is a unique individual. With that philosophy in mind, Van Kampen has opened up his own physical therapy and performance training business — Do It Better — in the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena. The business may be new, opening April 21, but Van Kampen has been a physical therapist for more than 12 years, striving to help people do what they love to do. ‘‘My mission vision statement is to ‘help you do better what you love to do, so you can appreciate God’s creation,’’’ Van Kampen said. ‘‘I ask a question (to patients) ‘Where do you wish to go?’ The answer tells me about their concerns, fears, opportunities, capabilities and strengths.’’ Van Kampen said once he knows what his patients want he can help them find direction, confidence and creativity to put them on the road to better performance. ‘‘We help you ‘Do It Better’ in all areas of performance and prevention,’’ he said. Van Kampen said his location in the ice arena is the perfect location to allow him to assist the several athletes in the building to those who just enjoy doing the walking programs at the arena. ‘‘A lot of people pass through the doors here,’’ he said. ‘‘From walkers to ice skaters, many athletes are here. The space is fantastic.’’ Besides running a business, Van Kampen is in a fellowship program with the Gray Institute in Michigan studying applied functional science to help him perform his duties better. ‘‘It has enabled me to see a bit more of the big picture of the full body integration,’’ he said. ‘‘We have multiple programs that can be tailored to fit the patients needs and concerns.’’ The one-on-one care and 13 different programs Van Kampen offers include a swing program for golfers or baseball players to a fast acceleration sport tweaking program, also known as the FAST program, to help athletes increase speed to a core curriculum program. Van Kampen said his focus as a physical therapist is not just to relieve pain, but to find the source of the pain. ‘‘I’m not putting a person’s problem in a box. I look at the whole person,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m not fixated on pain, but on finding what the patient can do well and going from there.’’ Van Kampen said the business is doing OK so far, as he spends a lot of time reaching out to the community to meet area personal trainers, chiropractors and message therapists. Van Kampen also wants to work on community based programs, like helping children with obesity. Appointments can be made for Do It Better by calling 338-1558, with Van Kampen having office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information on Do It Better, visit its Web site at

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Scott Van Kampen, physical therapist and performance trainer, has opened his own business — Do It Better — at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips



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