Dr. Theodore Lim, PT, DPT, USAW-1
Current Role Working With The Athletic PopulationI help Olympic weightlifters, powerlifters, CrossFit athletes, and other strength and barbell athletes get rid of pain and move better!
I also coach Olympic weightlifting at Liberation Barbell Club and remotely.
My experience in Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, and education in physical therapy allows me to combine all of my knowledge into a synergistic skillset to help people that lift to get back to lifting pain-free as soon as possible.
I base my philosophy on three principles: adequate load, load management, and activity modification.
Adequate load: Often common physical therapy exercises don't provide adequate load to athletes, causing insufficient stimulus to patients' tissues. Exercises need to actually challenge athletes to cause adaptation.
Load management: Often athletes sharply increase their training load, or they experience negative life events or other sudden stressors that impact their recovery. Either situation can make them unable to handle the stress from training. This can lead to pain and negatively impact their training and competitions. I use a variety of load management methods to bring athletes back to their previous levels of function.
Activity and movement modification: If a certain movement causes pain, my strategy is to modify the movement to avoid the pain, and then gradually progress back to previous levels of function. For example, if an athlete has pain at the bottom of the squat, then I might prescribe box squats or otherwise limit their range of motion to just above the point where pain occurs. Over time, the athlete can increase their load by changing their tempo, ROM, weight, etc. Or, if an athlete has a movement pattern issue, I might use external cues cues such as tactile feedback, bands, foam rollers, constraints, etc. to improve their motor pattern. I often use this strategy to change the load to the desired tissues or structures.
2011-2015: Trained and competed in Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting.
2015-now: Olympic weightlifting coach, recreational barbell lifting, and occasional running.
Academic Background and Professional Training
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine, Austin
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of California, Irvine