Dan Dyrek, PT, DPT, a 2003 Doctor of Physical Therapy alumnus of MGH Institute of Health Professions, became Coordinator of Sports Medicine for the 2013 season after being a consultant the prior year. His mission: to work on keeping the players on the field and off the disabled list.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com recently wrote a story on Dr. Dyrek’s special relationship with designated hitter David Ortiz, who calls him a “genius” and credits him for helping the slugger recover from an Achilles tendon injury many thought would end Ortiz’s career. With Dr. Dyrek’s assistance, Ortiz regained his status as one of the game’s most-feared sluggers and that certainly was the case during the World Series as Ortiz batted almost .700 and was named the Most Valuable Player.
Dr. Dyrek’s work with Ortiz was similar to his efforts with Boston Celtic legend Larry Bird, for whom he helped extend the basketball Hall of Famer’s career by several years after back woes threatened to sideline him prematurely in the 1980s.
Working with top-level athletes is nothing new to Dr. Dyrek,a long-time member of the faculty. In addition to his years working with the Celtics, he has worked with players on the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots, as well as more than 1,000 professional athletes from around the country at the Olympic, international, and collegiate levels.