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In order to compete or perform in different sports an athlete must be able to use different movement skills. Strength and endurance are necessary as by not the only necessities, physical qualities required for performance. In fact when you look at some sports legends like Wayne Gretzky, Roger Federer, Lionel Messi – you see an effortless performance. That is because a combination of different physical skills enable such athletes to be on the top of their game without using maximal strength. The higher the ability to use certain skills the less strength is required, therefore the athlete can last longer on the top of their game.

What are those skills?






Space perception


Ability to relax and yet be ready




Optimal body mechanics and motor control

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With that in mind we at NYDNRehab have established very unique athletic laboratory and training program. The program is based on set of our unique technologies and the methodology that we have developed together with some of the most advanced sports performance laboratories around the globe.


The sports medicine division of NYDNRehab is not only about treatment, rehabilitation and sports physical therapy. We provide the most advanced diagnosis in New York’s sports medicine arena based on our set of exclusive technologies and unique experience. We believe that sports medicine treatment must start with injury prevention and complete technological and clinical motion analysis. In our experience the only way to get sound bullet proof results with athletes whether professional or weekend warriors, is to be able to assess the body in motion which conventional analysis such as X-ray or MRI are not able to do.

An athlete needing treatment, such as sports physical therapy may be bound to rehab for quite some time. We feel that just building strength and endurance is very insufficient. That is why we have developed our lab and training program which can break down an athlete’s motion in all possible and existing ways.

Athletic Injury Diagnosis

Athletes comprise a unique patient subgroup that demands special consideration. They understand that sports activities have inherent risks, and they come to rehab with the same grit and determination they bring to the playing field. At NYDNRehab, we invite our athletes to become co-participants in the diagnostic process. They know their own bodies better than anyone, and provide valuable feedback that leads to accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

One of our best diagnostic tools is musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MSUS). Unlike Xray or MRI that take static shots of a limited area, MSUS gives us dynamic images in real time, with the patient in motion. With MSUS, we can scan the length of muscles, connective tissues and neural bodies. We can reposition the patient or have them contact muscles and move joints, to view the body’s structures in motion. Combined with the patient’s verbal feedback, MSUS helps us accurately pinpoint the location and scope of injury. We are able to review and evaluate results immediately, to begin effective treatment and accelerate the rehab process.

Return to sports


The goal of our Back to Sports Program is to identify the injury risk is in a patient based on a kinetics and kinematics ( biomechanical measurements of forces and joint angles). This examination is possible by evaluating the patient’s ability during complex movements. Even a very experienced and trained eye cannot diagnose biomechanical deviations during sport movements just by looking without using the technology of this program. If there are any discrepancies or indication of instability of the joints and the examinations shows that the patient is incapable of performing specific movements then the doctor is able to make a determination as to what the treatment plan should be and recommend exercises to improve stability and help the patient return to their sport.

Running analysis

The most frequent complaint that runners have is pain with increased mileage. The pain of overuse can have multiple reasons such as structural joint abnormalities, muscular imbalance, poor motor control, faulty pathomechanical movement sequences and poor technique. In these type of injuries only specific biomechanical diagnosis will suffice. Precisely this type of diagnosis is provided by technological 3D running analysis. Physical observation with a naked eye provides only limited information. The video recording with high speed cameras and advance running analysis software provides detailed information about biomechanical parameters in every phase of running.

Running analysis is useful for several reasons:
  • identifies pathomechanical changes
  • identifies correct running style
  • identifies lack of shock absorption
  • makes rehabilitation process problem specific
  • provides monitoring
  • prevention of further injury

DNS FOR SPORTS Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Method (DNS) for Sports

Optimal core function( dynamic stability) for optimal athletic performance cannot be achieved only by strength of abdominal muscles in isolation. According to latest research based on principles of neurodevelopment the control of the core must be achieved through precise coordination of deep stabilizing muscles and intra-abdominal pressure mechanism. From perspective of neurodevelopment the foundation of DNS, the rehabilitation of sports injuries and athletic performance should not only focus on exercising muscles for strength and endurance but should concentrate on training muscles for stabilization functions.

The DNS sports approach is not only for training but is also an assessment of ideal muscle functions based on positions determined by developmental kinesiology.



C.A.R.E.N (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) set up allows real time registration and measurement of the body’s symmetry and weight bearing. Movement symmetry is one of the best indicators of athletic performance and risk of injury. If an athlete is not aware of asymmetry, injury is around the corner. Weight bearing symmetry is very important in sports where rotational component such as changing direction and landing are at stake. C.A.R.E.N unique set up allows real time athlete visualization and feedback. Athletes can re-train asymmetry which greatly improves performance and helps avoid the risk of injury. This therapy is also unique in post-traumatic and post-surgical rehabilitation. If there is an injury or pain anywhere in the leg (such as ankle sprain, hip impingement and etc..) the brain commands to offload that part of the body.This adaptation unfortunately does not return to normal unless diagnosed and treated. C.A.R.E.N is very unique in retraining this particular very important movement dysfunction.


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Balance is a constant control of the human body in a gravitational field. The ability to do that is called sense of “BALANCE”. The sense of balance is a composite function of communication between vision, vestibular system, proprioception and ankle, hip and trunk muscle groups.

Balance is one of the most necessary components for performance to be successful. Without good balance not only the results suffer but injury becomes a reality. An athlete with faulty biomechanics and/or poor technique has less chance for injury if he has good balance. Having good balance is an overall objective parameter of athletic performance.


Neuro-motor therapy

Shoulder stabilization

Motion analysis testing


Proteus System

Movement Varieties on The Proteus System

Running drills on kineo

Office video

HBM(human body model) – muscle activation analysis and feedback retraining

C.A.R.E.N.( computer assisted rehabilitation environment) – neuromuscular control therapy

Lower kinetic chain analysis and retraining

3D proprioceptive knee control training

Redcord Active Course

Stability testing with pertubation (knee,ankle,hip)

Dynamic hip control strenghtening 6


Quincy Williams was referred by his brother, who plays for the NY Jets: “best place to go for professional athletes in NY”

Jonas Hoegh-Christensen Is Thankful to Lev Kalika; Back and Leg Issues Solved

Janko Tipsarevic About NYDRehab clinic

Omar and Sierra Calhoun About NYDRehab

Andrew on Rehab After Shoulder Surgery


Michael Becker on How His Son Stepped Up the Running Game Thanks to Dr. Kalika

Henry Burns on Achilles Pain Treatment at NYDRehab

Patrick on Knee Pain Treatment at NYDRehab Clinic

A Patient on Groin Pain Treatment at NYDRehab

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NYDNRehab is one of the most successful private sports medicine clinics in midtown NYC.
It was established when Dr. Lev Kalika brought together different methods and techniques to treat a broad array or functional disorders or sports injury. Dr.Kalika along with the talented staff of physical therapists,chiropractors, athletic trainers, neuromuscular massage therapists and biomedical engineers provide the very best in orthopedic and sports medical care using a team approach.

Pirates starting pitcher Neil Kozikowski

Since that time NYDNRehab has expanded to include Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill, C.A.R.E.N (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment), Technological Sports Injury Prevention testing, Gait and Running Analysis, Shockwave Therapy,DNS therapy just to name a few and covering all areas of musculoskeletal medicine. It has gained a national and international reputation as a sports clinic of excellence, particularly for the treatment of hip injuries,knee injuries, foot and ankle injuries and shoulder injuries.

The clinic has played a leadership role in innovative functional medicine and always been the leader in manual medicine and physical therapy. The goal of NYDNRehab is to provide wide spectrum of sports medicine services for all type of athletes from professional to the aging athlete. Our sports medicine clinic provides diagnostic, preventive, rehabilitative and performance enhancement services for all groups of athletes.


Proud to be the talk of professional athletes. Quincy Williams was referred by his brother, who plays for the NY Jets: “best place to go for professional athletes in NY.”


It feels great to help athletes compete and recover. This time it’s Mohamed Elshorbagy, one of the world’s best squash players. Number 1 in 2014 and 2018.


Another Olympian, Dagmara Wozniak is a US Olympian fencer.

Proteus Motion System


ACL testing

Kineo – the most versatile muscle testing using artificial intelegence

In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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