Thanks for visiting my website! I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy from North Carolina. I earned my DPT from East Carolina University and Certification in Dry Needling from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. I began my physical therapy career after working as a Strength & Conditioning coach at both the high school and collegiate levels. Physical therapy offered a more challenging and rewarding experience to me and I was drawn towards a career more focused on improving the quality of people’s lives.
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, 2013
B.A. with Highest Honors in Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
Director of Physical Therapy at Carolina Sports Clinic, 2015-Present
CrossFit Kaiju, 2014-Present
The Physical Therapy Center, 2013-2015
Duke Sports Physical Therapy, 2013
UNC Chapel Hill Football Strength & Conditioning, 2006-2007
Providence High School Football Strength & Conditioning, 2006-2007
CERTIFICATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS
AAMT Certified Dry Needling
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
American Physical Therapy Association Sports Section
RESEARCH / PRESENTATIONS / PUBLICATIONS
Long, Z. Dissecting the Squat. The CrossFit Journal, 2015.
Long, Z. & Iskat, J. Analyzing the Handstand Position. The CrossFit Journal, 2015.
Long, Z. The Hip and Athletic Performance. The CrossFit Journal, 2015.
Long, Z. & Casto, B. The Optimal Shoulder. The CrossFit Journal, 2014.
Long, Z. The Full Snatch. The CrossFit Journal, 2014.
“The Effects of Ankle Mobilizations on Hip Strength”. 2014 APTA Combined Sections Meeting and 2013 ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week.
“A Case Study on the Effects of Increased Dorsiflexion on Knee and Hip Function. Fall 2012 North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Conference.
Long, Z. A Comparison of Heart Rate Variability and Coherence Between Breast Cancer Survivors and Healthy Controls. 2010 UNC Undergraduate Research.