NPT HealthWorks named an Official Supplier to New York Yacht Club American Magic

What’s Up Newp, February 21,  2019
By Ryan Belmore

Newport-based NPT HealthWorks, a provider of physical therapy, athlete support, nutrition and wellness consultation, has confirmed with What’sUpNewp that they have been named as an Official Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup.

American Magic was formed in 2017 to win the America’s Cup, the highest prize in sailing and the oldest trophy in international sports.

According to NPT Healthworks, “American Magic’s primary base is in Rhode Island, with the team also maintaining a winter base in Pensacola, Florida. American Magic is currently conducting athlete performance development and training at both locations with assistance from NPT HealthWorks”.

“When it comes to athlete health and injury prevention, NPT HealthWorks can provide the level of excellence and depth of experience needed by an America’s Cup team,” said Ryan West, Head of Athletic Performance for American Magic in a prepared statement sent to What’sUpNewp. “The physical demands of sailing an AC75 will exceed what has been asked of Cup sailors in the past, which underscores the challenge in front of us. NPT HealthWorks will play an important role in our success.”

Currently, seven America’s Cup teams from around the world, including a second U.S. challenger, Stars & Stripes Team USA, are preparing to compete on AC75 class boats, an advanced 75-foot foiling mono-hull powered by 11 sailors in the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021.

“As a company passionate about helping individuals make better and informed decisions about their health, NPT HealthWorks is extremely excited to help the athletes and shore staff of American Magic perform at a high level, avoid injury, and recover efficiently from the rigors of a cup campaign,” said Dr. Daniel Hatch, owner of NPT HealthWorks in the statement. “Our knowledgeable and talented massage and physical therapists love working with sailors of all levels and we are honored to be part of this campaign to bring the America’s Cup back to Newport.”

As far as other local sponsors and partners. on February 13th American Magic announced Sail Newport as a Sailing Community Partner.

American Magic’s Official Innovation Partner is Airbus. Other partnerships include Official Apparel Sponsor Helly Hansen and Official Control Systems Sponsor Parker Hannifin.

For more of our coverage on American Magic, click here.

Meet Dr. Nate


Well here it is, welcome to my first blog. Throughout all my schooling, I never once imagined that I would be sharing my ideas, personal goals, and hobbies through a blog. I mean, come on, I must know a few things after seven years of schooling! All the late nights fueled by coffee and snacks have lead me to my dream profession as a physical therapist with the urge to share ideas with all of you. But first, you should know a little bit about me.

physical therapy active living

I was born in Massachusetts, but Portsmouth, Rhode Island has been home to me as far as I can remember. I’m pretty sure as soon as I could walk, my father laced skates on my feet to head out on the ice where the cones were taller than I was (not kidding). On that day I fell in love with hockey and I continue to glide around the ice today, still after losing my front teeth (kidding). In fact, I managed to avoid injuries throughout most of my athletic career. My friends and family were not as fortunate, and it sparked my interest in pursuing a career that can assist people to get back to their favorite activities or emotional driving factors as soon as possible.

As an Aquidneck Island native, I fell in love with the area and returned after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Kinesiology at URI and Doctorate of Physical Therapy at MCPHS University. I’m a sports fanatic, outdoors admirer, and wellness enthusiast. If I’m not in the NPT HealthWorks office or at the gym, you’ll find me out on a sail boat or at the local golf course with friends and family.

Golf Physical Active

What I’m hoping you will get out of this blog is to have a better understanding of how to get the most out of what you love by identifying a healthy balance between training and recovery, promoting correct body mechanics, and utilizing your time in the gym efficiently. In addition, I’ll dive into my favorite passions including ways to become a better golfer and hockey player while avoiding common injuries. Like I always say, the best form of treatment is prevention.

Stay tuned for more info from me,
Dr. Nate Cole PT, DPT!

Beginning of the Journey of a PT

This past week we said goodbye to soon to be “Dr. Riley” who completed his 12 weeks clinical here at NPT HealthWorks. Before his departure, we asked Riley to share how he got started on his journey to becoming a Physical Therapist.

In high school, I remember having no idea what I wanted to do with my life while my mom was constantly on my back to push me in some direction before college. On a whim, I decided to take anatomy my senior year. It was the first subject that I truly found a genuine interest in and that catered to my skills as a visual learner. With this information, my mom recommended looking into Physical Therapy as she had experience with the profession in her career working with children with developmental delays. 

I was accepted at the University of Rhode Island for Kinesiology with the hopes of continuing to graduate school after. To get experience in the field I volunteered at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket the summer after my freshman year. On my first day we worked with a gentleman who was recovering from a severe stroke. He was visibly frustrated with not being able to walk, fish, and speak normally like he had been doing for over 70 years. The therapist needed a second set of hands to help put the man in a harness to unweight his legs. With the help of the machine, and what strength the man still had in his legs, he stood for the first time in months! We brought a mirror in front of him to see himself standing which brought a huge smile to his face! 

Riley, showing a client how it’s done while Dr. Nate gives advice.

Seeing this man with the biggest smile was when I knew I had chosen the right career. I have always played and loved sports and thought I would try to work with professional athletes. However, my interaction with this man changed my path through school. I realized I got my greatest joy by helping regular people return to doing the things they loved: spending time with friends and family, returning to weekend softball, being able to work, to support their family, go out with friends, amongst any number of activities. I will graduate with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy this May and could not be more excited to have a career where I can have a profound impact on people’s lives not only in the short term, but educate them about strategies and techniques they can perform on their own to continue to live their life to the fullest.

While Riley will be missed here at NPT HealthWorks, we are excited to cheer him onto the next leg of his journey…and know that wherever he lands, clients will be lucky to have him as their PT!