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John Bottoms, PT, DPT, OCS

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John Bottoms, PT, DPT, OCS, has over twelve years of experience in Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy, with expertise in the rehabilitation of a broad spectrum of orthopedic and sports-related conditions, both surgical and non-surgical. His specialization lies in sports rehabilitation, particularly within the realm of hockey. John has been an integral part of the Minnesota Wild rehabilitation team for the past decade and has contributed as clinical faculty for the nation’s inaugural Hockey Physical Therapy Fellowship program. In his role as a hockey specialist, he effectively manages various orthopedic issues, including those related to the hip, knee, shoulder, and lumbar region.

During his leisure time, John takes pleasure in coaching both of his daughters’ hockey teams. Additionally, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and golfing, and cherishes moments spent with his wife and children at the family cabin.


Doctor of Physical Therapy, St. Catherine University (2009)
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, University of St. Thomas (2006)

Professional Certifications

Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR), Owens Recovery Science
American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)
USA Hockey Level 3 Coach

Professional Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum Committee Member, St. Catherine University

Achievements & Awards

St. Catherine University, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Alumni of the Year (2018)


  1. “Quantitative Improvements in Hop Test Scores After a 6-week Neuromuscular Training Program.” Sports Health. Jan/Feb 2017, Volume 9, Number 1.
  2. “Psychological and Functional Readiness for Sport Following Advanced Plyometric Training in Patients with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” JOSPt. November 2018, Volume 48, Number 11.
  3. “Injury-Related Fears During the Return-to-Sport Phase of ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation.” The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. March 2020, Volume 8, Number 3.
  4. “Advanced Training Enhances Readiness to Return to Sport after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2021; 1-9.