Because life is a contact sport

Trust DPT Athletics to treat your injuries because we know and love your sport.

Not your average physical therapist

What Makes Us Different?

DPT Athletics has been focused on roller derby athletes for over 9 years, which means we know what injuries you’ll get before you do. Our team is comprised of highly trained therapists who are focused on orthopedic physical therapy.

We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is not only educational but it is comfortable for our clients. DPT Athletics works to train new physical therapists with local schools and teach them our alternative approach to the “assembly-line” treatment centers.

Specialized injury treatment

What are common derby injuries?

It’s no doubt roller derby is hard on your body. If you’re on the fence about whether your injury is “bad enough” for treatment, read about the most common injuries in roller derby and see if any of these apply to you. If so, give us a call we can talk about how to keep you on the track.

Neck and Spine

Top 3 Injuries:

  1. Disc injuries
  2. Sciatica
  3. Damaged nerves

Foot and Ankle

Top 3 Injuries:

  1. Fractures
  2. Tendinitis
  3. Sprains


Top 3 Injuries:

  1. Torn ACL/PCL
  2. Broken kneecap
  3. Torn meniscus

League Visits

If you and a few of your friends need a tune up, we do league visits! DPT Athletics will bring a team to your league’s practice to do injury consultation and short treatment sessions. In a typical 2-hour practice, we’re usually able to see about 10 patients. Contact us to discuss arranging a league visit.

Derby Discount

If you’ve put off getting treatment for an injury because of the cost, contact us to learn about our discount for derby players of our partner leagues.
We accept all major insurance plans. Please call our office to confirm that we accept your plan.
Sometimes using insurance isn’t an option, so we are happy to provide a cash discount for partner leagues. Contact us to learn more about arranging a cash payment for your league.



What People are Saying

Dr. Burns and his entire staff made ALL the difference in my recovery from a severe ankle sprain and fracture. I went to Novi Doctors of Physical Therapy because they had knowledge of roller derby and my long term goal was to skate again. The staff took the time to listen to me and my body to discover the extend of my injuries. They developed a plan that was ever evolving depending on my progress. I was challenged but never put in any pain. I am skating again and doing better than ever. When something is hurting, I consult Dr. Burns or Dr. Sina first because they will find the problem and develop a recovery plan that works.

Snarky Malarky, Ann Arbor Roller Derby

Photo By Andrew Potter

I’ve seen Dr. Burns and his staff for pulled muscles in my shoulder and groin, and for symptoms of whiplash. In all cases I was provided with a program of therapy that was uniquely suited for my injury, my body, and my lifestyle. Dr. Burns understands the desire of athletes to return to their sport and works with them to develop a plan that will get them back to playing as soon as possible. The atmosphere in the clinic is always positive and fun, and all of the staff are exceptionally helpful. I’m now facing surgery for an ACL repair and would not trust my recovery process to anyone else. 

Melissa McDonald, Detroit Roller Derby

Photo By @Scott Lipiec

I have been to Novi Doctors of Physical Therapy for a pulled rotator cuff and chronic nerve pain in my right leg. Dr. Burns and his staff have created a uniquely successful environment for mental, as well as, physical healing. Injury takes it’s toll on your mental game but I always leave his office with a smile on my face and a bright outlook on my recovery. They have worked with me in numerous sessions to get to the root of my pain and create a detailed care program that I can follow while at home. Dr. Burns and his staff have inspired me to learn more and take better care of my body. They have also taken tremendous care with my roller derby league and other leagues in the Metro Detroit area. They understand that as athlete’s, we don’t like to sit out, and work our recovery around our goal of playing at 100%, 100% of the time.

Melissa “Monster” Renaud, Detroit Roller Derby

Photo By Madam Renee Allen of Retro Girls Detroit

 Contact Us

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Hours of Operation

MON/FRI 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Keep in Touch

P: (313) 833-1600 ext. 252 | F: (248) 679-5397

1680 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216


DPT Athletics works in partnership with Novi DPT.