About Us


Why Choose Us

Utilizing a holistic approach, our therapists specialize in performance rehabilitation, whereby we bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance.


How We Can Help You

We seek to identify less than ideal movement patterns at the fundamental level in order to restore function and improve your quality of life.


See the Difference

We treat the body as whole with an understanding that local dysfunction can significantly impair global movement patterns and ultimately impact higher level activities involved in sport and life. 

Our Services


Functional Movement Screening/Assessment

Our physical therapy evaluations start with a functional movement assessment to identify less than ideal fundamental movement patterns and ISOLATE movement dysfunction at the local level.



Manual Therapy

We offer several  forms of manual therapy, including but not limited to:  trigger point/myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), Cupping, Functional Range Release, Fascial Stretching, Joint Mobilizations/Manipulations. Our interventions are designed to be used as a form of restorative input to the neuromuscular system to either downregulate hyperactivity and/or upregulate hypoactivity.


Corrective Exercise Progressions

Our corrective exercise progressions are modeled after the neurodevelopmental perspective. Exercise strategies are designed to INNERVATE and restore fundamental movement patterns in order to build a solid foundation of mobility/stability from the ground up.

Our Services


Return to Sport Rehabilitation

Once fundamental movement patterns are restored, we INTEGRATE load, speed, and complexity to effectively and proficiently return our athletes/clients to higher level activities and the demands of sport and/or life.

Our Team

Joe Walker, PT, MPT, SCS, SFMA, XPS, FRCms



Joe Walker is the owner of Athletes’ Therapist. He graduated first in his class with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from California State University of Long Beach in 2007.  Joe is an American Physical Therapy Association Board Certified Sports Specialist (SCS). He is a dedicated, highly motivated physical therapist offering 12 years of outpatient/sports clinical expertise. He specializes in bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance utilizing a holistic approach to injury. While Joe has earned an elite reputation rehabbing the world’s best  professional athletes and Olympians, he provides the same services to high school, collegiate, and amateur athletes as well as everyday people looking to recover from injury or surgery in the most effective manner. His practice focuses primarily on functional movement screening/assessment, manual therapy, fundamental movement restoration utilizing corrective exercise progressions, and rehabilitation techniques that prevent and/or resolve the core cause of injuries. He has extensive training in manual orthopedic techniques including Mulligan Mobilizations with Movement, Functional Range Conditioning, Osteopathic-Based Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), Maitland Graded Mobilization Techniques, and Functional Release/Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. He produces successful results through his “hands on” approach. When Joe is not busy at work in the clinic, he enjoys teaching return to sports rehab mentorships, spending time with his daughters, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, and listening to music. 

“Health is not avoiding the bad. Health is constantly seeking the good. Relationships, Foods, Activities, and Opportunities” 




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Official Physical Therapy Provider for the San Diego Legion, Professional Major League Rugby team.
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Orthopedic Physician, Sports Medicine. Orthopedic Surgery

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Athletes' Therapist

2712 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, California 92009, United States

Office: (760) 438-4847 Cell: (760) 681-6187 Located within Fortis Fitness and Strength Training: <<https://fortisfast.com/<<


Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Saturday - Sunday: By Appointment Only