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Pete Kitto, Physical Therapist

Pete Kitto, PT

Peter Kitto, PT is a graduate of the University of Michigan Physical Therapy program. He brings twenty years of experience as physical therapist to our practice. At MRS, Kitto offers services for orthopedic sports medicine problems, sports fitness services, strength and conditioning training.

Kitto has excelled specifically in providing physiotherapy services to elite runners at the collegiate, professional, and Olympic levels. Starting in 2001, Kitto provided physiotherapy services to Paul McMullen at the World Games in Edmonton. Following this experience, Kitto continued to work for many of the top runners in the world. He has worked four USA National Championships, (two of which were Olympic trials) two World Games, three Reebok Indoors Invitational as well as many collegiate and high school events. Kitto’s most recent Olympic Trials work was in Eugene Oregon acting as the physiotherapist for all Adidas sponsored Athletes.

He is the physiotherapist for the elite running group Team Michigan. He has also worked with many other professional, collegiate, high school, and weekend warriors. He has worked closely with Coach Ron Warhurst, the University of Michigan’s head track coach as well as many of the surrounding high school coaches.

Kitto’s work is mentioned in Sub Four, the biography of Alen Webb’s first year at Michigan by Chris Lear, and is featured in the film 5000 Meters-Nothing Comes Easy. Kitto’s passion for his work and his excellent results in treating orthopedic patients and athletes of all talent levels fuel his reputation as one of the top physiotherapists world wide.

Ron Warhurst, track and cross country coach, form running expert Ron Warhurst 

Over his three decades as the distance specialist at Michigan, Warhurst has led 40 individuals and eight relays to All-America citations in track and field and developed 38 All-Americans in cross country. On top of his work coaching runners on the track, Warhurst has had great success coaching elite marathoners, including Greg Meyer, who stands as the last American man to win the Boston Marathon in 1983, and Lisa (Weidenbach) Rainsberger, the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 1985. Some of his other notable runners are as follows:

  • Kevin Sullivan- 4 time NCAA track championwith 14 All-American citations in addition to a fifth-place finish at the 2000 Athens Olympics in the 1500-meter run
  • Brian Diemer -1984 Los Angeles Olympic Bronze Medalist – 3,000m steeplechase — the last American male distance runner to medal in an Olympic Games.
  • Nick Willis- 2008 Beijing Olmpic Silver Medalist-1500 meter run

As a collegiate runner himself, Warhurst starred on two NCAA championship teams at Western Michigan University in 1964 and 1965. Following his graduation in 1966, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan. From 1968-70, he served in the United States Marine Corps and was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Navy Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam.

Former U-M star Nate Brannen had this to say about coach Warhurst. “The success he’s had not only on the college level but on the international level speaks a lot about him and his ability as a coach. Not only is he a great coach, he’s also a great mentor.”

“Ron is just a natural coach,” said Diemer. “He knows how to read his athletes, and he adjusts his training and approach accordingly. He treats every athlete differently based upon characteristics unique to that person. Ron knows how to push his athletes to bring out the best.”

Earl Wenk, Conditioning Specialist and Massage Therapist Earl Wenk, ATC CSCS NCTMB 

Earl Wenk has over 15 years of experience in the field of sports medicine/sports performance, working as a certified athletic trainer, massage therapist and strength & conditioning specialist.

Earl is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a degree in Movement Science from the Division of Kinesiology, where he also completed an internship program in Athletic Training. In addition to his work with athletes, he also travels the country teaching continuing education courses in sports massage to other therapists.

He works with athletes of all ages and skill levels from recreational runners to Olympic and World Champions.  His clients include the University of Michigan Track and Cross Country teams, professional track and field athletes, paralypians, and Olympic figure skaters.

Earl is the massage therapist and conditioning specialist for the elite running group Team Michigan.

 

 


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