Physical Therapy2024-01-29T03:25:33+00:00


Athletes Acceleration Physical Therapy is focused on helping athletes restore and optimize their performance.

Our elite physical therapist is a specialist in sports injuries and is highly skilled to offer the latest cutting-edge treatments to help you achieve your goals. Our ‘Back to Play’ therapy program is here to help you get back from an injury quickly while optimizing your movement to enhance your performance.

We emphasize a hands-on approach that includes a thorough assessment to determine what specific muscle imbalances and movement impairments may be leading to dysfunction or limiting your performance. We then offer an individualized therapy approach that produces amazing results.

Our individualized approach gives you the hands on time you need without being rush or overcrowded.

Athletes have different needs and protocols. Our Doctorate of Physical Therapy also has an undergraduate degree in exercise science focusing on sports (plus was an elite athlete herself). Dr. Caster has experience with many athletes from youth to professional levels, also working with adult athletes and weekend warriors.

Get to know our Physical Therapist:

Lauren Alix Riccardi PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, SFMA

Physical Therapist – Hana Caster

Hana Caster PT, DPT

Education: Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy and graduate from Umass Lowell. I received my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology in 2020. Currently working at Rhode Island Hospital in the outpatient clinic on the Neuro and orthopedics teams. Training experience at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning in Nashua where I led large workout classes throughout my Senior year of undergrad. I have Physical Therapy clinical experience in the inpatient hospital settings including ICU, outpatient hospital based clinics, and outpatient orthopedic clinics with a postoperative focus.

College Athletics: 5 year Division 1 Lacrosse athlete and 2 year captain at Umass Lowell. Currently hold 2 records. First Lowell women’s lacrosse player to be named First Team All Star for America East. Trained at Athletes Acceleration throughout college career.

High School Athletics: 11 varsity letters between soccer, indoor track, and lacrosse. Captain of indoor track team senior year at North Attleboro High School. Former record holder in the 55 meter dash and league champion and multiple records on lacrosse team. Played club lacrosse at Mass Elite and club soccer at Nova Premiere Soccer Club.

Personal: passion for exercise and encouraging physical activity in others. Both parents were collegiate athletes as I was and therefore I have a strong connection with athletes and their goal to return to play. Experience coaching lacrosse through private lessons and as head coach with Baystate Bullets, Laxachusettes, and assisted with North Attleboro girls lacrosse team.

How Can We Help You?


Return from injury or surgery, restore function, optimize yourself, and get back to your past activities even better than you were before. We’ll help you feel better, but also address the underlying causes of your injury to prevent it from occurring again. Our 1-on-1 sessions allow for the time you deserve.


You don’t need to have an injury to optimize your performance. Our hands on approach to manual therapy and corrective exercise is designed to enhance how well you move and perform. Prevent future injuries by restoring imbalances and normalizing movement deficiencies. We specialize in all sports.



Contact us today to set up your initial evaluation and let us start helping you get back to play and performing better than ever

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you aceept my insurance?2020-10-06T15:15:35+00:00

Athlete’s Acceleration Physical Therapy is considered an out-of-network provider and therefore does not accept insurance. The patient pays at the time of service, allowing the therapist to focus attention on providing the best possible service while keeping administrative costs low.

You can call your insurance company and ask them “what are my out of network physical therapy benefits?” It’s usually a quick call to the number on the back of your card. Many times they may reimburse you for all or some of your PT services, especially if you have a PPO (instead of an HMO). We’ll give you all the information you need to get reimbursed. The traditional insurance model does not allow us to treat the way we feel is best for you or spend the time with you that you deserve.

This gives clinicians more freedom to spend time with each individual patient, and treat them the way that is the best, fastest, most efficient, and based on the current evidence, without the restrictions that dealing with insurance brings. This means that clinicians are able to get right to the point of your treatment and treat your injury, pain, or dysfunction with the highest quality care. Often, because clinicians are able to spend more time with patients, it translates to athlete’s feeling better faster.

This allows us to spend more quality 1-on-1 time with clients. While most PT clinics see you 3x a week with many other patients at the same time, we usually see you 1-2x a week. You tend to need less visits, and in the long run may end up spending less with us than a traditional PT practice when you consider your deductible, co-pay, and extra visits needed.

It is important to note that in-network provider status is not currently based on education, experience, skills, or treatment outcomes, but is often determined by the number of providers in a demographic area. At Athlete’s Acceleration, you will be treated by a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Doctor of Physical Therapy, with extensive experience treating a wide variety of athletes and returning them to sport safely.

Do I need a referral for physical therapy?2020-10-06T15:10:30+00:00

No, you do not need a referral for physical therapy. Massachusetts is a “direct access” state, meaning you can see a physical therapist as your first medical visit. However, if you plan to self submit your visit receipts to your insurance, you may be required to have a referral first. You can call the number on the back of your insurance card to determine the requirements, should you decide to take that route.

What is physical therapy and how is it different than personal training?2020-10-06T15:08:28+00:00

A physical therapist has earned a doctorate of physical therapy (DPT), and is an expert in evaluating and treating movement and the musculoskeletal system.

Physical therapists have education and understanding of the muscles, bones, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, joints, nerves, and energy systems in the body, and how they combine to create movement and relate to functional and sports related activity. If you are in pain or struggling with an injury, a physical therapist can determine the cause of the movement dysfunction or imbalance and help you reduce pain, improve motion, and regain strength in order to get you back to your sport or activity safely and with less chance of injury. If you are in need of orthopedic surgery, physical therapists can help you get as strong as possible, within the limits of your injury, prior to surgery to facilitate quicker recovery.

If you are post-op, physical therapists are educated in the healing and exercise progressions that are safe and necessary to return you to a high level of sports and physical activity.

Once you are pain free, you can then work with a personal trainer to continue strength training and sports specific activity.


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