Thank you for finding your way to and other informational topics provided on this website are brought to you by Athlete Movement Systems LLC.  Our purpose is simple: to provide educational and exercise information to assist those diagnosed with spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis in their quest to both move and feel better.

There are few options when it comes to finding a proper plan of attack to relieve the pain caused by spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.  Often times therapy fails for various reasons and you are left in pain contemplating surgery or another trip to the doctor.

Justin and Todd formed Athlete Movement Systems LLC and created to fill the void left by previously failed treatments.  Both Justin and Todd are professionals who have real-world experience in helping others return to the level of activity they desired, and Justin has first-hand experience since he was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis as a teen-ager.  Together they work to show individuals that there is hope and it IS possible to move and feel better with the right plan of attack.

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Below is a little information about the creators of….

“As someone who also suffers from a ‘spondy’ I can tell you that I understand your frustration.  At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with a ‘spondy’ and immediately had numerous questions and concerns.  I was given the run-around by many doctors and therapists, and didn’t find anything to help me until I decided to enter the field of exercise science and to study the body for myself”.

“Until I found the right exercises, stretches and movements in combination with what to avoid, I suffered monthly episodes of pain related to my ‘spondy.’  Over the years I have learned what has worked and what hasn’t.  I have been able to control my pain with education and proper exercise.  I now use that knowledge to help others with this condition and many others”

Justin Adkins - Co-founder of

Justin has been certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning coach.  He has also been certified by USA Weightlifting and the Functional Movement Screen.  He has trained and helped countless athletes from the youth to the professional level achieve their performance goals and return from various injuries. 

More importantly, like the tens of thousands of people each year, Justin was also diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis as a teenager.  He has experienced the frustration of visiting numerous doctors and therapy clinics before learning the most effective methods to improve movement and prevent symptoms associated with this condition.  Through education, identifying movement dysfunctions, teaching proper training progressions, and teaching the body proper movement patterns, Justin has helped numerous athletes and everyday individuals recover and return to sport or healthy lives.


“Educating, informing and teaching clients proper movements are all essentials for successful rehabilitations. We strive to include all of these areas in our clinic and on this website to help people move and feel better …”
Todd Bitzer - Owner of Modern Athlete Physical Therapy & Co-founder of

Todd is a physical therapist who is board-certified in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN). He has worked with clients of all ages with non-traumatic orthopedic injury, traumatic injury, and following surgery.  He is the owner of Modern Athlete Physical Therapy LLC, an out-patient orthopedic physical therapy clinic located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

He takes pride in providing individualized attention and care, and strives to uncover the cause of the patient’s complaint in order to provide a meaningful long-term outcome.  He believes in empowering his patient’s by providing them with the knowledge necessary to fully overcome their condition.  Todd has experienced success in returning his clients back to the activities and life they have missed, and repeatedly hears “my other therapy was nothing like this”.

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