Concussion Won’t Stop Local Teen Thanks to Special Therapy


Competitive Snowboarder Kaiya Quintieri, 13, a member of the Northstar snowboard team, was injured and suffered a concussion during a competition. Through specialized physical therapy, she is ready to compete in the upcoming season.

Competitive Snowboarder Kaiya Quintieri, a member of the Northstar snowboard team, was competing in the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Nationals in Copper Mountain, Colo., when her life was turned upside down.

“I’d been hitting the jump lines for the whole week, and I had just hit the boxes and rails,” says Quintieri, 13. “I went off the first jump and did a method. On the second one, I don’t really remember what happened, but I can remember being in the air and thinking, ‘this isn’t going to go well.”‘

Shortly after the fall, Quintieri began vestibular therapy with one of the few certified specialists in the area, Mick Melvin, a physical therapist at Renown Health Physical Therapy and Rehab.

Melvin worked with Quintieri for more than a month to help her restore her balance, which had been dramatically affected by the fall.

“Vestibular therapy is an evidence-based approach offering exercises to improve and hopefully totally eliminate deficiencies, such as vertigo, dizziness or disequilibrium or off-balance,” Melvin says.

Quintieri is thankful for the treatment she received.

“Balance is everything in snowboarding,” Quintieri says.

She is ready for the upcoming snow season where she plans to continue to garner medals and work her way to the Olympics.