SamWood DPT- PT,Runner & Spartan Racer- from M2L

Great example of someone who treats movement as a lifestyle- check out our recent interview w Sam Wood from our sister podcast Moving2Live. If you are a runner, walker or active person her story, advice and recommendations are sure to encourage you to move!!

Samantha Wood, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, is a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist, an avid ultra-marathoner and obstacle course racer, and a Major in the California Army National Guard. Sam graduated from the U.S. Army-Baylor Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy in 2011 and holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Lipscomb University (2007). She served 7-years active duty in the Army as a physical therapist deploying to Afghanistan in 2011-2012.

Over the past 20-years Dr. Wood has competed in foot races from 1 to 100-miles and has represented the U.S. Army in cross country, the marathon, orienteering, and obstacle course racing throughout the U.S. and around the world. In 2017 Sam competed with other Army officers in Season 2 of the NBC show, “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge” where her team placed 3rd out of 24 teams. Sam’s passion for movement has led her to place in the top-25 Elite Females at the Spartan World Championships 4 years in a row while finishing multiple 100-mile running races, winning the Leadwoman race series, and maintaining her military fitness.

Sam was a previous guest on our sister Podcast Moving2Live, episodes released 9/27/17 and 10/11/18
Link to Part 1:

Show Notes: Samantha Wood, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Contact Information:




Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Dr. Ray McClanahan, DPM, Northwest Foot & Ankle and Inventor of Correct Toes

Check out the Moving2Live Podcast episodes featuring Dr. McClanahan, released 3/13/19 and 3/27/19
Llink to Part 1:

Army-Baylor DPT Program (Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy)

Slow Jogging

“Conclusions Drawn from a Comparative Study of the Feet of Barefooted and Shoe-Wearing Peoples”
Phil. Hoffmann, J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1905;s2-3: 105-136

ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Information on Selecting Running Shoes

Dr. Ray McClanahan’s Shoe Liner Test (Stand on shoe liner to test fit of shoe)

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, Executive Director, Natural Running Center

Two Rivers Treads, Ranson, WV

Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee- Barefoot Running and Barefoot Walking

“Crash Course on Running Shoes” by Dr. Samantha Wood

Softstar Primal shoes

Bedrock Sandals

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Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at