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Girl Hiking in Mountains

Chattanooga's Outdoor Sports Physical Therapist

Ascent Physical Therapy and Performance is located in Chattanooga, TN and provides personalized movement health and performance solutions for our outdoor athletes. We focus on movement, function, and helping you achieve your goals no matter if it is recovering from an injury, surgery, or helping you perform at your best.

We Are Here For You

As fellow climbers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts we not only understand the passion that drives you outside, we also understand the exact demands your sport places on your body. 

At Ascent our goal is to do more than help you get out of pain. Our mission is to get you back outside doing the things you love by giving you the tools to move better, move stronger, and move with purpose.

Where Will You Ascend To?

Mountain climber on peak

Who We See:

At Ascent we believe that we are all athletes, our goal is to help you move better and move more so that you can enjoy life. 

From first time out to professional, if you can do it outside we've got your back. 

We specialize in treating rock climbers, runners, mountain bikers, triathletes, the tactical athlete, and concussions.

Rock Climber Powdering Hands

What We Do


During the evaluation we will explore what is holding you back from being your best through functional movement screening and cutting edge motor control testing. 


Together we will address mobility restrictions that may be creating sub-optimal movement patterns, contributing to your problem, or limiting performance.


Together in your sessions you will learn not only to retrain but retain your movement through,  strengthening, education, and cutting edge motor control. Each exercise is specifically designed to your individual needs and goals. To not only get you better faster, but to ensure you get back to doing what you love.


Return back to the activities you enjoy most with confidence through consistent training, coaching, and education.

Biker Going Uphill

What Clients Say

"I went to see Dr. Merchant after weeks of pain and tightness in my calf. Dr. Merchant was patient, thorough, and talked me through what he was doing as he did it. He used tissue mobilization and dry needling techniques to help the knots in my calf, and a week later, I still have no pain or tightness. He also gave me prevention advice, and has followed up since the appointment to ensure I am pain free. I couldn't recommend Dr. Merchant more highly!"
-Stef M

Mission Statement

To optimize movement and performance to improve the human experience by helping our athletes return to the highest possible level of functioning through care that is cost-effective, collaborative, client specific, and goal-oriented.

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