Claudia Terlizzi Chapel, known to most people as Sparky, is an athlete and former dancer who has been a muscular therapist in private practice for over 25 years. Drawing upon a lifetime in competitive athletics and theatre, she combines muscular therapy, strength and conditioning, motivational coaching, and nutrition to help her clients tap into their inner champion. Matching the right treatment to the particular challenge is crucial for the treatment to succeed. It is this commitment to success that earned her multiple trips to the Olympic Games as the therapist to The United States Olympic Rowing Team, The United States Olympic Track and Field Team, and The United States Paralympic Cycling Team, as well as the trust and respect of some of the world’s leading athletes and performing artists.
Claudia has had the opportunity to work as the therapist to the New York Power, professional women’s soccer team, The United States Olympic Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams, and has been the coordinating therapist for the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation since 1994. Working in youth athletics she developed her system of I AM A CHAMPION. This system promotes accessing inner strength and has garnered tremendous results. Through a series of presentations at the Indoor National High School Track and Field Championships, Claudia introduces the concepts of fitness from the inside out, and addresses all the stressors in an athlete’s life, including maintaining grades, personal discipline and responsibility for all outcomes, and peer pressure.
I AM A CHAMPION encourages young athletes to examine their greater goals and their place in society through self-discovery and a deeper understanding of what it means to be successful.
“One of the greatest experiences of my professional career is the annual Caribbean Scholastic Invitational. Traveling with a select group of athletes on their first international team and being a part of their life-changing experience re-affirms why I chose this career path. To witness a 15 year old sprinter from New Orleans connect with a 16 year old javelin thrower from Arizona discovering how much they have in common when they thought they were so different, is one of the greatest joys of participating in youth athletics.”
“I had injured my back over years of running. It had gotten to the point where I could barely walk. Every doctor I saw gave me a different opinion and treatment. Nothing was working. Claudia examined me and advised regular massage and stretching. She had me back up and running in no time, pain free. We won the world championships a few months later that year. If you are serious about taking good care of your body, put yourself in Claudia’s hands.”
–Peter Cipollone, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Coxswain, Four-Time Rowing World Champion, World Record Holder, Men’s Eight-Oared Crew