How I chose Physical Therapy

How I chose Physical Therapy

By the time I entered high school I had already been lifting weights for four years. When I was 10, my best buddy and I had a club, where the initiation was to lift 80# overhead. It was just the two of us in the club, and when initiation day came around, we both did it! You’re thinking, “Wow, 10 year-old’s lifting 80# overhead, that’s pretty impressive!” We thought so too, but I smile at that now, knowing that even though we did train for the day, we likely just got the math wrong 🙂

But I was on to something. I was intrigued with how my body changed, and how it felt better to be strong. It became my passion to learn more about how the body gets stronger. That Christmas, my parents got me a subscription to Muscle and Fitness magazine, a bodybuilding periodical that had pictures of huge, muscle-y men working out at gyms, and competing in contests. I knew it wasn’t important to me to get that big!  More important to me were the articles that became my first introduction to the specificity of exercise, and the tenets of a good strengthening program.

In high school I began working out with other kids, and functioned as the group’s trainer. We’d meet before school at a local gym, and there, while trying my best to get a good workout in for myself, I’d field all the questions: “Hey Keith, how many reps did I do on this last time?” “What else can I do to work on my back muscles?” “Should I do these two exercises in the same work-out?” I loved every minute of it!

It was the summer between my Junior and Senior year of high school when I learned I could make a living doing what I already knew I loved. My mother was pressing me hard about figuring out what I might like to study in college, and I ended up discovering it in a book at the library!

We were paging through reference books about different professions, and after a while struck gold! I read about Physical Therapy: the course of study included everything I wanted to learn.  I’m so grateful that my mom harangued me into going to the library that day. The job of a physical therapist embodies just the perfect mix of my skills and passions, and is just as interesting and fulfilling to me today as when I started in the profession 30 years ago. For more information, Call Us Today at Eugene, OR Center.

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