Building Resiliency into Your Life & An Opportunity Not To Miss: Tropical Yoga Immersion In Costa Rica
noun - re·sil·ien·cy - \-yən(t)-sē\
Latin: resili (ēns), present participle of resilīre - to spring back, rebound
There are two great definitions of the word Resiliency, and both will apply quiet nicely to the current topic of discussion:
1. the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
2. ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.
But What About You?
If you are a professional who works with athletes, or are a high level athlete yourself - generally collegiate, Olympic, or professional - then you are probably well aware of this concept of resiliency training. If you're not, then reach out to use and we'd be happy to help you as you progress through your athletic career!
If you are not currently involved in the health or training of athletes, then this may be somewhat new to you by name, but probably not in concept. The biggest take away I want to provide is this -- Resiliency is a quality that applies to ALL OF US! We live in the 'information age,' a world in which we are constantly plugged in and bombarded with information, requests, and perceived responsibilities. One of, if not THE greatest health challenge we face today is that of stress.
Too often we as individuals tend to bypass the things that would help us the most - exercise, meditation, time in nature, or just alone time with a good book in order to "get more done." I know I am guilty of this.
Recognize two things:
1. There is a huge difference between 'begin busy' and 'being effective.' Many of us are incredibly busy, yet seem to get nothing done. Looked at another way -- how much of what you are getting done is actually helping you meet your goals? If you're looking for more on this topic, Tim Ferriss' "4 Hour Work Week" is a great start!
2. Taking time to unplug, step away, and recharge will result in greater effectiveness and gains when you then return to your normal world. I believe this to be true for all areas - occupation, education, relationships, and even exercise.
Strength & conditioning is actually an ideal example here, and it's been shown time and again. We often seen our athletes just dumbfounded when they are in a maximum strength block and they reach a off-loading week. This is a week that might be around week 4 or 5 (depending on the length of the programmed block) where we decrease volume significantly but continue with training at a decently high intensity. There are usually concerns expressed by the athletes that if we decrease their volume and give them a "lighter week" that they will lose strength. While it seems counter intuitive, the opposite is actually what results. They come back the next week and usually crush their previous numbers, as a super-compensation occurs and you allow the nervous system and body to recover more fully from the previous week's stimulation (because remember, your workout is a stressor!)
So What's The Point?
The point we are making from the above is simply this -- You need to add some off-loading into your life, just like you do in your training. Going 100 miles per hour every day is not sustainable, at least not as well as you think it is. Blocking out a hour a day, a day per week, or any arrangement that generally works for you will be good so long as you do it! I know some people who religiously block out two weeks twice a year for their own resiliency retreat.
Your Ultimate Resiliency Week
Here is a fantastic opportunity to spend a week in a tropical paradise recharging your body, mind, and soul. Join us in Costa Rica May 7-14th, 2016 for a week of yoga, sun, and fun! The retreat will be lead at Hacienda Del Sol in the Nicoya Province of Costa Rica. It is one of only five “Blue Zones” in the world, where people are proven to live measurably longer.
For More Information: Tropical Yoga Immersion Costa Rica
I'm finally getting some time to reflect and get my thoughts down on the events of the past few weeks! The month of August has packed full of learning opportunities and experiences. July ended with a knee injury that has kept me from training, but forced me to experiences the medical system as a patient and become my own patient putting my Rehab & Training knowledge to the test as my own n=1.
The Joy of Travel
Traveling is something I love to do, and haven't done a ton of in an while since starting Athletes Physiotherapy and working to get my practice off the ground here in Las Vegas. Fortunately, the start of August provided me the pleasure and privilege of being called out to Boston, MA to cover the World Team Training Camp for USA Judo. This was a week long camp with around 75 or so athletes from about 5 different countries who came out to support the USA World Team as the prepare for the IJF World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan which start next week.
Training camp was held out in Boston, MA at Pedro's Judo Center, a National training center and dojo which has produced some of the best American Judo players. The experience of working with the athletes, both World Team and those that came to train with them, was fantastic. It's always great to see athletes at that level train and work to constantly improve themselves, both in practice and in making the time to address injuries and keep their bodies tuned before & after practice. The Physio geek in me also loves watching the drills, movements, and mechanics which help fill in the gaps when evaluating an injury or choosing treatment options.
Looking forward to keeping tabs on the World Championships this next week, an hopefully we'll see a few of our men & women bringing home gold, which is a great way to move into the upcoming Olympic year!
Therapist becomes Patient
So, right at the end of July I get caught in an awkward position rolling with a bigger dude during grappling class. Got caught in half guard, and he had both hooks around my right leg, we turned and my knee hyper-extended and twisted and ended with an audible pop that both of us heard. Not much pain, but lots of medial instability. It was apparent that I tore my MCL, but I wasn't sure about ACL, as I really can't do a good Lockman's or Anterior Drawer on myself.
As a DIY PT/ATC, I started rehab day 1. Compression, gentle movement, dry needling with E-stim, and your basic exercises to get quads back online (which by the way immediately went to mush within an hour of the injury, I found that very interesting...). I braced it, as it was still too unstable and any open chain activity bothered it (think lifting your leg to get into the car, lifting your leg to advance it up a step). Closed chain was & has been totally fine, which has allowed me to start with exercises like TRX squats, TRX split squat, Dead lifts, Box Squats, Lunges, and your typical range of motion, stationary bike, & proprioception exercises.
Anywho, I did get an Ortho consult and so far so good. Confirmed a grade 3 MCL tear off the tibial portion, and thinks ACL & cartilage are intact. MRI ordered, and will see what shows up! As for now, keep on with the self-rehab to get back on the mat soon!
The experience of travel is always very eye opening. Getting out of your normal routine, out of your typical environment, and off of your normal daily schedule can be stressful for some people. For me, it is seems to recharge the batteries, allows me to step out of my head, get focused, and utilize my time for reading and reflection. Sustaining an injury that has taking me out of activity training and put me into the rehab & 'return to activity training' has given me a solid glimpse into the experience of the athlete I work with. It has been very interesting being on the other side!
This weekend I get to jump out for a quick back & forth to the East Coast for a family wedding. As much as a weekend of 2 days travel, 1 day activity can be tough, it will be great time. Always good to get together with the larger extended family, which I haven't experienced in a bit so I am certain this will also help ground & recharge! Learning this month that mental & emotional are areas that also require just as much training as our physical and intellectual well being.
Life. Always an Adventure!
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, NV
The Value of Experience
This week has been really interesting and insightful -- and it's only Tuesday!
Some who follow my Facebook posts will recognize this meme that was shared over the weekend. I don't know where it came from or who to attribute it to, so hopefully this doesn't get pulled for copyright issues...
Anywho, it started me thinking about the idea of Experience. There are a number of ways we can define Experience. Merriam-Webster provide the following definitions of Experience:
I think our own mindset and mental state often directs which definition or view point we focus on. Most often when you hear the word Experience, the context of work pops up -- 'does that person have enough experience to be able to do the job.' Some may immediately jump to an image of traveling and 'experiencing different cultures, food, landscapes, etc.'
Regardless of the definition, one thing is certain -- Experience is one hell of a teacher.
Lately I've been realizing that experience has a variety of contexts, all of which can be extremely useful if you recognize them and begin to utilize them. If you've gotten this far and you're still down to experience my pondering, let's dive in! (yeah, you see what I did there...)
1. Experience of Self
Our own experiences in life help to shape our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and actions. Our experiences come from the daily interactions with our world and the people around us. It comes from engaging with our family members, neighborhoods, schools, friends, sports, activities...you name it. Thanks to technology, we now even have exposure to interactions on a global level.
Have you ever had the experiences of being asked what you want to do for a career, and your initial thought was 'I don't know'. Or, perhaps it as 'Well, I want to do XYZ, but that will never happen because (insert limiting self belief here...').
Maybe you do know what you want to do but either you don't know how to do it, or you don't realize you have everything you need already. Yep - we're going there. You see, Experience of Self doesn't just refer to you going through life having various experiences. Sure, having the experiences and acquiring knowledge along the way certainly are a large part, as that is what lays the foundation. But what I'm talking about is being aware of and recognizing the power that is inherently in us because we have gained that knowledge and we've had those experiences. If you're anything like me, you are driven to constantly learn and progress to fill in the gaps on the things that you don't know. Sometimes though, you forget or lose confidence in all the things you already know and do so well.
2. Experience of Others
Wait, you just said Lesson #1 was about looking within to gain your answers and direction?
Yep. I did. And you need to own that to have a healthy relationship with this next part, which is leverage the experience & expertise of others. Like I said above, there certainly will be things that you don't know how to do. Maybe they are things you haven't learned how to do or exist in industries outside your own.
Here's an example for me. As a physical therapist & athletic trainer, I can tell you without a doubt that the amount of education we receive related to business is minimal. At least mine was. I can't say the short business course we had as part of one semester prepared me to go out into the world and start my own practice. Chiropractic does this VERY well, and it shows in the public sector. DPT programs focus on building good clinicians, clinicians who are prepared to go work for someone else and keeps the machine running, same as it ever was -- and that opens a door to a tangent for anther time!
So what do you do? You seek out people who have done what you are doing and have been successful. You find people with the expertise in that specific area and leverage their knowledge instead of trying to learn it all yourself. This can be a dangerous place, as I have found myself in that position more than once.
Lesson #2: Don't reinvent the wheel. The experience of others can be a valuable resource. Find yourself a good mentor. Find yourself a good coach. This is where the magic will happen.
3. Novice to Expert
The concept of Novice to Expert was something I was exposed to many years ago by one of my former mentors. While I am sure there are a few different models by now, what we were teaching was the Dryfus & Dryus model. I won't go into all the details of their model and the various stages of progression, but what still resonates with me is the idea that:
a) You do progress through the various stages. Eventually with time, experience, and accumulation of knowledge, you become the expert.
b) You don't start as an expert. Generally speaking, any time you start a new activity or task, you are once again in the seat of the Novice. For some, this is learning another language, or learning a 3rd after becoming fluent in a 2nd. For others it is a recreational skill like learning to crochet or dance. For me currently, it is submission wrestling -- and oh am I definitely the novice!
Lesson #3: You will always go back to Novice when learning something new, and that's normal. With more EXPERIENCE, you will move through the ranks to become the Expert. And once you do become the Expert in something -- OWN IT! Don't forget what you have done, the knowledge and experiences that you have acquired.
Experience a concept & topic we could go on and on about. So to keep this short, here are a few thoughts to leave you with:
Experience is by far the greatest teacher. We should all seek out new experiences on a regular basis. We should foster a sense if curiosity and a spirit of seeking new experiences in our children. We should aim to use our finances to acquire experiences over material things - the value of the experiences will always trump that of the 'thing.' Experience is what moves you through the ranks to expert. In medicine, I'm not looking for the surgeon who's doing whatever procedure my family member needs for the first time since finishing Residency. Similarly, I am not looking to rehab with the new-grad DPT or train with the 'newly certified this weekend' trainer. I'm sure I'll catch hell of that last bit, but that's just me being honest. I am grateful to all of the 'Firsts' in my career -- the first patients, the first Pilates clients, the first Athletes...everyone has to start somewhere -- and now you refer back to #2 & #3 to see how that happens!
~ K. Bosch
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, NV
Are You Positioned to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet?
At first glance, there are some blatantly obvious high points: Return trip to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Road trip to Pasadena for the Martial Arts Performance Coach Mentor Weekend. Dry Needling education through AAMT. Trip to Ft Lauderdale to work the IJF Jr World Championships. And of course, the most obvious would be the Opening of Athletes Physiotherapy, LLC also referred to as "finally finding myself and having the wherewithal (aka balls) to step out on my own and stand for what I believe in both professionally & personally." These are all events that stand out pretty clearly in my mind.
What reflection tends to reveal are all the not so obvious things, the stuff that doesn't involve physical therapy or sports performance directly: There were some dark periods during this year. I recognize this as normal, and usually precedes a breakthrough or advancement. Nevertheless, I can see now where those spots were. Mindset is EVERYTHING. Work ethic is just as much EVERYTHING. If you ask me today what does one need to be successful in any endeavor, I am going to say Mindset & Work Ethic. These are easily topics that can run of on tangent, so all I will say is nothing happens without the Mindset you are going to do it and be 1000% successful at it. Likewise, nothing happens without action, and this is where the Work Ethic comes in.
Other NSOT's (Not-So-Obvious Things): Seeing the growth in intelligence, social skills, and physical prowess of my kids over a year --- My what a difference a year makes, we need to slow this progression of time a bit! Identifying without question what you are passionate about. Realizing that YOU ARE ENOUGH. Recognizing that it takes a village, and this holds just as true in business as it does in raising kids. I am very grateful for the family and friends who help with my girls. I am similarly grateful for the professional colleagues that I have gotten to know and learn from this year and across my career thus far. Some I have met and gotten to exchange ideas with and seek advice from. Some are educating me from afar via your blogs, Facebook posts, & videos. I'm not a huge fan of the name drop, but hopefully some of you read this and recognize the role you've played. Also, I don't want the ones on my list for 2015 to see me coming! (Though, I doubt that it's really possible to sneak up on Mark Cheng...#StraightUpNinja). Realizing that, in as much as there are those who have been doing it longer and may have greater knowledge in certain areas, JUST DO YOU! I've said this previously, but the most freeing place to arrive is that point at which you say "F-it. I don't care how everyone else is doing it. This is how I'm doing it." As I learn and grown, as I come across others with a better way of doing it and a solid rationale as to why, then the 'how I'm doing it' will change, and it should. Be Teachable.
So that's my year in a nutshell. Lots of good stuff in 2014, and lots of good stuff will be taking place in 2015. Looking forward to Sue Falsone coming to Las Vegas to teach Systemic Dry Needling for Sports Performance - Register here if you haven't people! Looking forward to continuing the conversations that have been happening behind the scenes the past few months. Excited to be able to continue to extend our reach into the athlete & dance community here in Las Vegas to provide our clients with the tools they need to perform at their best, minimize their rate of injury, and minimize time lost if an injury should occur.
So as we move into 2015 I am curious to know, what are your goals? What are you looking to achieve in this new year? Have you even given it thought - that's a start. Have you written them out -- now you're serious about achieving them. Have you identified steps necessary to get there -- now you're on fire!
I'd love to hear from you all, feel free to leave your 2015 goals as a Comment below. If you have personal goals related to getting over an injury, getting out of pain, improving your performance, or reaching the top of your sport get in touch with me and let's work together to achieve your goals for the new year!
In anything you do, be sure you are able to have fun and be happy. I came across this short podcast recently and the message really hit home. Perhaps it' because I am close to 46 than 26. Or, perhaps it's just a sound reminder to not get caught up in the mundane, don't stick with 'playing it safe.'
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Wishing you Safe & Happy New Year!
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, NV
Doctor of Physical Therapy / Certified Athletic Trainer / Fellowship Trained Manual Therapist / Pilates Teacher / Movement Coach
Change Is Good. Dogma Sucks. Embrace The Journey.
As we move into the Holidays and start looking ahead to the new year which is fast approaching, I have had a few thoughts and realizations this weekend:
1. Change is Good. It can also be painful, it can evoke fear and make you extremely uncomfortable at times, but I believe these are all good things. Getting out of your comfort zone is where real growth happens.
2014 has been filled with lots of changes and some really great experiences. The year started off with getting the nod to return to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO for the Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Tournament, where I have the privilege of working along side some fantastic professionals treating some of the best athletes in the world. Equally as exciting was the opportunity to get down to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in October to work the 2014 IJF Junior World Championships with USA Judo. This was a great tournament, and an awesome glimpse into the younger athletes who are the 'up and comings' in the sport of Judo.
The biggest and most obvious event of this year would be the opening of Athletes Physiotherapy here in Las Vegas, NV. Even as these last weeks finish out the year, new opportunities are presenting themselves. I am excited for 2015, and all that it has in store. Looking back on where my professional education has taken me this year, I can clearly see the direction I am headed. Studies in Dry Needling, Rehabilitation & Training related to Athletes and Dancers, various aspects of High Performance & Athlete Management, and a big realization that what applies to our athletes also applies to our patients in the general population -- perhaps just on a different scale, which brings me to my next point:
2. Dogma Sucks. It is always interesting to watch the infighting within & between professions. Often these conflicts are fear driven and based more on egos being bruised than on someone's professional or livelihood actually being threatened. I am fortunate to be able to collaborate with professionals in various disciplines within healthcare, and it is always a great experience when we can work along side one another and learn from each other at the same time. I have been a proponent of not "doing it because that's the way it's always been done." I absolutely love the question Mike Boyle poses in his work -- What if the way we have always been doing it has always been wrong? It's time to embrace and integrate what works clinically and back it up with science and the best available literature whenever possible. BUT - you must think for yourself.
It is a very liberating moment when you come to the realization that how everyone else does it really doesn't matter. How everyone else has been doing it is not my concern. Sure, there are certain constructs and things that just make sense and are proven over and over as effective, so why would we argue with that? I remember a day about 2 or 3 years ago being in clinic with a colleague and saying "You know, I really don't care how other physical therapists, chiropractors, etc are doing it. I don't have to answer to them. How did their way become the benchmark we have to strive to replicate and follow?" You need to think for yourself. First you need to decide what it is you believe. How is it you practice and why is it you choose to do what you do the way you do it. This leads to my last thought:
3. Embrace the Journey. Expose yourself to various philosophies, treatment approaches, and see what resonates with you. It becomes much easier to add tools to your toolbox if you know what your core beliefs and values are. Then study them and hone your skills in their application so you can use them to the best of your ability and in the manner in which they are supposed to be utilized. This is an ongoing process, and as you forge your own ideas and treatment style you will realized that you as a clinician will evolve over time.
One of the most frustrating things I have encountered is the notion that everything has to fit together. They don't. Sometimes philosophies or techniques do not fit together because they were not designed to fit together. And sometimes you get lucky and they do. Instead of trying to fit all of the various approaches together into one big hybrid that you shot gun every patient with, work on getting better at evaluating your patients, getting a clearer picture of what they need, and what the best approach will be to achieving the goals you are setting out to achieve.
What you also start to see is that people are not as different as you once thought. Then it becomes a matter of looking at the right variables, and intervening in the correct places at the correct times to get the ideal outcomes. Looking forward to exploring this more in the coming months!
Here's to a great end to your December, finish strong my friends!
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, NV
Athletes Physiotherapy is a physical therapy clinic located in Henderson, NV focusing on High Performance Physical Therapy with emphasis on Sports, Dance, and Orthopedic Physical Therapy. We provide an alternative solution to the traditional high -volume physical therapy clinic and focus on complete athlete management including rehabilitation, recovery, event preparation, and performance enhancement. Athletes Physiotherapy is located inside Van Hook Sports Performance.
Happy Thanksgiving !
This was going to be a short Facebook post...but who are we kidding, I'm sure it will be too long for that. Hopefully sharing this blog post on my Facebook page will allow it to still be seen by 'my people!'Definitely less clinical, and more personal, hence my choice to kick it off with the New World Punx rather than a picture of a turkey, a Pilgrim, or turducken (what's a turducken? Google it, then eat one, then thank me!) Those who know me well know this really is the perfect backdrop for a nostalgic Happy Thanksgiving post!Music moves my soul. It always has, doesn't matter what it is. Well, unless it's country, that moves me -- but usually to a different channel. #SorryNotSorry I'm not going to lie, Thanksgiving really snuck up on me this year. Lots going on, lots of changes made and being made, sometimes you get lost in the day to day hustle. Today the music was on point, and with some events that have transpired over this past week, it provided a good day think, plan, & reflect.
So the music -- was driving today and heard a set by these two, Ferry Corsten & Markus Schultz, now collaborating under the @NewWorldPunx pseudonym. I saw these guys play a decade ago, in Miami, while on my residency, end of Grad School. Club Space. By myself. But holy crap what a good time. What gets me really going, is they're dropping a lot of great old trance track from that time frame in their sets.
Sure, many of you probably are all out of craps to give about electronic music, or what their playing, and that's cool. The point is it brings back so many great memories from college & grad school, much like hearing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana, or anything by Rage Against The Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, or Counting Crows brings back all the high school days. 'Sound of Silence' by the Beetles, Chicago, Carly Simon, Jim Croche, Hughy Lewis & The News, and tons more from the 60's, 70's, & 80's will all bring back my early childhood years.
Each of these genres have there place. 60's & 70's remind me of the kitchen in the house I grew up in, as the radio under the cupboard was always on in the morning. Or of my brother & I when we would go out on the weekends "helping" our dad (which largely consisted of getting in the way, painting, or demolition....demo was the best, what kid didn't like crushing it with a hammer!). 90's remind me of high school. Things like midnight hockey, weight training at 5am, hanging with friends in what can be best summed up as Shenanigans. Late 90's rounds out college, that was a busy time -- classes, practice/games/travel as a student athletic trainer, work, and some minor social life. Electronic music rounds out the grad school experience. Things like Labor day weekend trips to Toronto, lots of library time, weekend 'get togethers', and a 'no afternoon classes, 2 Martini lunch' that somehow lasted well into the evening. We had a great class.
So as you see, I can mark time by the music.
As friends from PT school will tell you -- I was the kid in the library reading, studying, and going through my notes with ear buds in place and my laptop functioning more as a CD player for the likes of Paul Van Dyke, Ferry Corsten, BT, Deep Dish, Sasha & Digweed..."How can you study with that crap" a classmate asked one day. I don't know, it always seems to help me keep focus. Still does. That is why hearing these guys today, along with the reflective nature of Thanksgiving and the start of the Holiday season, opened up my memory vaults.
So now we've made it to the 'Things I am Thankful For' portion of our program:
Well, now you've heard some of what I am thankful for and leaned a bit about my musically motivated brain, here's wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you Thankful for?
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, Nevada
You will find my blog posts covering a wide variety of topics, physical therapy & rehabilitation, athletic training & sports performance, mindset, research reviews, and sometimes just my own opinion about things that have been rattling around in my head.
This is one such post -- and it is literally just my 2 Cents.
So the topic: I was talking with someone recently about the idea of peoples Facebook persona, as the complaint was made that:
"Some people just aren't real. Their posts are always so happy and positive, and everything is always wonderful. It's such crap. Why can't they just be REAL. Be who they are all the time, all of the time - including on Facebook."
Yes, I agree with you if you are already thinking - dude, who cares about Facebook or what people are posting, I got stuff to do!
You see, that was my initial thought also. But then I got to thinking more about it, about what I personally post. My page appears exactly like the one she's criticizing, which then make me wonder if the concern was just projection of her own insecurity with life and how she feels, or does she have a point? I would say it's a toss up. HOWEVER, what gives her, or I, or you the right to judge what someone should or shouldn't portray anywhere, including Facebook? Who gets to decide what is "REAL". I would argue the person posting it, that's who.
Maybe, like myself, the person she was criticizing didn't necessarily have a perfect life but instead consciously chose to be happy. Perhaps the choice was made to not post negativity out of the idea that you reap what you sow? After all, it's not the events in life that are the issue or the choice in the equation, it is simply our response to them and how we chose to act, interpret, and accept them. I have no time for negativity, and choose to positively impact the world around me, and to surround myself with others who do the same.
Then it got me thinking of our young generation, and the concept of "Trying." So many people we come into contact these days - patients, friends, family members, pure strangers - convey this idea of "Trying" something as being good enough. Our physical therapy patient tried to do their exercises - and did them only once in the past week. They tried to get a job - because the sent two resumes out. They tried to get their kids to behave - but it was just too difficult to not give in to what the child wanted. They showed up for their little league games - so give everyone a participation trophy.
Perhaps by giving so much merit to "Trying" we are setting a blockade on ourselves that will only take you to the door, and not through it.
No one gets promoted in a job simply because the show up. Nor do they get points for Trying. I often wonder how big a change our future generations could make if we took more initiative to push our children to have successes and set higher goals for themselves rather then perpetuating the "just Try" cycle.
So the question then becomes many: Where are we only "Trying" in our own lives. How can we set ourselves up for successes, for getting through the door and not just to it. Maybe instead of just knocking and saying "Well, I tried." perhaps we should kick the damn thing in! How are we portraying this idea of goals and achievements to our children. Are they going to get a participation trophy in life?
Love to hear your thoughts and comments, as these were just a few things knocking around my brain the past few days!
- K. Bosch
Athletes Physiotherapy - Las Vegas, NV
If you or someone you know is an athlete looking to rehab an injury or just simply perform better, or someone who has an orthopedic issue and is continually dealing with pain, pass our information along to them. Athletes Physiotherapy would love the opportunity to help get them back to there full potential!
Your Excuse is STILL Invalid....
"I'm too Old."
"I'm too busy."
"I'm too fat, skinny, broke, inflexibly, weak, over-committed, under-prepared"...blah, blah, blah.
If you don't know how or where to begin, seek out a professional who can help you. We love that stuff! Call a physical therapist and ask your questions - YES, you probably will be asked to have an actual visit, but that's just us being responsible clinicians before giving blind advice!
Point is...what most people are "too" is "full of excuses." Period.
It's never too late to make change. It's a simple formula of 1 decision plus some effort. It's really that simple.
When did exercise become this nebulous thing that only the young, vain, or athletic did. When did we forget that this is requisite for a full life, one where you can do what you love, take care of your family, and deal with whatever is thrown at you. How about we train for Life. Train to go up and down your stairs. Train to chase your kids or grand-kids around the park. Train to be able to lift that full laundry basket. Train to keep your mind sharp, your body tuned, and your abilities about you.
I don't know what life will throw at me in the hours, days, or years to come. What I do know, is I've made a dedication to get strong. To be strong. To stay strong. I heard it said once by someone in the health & rehabilitation field that all you needed to do was get strong. I space on who it came from (though it sounds like something Pavel might say!), but I first thought "My, that is very over-simplistic and a bit harsh."
Then I opened my eyes and took a look at the reality around me. The patients & staff in clinic. At Walmart. At the grocery store. And it sank in - strength, true strength, is what is lacking in most of our culture. We don't respect it. We certainly don't foster it in our children.
This is the harsh reality, but also the very freeing gift of time & choice -- all you need to do is get strong. Do it smart. Seek help from a professional who gets what that means and can scale it for you. But get Strong. It will be the best investment in yourself you can make.
If you have questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 702-907-5107, and we can start this journey together. As they say, every journey starts with a single step....
Dr. Kristopher Bosch
Doctor of Physical Therapy @ Athletes Physiotherapy, LLC
Thank you for stopping by the Athletes Physiotherapy Blog! Kristopher Bosch founded Athletes Physiotherapy in Las Vegas, NV. He is a Father, physical therapist, athletic trainer, pilates teacher, & perpetual student!
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