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.
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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