The Present Leg of The Journey - Opportunities, Experiences, & General Questions/Reflections:
My how time seems to get away from me on occasion! It's been a while since I've written or posted anything to this blog, a realization that hit me full on today. The last couple of months have been educational, inspiring, and generally thought provoking. This one's more on a personal note, and a bit of where my head is at:
Travel Abroad - Off to the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam with USA Judo
October ended with a trip overseas to Abu Dhabi, UAE with USA Judo for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. Traveling for an international competition was a great experience, and hopefully there will be more to come in the future. Very proud of our athletes, and this is an exciting time for all of our Olympic-hopefuls.
Sports Medicine & the Military
I have recently begun working with a population that can only be described as professional sports for the military. I can say that even in this short amount of time, this is probably the most rewarding opportunity I have experienced in my career to this point. It has shortened my schedule in clinic, but it definitely fits with my ideal population, and my 'Why.'
Every day I learn something new and have to think of a way to address a new or unique problem that I wouldn't come across anywhere else. It definitely forces me to think outside the box, blends all of the arenas I have been studying - athletic training, physical therapy, strength & conditioning - and allows for some great interaction with other professionals on our team.
These individuals play in a game where the stakes are far greater than any Super Bowl or World Series, and it's rewarding on some many levels. The most profound thought for me has been the realization that the return is almost exponential: every one of them we help to perform, will result in them being able to help numerous others during their course of time in their career field. At the end of the day, your politics, beliefs, and opinions really don't hold any water. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to these individuals whether we are willing to acknowledge it or not. I suppose the other side of this all is that when you are surrounded by individuals who strive to constantly be the best and do their best, the need & desire to raise your game becomes infectious. It's fantastic to know that regardless of the circumstances each day may bring, you love your work and you know it's what you have answered a calling. (Not 'THE' calling, as I don't believe we have just one.)
Older & Wiser
Some may know that I tore my MCL a few months back grappling. While there was initial frustration at getting injured and having to put grappling on hold for a while, I have come to realize it was necessary and I see the positive side. It made me get into the driver's seat as a patient, it made me apply and experience the process of going from injury, to rehab, to transitioning back into strength & conditioning. My goals currently are to get back to skiing this winter, and to get back on the mat and continue learning grappling & judo.
It also got me thinking, and I'm not sure if there are any answers to the questions, but I began to wonder:
While I am still not willing to play the 'Age Card' that so many seem willing to throw for me, I do recognize that as I creep toward 40 I definitely require a different approach to training & recovery than I did at 20. Does that mean it isn't doable or that you can't train hard? Of course not. But it does reinforce the concept of 'Train Smarter, not just Harder.' I don't care much about my weight or what the scale says. I do care what my absolute power and conditioning are, however. Rest & Recovery have proven to be way more important than we like to admit.
And so continues to journey. The quest to get stronger, endure longer, and continue learning and growing both professionally and personally. Food for thought as we head into the Holidays and start thinking about and plotting our goals for the New Year!
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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