The Monday Memo
November 26, 2012 PITT DPT STUDENTS
A few weeks ago in musculoskeletal lecture, we spent some time learning to analyze gait. We watched our classmates walk around in their (typically unmatched) socks evaluating pelvic, knee, ankle, and foot motion. Everything seemed pretty normal for our group. A discussion about poor gait kinematics was spurred as a result of this activity with consideration placed on marathon runners – especially marathon runners at miles 23, 24, and 25.
Having run two marathons now, and not being an extreme athlete by any means, the concept of poor running form during those miles is far from a foreign concept. Your quadriceps aren’t listening to your insistence to move forward, calf muscles stay perpetually cramped…even your shoulders are tired. If you are a spectator to these final miles, you are witness to the intense physical strain that is occurring in each individual racer’s body.
However, equally observable at this point in the race is the mental stamina of the runner. Since all notions of the appearance of grandeur have slipped away during earlier miles, the mental pep talks occurring are visible on each person’s face. You can see every instruction to move the quads forward, urging the calves to keep pushing off the ground, insisting that “forward is still a pace”.
At the point of greatest exhaustion those racers continue to move forward, although without much grace, because the goal is within sight. They have trained for weeks and months to cross the finish line, and their fixed determination will be the driving force to get them there.
As physical therapy students, we have also been training for weeks and months, and our goal is within our sights. Finals begin next week, and our physical and mental compensations are taking over. We began the semester color-coding or highlighting while reading an article, and now are lucky to read the abstract. Yet, I encourage you to get out those multi-colored markers again. These last three weeks will be challenging, without a doubt. But, I have been witness to the mental stamina of our classmates. I am confident we can cross this hypothetical finish line strong!
So, even though your compensations may feel like this…
the soundtrack I would prefer you play is…
because we are not average. We will be the best therapist within our ability. And, maybe we will be lucky enough to have the opportunity to treat real athletes, like these…
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Mark Your Calendars!
(Students – also check the Calendar) Please keep checking this calendar for upcoming deadlines, syllabus changes and events!
- Friday, Nov. 30 – Neuromuscular II – HW #5 Due!
- Monday, Dec. 3– RSVP Deadline for 2nd Annual Formal
- Preview Pitt PT – Saturday February 9th in Forbes Tower. We will be looking for volunteers to professionally represent our school as we welcome the accepted applicants on their chance to see what we’re all about!