A Career Changing 60 Minutes
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My appreciation for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) started in 2010 at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in San Diego. I was a second-year physical therapy student, feeling the energy in the air.
On the last day of the conference, I wandered around the exhibit hall and came across the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT) booth.
With a passion for soccer and a long history of playing as well as a drive to work in sports physical therapy, I stopped at the booth for what ended up being an hour.
In that time I talked to 3 people specifically: Joe Black, Skip Hunter, and Danny Smith.
We didn't even talk about sports or physical therapy, but I felt like I'd known them forever in the way they included me in their conversation.
That afternoon I learned how important they are in AASPT. I realized that if 3 people of that experience and importance had the time for me, a second-year student, there was something more here.
That small—some would say minor—experience drove home the point about how much our profession is more than just physical therapy, it's about the physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students who make up our profession.
That one instance made me realize that if I was to grow as much as I wanted, learn as much as I could, and get the most out of my career, that being a part of and involved in APTA was essential.
Amy Arundale, PT, DPT, PhD, graduated with a degree in physical therapy from Duke University and earned a PhD from the University of Delaware. She has been involved in APTA and AASPT, including serving as chair of AASPT's membership committee, director of APTA's Student Assembly, and as a member of APTA's Leadership Development Committee. Arundale is currently a physical therapist and biomechanist for NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets, and as a postdoctoral researcher under David Putrino at Mount Sinai Health System. While she still plays some soccer, she plays Australian Rules Football for both the New York club and US National Team. You can connect with her on Twitter at @soccerPT11.
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