Physical therapy is a “helping” profession. That was ever clearer to me today. I’d prepared 5 hours for today’s presentation. You see, it had to be done just right. Why? Because the 30 people from Missoula County Schools attending my seminar help the lives of a special population of people, special needs children.
Lifting stuff is hard work. When you add the dynamics of lifting special needs kids, the risks shoot sky high for back pain at work. That’s why it had to be just right.
Having prepped well, I was excited and ready to go. Nervous? A little, especially because the Montana School Board Association had earlier planned to video tape my 1.5 hour presentation. No. I wasn’t really nervous. I was simply jacked to be able to share the knowledge I’ve gleaned as a PT over 20 years, especially the time I’ve focused on helping employers and workers enjoy greater safety, particularly back safety.
I barely made it on time, thanks to steady falling snow and horribly slow traffic on Reserve today. Yet I got there on time. Participants at first didn’t seem all that excited to “have to” sit through “another” safety program. Yet the information was fresh, and people sensed it. Resultantly, they got into it.
When I got to the point about lifelong fitness, they were equally attentive, especially when I shared efficient and effective ways for them to optimize fitness using new scientific models that incorporate high intensity interval training, along with full-body, functional exercise.
It was a pleasure meeting with this fine group of people, people who work so hard to help others. In doing so, their backs are unquestionably at greater risk. I’m optimistic, however, that some of the things I presented today will aid these caring individuals in reducing their risks of back pain at work.