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Meet Eric C

Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?

As early as I can remember, I have always been captivated by the incredible resiliency of the human body. I knew I wanted to enter the healthcare profession and the realm of human performance, but struggled with a decision on how I fit the picture. After graduating UMass Lowell with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, I landed at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC) as a strength and conditioning coach working with both the general population and athletes alike. Although my primary role was in the realm of physical performance and capacity development, I couldn’t help but notice the constant flow of patients/clients walk in and out of our in-house Physical Therapy office (Pallof PT). After standing from afar, enamored by the intricacies of rehabilitation, I began to question the process that precedes strength and conditioning. I was burning with a desire to understand the continuum that bridges rehab and performance. Shortly after, I was blessed with the opportunity to observe comprehensive evaluations at Pallof PT and collaborate alongside PT through the implementation of strength training. Partaking in the blending of physical therapy and strength coaching undoubtedly solidified my desire to enter the physical therapy profession. Although my journey to understanding the rehab-performance continuum is just beginning, I believe R2P’s mission to equip and empower individuals with the tools to achieve individual performance is a great platform to continue my learning and development as a future physical therapist.

What is your background?

               Born and raised in Hingham, MA, I graduated from UMass Lowell with my B.S. in Exercise Physiology and began working as a strength coach at MBSC. After an incredible 2 years at MBSC, I traveled north to continue my education as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Vermont. In my spare time, I enjoy competing in local soccer and basketball leagues, cooking authentic Chinese cuisine, trying out new strength training programs, along with kicking back with a nice book (suggestions are encouraged). I’m also a Boston sports fanatic (surprise surprise) so if you ever want to talk sports, I’m your guy. I’m new to the area so if you have any recommendations on must do activities in D.C., I would love to hear them!

What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?

               Having played soccer for the majority of my life spanning the youth and collegiate level, I’ve experienced a multitude of musculoskeletal injuries. I can empathize with those who are battling through the rehab process, eager to return to the playing field. While that process may be difficult, the challenges we face in times of strife are what keep us humble and grateful for the opportunity to play the game we love. Whether you’re an athlete looking to making it back on the field or a weekend warrior tackling the next challenge, I believe my personal experiences with injury and strength and conditioning will help guide the rehab process and blend rehab and performance.

What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

               My time working within a systematic model as a strength coach was critical to the development of my decision-making skills allowing me to flourish. The ability to assess, implement, and lateralize when necessary helped me understand the importance of having a blueprint model. Instead of blindly guessing at what might be an appropriate modification in response to the unexpected, I was able to effectively and efficiently adapt to the barriers my clients faced by providing a multitude of options. Although the realm of physical therapy may not be as clear cut, I’m looking forward to learning and implementing R2P’s blueprint model of care that will provide me structure to reflect on and refine my clinical practice.

What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?

               Youth sports specialization and the development of overuse injuries is currently a crisis that is underdiscussed. While the youth sports industry is currently worth $15 billion, a recent study cited that health care expenditures related to youth sports costs roughly $2 billion and is growing. With early sports specialization becoming more and more common, I want to be a part of the solution that keeps kids on the playing field. By connecting with local youth sports organizations to educate athletes, parents, and coaches, I hope to be a resource that combats early specialization and advocates for the health of youth athletes. If you’re interested on learning more about the current situation, here are some recently published articles…

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6350152/

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27125793/these-kids-ticking-bombs-threat-youth-basketball

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27148543/under-knife-exposing-america-youth-basketball-crisis