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meet Kyle, DPT Student - Howard

spt, dpt, physical therapyWhy did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?

I first became interested in physical therapy after having a plethora of injuries myself during my athletic career and spending countless hours doing rehab. Often times playing through pain, I began to increase my interest in working with other people to help them prevent injuries and reduce pain in their everyday life and athletic experiences.

What is your background?

I am currently a third year DPT student at Howard University in Washington D.C. I grew up in Laurel, MD and attended Salisbury University where I graduated with a B.S in Exercise Science. During my time there I played both football and baseball giving me the opportunity to actively participate in a variety of sport specific training programs.

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

I entered this field so that I could help other people in preventing and managing their pain as I have had to do for most of my athletic career. Specifically, I would like to work with people of all ages who share my interest in sports and performing at the highest level as well as those remaining active beyond an athletic career. I believe that preventative measures are key in reducing the development of injuries/comorbidities as well as improving physical development and performance.

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

I am excited about having the opportunity to learn and gain experience from the staff in order to advance my career. In addition, I am looking forward to working with other athletes and patients that have shared experiences or future aspirations similar to what mine have been.

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

Throughout my DPT experience I have been volunteering at my high school during sporting events in order to both help out with anything I can and to also observe them and how they work with athletes. I am fortunate enough to have gone to a school with a tremendous athletic training and strength and conditioning program with additional support of sports physicians who also evaluate student athletes on site. Wherever I end up, I plan to support local athletes in any way that I can.