NFL Star Safety to Physical Therapist?

“What do you enjoy about being a physical therapist?”

This question was brought up by my mentor and colleague Greg Todd a few days ago. It’s a question I’ve been asked numerous times and I didn’t even have to think twice about my answer: Helping PEOPLE get back to doing what they love to do and helping them see their possibilities! It’s all about the PEOPLE! Physical therapy is something I am passionate about – and not because of the title or because of the monetary benefits – but because I truly care about helping people. I like to think of it as a “calling” rather than just my “job”.

Recently, I came across an article on social media about NFL starting safety David Bruton of the Denver Broncos. After retiring from the NFL, Bruton had decided to get into the field of physical therapy. Why? Because “there’s a rewarding factor to getting somebody back to work, getting somebody back to doing what they never thought they could do again”.

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There’s no better feeling than seeing a patient who was unable to work because of severe low back pain return to work to support their family or a patient who was a track star return to sprinting after injuring their hamstring or seeing someone with a spinal cord injury take their first steps again. It’s REWARDING and that beats any type of monetary gain.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Remember, love what you do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life!


Dr. Jomar Farrales, PT, DPT




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