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My wife and I are both Physical Therapists. We are in the planning phases of starting a practice together. I was wondering if anyone out there was working with handicaped skiers? I was looking for a niche that would get me out on the mountain. ie do what you love.
post #2 of 12
TSquare comes to mind. He has a passion for adaptive sports.
post #3 of 12
Most mountains have an adaptive program that is run through the ski school. T-Square would be the guy to ask about it. Other ski school members around here might be able to tell you how you would be about working through the ski school - as I suspect that would probably be a requirement unless the mountain did not have an adaptive program in place. Do you currently have teaching/instruction experience in addition to your PT training?
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GREG
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Most mountains have an adaptive program that is run through the ski school. T-Square would be the guy to ask about it. Other ski school members around here might be able to tell you how you would be about working through the ski school - as I suspect that would probably be a requirement unless the mountain did not have an adaptive program in place. Do you currently have teaching/instruction experience in addition to your PT training?
Later
GREG
Yes, Snowshoe has an adaptive ski program that I am familiar with. It is a volunteer program. I would like to have something ski related as a business. ie to make some bread. I knead dough. I have been certified as a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist. Which, I hope that I don't offend, but its BS. I could go out and get recertified in everything just to tack some more letters behind my name but whats the point? I have an MS and a PT and that is all I need. I mean heck, some of the most touted and repected people out there have what, a certification in yoga and pilates? I have worked with Olympians and pro athletes, should I get certified as a ski instructor to teach beginners at Snowshoe and Winterplace? They put you with like 40 skiers at once for maybe $8 an hour. I understand movement very well. I'm on a first name basis with an orthotist/prothetist. Who would you rather see, some guy like me or Mr. Pimples?:
post #5 of 12
As a fellow PT,CSCS......I can relate to your situation. You want to help folks & you've got the skills to do so. Problem is that you need to make a living.
I would rec. getting in w/ some Rehab docs & starting small. Providing a good service & word of mouth are the best referral sources.
post #6 of 12
Send Slider a PM.
post #7 of 12
Johnny's Zoo,

Thanks for asking. There are always a bunch of Doctors, PTs, OTs, Nurses, and other people in allied specialties that get involved with adaptive sports. Glad to have another volunteer get involved. Once you get started you will never look back.

Check the Disabled Sports USA website under chapters. You should be able to find an organization near to you that you can talk to.

There is a DS/USA chapter at Silver Creek Ski Area that you can look into. Their website is Challenged Athletes of West Virginia. It looks like they are doing summer and winter sports.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will look into this program. I guess I will have to get instructor certification. Its just 'a thing' with me. Working with disabled skiers is within the scope of a Physical Therapists practice. When I was racing, the guys that got their instructors certification were the ones that got cut off the ski team. Over the years, I've run into quite a few ex-racers and instructors that were used up by resorts and left with nothing. Broke, destitute and drunk. Its one of the things that got me away from the institution of skiing.
post #9 of 12
Definitely check out Wounded Warriors
post #10 of 12
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Thanks, I've read about the Wounded Warriors before. Good idea. I'm feeling more inspired. Not that I'm very religious but I do attend church sometimes. This morning I read a quote: We cannot be rightly related to the Lord if we lack compassion for people. I'm very much for the little guy. It disturbs me that to help the little guys, sometimes you have to go through the corporate big man to do so.
post #11 of 12
I am by no means a New Age type of person, but I do believe in significant coincidences. I recently found a publisher for my fiction piece, Reflections in the Snow. The story is about a physical therapist who loses her father, a former member of the 10th Mountain division, on 9/11. She moves to Breckenridge and opens a PT clinic. Then she meets a woman who was involved with her dad when he trained at Camp Hale. This woman is currently involved with the Wounded Warrior program, and inspires the main character to involve her clinic.

I think the time is right for you!
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I am by no means a New Age type of person, but I do believe in significant coincidences. I recently found a publisher for my fiction piece, Reflections in the Snow. The story is about a physical therapist who loses her father, a former member of the 10th Mountain division, on 9/11. She moves to Breckenridge and opens a PT clinic. Then she meets a woman who was involved with her dad when he trained at Camp Hale. This woman is currently involved with the Wounded Warrior program, and inspires the main character to involve her clinic.

I think the time is right for you!
Hi Lisa, I am absolutley dreading getting office space. Do you know if Medicare has a requirement for ceiling height in a clinic?
Also, where can I get a copy of your new book?
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