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12 Things You MUST Know Before Applying to PT School

Are you or a friend thinking about applying to Physical Therapy school?  If you’re not, you probably know someone who is.  The process is relatively straightforward, but can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared.  Becoming a PT is hard work and takes years of dedication, but the end result is worth it.  Here are some helpful points of advice for the aspiring young PT:Focus on your grades. Duh! While this may seem like a no-brainer, some students simply don’t realize how high your GPA needs to be until it’s too late. While you may find a few people who get accepted with a 3.2 or 3.5, it’s not the norm. Every school has different requirements, but if you want to stand out from the crowd, put the work in and do everything you can to get an A.  In EVERY class. Having a 3.8 to 4.0 GPA is a definite advantage when applying. A high GRE score is also a likely requirement.It takes a while. Physical Therapy schools are now almost universally doctoral level programs. This means you will need… Read more
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Want Better Performance? Quit Stretching!

You know that pick-up basketball game you play every other month?  Before stepping onto the court to dominate the other 40-somethings with beer bellies, you do your usual 90-second stretching routine.  You sit down, spread your legs and, of course, keep your knees straight!  Gotta stretch those hamstrings, after all.  A few arm circles, 3 jumps in the air, and the proverbial calf stretch, and you are ready to go all Lebron James on your over-worked accountant friends. WRONG! Much of what the sporting world has long believed to be beneficial about proper stretching techniques may actually have the opposite effect.  You should never stretch cold muscles. Especially before an athletic competition!  But what about simple static stretches?  You know – the kind where you hold the stretch before a workout or competition?  Nope.  These actually decrease your strength, power, and performance! I can’t tell you how many times we went straight into stretching before football practice in high school.  Sports science has come a long way since then.  Always warm up first.  Always.  You DO need to stretch, but… Read more
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Medical Disclaimer: Dr Troy Hounshell is not a physician. He is a Doctor. Sort of. A Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy. And crusher of mediocrity. Nothing within this website should be construed as medical advice.