So here it is, plain and simple, I've always been fascinated by the human body and I love playing sport. I could see a physiotherapy degree being an obvious path to head into, but I went against what I thought I should do and chose to do something that incorporated everything I've always been fascinated about, and so I chose to do an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports science.
As I progressed through my studies, I found myself more interested in the clinical aspect of the profession than I had originally thought, and throughout my practicum placement I became very attuned to what the profession of an exercise physiologist involves (my current masters degree).
I know what you might be thinking: 'I've never heard of that before…', 'what does an exercise physiologist do?' – well, these same questions ran through my mind.
As an exercise physiologist, I'll be able to help clients to prevent, treat or manage chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries, through exercise therapies and rehabilitation interventions.
What's really awesome about this profession is that I'll be able to work with a wide variety of clients- ranging from ones that are struggling with obesity and/or type 2 diabetes, and people with musculoskeletal conditions (osteoarthritis and fractures), to people struggling with mental health and people who have cardiovascular problems (hypertension, heart failure, etc).
Although it's a profession that's still growing in recognition, I've absolutely fallen in love with it, not only because I'll get to go through the recovery process with the client, but also because I get to educate my clients on how they can make their life's just that little bit better and easier whilst living with their condition.
I hope that by the end of my masters I can achieve all of this, and maybe just that little bit more, by having the resources to provide solutions, when sometimes all we can see are obstacles to conditions we may be living with.