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I was influenced to be a physical therapist assistant by being a patient I went through physical therapy for a sports injury therefore they treated me to strength my arm and get it back to normal The opportunity to see and experience what a physical therapist assistant does helped influence me to want to do this as a life time career I want the opportunity to help people the way the physical therapist assistant helped me Just the fact knowing and seeing someone to progress better with their physical injury would give me satisfaction because I know Im bettering their lifeThe first day I visited the physical therapist assistant for my sports injury was very interesting He asked me what exactly happened to my arm and I explained that I keep throwing it out in softball By telling him that and him feeling my arm he knew what was wrong with it and he started me on ultra sound treatments and did massaging Furthermore I started doing exercises to strength my arm to where I wont throw my arm out anymore I went to him till my arm was completely stable and able to throw a softball without throwing my arm out That experience of seeing him wanting to see me get better and to help me get my arm back to normal was great It inspired me to want to do the same for someone else Therefore by experiencing some of the things a physical therapist does I started doing volunteering hours the end of my senior year of high school I planned to apply for the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Washington State Community College after I graduated high school so I started my volunteering hours at an outpatient facility first When I went there for volunteering hours it gave me an overall out look at what they do I got to interact with the patients and got to experience the work
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