Sophomore Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) has been instrumental in the successes of the Keuka College men’s volleyball team.
In 2013, Keuka’s first year with a team, Makin, an outside hitter, earned second-team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) honors as the Storm captured the NEAC postseason championship.
As a talented student-athlete, Makin relies on athletic trainer Jeff Bray and assistant athletic trainer Gabrielle Lorusso to keep him healthy and on the court, despite the assorted nicks and bruises that occur during the volleyball season.
During the January Field Period™, Makin landed a joint Field Period™ with Rebound Health Center in Lethbridge, Alberta and Ocean Physical Therapy in San Clemente, Calif.
His appreciation for physical therapy started before Makin arrived on campus. When he was 17, Makin tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and had reconstructive surgery before enduring a grueling, six-month rehabilitation.
Recognizing the important role physical therapists play in not only athletics, but in day-to-day life, Makin, a biology major, decided he wanted to become a physical therapist once he graduates from Keuka.
His latest Field Period™ only reaffirmed his passion for physical therapy.“I chose physical therapy as a career path due to the amount of rehabilitation that I had to go after tearing my ACL, and the results that can be gained when physical therapy is properly utilized,” said Makin, who lists working as a physical therapist for a professional sports team as his dream job.
“My physical therapy was long, but each time I went, I saw improvement. What I enjoy most about physical therapy is the improvement that patients see if they are properly motivated.”
While on his joint Field Period™, Makin observed the different treatments administered to the patients while setting up the assorted treatment machines, administering ultrasound treatments and providing ice and heat packs for patients.
Makin also spent time studying the business side of physical therapy, and said working for both a Canadian physiotherapist and an American physical therapist allowed him a broader understanding of how the skill is practiced differently in Canada than it is in the United States.
“This Field Period helped to affirm my passion for physical therapy,” said Makin, who added the main differences came down to techniques for certain treatments.
“Not all patients are properly motivated to get better, but there are many who are. To be a good physical therapist, you must be patient, understanding and a problem solver. You need to know what you are doing when assessing and treating a patient.”