Personal Statement: Sports Medicine

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Ever since I was in third grade, I have always aspired to be a doctor. Even though I was young and did not yet understand the many different branches that appeared under the title of being a doctor, I knew that I wanted to grow up and help others in this way. When the time came to take the Interest Profiler test towards what career would best fit my personality, a long list of medical professions came up, many of which I had never heard of before. At the top of the list stood the occupation of being a sports medicine physician, and I instantly knew that this job was meant for me. Upon researching sports medicine further, my mother gave me the contact information of the sports physician who performed the sports evaluations at Campolindo and …show more content…
After seven years of focusing on getting his clinical doctorate, three of which were spent at USC’s medical school, Dendinger completed his college road and began looking for positions with companies to help athletes. I was greatly inspired and intrigued by Dendinger’s journey since I have connected similarities between what I want for my future and what he wanted. The fact that I comparably find extreme importance towards swimming, wish to continue my sport through college, and want to pursue a career in helping athletes, is a reflection of what Don Dendinger went through and tells me that it is possible to manage my time to fit both schedules of being an athlete and a doctor. Not only have I learned that it is possible for a high-level athlete to complete the requirements towards becoming a sports medicine physician, but I have learned that this job is an amazing career path in itself since it would grant me the opportunity to learn about how the sports I love affect my body and life, allow me to become my own boss and open my own business, and give me the chance to help …show more content…
Much like Mr. Dendinger had during his youth, I currently participate in the very time consuming and high-intensity year-round sport of swimming, which adds up to around twenty hours of training a week. By playing volleyball constantly through his high school and college career, Dendinger described that such a high amount of repetitive athletic movement is taxing on the body. He stated that the body can only take a certain amount of unnatural movement before it gives up, which is what happened to his knee that caused him to undergo surgery and muscle rehabilitation. It was this event that drove him to pursue a career in sports medicine so that he could learn about how sports affect the body and what to do to prevent injury from happening. This information impacted me greatly since I put my body through countless hours of physical strain every day. It would be beneficial for me and my future swimming career to learn how to prevent injury caused by sports and how to recover as quickly as possible when injury does occur. Dendinger noticed my appeal in his profession, and told me that this career seemed like a perfect fit for my lifestyle and interests in

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