What prompted my reflection was my involvement with the Para PanAmerican Games, hosted in Toronto. I was working with Wheelchair rugby, and I was forced to realize the very real barriers to success that these athletes faced on a day-to-day basis.
Real barriers, such as loss of limb, spinal cord injury, or genetic conditions affecting the ability to use the extremities. Some of these athletes from other countries also faced extreme barriers to adequate healthcare, barriers to financial assistance, and most heart-breaking, barriers to meaningful employment.
The whole experience shifted my perspective and brought the barriers that I had placed on myself into focus. When I reflect upon my barriers they include things like a lack of motivation, or not enough time. Most of my barriers to success fall into the 'excuse' category, and are possible to overcome.
All this reflection reminded me of my amazing support network, and that while it may take work to overcome my barriers, I have the opportunity to make most of my goals a reality (with a little bit of help, of course)!
Each day in my clinic, I experience my patients' barriers. Their barriers often include pain, reduced range of motion, or the inability to complete a specific task or activity. I feel great being support person to help others overcome their barriers, and to help others reach out of their comfort zone, reach out to their own networks, and learn to achieve their goals.
If you are experiencing a barrier to your fitness or activity goals, whether that barrier is chronic pain, an old injury that's not quite ready, or a need to learn new movement skills, then Athletic Therapy can help!
Find me at my clinic at Moves Fitness in Guelph, and we can work together to reach your goals, regardless of your barriers.