Around the World in 80 Careers: Physiotherapist

17th October 2022

Day 19

It was now time to head to “The City That Never Sleeps”, New York. After looking at a few comparison websites, our adventurer booked the cheapest flight from San Francisco to The Big Apple.

When they arrived at JFK international airport and passed border control our adventurer started to search for possible accommodation in Manhattan. He came across Hostelling International, New York, a youth hostel centrally located with good reviews, and only 2 blocks from Central Park.

After navigating his way out of the NYC subway system, our adventurer finally made it to Manhattan and checked in at the hostel. It was now past lunch time and our dear friend decided make their way to Pennsylvania Plaza to see if they could get tickets to watch the New York Knicks who were playing the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden.

As they arrived at the Plaza they were reminded of the smell of the famous New York pizza they had been dreaming of. To their surprise, the NY Pizza Suprema, one of the best pizza places in New York, was just around the corner. At the restaurant, our adventurer had a great conversation with Mike – a Knicks fan – and told him about where they had been, how they ended up in New York, and their dream of watching a sports event at The Garden.

Mike was taken by the story and decided to introduce our traveller to his cousin Vinny, who is a Knicks season ticket holder. Vinny was also impressed by the journey our traveller had been on and decided to take them to watch one of the biggest basketball games of the season – the Knicks were playing against their local rivals, the Nets, later that evening. Vinny went on to explain that although the Knicks have this reputation of being one of the best basketball franchises in the world, they are no longer the best team in New York. The Nets have now a better team, counting on the likes of NBA stars like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Ben Simmons as key members of their roster.

Intrigued by this local rivalry, our traveller asked Vinny for his predictions, as to which team he thought would win the game. Vinny, known for his elaborate answers, went on to explain that although the Brooklyn Nets have a better team on paper, they had not been playing up to their potential due to a series of injuries which meant that start players like Kevin Durant were out of action for many months. This made tonight’s game even more interesting.

This conversation reminded our adventurer of their uncle, Sam. Uncle Sam was a physiotherapist who would often tell them stories about the number of athletes he worked with and how the road to recovery can often be very frustrating for those star players who are at their best when doing what they love the most.

The job profile Sports physiotherapist | Explore careers | National Careers Service tells us that it is possible to train for this job via an apprenticeship or a university course.

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Having loved his time in New York, our adventurer had to decide between heading north towards Montreal, Canada, or South to Washington DC…


Written by David Lubendo, Team Leader, Youth Programmes.

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