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What skills are helpful for someone majoring in physical therapy?

I am a senior in high school, and I am possibly going to major in physical therapy. I believe that being informed about helpful skills for this major would benefit me in college, as well as in a future career. Learning about these skills would also allow me to see if I possess some of the skills, or if I need to acquire/ improve them. #physical-therapy #skills

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Donna’s Answer

After practicing for 35+ years as a PT, I would say communication skills are a top skill needed. You also need to be non-judgmental, caring, organized and time efficient. Obviously, you need to have an ability to understand science and some degree of coordination to be able to perform daily tasks associated with treating patients.
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Kathy’s Answer

You will need a combination of soft and hard skills. The hard kills are things you can learn or be taught; human anatomy and science, appropriate physical exercise, charting and record keeping to name a few. Your soft skills are your personality traits; how you interact and react with others. Being empathetic and understanding how others feel, compassion, active listening to really hear what the patient is saying, able to communicate effectively so your patients understand what you are asking of them, problem solving so you can help them to overcome their obstacles, being a team player so that you are able to work with other therapist such as occupational and speech therapy, strong observation skills and ability to be detailed. Having discretion and understand patient privacy. Having an upbeat and motivational personality.

I would suggest you try and volunteer in a rehab setting or better yet get a job as a rehab aide. You will then gain first hand knowledge and have a better understanding of your role as a healing health care professional. Best of Luck!
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