Volunteer physical therapist jobs available for upcoming Ironman U.S. Championship
The American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey (APTANJ) is gearing up its team of physical therapists in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship, held in New York City and parts of New Jersey.
More than 2,500 participants from around the world will attempt to conquer the grueling 140.6-mile race, which includes a 2.4 mile swim in the Hudson River, a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Parkway, and a 26.2-mile run beginning in New Jersey and ending in Manhattan, according to the Ironman's website.
The APTANJ is supplying volunteer physical therapists to help assist triathletes at various parts of the course. Mike Eisenhart, a physical therapist and member of the APTANJ, completed the Ironman event in Utah in 2011 and believes that there is a great need for physical therapists along with traditional medical doctors and nurses.
"We are doing this out of our love for the sport and our passion for physical therapy," said Eisenhart. "We hope that our efforts help communicate our expertise as motion specialists to athletes and to other physical therapists who'd like to join the APTANJ organization."
The APTANJ plans on stationing a physical therapist in every medical tent along the entire course to support the medical efforts of traditional healthcare providers. Volunteer therapists will be trained in specific nuances of Ironman triathlon demands, including dehydration, joint pains, cramps and a lack of sodium from excessive sweating.
According to the APTANJ website, the organization is seeking certified volunteers to fill these physical therapist jobs. Students and assistants are also welcome, with a plan in place to match them each with a professional in order to craft a unique, hands-on learning and teaching experience.
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