Hours of Operation: M 8–4 | T 8–7 | W 9–2 | Th 8–7 | F 8–4 | Sat 9–12
ON THE MOVE
The madness is finally here. As a lifelong basketball fan, I enjoy watching the college tournament, though it does make me want to get back out onto the court myself. I must have been five or six years old when I made my first attempts at dribbling. Of course, I wouldn’t have stuck with the sport as long as I have were it not for my father. At the time, St. Margaret’s Church had basketball clinics every Saturday at 8 a.m. Since I had an interest, my dad signed me up, subjecting me to the worst fate a kid that age can imagine: waking up early on Saturday mornings. Every time, like clockwork, my father would wake me up to go to practice, and each time I would tell him, “I don’t want to goooo.” Thankfully, he didn’t listen to me. When I got home after each practice, I realized what a fun time I’d had and how glad I was that I’d gone. In signing me up for basketball, my dad was looking for a way to keep me and my brother active. “You can’t just sit around all day and watch the boob tube,” he’d say. But more than being a distraction from television, basketball became a formative part of my life. As I grew older, my dad didn’t have to wake me up for practices anymore; I’d do it on my own. I made lifelong friends and learned a lot about personal discipline on that court. Of course, I was also vertically challenged. I didn’t have the height or speed to be a top-tier competitor in high school, but I stuck with basketball regardless. That’s when you truly know you love a sport — when you care more about playing your heart out than you do about the score at the end of the game. My Love of Basketball A GOOD KIND OF MADNESS
To this day, I remember a game my high school team (St. Francis Prep) played against Molloy High School, the real powerhouse in the district. Our coach got our rag-tag team fired up, and we played our absolute best. I don’t recall who won, only that it was an incredibly close game from start to finish and some of the most fun I’ve had in my life.
My boys unwittingly volunteered themselves for a life sentence when they told me one day, “We like playing basketball!” Now I’m the dad waking
“That’s when you truly know you love a sport — when you care more about playing your heart out than you do about the score at the end of the game.”
his sons up to go to practice every Saturday morning — no ifs, ands, or buts. Honestly, I’m probably even more insistent than my dad was. Not only do I know the value of sticking with a sport you’re passionate about, but I also have the
knowledge that comes from being a physical therapist. Years of schooling on the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle definitely instills the importance of keeping your kids off the “boob tube.” Of course, I’ll make an exception this March. With so many great basketball games to watch on TV, you can bet my sons and I will be glued to the screen from time to time. What better way to get fired up before their next game? Whether you love basketball or any other sport, now’s a great time to get back into the swing of things. If you’re looking forward to picking up a physical activity you love but still have some stiffness left over from winter, swing by our clinic! We’re all big sports fans here and will do our part to help you get back out onto the court or field of your choice!
–Dr. Robert Morea 718-747-2019 ▪ THEPTDOCTOR.COM ▪ 1
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