Achieve PT July 2018


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inside This Issue

Page 1

Bob Thomas Celebrates Summer

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Battling the Summer Sun!

The 1 Way to Avoid ACL Injuries for Good

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Technological Advances in Physical Therapy Charred Chili-Cheese Corn

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Mass Sports Hall of Fame No. 3: Ted Williams

Mass Sports Hall of Fame No. 3: Ted Williams A Man of Skill and Duty

“All I want out of life,” Ted Williams once said, “is that when I walk down the street, folks will say, ‘There goes the greatest hitter that ever lived.’” Few people publicly proclaim to be the absolute best in their field, but even fewer actually get to make it true — for their lifetime and every era after. But with a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, and a .482 on-base percentage, it’s an irrefutable fact: Williams was the best player to ever swing a bat, period. What’s more, Williams put these numbers up while actively enrolled in military service. When WWII broke out, he received a deferment due to his mother’s dependence on him sticking around, so he voluntarily enlisted in the Navy reserve in 1942 and was called to active duty in November of the same year. For the next three baseball seasons, he spent his time not on the diamond, but in the classroom and on the runway, learning how to fly fighter planes. Showing a

competitive spirit that would later follow him in baseball, he set numerous records during flying training as well.

spending nearly all his time chattering on about technique, his dedication made him the greatest to ever play the game, even after missing five seasons to serve his country.

He was discharged in December of 1945 and quickly returned to his beloved sport for several more seasons. But when he was called up from the inactive reserves in 1952 to fight in Korea, he had no choice; this time, he wouldn’t be setting records in training. He would be fighting for his life time and time again, his plane getting hit many times in close scrapes with death. Williams wouldn’t understand why we’re focusing so much on his military career in this article. “Everybody tries to make a hero out of me over the Korean thing,” he once told the press. “There were maybe 75 pilots in our two squadrons, and 99 percent of them did a better job than I did.”

Whether that’s true or not, the same can’t be said about his baseball career. After practicing swings between pitches and


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