VitalCare PT - November 2019




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Family, Football, and Fun Thanksgiving Memories


Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 GIFT CARD! CALL (623) 544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. While I’ve grown accustomed to being a football widow over the last two decades, I’ve been a secondhand football fan for as long as I can remember. In fact, football played a huge role in my family long before I was born. My dad was one of eight boys in his household (12 kids total), and, while he was supremely athletic, he wasn’t allowed to participate in When I recently discovered that Nov. 5 has officially been designated as National Football Day, I couldn’t help but laugh because as the daughter, niece, sister, and wife of some of the biggest football fans in the country, National Football Day lasts for at least six months every year. In fact, this time of year, I assume the title of “football widow.” With my husband’s unwavering devotion to catching every game and building the best fantasy football teams, I know his love for the sport will keep him preoccupied from the very first preseason game all the way to the Super Bowl.

any extracurricular activities. His parents were worried extracurriculars would interfere with his ability to complete his chores. Every one of the kids had a designated chore, and my dad’s was to peel the potatoes! He said they went through a 10-pound bag of potatoes every single day! One day, the head football coach came to his house and begged my grandpa to let my dad join the team. When he finally agreed, my dad became the first in the family to play ball, and all his brothers followed suit. My dad’s natural talent for the game landed him a scholarship out of high school, so he continued playing throughout his college years. My uncles, many of my male cousins, and my brother did the same. While I watched a ton of games at the stadium to support my relatives growing up, and even more with my dad at home, I never really developed a huge passion for it. I just never really fell in love with it the same way my dad, uncles, and husband did. I do, however, like the social aspect of football games and the way it brings family and friends together. Along with just spending time with family and friends, I have also enjoyed the good people watching at the football games, the music, and the energy of the crowd. While watching football has never been one of my favorite pastimes, it continues to play a substantial role in my life. I am too busy and fidgety to sit still for three hours to watch a game from beginning to end, but, if I hear Dave screaming at the TV, I’ll come and watch for a while. I’ll also watch the game highlights with him. In that way, I still know how the season is going, but I don’t have to sit and view every minute of each game.

In addition to catching the

highlights, I’ll also come in to watch replays of when athletes get injured during gameplay. I get how this can initially

seem somewhat morbid, but, as a physical therapist, it’s in my nature to

diagnose injuries and recommend treatment. So, I will watch the injury occur, attempt to diagnose what happened, and determine how long it will take for the player to return to the field. I have to admit I have quite a knack for it! While I have an interesting relationship with football and usually get to pick and choose when I want to sit down and watch a game, Thanksgiving is always the one exception. For as long as I can remember, the post-feast holiday tradition has been to pile up on the couch with stomachs full of food and watch football together. In that way, I am grateful for the sport. Even though it steals the attention of all the important men in my life for several months every year, it has the amazing ability to bring family and friends together for a day filled with excitement and fun. I may never appreciate football in the same way my husband does, but I appreciate it nevertheless.

From my football-loving family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

–Andrea McWhorter | 1

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