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Twitter Sports FansHave you heard of Adrian Peterson? Did you know he tore his ACL back in 2011? Did you hear he was back on the field eight months later, rushed for 2,000 yard that season and was voted MVP of the NFL?

You have? Then yeah, you’re one of so many physical therapists out there who doubles as a sports fan.

You can’t hide. We see signs of fanaticism up and down your personal Facebook and Twitter feeds. And we can certainly relate, especially during a time of year when the so-called pigskins begin to fly and it’s impossible to duck phrases like “marching down the field,” “defensive stand” and “the previous play is under review.”

What you may not realize, though, is that your sports fandom, combined with your professional knowledge of movement, sports injuries and rehabilitation, make you an invaluable source of information for the millions of other fanatics who prefer to ingest their sports with a side of professional insight and context.

After all, this is also the time of year when it’s difficult to ignore the toll a sport such as football can take on the bodies of even the greatest athletes. Already this preseason, we’ve heard about torn ACLs, reoccurring concussion, high-ankle sprains, turf toe and shoulder stingers. The casualness to which such terminology makes the rounds through sports media circles implies that we all share the same knowledge base. Of course, we do not.

So where’s the context? I’m looking at you, PTs!

We hear it all the time: “I need to get started on social media, but I don’t know what to post.” Well, this season, instead of limiting your sports-related thoughts and perspectives to your personal Facebook and Twitter profile, flip over to your professional profile and weigh in.

Physical Therapy Social MediaWhat exactly is a high-ankle sprain? Is that “stinger” likely to bother your team’s star middle linebacker for the rest of the season? How long of a rehabilitation period does Sam Bradford face before he rejoins the Rams next season? Sports fans want to know. It’s what they crave. You know this; you’re one of them!

By the way, I began this post harkening back to Adrian Peterson’s famous knee injury (and rehabilitation) for good reason. The big-name surgeon who nearly everyone, from Joe Buck to the talking heads at ESPN-land, credited for Peterson’s amazing recovery from the devastating injury … well, here’s what he had to say about it:

“I don’t want to take credit for things like that,” said world-renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. “… the people who get the players after the surgeries – they’re the ones who deserve the most credit. The physical therapy and rehab people. My time with [the player] is a couple of hours, then I become a cheerleader.”

Now there’s something to Tweet about.

Resources

Three tips to engage sports fans on Twitter

How Sports Fans Engage With Twitter