Mike Camporini on the Journey from PT Student to the Real World

Mike “Campo” Camporini got his first taste of the physical preparation world while in elementary school. A long-time athlete, Mike’s passion for physical fitness and playing sports led him on a career journey to become a physical therapist.

Today, Mike works as a PT and strength coach based in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds a DPT from Simmons University, a bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Springfield College and has spent a ton of time at IFAST.

He has worked in both the collegiate setting and private sector as a strength coach and is currently working as a physical therapist, predominantly with post-op patients and a few online clients.

Mike joins me today to discuss the necessary journey to become a physical therapist.

We discuss what you should look for in a PT school and why it’s important to have a say in where you complete your clinicals.

We discuss how you can (and should) continue to educate yourself beyond the school environment, and the value of evaluating your strengths and weaknesses to improve your growth and development.

We discuss the transition between school and the real world, and how you can get your PT career started on the right track.

Mike also shares a glimpse of what an average day looked like for him as a PT student, and the advice he would give to his younger self as a college student.

 

You’re never going to be perfect; you’re never going to ‘nail it’ the first time, so it’s important to at least fail and have those hindsights. That’s how you gain wisdom. – Mike Camporini

 

This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • How Mike was introduced to physical preparation while in elementary school
  • What inspired him to become a physical therapist and the path he took to accomplish this goal
  • How Mike continues to leverage the skills and principles he learned during his internships while working with patients and clients as a physical therapist and coach
  • What to consider when choosing a PT school and why Mike applied to 12 different colleges
  • The importance of continuing your education beyond the PT school curriculum
  • The importance of evaluating your strengths and weaknesses to improve your growth and development as a coach and physical therapist
  • How Mike chose his clinical rotations and the role he played in choosing where he completed them
  • The job search process and Mike’s experience of transitioning from being a PT school student to working in the ‘real world’ as a physical therapist
  • A sneak peek into an average day for Mike as an intern and physical therapist
  • Advice Mike would give to his younger self

 

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