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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Underwater Ambassador: Patrick Cobb


Patrick is an avid swimmer and enjoys swimming in his neighborhood pool ceaselessly. BUT he wasn’t at all times a swimmer and when it was urged to him.. It did not sound very interesting. 

What began his journey was truly an unlucky incident.

In 2007 he had an accident on his bike…

“I used to be biking and acquired hit by a canine and my entrance tire locked my again tire locked and I flipped over the handlebar and it was simply not a extremely fairly sight”

After he crashed, he laid there in shock undecided what to do and undecided of what had occurred.. 

“I ended up going to the emergency room with numerous cuts and scrapes and a damaged left elbow, which was a compound fracture in three locations, and pulled some ligaments as effectively in my left hand.”

He had by no means had an harm like this earlier than so it was all a little bit overwhelming. He needed to get a titanic rod and a few screws instead of his elbow. 

He says, “It was simply not enjoyable for somebody who’d by no means been within the hospital and had surgical procedure.”

After getting his arm all mounted up, it was time to go to bodily remedy to get his energy again up and get used to his new elbow. 

Fortunately he actually loved the PT he labored with and in the future he requested him how he might “graduate” earlier.

His bodily therapist “says, dude, do you swim? And I mentioned, no. And that was extra of an emphatic no..”

Patrick had by no means been a swimmer and actually simply acquired within the water to chill out and have enjoyable along with his household. He could not think about himself as.. a swimmer…

“I am not a swimmer, by no means have been, actually do not wanna be.”

His PT mentioned that was a good way to regain movement in his elbow so Patrick took it up as a problem. He went proper to the shop and acquired himself some goggles and “the entire rise up”, as he says, to really feel like a swimmer.

“So I might appear to be a swimmer or no less than fake to be one.

At first he felt uncomfortable within the water and began small in a 25 yard pool that was 3 toes deep. He saved going and making an attempt and began to see enhancements day after day.

Years later, he swims in a phenomenal neighborhood pool repeatedly and feels comfy being known as a “swimmer”. 

After all,there may be at all times extra to be taught and he’s trying ahead to the day when he can flip flip.

He says the rationale he nonetheless swims as we speak is as a result of “it is nice cardio train and particularly right here within the south the place the temperatures get so sizzling throughout the summer season.” 

He recommends it to anybody getting older as a result of it’s mild in your joints and you’re nonetheless capable of get a superb train.

Patrick says, “I discovered that swimming with music is so significantly better than swimming with out music.” 

His daughter did a science experiment for college about working with music vs not working with music and he says, “you possibly can solely think about the distinction in working (or strolling, biking, or swimming) with music and the enjoyable of pacing your self.”

He ends by saying, “Use your sunscreen and have enjoyable.”

Life has a enjoyable approach of constructing us strive new issues, if Patrick hadn’t damaged his elbow possibly he would have by no means tried swimming and located one thing he actually loves now.

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