UNION — For the third year in a row, Austin Rehab of Union has a Sports Medicine co-op student from the Union County Career Center.
This year, senior student Sydney Lawson is learning first-hand the ins and outs of Physical Therapy. She has been working at ARU every other day throughout the school year. She assists with daily physical therapy routines and is gaining hands on practice for skills she will need to pursue a career in sports medicine or physical therapy.
“I like knowing that I am helping others feel better and seeing them get stronger each day,” Lawson said about her time at ARU. “I appreciate the opportunity to work in the field of physical therapy. They are like a second family.”
Lawson’s work at ARU drew praise from the staff.
“Sydney is a very disciplined and mature young lady, assets that will take her a long way in this profession.” Gary Nesmith, PT.
“Sydney has picked up quickly on ways to help us here at Austin Rehab,” Owen Woolever, PT, said. “She always has a smile on her face and is a joy to be around. Her positive attitude and the way she gets along with others will lead her to a great future in whatever she does.”
After graduation Sydney plans to attend USC Upstate and major in Physical Education and minor in Physical Therapy.
Students who participate in the co-op must take Sports Medicine 1 & 2 and must excel in both classes, to be recommended for it. The co-op counts for credit toward graduation requirements.
Austin Rehab has been very gracious in accepting our top students for the hands-on application of skills they learn in Sports Medicine and incorporate daily at their co-op. Union County Career Center is very thankful for the opportunity Austin Rehab provides our Sports Medicine Students.
This story was submitted by the Union County Career Center.