Hi everyone! My name is Colin O’Keefe and I’m extremely excited to be joining the team here at Infinite Potential. I recently relocated to Massachusetts after growing up in New York (no, I am not a Yankees fan). While moving to a new state is going to be a big change for me, I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work at Infinite Potential with such an awesome group of people!
When I was in high school, I was playing sports year-round; soccer, wrestling, and lacrosse. During my wrestling season I started to develop pain in the front of my hip, which led to me going to see a physical therapist. This was my first time at physical therapy and I really didn’t know what to expect, but by the time I was all better, I knew this was the career path I wanted to pursue. Being able to work with people, learn about them, and help them get back to sports was a dream job for me. Fast-forward 10 years later and here I am!
Since then I have really enjoyed working with young athletes, helping them to feel better and perform their best. Being able to figure out what is bothering them and creating a plan to get them back on the field is incredibly rewarding. In my goal to always continue learning, I have discovered that I have a passion for injury prevention. Regular strength, agility, and sport-specific training can greatly influence an athlete’s ability to reduce risk of injury and perform at their absolute best. This is something I feel strongly about as many youth sports teams don’t have the time or resources to emphasize the need for consistent, year-round strength and conditioning training. This is one of the reasons I was driven to earn my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification and use that knowledge to help local athletes maximize their abilities. I’ve been lucky to work past jobs using this knowledge in New York and I’m hoping to be able to use that experience to continue helping young athletes here in Massachusetts.
Unfortunately, injuries happen in sports and it is imperative that athletes and their families are fully prepared for the rehab process. Knowing they are working with healthcare professionals who can help them get back on the field safely and quickly is vital. I remember when I was hurt during any of my sports seasons how badly I wanted to get back to playing, but I didn’t have the knowledge or guidance to make an informed decision. Thankfully, my training has allowed me to gain valuable experience so I can help patients make educated decisions and guide them to a safe return to sports. When guiding a patient’s return to sport, I also make sure our goals include taking the athlete to the next level of performance so they can maximize their abilities on the field. Depending on the specific demands of their sport this would include a combination of strength, power, agility, and endurance training. Seeing one of my athletes back on the field playing their best is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.
Outside of physical therapy I like to spend my free time with my wife, friends and family enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities. Some of my favorite things to do are hiking, rock climbing, playing soccer, and cooking. When I’m not doing something active outdoors, I enjoy watching all types of sports, especially the Oklahoma City Thunder, and trying new restaurants in the area. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and having the chance to work with you!