Underwater Ambassador: Patrick Cobb

Patrick is an avid swimmer and enjoys swimming in his neighborhood pool continuously. BUT he wasn’t all the time a swimmer and when it was steered to him.. It did not sound very interesting. 

What began his journey was really an unlucky incident.

In 2007 he had an accident on his bike…

“I used to be biking and bought 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 a number of cuts and scrapes and a damaged left elbow, which was a compound fracture in three locations, and pulled some ligaments as properly in my left hand.”

He had by no means had an damage like this earlier than so it was all somewhat 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 fastened 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 at some point he requested him how he may “graduate” earlier.

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

Patrick had by no means been a swimmer and actually simply bought within the water to calm down and have enjoyable together 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 stated that was an effective way to regain movement in his elbow so Patrick took it up as a problem. He went proper to the shop and bought himself some goggles and “the entire rise up”, as he says, to really feel like a swimmer.

“So I may appear to be a swimmer or not less than faux to be one.

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

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

After all,there’s all the time extra to study and he’s wanting ahead to the day when he can flip flip.

He says the rationale he nonetheless swims at present 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 time.” 

He recommends it to anybody getting older as a result of it’s light in your joints and you might be nonetheless in a position to get a great train.

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

His daughter did a science experiment for varsity about operating with music vs not operating with music and he says, “you’ll be able to solely think about the distinction in operating (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 method of constructing us attempt 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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