Tim Turner DPT, ATC
Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer
Healthworks Rehab and Fitness
170 Lakeview Drive, Suite #2, Morgantown, WV, 26554, United States
B.S. in Athletic Training from West Virginia University, credentialed as an ATC shortly after. Named as Most Outstanding Undergraduate Athletic Trainer.
DPT at the University of Florida and received a scholarship for clinical and academic excellence in orthopedics.
Specialties & Certifications
- Undergoing criteria to sit for the SCS exam
Athletic & Training Background
I was a multi-year letterman in several sports during my high school career and received some D2/D3 interest to pursue soccer at the collegiate level. However, multiple knee injuries derailed those hopes and I was relegated to competitive recreational and pick-up games during my undergrad and grad school days. Currently, I have a lifting routine that focuses on compound movement patterns and participate in pick up and rec league games (basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, etc) whenever I can find them.
During my time in graduate school, I worked with the ROTC program to co-develop a fitness and wellness program for student cadets and oversaw physical training sessions to monitor for athletic injuries. I also provided Athletic Training service for university sponsored athletic camps and local tournaments.
Current Role Working with Athletes
I am a staff physical therapist at the largest outpatient sports medicine clinic organization in north central West Virginia where I routinely work with a varied demographic of athletes, ranging from those in grade school to the elderly. The majority of those include middle and high school participants who have injured themselves while in competition. I also provide medical coverage as a certified Athletic Trainer for local middle and high school athletics, community events outside of my clinic hours.
One of my mentors probably stated it best - "show patients that they are never as bad, or as good, as they think they are." Perhaps the most challenging aspect of my profession is being able to alter perspectives as it relates to movement and pain, both on the spectrum to discourage the "no pain, no gain" mentality and that not every procedure is going to be comfortable, but that the end result will be improvement overall. I believe the mind plays a huge role in the rehabilitation process. In addition, time is probably our biggest advocate to the healing process. Being able to guide the patient through the recovery and teach them a self maintenance or prophylactic routine is my ultimate goal (teach a man to fish mentality).
Movement and motivation are the keys to success.