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Underwater Ambassador: Patrick Cobb


Patrick is an avid swimmer and enjoys swimming in his neighborhood pool steadily. BUT he wasn’t all the time a swimmer and when it was prompt 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 obtained 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 loads of 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 damage like this earlier than so it was all a bit of overwhelming. He needed to get a titanic rod and a few screws rather than 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 sooner or later 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 obtained within the water to chill out 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 mentioned 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 obtained himself some goggles and “the entire stand up”, as he says, to really feel like a swimmer.

“So I might seem like a swimmer or at the very least 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 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 snug being referred to as a “swimmer”. 

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

He says the explanation he nonetheless swims in the present day is as a result of “it is nice cardio train and particularly right here within the south the place the temperatures get so scorching in the course of the summer season.” 

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

Wish to swim with Patrick’s waterproof music participant? Click on right here.

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