- Aug 22, 2011
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- Pre-Rehab Sci [General]
im at the end of my second year and still do not understand why physics is a pre-req. the beginning portion of kines/biomechanics, there is some physics, but its not even hard.
Part of me feels like the majority of prereqs apart from A&P are just to weed people out.
I've heard so many practicing PTs (including the ones I work with at the clinic where I'm an aide) say that they felt 2-semester physics was unnecessary. They all echoed similar sentiments listed in the posts above this that biomechanics, torque, and force were important. But realistically, what PT needs to know about nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, and superstring theory to treat a patient?
Agree. Unless you're going into research, then the second semester physics (light, electromagnetism, nuclear physics, etc) really won't help in the regular clinical setting.
i think you'll be fine. the physics that is important in PT practice and classes (for my program, mostly what other people have mentioned along with lever systems, mechanical advantage/moment arm, and newton's laws) was much easier for me to understand than traditional or general physics courses because it was applied to the human body--muscles, bones, joints--and it was taught in that context rather than "how long will it take for train A and train B to collide if they are traveling at blahblah." after exposure to physics in that way, it makes sense when you apply it to exam procedures, interventions, modalities, clinical conditions, etc. and it almost becomes second nature with patient care.
None of the students on here have seemed to think it was that important. That being said I got a C in Physics I and an A in Physics II but I still got into PT school so is it really that important? Do you think I will do poorly in school or that i wont enjoy my job or anything like that? Also, I am not worried about chemistry, my only concern is physics.