Physical Therapy Class Enhances Sports Medicine Offering at BOCES


Yorktown Heights — Sports Medicine students at The Tech Center can add an even more impressive line to their resumes when applying for college. Select students in the class—who already have a head start in the sports medicine field—are learning physical therapy as part of a new program added to The Tech Center’s offerings this year.

“Our Sports Medicine students already have a major advantage over other students applying to sports medicine, premed and other medical programs in college,” said teacher Will Brightman. “Now a select group of students are also taking our new Physical Therapy program, which will teach them about physical therapy, occupational therapy speech therapy and more.”

Students in the new program spend four hours at The Tech Center each day, two in Sports Medicine class and two in Physical Therapy.

The new program is a direct response to student demand, according to Brightman, who also owns a Chiropractic Sports Medicine practice in Mahopac and is known to his students as Dr. B.

“The sports medicine and related fields are exploding, and students want to learn all they can about all of the options open to them. So many of my students who have graduated are now in college physical therapy and physicians assistant programs, just to name a few,” Brightman said.

Sports medicine students at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES study the science behind sports medicine including anatomy and physiology, exercise science, athletic training, and nutrition. They also earn college credit and qualification as personal trainers. Students in the Physical Therapy program earn additional qualification as physical therapy aides upon completion. They also gain valuable internships in fields such as OT, PT and chiropractic, among others.

Mariah Kravitz, from Carmel, said she chose to take the Physical Therapy class in addition to Sports Medicine “because I knew I wanted to pursue a PT program in college.”

Mahopac High School student Dennis Dowd, who plays football and lacrosse, said “I have seen a lot of students lose their senior year in sports because of injuries,” which prompted his interest in physical therapy.

For Sarah Juenemann, Mahopac, the class appealed to her because she wants to pursue a career as a prosthetist, helping rehabilitate people with prosthetic limbs. Stephanie Mandelkow, Hendrick Hudson, is taking the class because she wants to become an occupational therapist. And for Dylan Monahan of Mahopac, the class is preparing him to study premed in college.

Students who complete the program can earn a total of 12 college credits, according to Brightman.

“In addition to that, my students will leave this class with an incredible portfolio and list of internships.”

Sports Medicine students in the new Physical Therapy program at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES