Interview with David O’Sullivan (@daveosullivanphysio)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I remember the first time I realized I wanted to be a physio…
I was in my fifth year in Colaiste Chriost Ri, Secondary School in Cork City. My Irish Teacher (and hurling coach at the time) said to me, “what do you want to be?’. That isn’t always an easy question for a 16-year-old. But I had an answer….
The night before, I had watched a football match, and the image of the physio running onto the field was the one thing that stuck with me. I thought, ‘that’s what I want to be.’ That was my answer. I hadn’t had an injury myself. I hadn’t had to overcome this or that. I just saw a guy on the football field and thought, ‘that looks cool.’
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
“Progress, not perfection.” It can be easy as a therapist to put pressure on yourself to make earth-shattering improvements in every session. I’m as guilty of this as anybody. But I know how to spot the symptoms now, and that’s what’s important. To take care of your patient, evaluation of progress is a must. But sometimes, we forget that first, we have to stop and evaluate ourselves. When you’re in the business of helping someone, you have to stop and think about how best to approach it from a treatment perspective rather than an efficiency-tainted lens.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My family and friends have always had my back, and for that, I will forever remain grateful. I would also like to extend my gratitude towards my mentor – Meirion Jones – who guided me every step of the way and allowed me the space to make and learn from my mistakes. You made me a more competent therapist.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Physiotherapy is a lucrative but burdensome field. With injuries ranging from placement to severity, it can be difficult for novice and even seasoned professionals to apply the correct method. Let alone the hassle of building your reputation within the industry. That’s why I started the ProSport Academy. I feel like I owe t to my fellow therapists at least a little bit of relief on the business side of things so that we can better cater to our patients without that extra burden.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
I live by the principle: “Make a mistake once, it’s a mistake, make a mistake twice, it’s a choice.” For a long time in my life, I was too focused on the wrong aspects of treating my patients, and I’m glad that I have learned from my mistakes. Through this principle, I persisted in my struggle to achieve my goal of developing the “Go To” physio step-by-step system, and I’m glad for it.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I’m pretty much everywhere. My Instagram handle is @daveosullivanphysio, and my Facebook page is called “Dave O’Sullivan’s ProSport Academy.” You can also find me on LinkedIn or if you’re looking to join my goto physio program, visit my site at https://thegotophysio.com/.