Alumna Launches “Let’s Get Physical (Therapy)” Podcast

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Podcasts have taken the world by storm. If you have an idea, a microphone, and a bit of know-how, you can launch a podcast. Topics range from morning news to expert research to true crime—there’s no shortage of ideas. As a long-time listener, Rebecca Schumer, PT, (GW DPT ’10), saw an opportunity to join the market and give listeners an inside look into the world of physical therapy. 

While Schumer never expected to become a podcast host, she has embraced her new role with “Let’s Get Physical (Therapy),” powered by MedStar Health. Throughout her career, Schumer has worked alongside a variety of experts, and she sees no better way to share that knowledge than through a podcast. “I had zero experience with recording and editing, but I dove headfirst into it and I’m still figuring out my process,” Schumer admits. “Let’s Get Physical (Therapy),” is intended for fellow physical therapists, student PTs, other health care providers, and anyone interested in the topics. 

One of Schumer’s favorite episodes so far was an interview with Erica Force, Ph.D., CMPC, on sports psychology. Force works with athletes of all ages at both her private practice, Force Sport Psychology & Counseling, and at Georgetown University. Sports psychology is not covered in-depth in PT programs, but understanding the psychological impact that injuries have on athletes “is imperative to optimizing helping our patients return to sport and life, safely and healthily,” Schumer said. “If we fail to take the whole human into account, we’re not doing our due diligence in providing top level care.” 

Physical therapists often collaborate with other health care providers, which is reflected in the podcast. One example is a multi-episode series on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The series included interviews with PTs, athletic trainers, strength coaches, physicians, dieticians, and sports psychologists. Other episodes have covered topics such as new graduate tips, cancer rehabilitation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. In short, nothing is off limits for Schumer.

“I never would’ve imagined my career path going this way,” she said. “So, keep an open mind, trust your mentors who see potential in you, and take the leap to try new things. You never know what you may love or be able to provide value in.” 

Since graduating from The George Washington University (GW) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in 2010, Schumer has practiced in a variety of settings. She began her career in inpatient, but as a former dual-sport NCAA Division 1 athlete, she quickly transitioned to outpatient orthopedics to work with athletes. She spent a year at Loyola University working in the athletic program before becoming the first clinician to open a clinic at USA Lacrosse headquarters in 2016. Since then, Schumer has transitioned to a hybrid role with MedStar Health and USA Lacrosse, where she is a part-time clinician, and part-time social media outreach. Schumer’s media responsibilities include connecting with DPT programs and students, teaching, community outreach, and hosting the podcast.