In 2005 I was in my second year of physical therapy school. That second year of PT school is a bear. Even after you've made it through an exhausting year one, the intensity dials up in year two, and you're still too far away from the finish line to feel like it's in sight. I remember sitting in the hall outside of a classroom waiting to get called in for a practical exam. 

Oh man, I hated practical exams! Give me a written exam any day over a practical. There's just something about having the professor standing over you with a clipboard, taking notes with a raised eyebrow as you demonstrate the practical skill that makes me wish I was anywhere but there. 

Anyhow, I'm sitting outside the classroom with a classmate/good friend, dreading this practical exam and he says: "Hey I think I'm going to take the CSCS exam soon. Are you?" I looked at him like he was nuts and said "HELL NO!" At that moment all I could think about was how many oxygen tanks I was going to need to get through this practical exam and then after that, somehow make it through year three of physical therapy school. 

So how did I go from not entertaining the idea of exploring the world of strength and conditioning during PT school to becoming the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the LA Lakers? I can't wait to answer that question and share my unique career shaping experiences with you! Join me for the webinar I'll be doing in July so I can help you to identify and nail down your career super bowl within the evolving fields of sports medicine, rehab, and strength & conditioning.

Learn more about my webinar on July 19th and register here to lock in your spot today!

Like what you read?  
Sign up now to get the latest tips and advice

Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and founder of TD Athletes Edge.  He is nationally renowned for his evidence-based and scientific approach to fitness, training, nutrition, and recovery for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

For training and nutrition advice, follow us on:
• Twitter
• Facebook
• Instagram
• YouTube
• Sign up for our newsletter and follow our blog at