Physical Therapy Graduate Shares Inspiration Behind Career

Lebanon Valley College physical therapy graduate Logan Walters is now a sports certified physical therapist.

A self-described sports geek, Logan Walters ’14, D’16 knew he wanted a career working with athletes. LVC’s elite Physical Therapy Program, values, and an opportunity to try out for the Dutchmen basketball team brought him to the College. His career path evolved from there through a combination of fate and hard work.

“My true passion for the field of physical therapy developed during my first semester of Human Anatomy, during which I tore my ACL playing basketball,” Walters said. “Then, I tore a second ACL one year later to the day. Going through this rigorous surgery and rehab process twice assured me that I chose the right career. These experiences drive one of my primary niche interests today: ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation.”

Walters started his career at a privately-owned clinic before pursuing his dream of becoming a sports certified specialist. He enrolled in the Saint Francis University Sports Residency program, through which he connected with physical therapist Mike Studer, who hired him at Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Salem, Ore. 

Walters works at their RE_Building, an outpatient sports performance therapy clinic designed with athletes in mind and offering a unique treatment style that allows for one-on-one sessions with patients. 

“We’re fortunate to have access to a lot of unique equipment used for assessing injury risk and rehabilitating injured athletes, said Walters. “I work alongside three outstanding physical therapists and a coordinator of athletic performance who push me to be at my best every day.” 

Along with an interest in ACL reconstruction, Walters’ other niche areas are treating shoulder and elbow pain in overhead athletes and performing TPI golf screens with subsequent golf strength and mobility training.

Walters enjoys building connections with his patients and empowering them to achieve their goals. Working in outpatient therapy, he said each day is a new challenge where you never know what to expect. It’s just one of the reasons he described physical therapy as fun. 

“Physical therapy is also fun because it’s constantly evolving,” said Walters. “The same treatment philosophies used 10 years ago aren’t being used today, and we’ll probably be doing things completely different 10 years from now. That process leaves us no choice but to keep learning with proactive forward-thinking and research to push our profession further.”

Walters credits multiple experiences at LVC for developing his forward-thinking mindset, critical learning, and physical therapy skills. He participated in the BodyArmor injury prevention program with LVC student-athletes, completed a capstone project on the latest research for sideline assessment tools for concussions, and conducted his clinical at Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine clinic in Denver, Colo. Walters said his clinical affiliation offered an incredible multi-disciplinary sports medicine environment that set the framework for the clinician he’s evolving into today.

“LVC offered an all-star lineup of professors with a variety of teaching styles and experiences that makes its program one of the best in the country,” he said. “Small class sizes helped me foster relationships with professors that I maintain today. They’ve been an integral part of my success by writing letters of recommendation, providing insight before interviews, and knowing they continue to be an available resource as I continue to grow in my career.”