Former football player now probationary firefighter with the Wichita Fire Department, Hunter Niemann knows what it is like to sit on the sidelines after an injury.
During his senior season, Niemann suffered a torn ACL while playing football. The injury would take several months to heal, but he was determined to resume his training.
“Advanced Physical Therapy got me to full recovery in just six months where I could resume my training to prepare myself for the Fire Department,” said Niemann. “My favorite part about Advanced Physical Therapy was the friendly atmosphere combined with top-of-the-line equipment and exercises.”
The quick recovery and the physical therapy received at Advanced PT allowed Niemann to finish out his senior season and compete once again.
“I am a bit over a year through my recovery. After six months I was able to finish my track season, competing again at a high level. Since then, I’ve been able to build on what Advanced Physical Therapy gave me and have felt great. Leg is back to full strength, doing more than what I could do even before surgery. Even with harder workouts and a bigger workload the fire department provides, I’ve still felt at the top of my game,” said Niemann.
Graduating from high school, playing football was certainly still an option, but for Niemann the call to be a first responder was greater.
“Although I love football, firefighting was the better option for me. Despite me not continuing my football career, I am able to do something I enjoy just as much. Without the best road of recovery, living such a physical life may not have been possible,” said Niemann.