Ramez Antoun, Exercise Physiology & Physical Therapy
“My internship with the former Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coach was an unbelievable experience.”
Ramez Antoun’s internship at the Institute of Performance and Fitness in Andover gave him real-work experience and access to leaders in his chosen field while he was still in the exercise physiology (EP) program.
It was here that he met his mentor Walter Norton, the owner of the Institute of Performance and Fitness and former Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coach.
“My senior-year internship with the former Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coach was an unbelievable experience,” he says. “I not only got to see how young athletes trained, but I also got to see how collegiate and professional athletes trained.”
When Antoun was deciding where to pursue his undergraduate degree, he chose UMass Lowell for the strength of its doctor of physical therapy program.
“I knew that I would eventually get my doctorate in physical therapy and UMass Lowell has one of the best programs around,” says Antoun, who received his bachelor’s degree in EP in 2010. He is currently in his second year of the doctorate of physical therapy program.
His post-graduation goal is to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and training. He wants to work with the general population to help them regain a functional, pain-free status, and work with athletes on rehabilitation and strength training.
“There seems to be a disconnect between rehabilitation and training, so by becoming a physical therapist and a strength and conditioning coach, I want to unite these professions for the benefit of the patient,” he says.
His advice to high school seniors who are trying to decide on a career is simple – find something you love and then get out there and try it.
“Looking at a hiking trail on a map is a lot different than actually hiking that trail, so get out there and make sure you're going after something you're truly passionate about,” he says.