A-State professor comments on summer tour with Beck
Published: Monday, October 23, 2006
Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 15:09
Nothing is more exciting than viewing another country, but for Staffan Elgelid, professor of physical therapy, this was nothing new.
During the first two weeks of August, Elgelid traveled with rock musician Beck on his European tour.
Elgelid was born and raised in Sweden. "That's why they chose me because I'm familiar with Europe," Elgelid said.
During his trip with Beck, Elgelid served as Beck's personal physical therapist as well as massage therapist.
He also accommodated other band members and the road crew.
Beck played in the Festival Tour of Europe.
During this time, rock music is played from noon until 2 a.m.
"It's very different than just playing in one concert," Elgelid said.
According to an ASU news release, Elgelid said he gained more respect for musicians on the road because of this experience.
Elgelid spent about 12 hours at a time doing physical therapy after performances.
"I didn't really have much free time," Elgelid said. The majority of his time was spent either in a hotel room reading or sleeping on the bus.
"You always have to be available because you never know what could happen," Elgelid said.
Elgelid said that he enjoyed traveling with Beck. If he has the time, he'll maybe do it again.
Elgelid has worked with classical musicians, but this was his first time traveling with a rock group. However, he spends most of his time working with athletes.
After his experience with Beck, Elgelid wants to bring his experience into the classroom "by making students aware that these opportunities are available."
During his first year at ASU, Elgelid has done great things.
He delivered a presentation titled "Visualization and Guided Imagery in Physical Therapy" during the fall meeting of the Arizona Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association in Phoenix.