Going back and reading my reflection made me realize that one I had really bad grammar, two I began a foundation as an athletic training student, and three I was very happy. This semester I have grown a lot. I have become more consistent, if not more prepared, with all my assignments and tests. My freshmen year helped me build a foundation on how to become successful in this major. I have figured out the best way to study for me (which took me a while, but was worth the wait) to allow me to have the best success. I believe last semester and this semester have been around the same range. However, first semester I never went through a struggling phase while I was in the clinic, but this semester I did. I was able to push myself because it was not only school that was getting down, but everything else around me. I realized that I am in this major because I am fit for it. I still enjoy every class I take, and I am excited to continue to new classes. I have become more aware of time management compared to last semester. The journals have helped keep me straight with my clinical book which is a great relief, especially for this coming up week. I am very happy with my progress as an athletic training student. I am very happy where I am, and thankful for all the opportunities I have been given. This major has allowed me to come out of my comfort zone because it forced me to be put on the spot in front of others when answering questions. I go into the clinic every day and have to perform a rehab by myself or treatment. I was able to grow more as a person because I wasn’t afraid I was doing something wrong. I have been able to grow and realize being wrong in front of others is ok, it is a way to learn. This is helped me as a student and as a person.
For my clinical journal this week I took a practical which gave me 15 masteries. I have another practical this coming up week which should push me over 170 masteries! After I get all my signatures, I should be done with my clinical book for this semester which is a very good feeling. Now I can prepare for my finals and exit.
Its finally come to the time that I am back with my preceptor. This means that the semester is ending which is either a scary or exciting. First, I do believe I have gain a lot more confidence in the clinic. At the beginning of the semester I was afraid to take on more athletes in the clinic; however, now I go over to each preceptor and ask to help with their athlete. I also believe the preceptors have more confidence in me too. I am now asked to do pretty much any athletes treatment when they walk in the clinic. I also know more things, which helps me when different athletes come in. For example, I am a lot faster with wound care. I know what kinds of ointment to use for certain burns which is very helpful because I do not have to go and ask my preceptor what I should use. I am also faster with ankle taping. When I was on the rotation with football, I was able to tape more athletes ankles than I did in the beginning of the semester. It also helps that I am not as nervous and now I go up to athletes asking them what they need instead of waiting for them to say they need something. This semester I believe I was able to bloom. I have been able to open up and feel confident in the clinic. However, I am also able to go and ask for help when I am performing a treatment. I am not afraid to be wrong or embarrassed when I am performing treatment on an athlete and I go ask for help. I have been eager to understand my mistakes to fix them.
This week I was not able to get a mastery. I did receive multiple attempts. I was able to write down 11 attempts for this week. This coming up week I am going to get around 20 masteries, which means I will double in attempts. I am getting very close to having my clinical packet completed which is very exciting. I feel ahead of the game with my clinical packet because been writing down each week my attempts and masteries. My goal in my clinical packet has been very helpful because I have been able to follow it in order to achieve having my clinical packet finished and also branching out of my comfort zone to become a better student.
Friday was the first time I was in the clinic and had the opportunity to do an evaluation. Every time I have been in the clinic I either do a rehab, a treatment, or a practice. My schedule is also so busy that it is hard for me to be in the clinic in the afternoon because I work every day. So Friday was the first time I did an evaluation. However, I was not alone on this evaluation, I was able to tag team it with Colin. Colin did most of the writing while I performed the palpation, ROM, and special tests. The evaluation was on a shoulder. I went through the whole evaluation and tried to remember my practical sheet. However, this was not the right thing to do. I got stuck in trying to remember what to do next, and I started to freak out because I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of the patient and Colin. So then, I used to patient to remember what to do. I forgot about all my memorization from my practical sheets and used the history and ROM to proceed to my next task. I was able to pin point where the pain occurred, in what position, and what made it irritated. I also found three muscles in particular that I were the most inflamed including the subscapularis, supraspinatus, teres minor. After getting to the ROM section, my preceptor came in to continue watching the evaluation. I was able to learn different ways to bilaterally check the ROM of the scapula which was helpful because the patient could not abduct their arm past 90 degrees. Throughout the evaluation I was able to perform the rest myself, and my preceptor did not say anything. By the end, I was told what I did good and what I needed to work on. I was very nervous because it’s a lot harder when trying to figure out what the patients initial injury is then just following my practical sheet. But I was also told I perform my tests right and diagnosed the patient with the correct injury. I learned from this experience that I show review my old practical sheets every Sunday (which I have already started). I have been feeling behind with remembering special tests, so I know by doing this will help me in the long run. This experience helped me realize that I couldn’t just relay on knowing my practical sheet. I need to take time to go back and put together injury and special tests for the body.
Lastly, this week was a good week for my clinical book! I wrote in 17 attempts and masteries. I was able to get them from practicing with my preceptor for my wrist and hand practical, and I got my masteries from m practical the next day.
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So far this clinical semester I have been progressing slowly. I feel like I have not had a lot of time to actually sit down and learn a chapter before the professor goes over it. I knew coming in from fall semester how to handle my schedule, but this semester has been a struggle for me. I have been stressing over lots of little things, and I have not been giving myself enough time to get prepared for tests. I also have been pushing myself to get enough hours to get to 150 for this semester. I am on track right now because I just need to average about 10 hours for the next four weeks to get the minimum of 150. I have also been challenged with staying focused. I know last semester that I was very into the classes and interested to learn about all the new subjects. However, this semester has felt like a drag to me. I guess its where its getting warmer, and I am wanting to be outside more compared to fall semester when it was cold which kept me inside to study. I have been successfully this semester by being a better student on my tests/quizzes/homework. Although it may be done at the last moment, this semester I have received better grades. After rereading this journal entry, I was surprised to realize how even though I have been struggling with time, I have been able to improve my grades. I have been working really hard to improve my grades since my freshmen year because I came in thinking I would be fine, but I was way wrong and now I am working towards improving my GPA.
This week I was able to put together all my masteries and attempts for this clinical packet. I was able to view my progress, and I have been doing a lot better than what I thought. I have documented all my attempts and masteries, and this past week I was able to count all my masteries to my total which is a relief to know I am on track! This week I was able to get a lot of attempts for the wrist. I was able get all ROM, and some special tests which came out to a total of 9 attempts. I did not get any masteries this week. Although, next week I have a wrist practical which will help me to get the masteries needed to be on track with my goals in my clinical book.
After taking my first Athletic Training course freshmen year, I knew this was the major I wanted to be in. I enjoyed being able to make a difference in someone’s life. I enjoy working with athletes because I feel like I can relate to them on certain issues. I also feel like I can relate to certain injuries that athlete have because back in the day I had a consistent injury every year. Yes, that process was awful, but I have broken that streak once I got to college! Since I have been in the program, I have had a constant goal to make a difference in someone’s life. First semester of my sophomore year, I know I affected a soccer player’s life. She had surgery on her knee, and she was in the process of rehab. I worked with her every time I was on women’s soccer rotation, and I started to notice little changes about her attitude and work ethic. I keep trying to make her work outs more fun and challenge her at the same time. The results showed throughout her rehab, and she came and told me how thankful she was for the push and inspiration that I helped her with. I continued having this goal to myself which I also saw a difference in another athlete. Because I did have surgery and go through a rehab process, I have a sight understanding how a lot of athletes feel when they are in the clinic. Recently there was an ACL tear athlete in the clinic that I started to become really interested in. This athlete wasn’t taking the rehab seriously and just going through the motions. Of course some people have those days, but this was starting to become an every day thing. So, I decided I was going to change his motive. Every time I was in the clinic, he was in there doing his rehab. I began joining in and talking him through his rehab process. I was able to relate to him which helped him open up to me about his rehab because I went through the same process. However, this has taken him a lot longer because he isn’t motivated to get through rehab. By the end of the week, I noticed a change in his attitude. He was on time to rehab and asking to do more reps than what he was given. I am going to continue to work with him throughout his rehab and maybe I shined a light through his eyes like I did for the soccer player.
This week I was able to get 30 attempts and 14 masteries all having to do with elbow evaluations.
Athletic trainers are with athletes from the start on an injury, through the rehab process, to the end of the injury. The athletic training profession is the only health profession that is with the athlete before the injury occurs. They are able to critique mechanics every day on different athletes. The slogan: “Your Protection is Our Priority,” describes the role on an Athletic Trainer. This expresses that Athletic Trainers want athletes to participate in play with in the healthiest way and safest way. Protection is key in order to allow the athlete to continue to play. AT’s have the ability to keep the athlete protected during play at all times. They can interrupt a practice to retape an injury, they can work before and after practice for the athlete to gain strength, and they can prevent more injuries from starting just by being with the athlete on a daily basis. There goal is to make sure all athletes are healthy and using proper mechanics throughout their workouts. They are able to identify an injury earlier to help the athlete to fix this problem before a more serious injury happens. This is significant to me because Athletic Trainers have such a different role in the health profession. They are with the athlete from the beginning to the end. Which is really significant to me because they know more about the player and their health concerns than anyone else. However, AT’s are seen as the “trainer” or “water boy” they are not. The have such a different impact to help the athletes. I like how they are able to work with the athletes from day 1 to the end of their career. AT’s are not just with colleges and high school athletes, but they can be in a clinic too. AT’s can impact multiple peoples lives to help them gain strength and protect their bodies.
Throughout this week I was able to get 8 attempts, but no masteries. I was not able to complete both my masteries and attempt goals. This week I spent half of my time at the Johnson Memorial Outpatient Therapy Clinic, and I was not able to perform actions to the patients in order to receive an attempt. However, I did some ROM with the a patient, but it was not included in this semesters clinical packet. I have been keep track of the times I will be able to get my masteries, which will be the week after spring break when I will be doing the elbow practical. Since a lot of our clinical book consists of concepts we cover in Upper, I am able to get a lot of attempts, but I have to wait until we cover the material before I can get the attempt and masteries on them.
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So far my clinical packet has been going fairly good. I feel as if I am meeting my goals in my package each week. I have been working a lot hard this semester to learn all the special tests with a better understanding instead of just memorizing them. I have been able to focus more on them because I want to be fully prepared when I am in the clinic with someone coming to me with an evaluation. So far I have not be able to fully do an evaluation on someone by myself. So I hoping by completing the sections in my clinical packet I will have myself prepared. This semester my clinical packet seems to be going by a lot more quickly than last semester. I have been able to get more masteries and attempts than last semester. As a lot of the sections use Brianne’s class, I have been able to record them and practice them on a daily basis. My clinical packet has been with me every where I go and when I have free time I am able to record what I have recently done in the past few days into my packet. Last semester I thought I would have more time and be able to come back to it, I was wrong. This year I figured out that writing them as soon as I perform them I have a better time in making sure I write them down and keep track of what I have done. I have been progressing a lot better with my packet this semester.
I was not able to achieve my 2 week goal of getting 7 masteries. However, last week I did get more than7, so that does help take into account of my missing action. I did get 14 attempts this week. I got them from ROM with the elbow and MMT with the elbow. However, that does make the goal for my attempts for the past two weeks. After spring break I will be able to get my masteries from my practical to get me back on track with having my 7 masteries in 2 weeks. I have been doing very well with making my cuts with my goals. This week and the first week of the classes is the only time I have not been able to make my goal. So I have been doing good with meeting my goals.
After listening to the seniors present their ATSO presentation, I became very interested in learning more about what athletes can take to make themselves better. There are certain athletes that are in the clinic very often for the same chronic injuries. Since I have been participating in a lot of morning treatments, I was able to see a lot of the same people come in every week. I noticed they had the same injury every time, and it wasn’t just because they had surgery. So, my group Katie, Am, and me, decided to come up with the PICO p-college athletes, I- sodium magnesium potassium, c- results of cramp relief with use of either of the three interventions, o- decrease in cramps/ return of cramps. There is one particular athlete who cramped none stop during her season and after listening to the presentation I began curious. I was with this female athlete for most of my clinical experience last year because my rotation fell with their team 3 times. So this clinical question arose between the three of us in order to figure out if there is a way to stop chronic cramping. I selected these people to be in my clinical question with me because last semester we worked really well together. We also have the same unique schedule as one another allowing us to have better time scheduling to meet with one another, especially Am and I. It is very critical to have the same schedule to be able to find time to get together because each of us doing different parts is hard to put together and know the same things. So working together we are able to know each others thoughts and what we all put into our research. We also were all very interested in the same topic, which really helped in picking a clinical group. We will all be able to participate in this clinical question and be able show feedback to one another because we are all very interested in this topic.
This week I was able to reach my clinical goal again. I was able to get more than 7 masteries due to having a practical with Brianna. Throughout the week I was also able to get all my attempts for my goal. This week I was able to double my attempts, as I perform attempts with both Brianne and Chapypin to prepare myself for my practical. I was able to get 23 attempts. I also completed a personal goal, this week I prepared very hard for my shoulder practical and I was able to perform every shoulder special test on Briannes practical.
I am currently with Womens basketball rotation, but will be switching this Monday to mens basketball. However, they both we typically have the same medical and emergency supplies. First I would make sure my medical kit has a lot of gloves, guaze, adhesive dressings, band-aids as all sizes, scissors, all kinds of tapping (non adhesion and adhesion tape), pre wrap, elastic bandages, a variety of medicines including, asprin, advil, antihistamines for any allergic reaction, itching cream/ antibiotic cream, instant cold and hot packs, eye solution, blood stopper powder, hydrogen peroxide, CPR mask, mouth guards, tape adherent, heel and lace pads. I would also want on hand an AED, splint bag, and spine board; however, we do keep these in the clinic due to not having much in stock. So I would keep in mind that those are in the AT if needed. I believe these items will fit best for the basketball team because of their injuries they tend to have. Mainly having prewrap and tape for these athletes is essential. There are a lot of times when they get scratched or cut their body, and having gloves, guaze and band aids is essential for the team. Lastly, having ace bandages is important because throughout the season many athletes begin having tight muscles and using the ace bandage to prevent pulling a muscle is also very important to the basketball team medical kit. Throughout all the basketball practices I have attended, that is the main item used during the practice. However, having these other medical items just in case if need be is also important because you never know injury can occur.
For my attempts and masteries for this week include 18 attempts and 0 masteries. I was able to get a lot of attempts during Briannes class this week and was able to document all of them that we performed in class. This allows me to conclude the goal of having my attempts. However, for masteries I have the next week to complete my goal of getting 7 masteries every two weeks. I believe I will have this completed this week because we have a practical. I am on track with my masteries and attempts this semester to completing my goals. Lastly, another important goal to me is knowing more special tests than I did last year. This week will be really critical for me to buckle down to allow this to happen. I have a shoulder practical which is a lot of test. However, I have been studying this past weekend to know all of the shoulder tests that are both in my clinical book and for my practical this week.
Many athletes/spectators see Athletic Trainers as just a “personal trainer” because all many people see is that we get water for the athletes and help them stretch. However, they are all wrong. They do not see what we do in the clinic, and how each athletic training student is taught to help in the clinic. Many of the athletes still do not understand someone the treatment athletic trainers perform on them. However, they just see us as a personal trainer to them. I personally get upset when people call athletic trainers “trainers” because we do so much more for the athlete. When I would hear people call the AT’s trainers, at first I didn’t quite understand the difference; however, there is a huge difference. I now get offended when I hear athletes call us a trainer because trainers can take a course and be certified, AT’s have taken a major throughout college in order to achieve this profession. There is a huge difference that all athlete should be aware of. All the classes we have to take in order to learn how to use the machines or the proper way to to massage an athlete in order for them to have the best outcome out the treatment. When athletes come into the clinic to get taped, they just think we have been taught the easy way to tape an ankle. Well again, they’re wrong. There is so many techniques AT’s have to learn in order to allow the athlete to play safely. For example, when taping an ankle, it seems every tape is the same when the athletes come in. Although if the athlete rolled his or her ankle an eversion way, they would not have the same tape job. The public sees us as just being there to help the athletes when they need stretched or muscles are tight, but we help them be successfully in playing by allowing them to be safe and healthy with their treatment.
Throughout this week I was able to achieve 13 attempts and 1 mastery. So far I am continuing down the right path with my goals. I have been able to master my goals for the past 3 weeks. I am going to continue making this progress throughout the semester because I know this will help me in the long run. I have been keeping better track of all my attempts, and more importantly studying each of them before I write down my attempt making sure next time I am ready to get a mastery.