On Thursday, I encountered a rehab session with a soccer player who had ACL surgery. I personally was excited to help with her rehab because I have gone through the process. Throughout my Rehab class we have been learning about the psychological effect that each individual has on their process to return back to play. So, throughout her rehab I focused on watching her attitude throughout her work outs. She was very determined to get through the work outs, but some of them she seemed to slack off because they were hard and she didn’t want to do them. I reflected this actions back to myself when I was going through this rehab, and I remember what I did to push myself to get better. Many individuals told me I was not able to return to be the same player I was before surgery, and so I proved all of them wrong and came back stronger. I knew the soccer player need some type of motivation to push herself to want to get stronger because there is no reason to go through the work out and not push yourself to get better. I talked with her personally about how I went through the same thing, and we revealed to each other our challeges. I learned that her motivation level was down because she isn’t ever going to play again because it was her senior year meaning she wouldn’t be playing ever again. However, I expressed to her how important it is now to become healthy even if she isn’t ever going to play again. I was able to convinced her that by pushing herself now to get better she will see the results each week. After we talked I saw a different reflection come about her, she was becoming more motivated throughout her work out. Due to the rehab class, I was able to change her physiological emotion because without her mind set of wanting to get better she would continue just going through the process instead of pushing herself. To me, this made me feel more like an Athletic Trainer because as AT’s are with the students before the injury, during the injury, and after the injury, I was able to motivate the athlete to become better by talking with her because I knew how she reacts to things. This experience aligned with my clinical goals because I was able to evaluate her actions and encourage her to start working harder to become cleared of rehab.
So far I now have a total of 27 attempts. I have averaged the amount of attempts I want to get for last week. I am now challenging myself this week to get 7 masteries. I believe I will have this completed because I will be taking a practical in Brianne’s class allowing for me to achieve the masteries I want. I will be on schedule with the amount of masteries this upcoming week. I will push myself this upcoming week to receive 12 more attempts.
My goals for this semester included: I will achieve 7 masteries in two weeks, I will complete 15 attempts each week, I will perform at least 2 evaluations a month, and by the end of the semester I will be able to perform a majority of every upper special test. I chose these goals to focus on because I know last semester I crammed to get all of my attempts and masteries almost at the end of last semester. I realized half way through the semester that I was falling behind on getting my attempts and masteries, so these goals I am setting I believe will help me complete my clinical packet more efficient this semester. I also choose my last goal very particularly because I really want to be able to learn all my upper special tests really well this semester. Last semester when I was studying for my exit, I felt very overwhelmed because when I looked back at the lower special tests I seemed to not remember them well. So I want to be able to perform all the upper special test by the end of the semester, so I wont have the problem again. This semester I am going to try and get ahead of the things and keep myself on top of everything. I think I did a good job with this last semester, but I started decreasing by the end. I have these goals taped onto my wall where my desk is, so every day when I sit at my desk to do homework I can remind myself what I want to achieve that way I can keep track of my goals.
So far this semester I have completed 12 attempts already, falling short just 3 of my goal. I do not have a mastery yet, but I have two attempts for two different objectives. So next time I am in the clinic, I will be able to attempt for two masteries. Which will make me almost half way with meeting my 7 masteries in two weeks. However, I do think getting 7 masteries in two weeks might be hard for me achieve at first, I want to push myself this semester because I know I am capable of these goals. I think if I can prove to myself that this task can be completed, I will believe in myself to more challenging things throughout this semester. This past week was I was unable to meet my goals, but I had created my goals after I made this attempts. So this coming up week, I am ready to encounter and face my goals every week. I believe now that I have gotten back into the groove with school, I am ready to begin challenging myself to meet these goals. I know what I have in store to complete this semester, and I am ready to prove to myself I can do anything that challenges me.