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.