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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