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.