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.
These journal entries express my experience as an athletic training student