What has been your favorite part of your clinical experience so far? Why? What makes that special for you?
My favorite part of clinical experience has been working with rehab athletes. Since I have been through the process with rehab, I really enjoy encouraging the athletes to continue to work. I enjoy seeing the progress the athletes make from when they first start and when they finish. I especially enjoy it because I know how they feel. I can relate to them and tell them about my experience as a way to encourage them to continue. It is special to me because I have been working with one particular athlete and she has changed since I first started working with her. She used to get upset during rehab and wouldnt try as hard because she felt as if it was no use. Although after I began working with her and relating a lot of the process about what I have went through, she began to change and become motivated. Now she comes to me for others things not related to athletic training because I have built a trust with her. I really enjoy knowing I have impacted her life by just starting off with her trusting me. Now we have built a strong relationship and I am very thankful for that.
Describe what inspired your Little Clinical Question. Why did you select those individuals to be a part of your investigation team? What are you looking forward to as you embark on answering this question?
What inspired our clinical question is because we have seen so many ACL tears this semester at Emory. Also, because I did tear my ACL which adds even more curiosity into the question for me personally. The people included with my clinical question are the people I talk to most when I curiosity about some kind of injury. We all have worked together on a lot of things, so we all know how to work with each other easily. I am looking forward to finding more answers about ACL tears. I want to know if playing two sports that are posterior and anterior chained have an outcome on strengthening the ACL more. This interests me because I played sports that strengthened both anteriorly and posteriorly and I did tear my ACL. I want to know if playing a certain sport is more statistically proven to put stress on the ACL. I want to find out how much affect each sport has on stressing the ACL. I also want to know what best helps strength the ACL, if playing two sports is better or maybe just one sport.
How does it feel to be back with your primary preceptor? How do you feel during your clinical experience now, compared to when you started your semester?
I am glad to be back with my primary preceptor because the womens soccer team is my favorite team to be with. I enjoy how they interact with the student athletic trainers, and how often they need help from us (even though that probably shouldn't be a good thing). I am a lot more comfortable with helping the athletes. I especially like being able to go and set up stim because I feel like I can do more. I also am more comfortable know because I have learned more muscles do to anatomy. Also being with other teams involves different aspects. I feel a lot more comfortable with being a student athletic trainer, and I feel more helpful. At the beginning I was contemplating if I was really fit to be a student athlete trainer, but I really enjoy it now because I have had more experience to learn more, so I am not as nervous when I am asked to do something. Even though being an athletic training student is hard, I enjoy it a lot more know because of the more knowledge I have I can help more athletes.
What is your most challenging class so far this semester? Why do you find it challenging? How are you coping?
My most challenging class so far is my math class. I have always been very good at math, and I took stats in high school. I didnt really think this class would be very hard for me, I figured it would be an easy A. Although after my first test, I was completely wrong. I have spent countless hours now trying to study and do practice problems for math. Its very challenging when all my professor does is practice problems on the board. Its hard because he doesn't explain what type of problems he is doing, so its very hard for me to understand. This class has homework online for each section, and my book is an e-text book. So I have found videos of each chapter which explain the concept throughout the chapters. I have been watching the videos before I do the homework now to make sure I can do them without any problem. I believe now that I have another way to show me how to work on the problems I will do better in the class. I was very upset at first with the grade I made on my test, but that test made me want to do better. So I am constantly studying for math because I will make an A in that class.
Does what you have learned in the classroom during Modalities parallel what you experience during clinical? Give examples where possible.
Throughout this week during modalities I have learn how to set up electrical stimulation. I have used this skill every time I have been in the clinic. I have set up over ten people now on stim. I feel a lot more helpful in the clinic because I can easily help my preceptors when they are busy with another athlete. I am now able to use my skills of setting up stim on them to help make treatment time go faster for them because they do not have to wait until the head athletic trainer is available. Although the first time I set an athlete up to stim I had to have my preceptor come check to make sure I set everything up right, ever since then I have set athletes up and listened to what the head athletic trainer want them to be set on. Since I have learned how stim works, being in the clinic is a lot less stressful because I am able to help more athletes. As I am in season, I have a hard time attending a practice, so I have been scheduled for morning treatment. During morning treatment, multiple athletes just come in for stim. So now I can easily set the athlete up, so my preceptor does not have to stop what their doing to come help me. I believe learning how to set and use stim on athletes was one of the most helpful skills to know in the clinic. I am also able to know the different type of stim that can be used and why they are used. For example when athletes come in with pain in a certain area I know we would use IFC stim for that athlete. Also I have been working with an athlete who recently has had surgery, when she is set up for stim I know we would use Russian to help strengthen her muscles.
These journal entries express my experience as an athletic training student