Many athletes/spectators see Athletic Trainers as just a “personal trainer” because all many people see is that we get water for the athletes and help them stretch. However, they are all wrong. They do not see what we do in the clinic, and how each athletic training student is taught to help in the clinic. Many of the athletes still do not understand someone the treatment athletic trainers perform on them. However, they just see us as a personal trainer to them. I personally get upset when people call athletic trainers “trainers” because we do so much more for the athlete. When I would hear people call the AT’s trainers, at first I didn’t quite understand the difference; however, there is a huge difference. I now get offended when I hear athletes call us a trainer because trainers can take a course and be certified, AT’s have taken a major throughout college in order to achieve this profession. There is a huge difference that all athlete should be aware of. All the classes we have to take in order to learn how to use the machines or the proper way to to massage an athlete in order for them to have the best outcome out the treatment. When athletes come into the clinic to get taped, they just think we have been taught the easy way to tape an ankle. Well again, they’re wrong. There is so many techniques AT’s have to learn in order to allow the athlete to play safely. For example, when taping an ankle, it seems every tape is the same when the athletes come in. Although if the athlete rolled his or her ankle an eversion way, they would not have the same tape job. The public sees us as just being there to help the athletes when they need stretched or muscles are tight, but we help them be successfully in playing by allowing them to be safe and healthy with their treatment.
Throughout this week I was able to achieve 13 attempts and 1 mastery. So far I am continuing down the right path with my goals. I have been able to master my goals for the past 3 weeks. I am going to continue making this progress throughout the semester because I know this will help me in the long run. I have been keeping better track of all my attempts, and more importantly studying each of them before I write down my attempt making sure next time I am ready to get a mastery.
These journal entries express my experience as an athletic training student