When do you feel less confident as an ATS? Compare that to when you feel the most confident?
When I am in the clinic, I am very confident in assisting the athletes. At the beginning of the semester I was very hesitate about actions I would perform, but now I am very confident in almost everything I have done in the clinic. One thing I am struggling on being confident is trigger point/massaging. There is a lot of swimmers who come in with shoulder and back problems, and I have been having trouble finding tight muscles in their back. Once I find the muscle, I am having a hard time holding the muscle and trying to relive the tightness. I have practiced multiple times with my preceptor in being more confident in trigger point, but I am not compared to stim or ultrasound. When I am doing stim or ultrasound I am very confident in being able to tell my preceptor what the machine needs to be on and what type I am going to use. However, when it comes to trigger point massage, I am hesitate and I always want my preceptor to come and make sure I am doing it right.
Although I have been practicing a lot on patients that have came in, I have learned a lot about how to do trigger point. I am still working on being more confident when someone needs trigger point release done. I know once I practice and practice, I will feel more confident in myself to be able to perform this on the athletes. In order for me to become confident I have to practice multiple times on different patients. Which is what I did to be confident in ultrasound and stim.
So in order for me to not be hesitate I am going to continue practicing to make sure I am confident when performing trigger point release. In order to achieve this goal, I am going to practice more on different patients because everyone is different. I also want to be able to allow the patients know I am confident when doing it because then they will trust me with their treatment.