Clinical goal: I will further develop my skills when it comes to injury evaluations by doing at least 2 hands on independent evaluations per week.
When it comes to my progress on this clinical goal I definitely feel like my injury evaluation skills have gotten better. I'm not able to do an evaluation every week though because there are some weeks where no one gets hurts or I'm not there. But when the opportunity rises I am more than comfortable to do the evaluation. I am also progressing well through my clinical packet and meeting those goals. This week I obtained 10 attempts and 2 masteries towards my clinical packet.
My favorite part of clinical experience has to be just being off-site at Patrick Henry and John Battle High School. Its my favorite part because I'm dealing with different athletes and the high school athletes ask a lot more questions which can be fun. I think the athletes being laid back is what makes it special for me, they really make the time I spend with them fun and enjoyable.
My Little Clinical Question was inspired by how prone baseball players are to back injuries which is also why my group and I chose to do it because our baseball players here have had quite a few back injuries. I chose my investigation team because I felt like those are people who will help me get the most out of my clinical question.And I'm just looking forward to learning new information and hopefully some preventative methods for back injuries in baseball players. This week I obtained 0 attempts and masteries towards my clinical packet.
The advice I've given the current sophomores is to definitely study and practice outside of class because at first it might seem like you don't need to but to be a good Athletic Trainer you need to practice your craft. Last year upperclass students like John and Tayler definitely helped me with certain clinical decisions. This week I obtained 3 attempts and 2 masteries towards my clinical packet.
My most challenging class this semester would have to be physiology. Its really biology and chemistry focused which are classes I haven't had since high school which is why its so challenging. To cope with this I am just reading a lot more than I usually do for a class. This week I obtained five attempts and one mastery towards my clinical packet.
What I've learned during class has definitely paralleled to what I've experience during clinical. I would have to say everything first aid related is used almost everyday, especially during football season when there is a lot of cuts and scrapes to deal with. And of course when it comes to dealing with injuries all the information we've learned about injury evaluation is put into use. For example, when an athlete has a suspected concussion we take them through our concussion protocol which is something we've gone over in both Upper and Clinical. This week I obtained 5 attempts and 0 masteries towards my clinical packet this week.
While doing a middle school football game with Bre at Patrick Henry I had the opportunity to do a knee evaluation. A player went down on the field complaining of a lot of pain around his knee, the player was panicking a lot so it was kind of difficult to get him to calm down. He eventually calmed down and was able to talk to us more clearly so we then proceeded to take him off the field and to the sideline. Once there he was still kind of in shock so I just had to reassure him that everything was going to be okay. I then went to ask him what happened, where's most of his pain at, did he hear any noises like a pop, etc. The athlete then told me that someone came down on the lateral side of his right leg and majority of his pain was on the medial aspect of his knee. So after performing a series of special tests I came to the conclusion that the athlete had suffered a MCL sprain. We pulled him from the game because he wasn't able to bear full weight on his right leg and we also iced his knee to help with the pain. Doing this eval showed me that patience is key when dealing with injured athletes especially with younger ones. I now know for future evaluations that as long as I stay calm and reassure the athlete that he/she is going to be fine the situation won't escalate. And this week I obtained 10 attempts towards my clinical packet.
Some characteristics from previous preceptors that I hope to utilize in my career are confidence, patience and being trustworthy. I feel these characteristics are key to becoming a successful Athletic Trainer. When you are confident in yourself and the decisions that you make that allows people to invest their confidence in you as well. Having patience is very important especially if you are working with younger athletes and in certain situations being calm and patient can turn a hectic environment into a relaxed one. And being trustworthy allows your athletes to be more open with you especially when it comes to injuries.
Goal: I will further develop my skills when it comes to injury evaluations by doing at least 2 hands on independent evaluations per week. So far after making this one of my goals for the semester I have actually done at least 2 evaluations each week. Of course I can't control when someone gets hurt so I know that there is going to be some weeks where I do not perform any injury evaluations. As for my plan for completing my semester packet I am getting a lot of my attempts from actual scenarios and when we have time to spare Bre gives me simulated scenarios so I would say that has helped me the most.
So this past week while doing a middle school football game with Bre a player went down with a knee injury. Initially we thought he had a very serious knee injury based on his reaction to the pain he was in but after getting him off the field and calming him down his pain level was significantly less. He then told me that all his pain was more medial, not all over like he originally said. Then I had him do some functional tests like running to see how it felt after sitting out for a few minutes, he said he wasn't in as much pain as before and he was full weight bearing and wasn't favoring the injured leg at all so he went back in and was fine for the rest of the game. This occurrence showed me that you just have to be patient sometimes when an athlete gets injured because in this situation the athlete was overreacting at first because he was scared. So when working with athletes kids around that age patience is key, don't jump to conclusions too quickly seeing that my on field assessment was completing different than my off field assessment.
This week earned 8 attempts and 0 masteries from my clinical packet.
When comparing my pre-season experience from last year to this year I would say that this year's pre-season went a lot smoother for me. As an ATS I feel much more comfortable heading into this year, and I would have to say that having a year of clinical experience has helped a great deal. But having just a year of experience has also hindered me sort of because there are still areas I can improve in and I plan on doing that by getting more hands on experience. When it comes to interacting with patients and preceptors I am much more involved than I was last year and less nervous to ask questions. For example, if I am unsure about how to do something I won't hesitate to ask someone for help.
This week I obtained 5 attempts and 3 masteries.