My clinical question for this semester is “The effectiveness of ankle injury prevention programs for basketball players”. I actually thought of this clinical question while I was watching a college basketball game on TV. One of the players went down with a sprained ankle and in my head I was thinking about how basketball players really sprain their ankles A LOT then I thought about when Kris does preventative rehab for his players that are known to have ankle injuries. So this made me want to look into how effective injury prevention programs are, specifically for ankle injuries in basketball players. I want to investigate whether or not the prevention programs focusing on ankles are effective at all, in lowering the risk of ankle injuries, considering that there are schools that do not utilize them at all. The group I am using to investigate this clinical question is made up of Ken and myself. I feel like this is a good pairing because we were both with women’s and men’s basketball this semester so the outcome of this clinical question can be good insight for future reference. I know that schools implement these prevention programs when they start to see a reoccurrence so this is possibly something we can implement here for ACL injuries since we had so many this year. This week I obtained 3 attempts and 2 masteries towards my clinical packet.
So last semester I was placed offsite for my clinical placement. I was assigned with two of the local high schools, Patrick Henry and John Battle. This semester I am back on campus and I am assigned to woman’s basketball and softball. The primary sports I was with when I was offsite with Bre were football and volleyball which was pretty fun. That would have to be the main difference between the two clinical placements. Football is a lot more demanding than basketball and softball since it is a high volume contact sport so I dealt with more injuries there than I have here so far on campus. Another difference I would have to say is the types of athletes I was around. There is definitely a clear difference between the high school athlete and the college athlete, I guess you could say they are less “needy” than college athletes because they’re just focused on having fun and playing the sport. Some of the athletes wouldn’t even want to be evaluated after getting injured which is pretty much your typical high school athlete. Another challenge I faced was that Bre rarely gave treatments during the times I was scheduled with her because her treatment times were scheduled during the times I had class. What I enjoyed the most about being offsite is being back in the high school setting, the environment was just very laid back. As for what I am enjoying about my clinical placement this semester I would have to just being around the game of basketball since I am a basketball fan and the woman’s team is doing really well this year! Softball is just starting to get going which should be enjoyable. Other than the sports I am with, being back in the clinic is refreshing also because I get to showcase the athletic training skills I’ve learned so far, learn new skills from the certified athletic trainers, and freshen up on certain skills like taping. Just getting reacquainted to being in the clinic setting was the biggest challenge for me so far this semester. Overall I really enjoyed being offsite and I am currently enjoying my clinical placement for this semester. Each of these experiences allowed me to experience athletic training from two different point of views, high school and collegiate. And this week I obtained 4 attempts and 0 masteries towards my clinical packet.
I would say that the closest thing I have had to an ethical dilemma is having to tell a certified that a patient was not properly doing their rehab exercises like they should have been. The patient was being very lazy during their rehab which is not beneficial for the patient or the athletic trainer. That type of behavior can lead to the rehab process stalling or regressing which is not good for either side. As an athletic training student I feel like I approached the situation in the most appropriate way. I could have had the mentality of “oh well, it is not my problem” or “it’s the patient’s rehab, not mine” but that would not be right. So at first, I went over to the patient to try and motivate them to do their rehab better and to avoid bringing the certified athletic trainer into the situation but the patient just wasn’t cooperating. So being the type of person I am I knew not saying anything wouldn’t be right ethical decision and it would be on my conscience for quite some time. Also as athletic trainers it is one of our duties to protect the athletes to the best of our ability so in this situation I was protecting the athlete from themselves. The main lesson I took away from this experience is that you have to make tough decisions to help out others. I did not want to have to be that person that had to go and tell the certified that someone was doing something that they weren’t supposed to be doing but it had to be done. Because at the end of the day we’re there to help the athletes get back to 100% and back on the field so them partially doing rehab hinders that goal.