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.
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