This pre-season experience has gone fairly different from last year, but in a good way. This pre-season I spent a lot less time with football, and I was able to begin promptly with my clinical experience at the PT clinic with Matt. However, when I was with football during this pre-season, I felt much more confident in everything I did. I remember my first day last year, and I was very timid and unsure of myself because everything was so new. That is very different, and the feeling of just being thrown into the mix did not happen this time around. I feel like last pre-season I got to see many more acute injuries and perform a lot more wound care than this year, but I have been able to see more chronic injuries and rehabs this time. I remember during my second football practice that I asked Morgan if I could take care of a football player with turn burn who was bleeding because I “hadn’t seen any action”.
The thing that has helped me the most is by far my previous experience. By being hands on in the past, I feel much better about how I perform currently. My hindrances however, are the areas that I still haven’t been as hands on with. For example, a back injury really makes me uneasy and the same goes for creating a rehab or understanding rehab progressions. Because I have less experience in those areas, I feel like they are difficult for me to do well in. By being in the PT clinic this semester, I believe that I will receive a lot more hands on experience doing the things that I have not had as much experience doing in the AT clinic.
My growth as an AT student has made me become aware of how important the relationships with the athletes really are. The athletes can sense whether or not I am sure of myself, which can affect how much they trust my treatment. Growing as an ATS has made me realize that I need to be on the up-and-up with athletes. If treating them is something that I feel confident in, then I need to make sure that I appear confident. However, when I am unsure of what I am doing or what I need to do, then I have found that being upfront with the athlete was the best way to handle the situation.
Lastly, my goals for the semester are to complete eight or more masteries per week, gain knowledge and confidence concerning rehab progressions, and to develop a better understanding of the different populations of people that I could possibly treat. I picked these because I feel like these goals would be the best ones to truly take advantage of my opportunity in the PT clinic.