This semester has definitely been the most difficult semester I have ever had. On the “what was good” side, I learned a lot about different patient populations and the injuries that accompany different patient populations. While working in the physical therapy clinic with Matt, I gained a lot more knowledge on geriatrics and the challenges that come with that population. This was one of my clinic goals that I set at the beginning of the semester. Additionally, going into this semester, physical therapy school was still an option on the table for me; however, after having this semester in the physical therapy clinic, I have realized that physical therapy is not the route I want to take. As much as I did enjoy the relationships that I built with the patients, I found that it was easy for me to feel bored while I was at the clinic. I also found myself often times being scared that I was going to hurt the patients with a treatment or while stretching them. I missed the intensity that one can find in the athletic training clinic with the athletes. It is usually evident that when the athletes come in, they are willing to work hard and push themselves to get better so that they can play. In the PT clinic, that same motivation is missing. I discovered that I am also much more comfortable around athletes, perhaps because we have a lot in common concerning sports.
On the other hand, this semester has been very hard for me outside academics. I experienced some personal experiences that put me in an extremely hard place, and that consequently put stress on academics and athletic training for me. There were many days over the last couple of months where I was unable to focus and work as hard as I wanted to. Things began to look up for me when I decided that I had to put myself and my health first; however, I am still feeling the effects of having to take that time to somewhat return to myself.
In the PT clinic, Matt has increasingly given me more freedom with patients and has allowed me to take the reigns on some instances with his guidance. This was very encouraging to me and was very beneficial to my growth as an ATS. It allowed me to gain confidence in my abilities and become more autonomous with decisions.
Next spring, I hope to be able to give more of my time and focus to athletic training. I will not be working as much, and my classes will be more centered around athletic training; therefore, I believe that I will be able to invest more strongly into athletic training.
This week I received 13 masteries.