I am currently working very hard on my goal of improving my rehabilitation skills by meeting with a patient twice a week for treatment. I am currently working with a patient who suffered a recent ACL tear with a medial meniscus tear. After discussing my goal with Melissa she asked me if I wanted to take the task on. I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to work on planning and executing a full rehabilitation. My goal is to review the stages of healing as I progress through the rehab process this semester. I really wanted to focus on this goal this semester as it was one of my lower categories on my last BOC practice test. I believe practicing the skills while reviewing will benefit me much more than simply reading and reviewing. I have also been spending some time studying the healing phases on a cellular level again as I feel that that is some of the information that I have struggled to retain. I have been utilizing my therapeutic modalities notes as well as the material we have been covering in anatomy to review. So far, I have been able to see the patient for three sessions and she is making good progress. The experience as a whole has been great review and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish by the end of the semester. One thing that is challenging and that is interesting about this particular case is the limitation her surgeon set forth in regards to limiting her range of motion due to the type of meniscal repair she had done. We are about 10-15 degrees behind where a typical ACL repair would be. This has her slightly worried I believe, but I have discussed with her how all rehabs are individual and require different things. She is very interested in the anatomy and physiology behind her injury, so it is very beneficial that I can review while explaining to her what is going on. I have realized that I learn the best from teaching since I arrived at college, so I think this semester will help me do much better on my next practice BOC. Melissa will also be working with me on reviewing material as the semester goes on and I know that any questions I have I can refer to her for. With all that being said, I am still very confident in my knowledge and skills in regards to rehabilitation. I did well on my first practice BOC in this category and understand the material, it was that the questions revolved around one of my weaker areas in the subject. This was a good experience for me to see where I needed to improve and what I could do to be better in the clinic.
I obtained 2 attempts this week. I have many attempts and masteries to get signed this week.
I try to promote Athletic Training in everything that I do. There have been many occasions where I have been out somewhere and had AT gear on and people have asked me about it. This has always been a great opportunity to promote the profession and educate people on what we really do. I feel like it is a great opportunity to do so as many people have the wrong idea about Athletic Training. The typical things that people bring up are strength and conditioning and personal training. This gives a great lead in to inform people of us as healthcare professionals. This usually always gives me the chance to discuss things such as our program, the BOC, clinicals and other aspects of our major and the profession. People are often very surprised to learn of all that we do. I also find that we have a great opportunity to promote AT in other areas such as jobs, internships, and observations. I had a lot of opportunities at my old job to promote AT. Many people would ask what my major was and what I planned to do in the future, so that gave me a great opportunity to promote it. This past summer during my time at Duke I had many opportunities to promote AT as well. I had many great discussions with surgeons, PTs, and nurses about certain things that are unique to our field and how some of the concepts and ways we handle situations can be carried over into other fields. As far as promoting the NATA, I usually get the opportunity to do so when these conversations come up. I feel that the slogan “your protection is our priority” is shown without having to actually say anything. We make many sacrifices and perform many tasks that other students and professionals do not have to do, and all for the betterment of our athletes and patients. One example that I think illustrates this is our preparation during preseason. We come back to school earlier than anyone else and put in days of training to make sure we are prepared for emergency situations, have practiced our skills, and have everything ready for the athletes to be screened and begin their practice in a timely and efficient fashion. Things such as practicing cpr and equipment fitting allow us to prioritize athletes safety in the fall and to build a basis to go off of for the entire year and the rest of the sports.
Each week, the students in our Athletic Training Program are required to post a journal entry. These can be typed our video recordings. Each week we focus on a different topic relating to clinicals, research, EBP, classes, or life in general. We are also graded through our websites, so if you notice any weird notes or things that do not make sense it is probably part of an assignment. Take a minute to check them out!