My favorite part of clinical experience this year has been the independence and being able to be with one sport and really learn the team and their tendencies. Last year when we rotated, it was very hard to keep up with injuries from week to week and to be able to read the athletes. We were also watched closer by our preceptors and supervised in evaluation situations more. This year we have been able to perform evaluations more freely and been able to make more decisions and voice our opinions in the clinic. Being with one team gives us the opportunity see the athletes injuries and know what they each need from week to week. Also, constantly being around the same athletes allows us to get to know them better, which, in turn, allows us to read them better when they are injured or sick. Being with football has also given me the opportunity to see a lot of injuries I typically would not see in other sports and a higher volume of injury evaluations due to the contact nature of the sport. I feel like this will experience will translate well to my next clinical sight and feel that I will be more prepared wherever I go.
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!