I feel as though I am confident in almost all situations at this point in my education. I feel like we cover so many topics, and in such depth, that we are prepared for just about anything. That being said, I feel as though I am the least confident in situations where communication is not clear between the athlete and myself or situations where I cannot make sense of what an athlete is describing. There have been a few cases this semester where, for lack of better terms, I have wanted to pull my hair out because an athlete was not communicating with me or was not making sense during an evaluation. It makes me less confident in the evaluation itself as I feel that the diagnosis is not a solid as it could be if the communication and understanding was there. Above all, these situations just frustrate me and especially so if I cannot come to a clear decision. My most confident situations tend to be in emergency care situations as the facts of that section of knowledge have been reviewed so many times that I feel as if it is a reflex to react to those situations.
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!