This semester I have not had the opportunity to do a very in-depth therapeutic rehabilitation or plan for a patient. This semester I was supposed to have had the opportunity to help design and carry out a rehab plan for an athlete with a shoulder injury, but said athlete decided to do his/her rehab at an offsite physical therapy clinic. The best example of carrying out something such as this probably comes from my strength and conditioning project with our client. Though the project is for Advanced Strength and Conditioning and is supposed to be focused on the aspects for the class, a huge part of our project has been on the rehabilitation side for his injury. We created a plan to address his hamstring issues that includes strengthening, stretching, mobility work, and anaerobic capacity in order to address the issue. We are constantly reevaluating and tweaking as we go in order to make the fastest progress possible. The overall goal of the project for us is to allow our client to return to his competitive running time and speed without any hamstring pain. We did baseline testing to determine what areas we wanted to work on and decided to focus on glute and core strength while working on overall flexibility (mostly in the posterior chain). As of now, we are exactly in the middle of the project and will be performing our tests again to assess our progress thus far. We have a daily journal that we and our client post to in order to keep things very up to date. As of now, it appears that we have made great progress, but still have a lot of work to do and some variables to shift. Our goal at the end of the next 3-4 weeks is to completely negate the pain and have him back to his competition speed. When the project is all said and done, I will be able to use it in similar future cases as well as how I will go about future rehabs such as this in order to produce the fastest and best outcome that is physiological process.
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!