I would have to say that my clinical placement from last semester and the one I am currently in feel like complete opposites. Being with football last semester felt a lot more hectic mostly because of the pre-practice setup and the sheer number of athletes on the team that we dealt with daily. The physical therapy setting does not feel as hectic, even on our heaviest patient load days. I enjoyed being with football as it gave me an opportunity to be around a sport that I grew up loving and playing, gave me a lot of opportunities to work on my emergency care skills and taping, and allowed me to practice my evaluation skills in a huge way due to the amount of injuries we saw. The aspects that I enjoy about the physical therapy clinic are being in a clinic setting, building relationships with patients, and getting to be creative in a rehab setting while working with patients one on one. My ideal situation as of now for my future career is working in a clinic setting, so seeing that I am truly enjoying that aspect has helped cement that goal in my mind. I also really enjoy being able to apply my evaluation skills in the PT setting. Each of my placements have very unique aspects to them. I feel like you see a higher volume of different injuries in football more so than in other sports, so it gives you a great opportunity to deal with a variety of things in one setting. You also have to deal with a lot of different personalities and moods depending on the day, so it helps to develop your patience. In the PT setting I am dealing with a much wider range of patients from backgrounds such as work related injuries all the way to sports related injuries. These experiences have had big impacts on me. Being with football I learned a lot about patience and knowing when to draw a line with certain things. In the PT setting I am learning that I really do enjoy the field. I feel very comfortable and confident in the setting which further makes me want to pursue a future in PT. I can honestly say that my evaluations during football have helped me in the PT clinic as I have been able to translate a lot of the knowledge I picked up into everyday practice.
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!