There were a lot of cool things that I had the chance to do this week, but I chose the course objective of demonstrating reliability, dependability, and initiative for something interesting, or at least that I think is interesting, that happened at Ferrum. This falls under the initiative for the most part. When we arrived at Ferrum on Saturday we found out that we only had one taping table/station for all of our athletes. There were two Athletic Trainers and three students, including myself, that were going to have to tape in the space. While we were figuring out our plan for getting everyone through, I noticed a conditioning room next to our space that was full of equipment. I got the idea of building a taping station out of what I saw. I ended stacking some box jump platforms and some flat platforms that they had and making a two sided taping station in a narrow hallway. I know it may seem kind of strange that I wrote about this over an evaluation or injury, but it's the cool ingenuitive things such as this that makes Athletic Training so much fun. Many times on our road games we are not always in the best situation to get athletes the pre-treatment that they need, but we always figure out a way to do it. The athletes got a big kick out of it and I did as well. On top of that I would like to add a part about responsibility and dependability. Between the Athletic trainers and AT students who traveled, I was the only male. This meant I was in the locker room post-game doing a lot of things by myself. I was originally in there to give out water and cut tape, but in the midst of that an athlete got a sever cramp in his leg and I got to help him out by myself. These situations influence me by building my confidence and ingenuity in ways that other normal scenarios do not. It teached me to be creative and to make the best of the situation as well as to be independent in many situations. Again, I know these may not be the most exciting things to some, but I thought they made for a neat little story.
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!