I can honestly say that this years preseason experience does not even begin to compare to last years. Last year I was timid and nervous early on about my knowledge and skill level which led to me sitting back and not actively trying things during EMS training, practices, and other situations. I was proactive I feel, but not like I could have been or should have been. This preseason I feel right at home with my skills and experience and feel as though I am right on track with where I want to be. I feel that having had upper and lower evaluation classes has made the biggest change to who I am as an ATS. It has given me the confidence I need to perform evaluations as well as find correct diagnoses and be more confident in my assessments than I would have been last year doing an ankle evaluation. Being with football has also helped me a lot as I have seen many injuries and gotten to practice my evaluation skills. I have also seen many of the injuries many times over giving more exposure and a better understanding of each. One thing that has hindered me is medical abbreviations and remembering special test names. I need to look back on medical terminology book/packet as knowing the abbreviations would greatly increase my productivity on my evaluations as well as save me some time. During the evals I have done, I have been doing the special tests and know what to look for in order to rule in/out and injury, but I have not been able to think of the names at times. I have had to ask Melissa or Tayler. This was particularly an issue with the patella as I was carrying out the tests and correctly using them, but simply could not think of the name. This can be remedied by looking back in my eval book as well as studying the skills from last semester during clinical. I am much more confident in my evaluation and talking to patients and also much more confident in relaying information to my preceptor as well as feeling more confident in my judgment on a diagnoses. one example would be directly saying what I believe an injury to be instead of beating around the bush and giving two or three things it could "possibly" be. I am right o track with my goals at this point as I want to achieve 10 masteries per week. Through the two weeks I have had 30 attempts, many of which have come from injury evaluations. Some examples have been plica syndrome, hamstring strains, sciatica, jones fracture, lumbar muscle strain, concussions, etc with many of these having multiple recorded attempts. I have even seen what was a suspected AC joint injury, which turned out to be an avulsion fracture of the clavicle, which oddly enough turned out to be a shadow on the X ray and was finally ruled to be myositis ossificans of the clavicle. All in all preseason was very good to me I feel and I look forward to a good semester!
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!