My favorite part of clinical experience this year has been the independence and being able to be with one sport and really learn the team and their tendencies. Last year when we rotated, it was very hard to keep up with injuries from week to week and to be able to read the athletes. We were also watched closer by our preceptors and supervised in evaluation situations more. This year we have been able to perform evaluations more freely and been able to make more decisions and voice our opinions in the clinic. Being with one team gives us the opportunity see the athletes injuries and know what they each need from week to week. Also, constantly being around the same athletes allows us to get to know them better, which, in turn, allows us to read them better when they are injured or sick. Being with football has also given me the opportunity to see a lot of injuries I typically would not see in other sports and a higher volume of injury evaluations due to the contact nature of the sport. I feel like this will experience will translate well to my next clinical sight and feel that I will be more prepared wherever I go.
The inspiration for this clinical question came from one of the members of my investigation team. Originally I was thinking about doing a question involving turf research, but once my team member came forward with this idea I found it much more interesting. I am always excited to learn more or partake in research regarding the field of strength and conditioning and how we can benefit athletes better in the setting. Brittany, Chandler, and I agreed to work together as we know we can depend on each other and all have a deep interest in the topic. I am looking forward to how the research will show us whether supervised workouts or unsupervised workouts produce better results. I am interested to see if the unsupervised produce results that may seem better, but produce more injuries as well due to the fact that there is not a coach present. A side piece that could be explored, but is not a specific part of our research would be looking at one on one sessions with coaches vs. group workouts.
I have shared quite a few pieces of advice with the sophomores this year, so it would be very difficult to say everything on here. One of the first and best pieces I have offered is to not procrastinate on the clinical packets and clinical assignmnets. I presonnaly did this my first semester in the program and it made the last week of the semester very miserable and added a lot of tress to finals and conpetncy exams.
So far this semester my most challenging course has been physiology. It is my first senior level course in college and also happens to be one of the toughest courses in any science department. I believe it has been very challenging for me due the fact that it has been almost four years since I took biology 117/118 and two years since I took chemistry 111/112. The parts of the class that involve things learned in exercise physiology and modalities are coming easy to me, but a lot of the basic concepts from biology and the chemistry aspects as a whole in the course are difficult. The course has a lot of biochemistry, microbiology, and cell biology material, all classes I have not had. The class is very intriguing though as I love studying the physiology of humans and learning about the biological pathways of the body. I am definitely having to study more for the course than I have for any other science course due to the detail and volume of what we learn. We also have an offsite project we must obtain hours for which can be very difficult to do around our class schedules and clinical schedules, so balancing that has also been a challenge. But as I said, I am studying more frequently and more in depth than usual for the course and trying to stay ahead as much a possible. So far the course is going well for me and is very interesting. It also plays into a lot of my course material for other athletic training classes as well!
Everything that we do in clinical class parallels our clinical experience in one way or another. Many of the things we have covered in our clinical course this semester has been review from what we learned last year and it is really helpful as we do not always get to practice what we have learned in our clinical experience. The nice thing about the review is knowing that if a situation does happen, we know how to go about taking care of it. Many of the pbls have helped me in my clinical experience with football, especially in the in-game scenarios when we run to the field. Picking apart the scene and determining what needs to be done is a great skill that has become easier to use from our clinical course review. One example I can think of was with the dummy last week d our "worst scenario possible" practice. Taking on situations like that in class make us better prepared to handle situations in in clinical experience, but hopefully none quite as extreme as that one anytime soon. Our discussion of clinical experiences for the week is also useful as we can relate to each other on the same level and discuss situations that can potentially benefit us all as a class. This week, I also dropped off on my attempts and masteries gaining only two attempts. I believe it is time to start running some scenario examples as the quantities of injuries coming in with football seems to be going down, or at least the ones that are happening are repeats of ones already seen.
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!