This semester my clinical question is, “do athletes have more endurance running when listening to music with ear buds or background audio?” I came up with this question one day when I was running on an elliptical and I had forgotten my ear buds. There was music on in the background, but it was pretty quiet. That day I was only able to run for 15 minutes opposed to my usual 30. I don’t know why that happened. My body wasn’t tired previously to working out, nor were any muscles sore. 10 minutes into running I felt like death. It didn’t make sense to me. Even though I was tired after a short run, at least I had a good idea for this project. I suspect people are able to have more endurance because they are distracted, and are not focusing on how tired they are or how their muscles feel. I want to know if people really have more endurance when they listen to music or if it is just a distraction. The people on my team so far are Melissa Davis as my AT advisor, Josh Bullock as my content expert, and Joseph Vess and my Ampersand Center Rep. I’m working to get another content expert. I have been reaching out to some psychology professor and haven’t been able to secure one yet. I think a psychology professor would be very helpful in investigating this question because they will be able to aid me in understanding mentality and information on how the brain works. Josh Bullock is Emory & Henry’s strength and conditioning coach. I think he will be helpful in understanding endurance and human capacities. As for my other team members, I think they will be able to help me find resources and review my progress and final product. One thing I typically struggle with in writing and in research is conveying 100% of what I am saying. Because I am doing all the research clearly I know what I am talking about, but a reader might not fully comprehend. This is where I think my other team members will be the most helpful, especially because they are all very good at asking questions.
This week I took my Shoulder practical. After I get my sheet back I will have 30+ attempts and masteries for this week.
A basic medical kit would include: 2-inch tape, power flex, pre-wrap, scissors, heel and lace pads, alcohol wipes, gauze, non-adherent pads, Band-Aids, gloves, cotton swabs, neosporin, a CPR mask, and hand sanitizer.
A more detail kit would additionally have elasticon, leuko tape, adherent spray, bio-freeze, ace bandages, triangle bandages, ibuprofen, benadryl, saline solution, cough drop, and glucose/ hard candy.
Side line emergency supplies are AED, splint bag, and a spine board with straps.
The items in the basic medical kit are important because it has basic first aid equipment and the essential taping supplies. This is the minimum any of us athletic training students should have on our body’s during events.
The items in a more detailed kit are important because it allows the athletic trainer to do more and different types of tape/ wrap jobs. Additionally, it has items to treat athletes on site for pain and illnesses.
The side line emergency supplies are important to have because if something catastrophic does happen athletic trainers are prepared to treat broken bones, cardiac conditions, and spinal/ head traumas.
While clinicaling with Chaypin and Hannah, I had the opportunity to experience a lot of rehabs this week. I did a ACL rehab and lumbar rehab. The ACL rehab was pretty cool because it was a pool rehab. She ran laps, did squats, used resisting flippers and did hip 4 ways. It was interesting to lead her on these exercises. I sat and watched for the most part, but I also tried to encourage her too since this was her first time doing a pool rehab. The Lumbar rehab was a bit different. The AT had warned me that this patient sometimes slacks in form and might give attitude if told to correct something. So going into this rehab I didn’t really know what to expect. I watched her pretty closely checking her form. Despite a few bad reps here and there I didn’t think she was slacking. She definitely didn’t give me an attitude either. Again, I just tried to encourage her to keep doing good reps, and she ultimately finished pretty fast. I think it was good to experience these rehabs because I got to work with two different personalities, but ultimately still achieve a good outcome.
This week I got 15 attempts.
Taping. It’s both the bane and reason for an athletic trainer’s existence. Many people believe all ATs do is tape and give out water, but what many people don’t realize is that there is a lot of effort that goes into perfecting a tape job. First of all, there has to be a reason for the tape job which requires lots of research. Second, the AT must know the anatomy and physiology of the body in order to apply it properly. If an AT pulled ankle stirrup lateral to medial, you can bet he or she should be expecting a lawsuit. Third, tape has a mind of its own and the AT must obey its demands otherwise you bet there’s going to be a wrinkle. Wrinkles lead to friction which will lead to a callus or blister which will lead to the AT having to cut it off. This all could have been avoided it the AT obeyed the tape. Finally, I can almost guarantee anyone criticizing ATs for only taping and giving out water has never tried to rip tape. Ripping tape is a struggle that will leave you very disappointed in yourself if you don’t know how to do it correctly.
On a more serious note, it can be hard to beat the stigma that all athletic trainers do is give out water and tape, especially since that’s often times all people will see. What really matters is that the athletes know we are more than just water boys and girls. If they understand we come from an intense program and do everything we do with the athlete’s best interest in mind, then I think we are doing our job correctly and Athletic trainers shouldn’t worry too much about the stigma. If athletic trainers do run into people who don’t understand what we do, we have to make sure we educate people so they know we are more than what they think, but not act offended. If they are being jerks about it then hand them a roll of tape and tell them to try it out and see how wrong they are about us.
This week I got 5 attempts.
This week’s journal topic is: Review the list of course objectives & outcomes from one of your ATR 340 course syllabus. Relate one of these course objectives to something you experienced this week. How has this experience enhanced your learning in that course? So when I looked at the syllabus I found this objective, “Use clinical reasoning skills to formulate an appropriate clinical diagnosis for common illness/disease and orthopedic injuries/conditions.” On Thursday I was clinically experiencing with Men’s basketball. After practice I was waiting for the men to come back, but the softball team came in first. A lot of girls came in so I decided to help them with getting ice. A girl asked me If I would look at her foot, and I thought I was going to have to do an evaluation, but it was just a bruise. I told Melissa, and she said it was fine, just give her ice which is what I figured I should do. I was ready to do a full ankle eval, so this experience change my view on clinical injuries. If it’s obvious, I should just use my best judgment to correct and help the situation.
This week I wrote a paper for exercise physiology on if fast twitch muscle fiber transplants are ethical. I said the procedure is not ethical due to no evidence based research on the procedure. There is also a high risk of injury and infection due to little to no physician certified to do the procedure. Finally, I compared the transplant surgery to blood doping that happened a lot in the 1960’s. I stated how the procedures both theoretically gave the person a physical advantage, while still technically using their own body tissue. Then I went on to talk about how the International Olympic Committee banned blood doping and set out rules and regulations. I said those rule should be applied to muscle fiber transplant surgery.
Also this week, I took a cervical thoracic eval practical. I feel like I did really well. This is going to give me about 30 masteries when I get the test back. I also got a mastery for lower extremity taping this week.
This is where I do my weekly clinical blog assignment. There is either a prompt I am responding to, or I just talk about something exciting I saw during the week.