We feel like this more cellular and biological approach will provide us with more information. We are hoping to be able to progress this again next semester into possibly doing our own personal research, and being able to contribute to literature. Our committee we have chosen is Beth Funkhouser, Melissa Davis, Scott Pennington, Brandon Surber, Chandler Copeland, and Joseph Vess. We chose Beth to be on our committee because she was the initial inspiration for our project last semester and is very helpful in finding us pilot research for us to begin looking at. We chose Melissa because she has a lot of experience with many different teams. This may be useful especially later when we decide to narrow our research further. Scott is an athletic training alumni from Emory & Henry and now is in the DPT program in Marion. We were able to meet with him this week and he sounds very interested and willing to help us out a lot. I think for this clinical question we will need help in combing through what minimal research is already out there, and he is one person who seems eager to help us out. Not to mention he was once in our shoes and will be very helpful in putting the final touches on our research. Brandon and Chandler are two seniors in our program who have really inspired us to push ourselves hard and want to present our work at Ampersand day. Not only have they been inspirational to us, but they have also done a lot of research on tendons and may be help in finding research, refining our work, and asking questions that we may not have asked ourselves. Last, but not least is Joe. He has the connections to get us to be able to present our work and will be crucial in being able to further our plan for next semester’s research.
Overall, Meg and I are excited to see what we will find. We have a few articles that we have looked over and believe this will be a good project for us.
This week I had 2 Masteries and 5 Attempts in my clinical packet.
It’s important to have a holistic approach to an athlete’s rehab because at the end of the day they are still a human being, not just an ankle sprain. The athlete could be sick, or depressed, or has bad eating habits. All of these can affect the outcome of a rehab. I had an example of this with my rehab patient. She had been telling me about how her roommate had an ear infection and that it is apparently contagious, and eventually she got it too. This caused her to have to miss a few rehabs, but we have to be okay with this. No good will come if I have her do balancing exercises and she can’t balance and is nauseous. For me this means I have a few days of rehab already written up for her, but I also know I might have to be ready to scale it back on the reps and weight because she may lose some strength after being sick. Ultimately it important to have some humanity when doing a rehab. Make sure they are still progressing but if they are not then look into some other personal factors that could be affecting them.
This week I had 8 attempts in my clinical packet.
There are many roles an athletic trainer has during a rehab. We become a new factor to an athlete’s daily life when we start a new rehab. It’s important to create a good connection with the athlete because this will open them up more and help us figure out how they feel and especially what they are experiencing throughout their injury. If we have a good line of communication open between the athlete, then this makes it easier to find out how to progress them. Something I do when I add a new exercise or add more repetitions is ask the patient how it feels and if it’s too hard, too easy, or just right. This allows me to make modifications as needed for the next time we meet. I also think it is important to have a variety of exercises. Specifically, with my rehab patient, she has an ankle sprain, but she also has a lot of general leg weaknesses. Sometimes when she is doing a balancing exercise I noticed she drops her knee in. After noticing this, I have added some leg exercises into her rehab because it would be horrible if she finished her ankle rehab then turned around and tore her ACL. I feel like a have a pretty decent connection with my rehab patient. She is very open about talking about her daily life. She tells me about her classes, and her crazy roommate, but she also feels comfortable in asking me if I can do something for her in her rehab and asks how things I do work. With how open she is I feel like I have a good understanding of when to push her and when too pull back on some exercises. Another way I can tell if she is struggling with something is if it takes her a long time to complete the exercise. It’s interesting because she doesn’t particularly complain, but if I ask her later how that exercises was she will tell me it was hard. Some people are slow because they are methodical, some people are slow because they are lazy and they drag it out with a lot of breaks; I just happen to notice that if an exercise is particularly hard for her she is slow, but she will complete the exercise anyway.
This week I had 1 attempt and 2 masteries in my clinical packet
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.