I have always had decent communication skills, but I have also always been a more reserved quite person. This year I have really opened up in my socialness and this has helped me in the clinic. It is much easier for me to talk to coaches, doctors, other professionals and patients because I have opened up more. Communication is an important skill to have. It is the main method of how we evaluate injuries and it is a key factor in being a professional. I have had a few examples with my rehab patient where communication has been really important. The most recent one was when she had her wisdom teeth removed and she was in a lot of pain, but she was reluctant to tell me or the certified athletic trainer about it. This lead to other issues of where I would find out second had that she was in pain and though my rehab was too difficult. Another time where communication was important with her was when we were just getting to know each other. She had a bad experience with athletic trainer at her old school, so I knew it was going to be important for her to feel comfortable. Fortunately for me, my patient is a talker and I am a good listener. I think this made her feel more comfortable because she felt like she was getting better attention than she was at her other college. Our communication went from awkward every time we talked to a nice conversation. I think it is also important that communication is able to develop as a relationship is built, especially when forming a professional relationship. It is always good to have a good first impression when forming a professional relationship and the way you speak and carry yourself in a conversation is going to leave an impression on anyone you talk to.
So far Meg and I have reviewed 5 articles for our clinical question, “In active population ages 17- 25, could cellular changes in the tendon contribute to or result in chronic tendinopathies?” After reading over these 5 we have 2 very strong articles that we believe truly answer our clinical question. One of the articles we read went in depth on the debate of whether tendinitis is really an ‘-itis’. I liked this article because it gave many examples of research to prove both sides. It also gave us a lot of information on the chemical side of tendinopathies which is what we were truly going after with this question. The other article we read talked in depth on collagen and explained how there are different kind of collagen that is turned over every time there is a stress on it. This article is giving us more of a biological side of the question we asked. Both of these article together have a strong case to answering our question. With our research at this point, I feel comfortable saying the answer to our question is yes, cellular changes in the tendon do contribute to tendinitis.
With these 2 articles we are nearly finished with our project and pulling together the bottom line. Along with this we are also getting a presentation ready because we will both be achieving a goal we set for ourselves last semester; We will be presenting at Ampersand day on April 20th. We are both super nervous for this, but I am excited for what we will be able to present. We still have 2 more weeks until we present. We plan on finishing up our project sometime this week then finishing our presentation next weekend. With all that done we plan to have a meeting with our committee to review our work and make sure it is presentable for ampersand day.
I think doing clinical questions every semester is a good way for us to practice doing research for when we go to graduate school or even next year when we another big research project. Our clinical question that we have developed over our junior year is something I am truly excited about. We have put in quality work that I hope will show through on our presentation.
This week I had 2 attempts and 7 masteries.
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.