My athletic training student mentor is Lauren. At the beginning of me being in the program she showed me a lot of techniques and helped me a lot, but now that I am able to do so much, I don’t feel like I need to rely on her to show me things. I think we work well as a mentor-mentee relationship because I can have my independence, but I know if I need help with anything she will be there for me. The one big thing I learned from Lauren is how to be a graceful clinician. She makes everything look so easy and gentle and it’s amazing to watch her in action. I think Lauren is going to be a great physical therapist because of that quality. One thing Lauren really helped me out with was studying for some of my Upper and Lower practical’s. I think she specifically helped me with the cervical spine practical. She showed me a way to remember some special test and it was very helpful. Also, a big help was when I asked her how she was doing her clinical question last semester. For some reason our whole sophomore class didn’t know there was an outline we had to follow and were about to submit our work in the wrong format. Because I asked her how she was formatting it, not only did that save me, but she saved the whole sophomore class once I told them about it.
A highlight from this week is that I did my Imaging rotation. I saw some pretty cool stuff there. I will talk more about it on my Clinical Experience page. We had and In-service with Dr.Handy and he talked about alternative treatments. One of the things that stuck with me was the yoga breathing exercise he taught us. I have been using it a lot to wake myself us when I feel tired in the middle of the day, and when I am stressed out because I have a million of papers to write that I can’t get myself to stop procrastinating on. Finally, I observed a tennis match over the weekend and I had a good time watching it this time since I wasn’t freezing to death. There was this one girl on the other team who I couldn’t stop looking at because of her shoulders. I wanted to take a picture because it was so strange, but that is just rude. Her AC joints were stick out so much, that at first when I looked at her, I thought she has some kind of large cyst on her shoulder. That was until I noticed it was Bilateral, and then I noticed I could prominently see her humeral heads. She seemed to be a healthy weight so I was very confused to see her shoulders looking like that. I assume it doesn’t have any functional effects on her considering she and her partner won their doubles match.
This week I had a hand and wrist practical. After I receive my test back I will have a definite number, but I estimate I got about 25 masteries 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.