This week I was on rotation with football. There was an away game which I got to travel with on Saturday. During the game I got to run onto the field to see if an athlete was okay for the first time. Thinking back this is kind of dorky, but I was super excited and I felt like a super hero going to save a life. The athlete was fine in the end, and we didn't have to do any emergency techniques, but I was totally geeking out about running out on the field. Also during the game it was really hot and one of our players started throwing up on the field in the middle of the play. The reaction of our opponent was pretty funny, and we gained a few yards because of it. Maybe puking is a new game advantage.
One of the most exciting things about the field of athletic training is how much is under our scope of practice, and the relationships we build. As an athletic trainer we get to do emergency response and rehabilitation. It's super exciting when we get to run out onto the field and see if the athlete is okay, but it is also highly rewarding to see an athlete through their recovery. Being able to see patients before, during, and after an injury adds an element of rapport and relationships to the field. I think this is important not only in a way that will help an athlete have better treatment, but also because I get to make the relationships and friendships which could help me in the future. Who knows if I will be helping out a high school baseball team, swim team, or basketball team, and one of those kids moves up in the world to the big league. If I have built good rapport with that athlete there is a possibility I can make an advancement to where I want to be in my career.
I think I will be a successful athletic trainer because of how dedicated I am to my studies. On top of taking 18 credit hours I do about 25 hours of studying a week and 20+ hours of clinical a week. Needless to say I'm a busy person, but I know if I didn't do this there would be no possible way I could be successful. Another reason I think I will be a successful athletic trainer is because I genuinely care about the sports, the human body, the people, and the profession. If someone lacked in any of those aspects they would either be a poor athletic trainer, or hate their job, which is unacceptable in this field of practice. So with how much time, effort, heart, and soul I put into this field, I know I am going to be a great and successful athletic trainer.
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.