My favorite part of clinical this semester is being off site. Being at high school is a lot different than being at the college level. In years past we always have joked around what it is like to have to be creative on make things on the spot, but in the high school this is a reality because they don’t have as much of a budget as the college. At the high school level I notice a dramatic decrease on pre-performance rehab and interventions. I know the reason why this is different is because they have to either come straight from the end of the day to the clinic or they will not have pre-treatment because time is so limited. That being said, I don’t believe many of the athletes are aware they can have pre-treatments. I know when I was playing softball is high school I had no clue who or what an athletic trainer was, let alone what they were able to do.
Another part of this semester that I have enjoyed is being what I like to call a “Freelance ATS”. On weeks where I am not able to travel down to the high school I can do hours with my secondary preceptor on campus. I am primarily with women’s soccer when I can’t go to Bristol, but there have been many times where I have done clinical hours with other preceptors. I really enjoy this because I like the preceptors we have here and I also get to help them out when they don’t have students. There is always one preceptor that doesn’t have sophomores on their rotation and typically that is who I help if I’m not with soccer. I believe this allows me to have more experiences, but also keeps me aware of what is going on with campus athletics so that when I come back to on-site I will be more aware of who has what injuries and such.
I also really look forward to next semester. I feel like I have a lot of experience with lower extremities from this semester and last year. I really hope to be able to clinically experience baseball because I have helped with one of the player’s post-surgical rehab and I would like to continue seeing his progress and ultimately get to see his return to play.
This week I had 5 attempts 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.