This year National Athletic Training Association has created, “Compassionate Care for All” as the slogan for National Athletic Training Month. I really like this slogan because I am already a naturally compassionate person, so I feel this is like a goal I can truly follow through on. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t doubt how a person feels. If a person tells me something is wrong I will want to help them, this is our job after all. I have heard other people say, “so-and-so is only here because they want the attention, they don’t have anything wrong with them.” There is a possibility this could be true, but we should also be some of the first people to see signs of psychiatric changes in our athletes too.
I think it’s important for athletic trainers and all health care providers to be compassionate towards their patients. We have all experienced a “bad doctor”. I feel like a large component to a bad doctor is a lack of compassion and attention to the patient. Anyone who feels like they are just pushed through isn’t going to feel cared for. This is especially important for athletic trainers. It’s possible that if one athlete you treat doesn’t feel cared for with you they could tell other people about their experience. This could be detrimental to both the athletic trainer and the whole sports team. Compassionate care for all sends a message that we care no matter what and we have a holistic approach. An athlete isn’t just an ACL tear, they are a human being with a soul and emotions and we should treat them as such.
This week I had 10 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.