This week included my final preseason as an un-certified athletic trainer. This pre-season was very different for me compared to any other preseason before. This year I came a week late because I was still traveling with DCI’s Oregon Crusaders as they concluded their season. While everyone here was learning advanced techniques and helping out with football, I was keeping 150 band members healthy as they finished their last 3 shows of the year. While I definitely was making good connections and gaining good experience, there was still a part of me that missed being at Emory & Henry for pre-season. It was always super fun to come back and go over emergency techniques. It’s a good time to see how you have improved on those techniques and compare to the previous pre-season.
As a senior I feel very different compared to any year before. Having my summer experience with DCI has taught me so much on how to create good connections with my athletes, how to think quickly to resolve an issue, and most importantly to be confidence in my evaluations and not rely on my preceptor to double check me on everything I do. Not having to be scared of being wrong and having a preceptor correct and check me on everything is liberating. I feel very confident in my skills and my techniques. Of course I still need to learn finesse in some areas, but now after having my experience with DCI I feel confident and excited for my future as an athletic trainer.
I don’t believe three years ago I could have ever predicted how well I would be doing or feeling about being an athletic training student as I do now. My growth as an athletic training student has definitely influenced my interactions with my patients and preceptors. I have many athletes who choose to come to me for specific things because they trust me or they like the way I do something. I also have athletes recognize my good work and my frequency in the clinic. This makes me happy to know I can make an effect on people in a positive way to where they want to come be treated and tell their teammates to come to the clinic as well. As for preceptors, I feel like I have earned a good level of respect. At times it feels almost like the preceptors are my co-workers. They know I am a dependable student and if they need me to help them, I will be there and if I ever need help from them I know I can count on any preceptor to help me.
I am excited to begin this semester and refine my skills as an 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.