Who is your primary preceptor this semester? How do you feel about your placement? What are you excited about, nervous for, etc? What do you hope you will gain from this experience?
My primary preceptor this semester is Kris Johnston. I really like my placement, especially since I get to experience with basketball, and I will even get to have some experience with baseball when we have split practices. I really like being with Kris. He is very good with various manual therapy techniques and different taping methods, which was part of my goals for this semester anyway. I also like Kris being my primary preceptor because he is easy to work with. If something comes up he always understands and doesn’t fly off the wall about small things. Kris is also always willing to take the time to teach me and other students about various new things that we may have not learned yet in class. Kris also always provides good feedback while I am doing an evaluation or when I am doing some type of therapy with someone, which is helpful for learning the proper way to do things. Kris also lets me do many things on my own in the clinic, while watching from a distance, and gives me feedback. This helps me make my own decisions in the clinic. He is also very good about letting me get more hours when I need them. For example, on Saturday’s basketball game, he let me come in for an extra hour to help out with baseball treatments. It doesn’t sound like much but everything helps during baseball season when sometimes he can’t schedule me in the afternoons due to baseball. I am very excited to work with Kris because it seems like I learn something almost every time I get to experience with him. He is always giving me feedback when I am in the clinic and it really helps me build my skillset. The only thing I am nervous about is not getting enough hours during the semester due to Kris being my preceptor, and him covering baseball. I am sure it will all work out though. I hope that during this semester I will be able to learn a few things. The first being more things about taping and tape modification in specific circumstances. Another thing I hope to learn more about is various manual therapy techniques. The last thing I really want to get out of this semesters clinical experience is to learn more about upper extremity injuries, as well as methods to prevent them.
What are your goals for this semester? Why did you select those areas to focus on? What do you hope to achieve from those goals?
My goals for the semester are as follows:
1. Become more proficient at upper extremity evaluations by completing at least one upper extremely evaluation each week, and asking for helpful feedback.
2. Become more knowledgeable about baseball arm care by researching and helping Kris come up with a daily arm care protocol for the pitchers on the Baseball and Softball teams.
3. Become familiar with different taping methods, as well as being proficient when having to modify a tape job by completing at least 2-3 each week.
4. Complete at least 6 masteries each week in order to complete my clinical packet.
I chose the first goal because sometimes I feel a little shaky when looking at various upper extremity injuries. For example I feel as if it is tough to evaluate the shoulder because there is so much going on up there, and I believe the elbow is just as tough because there are only a few special tests that I have learned, and many of those special tests will cause a false positive. This has been my experience, with the baseball players I have worked with that have shoulder and elbow problems. From this goal I hope to achieve confidence, as well as more knowledge of upper extremity injuries and the anatomy of these injuries. I would also like to be more efficient when evaluating upper extremity injuries, and I believe this goal will put me on track to do all of these things.
The second goal is just a project that Kris and I have sort of dove into, due to the amount of arm problems on the baseball team that I believe could be solved with the proper arm care. We have sort of been looking at various arm care programs out there and trying to put together something that will be best suited for our athletes. This will also help me in the future when working with baseball players.
My third goal is simply so that I will be able to complete a tape job for any injury or prevention of an injury that will require one. I also enjoy altering taping methods to suit athletes and the specific problems they are having.
The fourth goal is just a way for me to complete my clinical packet on time and will keep me on track pertaining to studying for the exit interview.
This past week I have not completed any masteries toward my clinical packet.