This weeks blog prompt is to describe an evaluation opportunity that I have had over this semester and tell how it will influence future clinical decisions.
My first day off site this semester, I was able to complete a knee evaluation on a football player from John Battle high school. I completed a history and found that the athlete had had a similar injury to the opposite knee, an MCL sprain. After completing various tests to rule out other more serious conditions, I gave the athlete a diagnoses of a grade 1 MCL sprain. During this evaluation I felt as if i had completed a pretty solid evaluation without leaving anything out. Bre confirmed this by telling me I had done a pretty good evaluation.
The only drawback with my evaluation is that I did not show enough confidence. That was the only critique that Bre had of my evaluation. So my major takeaway from this evaluation is that I need to be more confident when doing evaluations. In the future this will help me be more decisive. I will keep this in the back of my mind by telling myself that I can complete a good evaluation by myself, and if I am wrong, I will learn from it.
I was able to complete 14 attempts this week towards my clinical packet.
Think about the preceptors you have had, what characteristics did they exhibit that you have adopted or hope to utilize in your career. Explain why.
Melissa Davis- Melissa is probably the smartest preceptor that I have had during my clinical rotations. Since I have been with her she has not been wrong on a diagnosis. She is also very efficient with rehab. Melissa is very strong in the clinic and she is also willing to help the students in the AT program whenever they need help. I like that when there is an evaluation to do she usually just lets the students go, and then makes pointers after the student is done with the evaluation. Melissa is also the fastest person I've ever seen tape.
Kris Johnston- Kris is also really smart in the clinic. His best characteristic is that he truly cares about every sport and every athlete. He is always sensitive to the patients and tries to work around their schedule. Kris does a great job with evaluations as well as rehabs also. I think he benefits from caring about each of the athletes, and this helps him be great at his job.
Bre Davenport- Bre is great with on field evaluations. She is very fast and knowledgable when it comes to evaluating someone quickly and effectively. I think Bre's greatest quality is the ability to juggle so many athletes at once. She has to be able to do this to keep up with all 4 high schools that she covers. Bre also excels at communicating with younger athletes in a way that they can understand and is great at communicating with coaches.
Overall I have tried to adopt all of these characteristics that I have been shown by my preceptors. I feel like I am pretty good at communicating with athletes. I have learned that caring for the athletes is a great quality to have because it forms a good relationship between the Athletic Trainer and the athlete. This relationship shows the athlete that they can trust the AT when they get injured. I will always be trying to be as good as Melissa in the clinic but I'm not too sure if that will ever happen. I haven't met anyone with that much knowledge in the Athletic Training world.
One of my clinical goals this semester was to become better and more comfortable at completing on field evaluations. During my offsite experience I have been able to begin to achieve this goal. I have had multiple opportunities to go on the field and complete evaluations. I have not had any major injuries though. Normally they have been either cramps or someone getting the wind knocked out of them. I believe I will be much more comfortable when the time comes to go on the field for a more serious injury.
During this semester I am really just trying to fill out the pages in my clinical packet whenever i do an evaluation. I haven't been able to do very many since preseason because a lot of the injuries have been the same. I am under the goal I set for myself. I believe this is mostly because most all of the offsite experience I have had lately has been football games and there isn't really a good time for me to have my packet signed.
This week I wasn't able to get any masteries.
Week 2 Clinical Reflection.
Review the list of course objectives from the clinical course syllabus. Relate one of these course objectives to something you experienced during your clinical assignment this week. How has this occurrence influenced you?
One of the objectives on the clinical course syllabus is listed below.
-Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal communication skills with patients, coaches, the public and healthcare personnel.
This week while at a football game i was able to evaluate a quad contusion. During the evaluation the athlete was fairly talkative. This objective jumped out at me because I was able to have a pretty good conversation with this athlete about his injury. Although it was a pretty basic injury the athlete appreciated me telling him what actually happens in a contusion as well as how to treat it this weekend while he is resting. This influenced me because every chance I get to talk to an athlete about an injury and help educate them about it may help them in the future. Overall the main reason I want to be in this profession is to help athletes and I feel I was able to do this with the football player Friday night.
I did not write up any attempts or masteries this week.