Reflect on your pre-season experience. Compare it to your start with the program last year.
How do you feel different as an ATS? What has helped you so far? What has hindered you? What are you still unsure of and how do you plan to address that uncertainty.
How has your growth as an AT student influenced your interactions with patients and preceptors? Give an example.
During this pre-season I became much better at a few different areas than I was last year. The largest area of improvement was in emergency situation management such as spineboarding and on field evaluations. All of the days of classes and hands on training helped me refine my skills while spineboarding as well as knowing my role in this process if this were to happen on the field. I have also become much more proficient in different taping techniques. Being offsite has been a huge help in getting a different perspective of various work fields in athletic training.
I feel as if after this preseason I am more comfortable with on field evaluations. Refreshing all of my on field skills helped tremendously in quickly and accurately evaluating injuries on the field. I am also more comfortable working with all of the students and professors while in the clinic and on the field. I do not feel like I have been hindered at all during pre-season. The long days of class with hands on activities really helps my confidence and refreshes my memory of what to do in emergency situations.
Overall my interactions with patients and preceptors has become more relaxed and I am beginning to feel much more comfortable around both. For example while offsite I was able to evaluate a knee injury with a football player and that evaluation was probably the first time I wasn't nervous at all. I felt like I completed a great evaluation and my preceptor agreed that I did a good job.
I have accumulated 12 masteries and an additional 8 attempts. There are a few injury evaluations from last week that I have yet to get signed off on so those will be coming soon.