Reflect on your "final" pre-season experience. Compare it to your previous years.
How do you feel different as a senior ATS? What has helped you so far? What has continued to be a hindrance?
How has your growth as an AT student influenced your interactions with patients and preceptors? Give an example.
Wow, senior year already! I cannot believe my time at Emory & Henry is almost over. Anyway, back to the journal prompt. My final pre-season experience was pretty good. I learned many new things this year during administration time. For example, I was able to work a lot with filing paperwork for old and new athletes, and making sure that they had everything they needed in order to compete in collegiate athletics this year. I completed tasks like filing physicals, and going through various teams’ paperwork and determining whether or not all of the athletes on the team needed to submit more paperwork. I think this was a good experience for me because I feel that I haven’t completed a whole lot of administration type duties in the past, and it gave me an idea about good ways to file paperwork, and how to communicate with athletes that still needed things.
I feel different as a senior this year because all of the other students have been looking at me as a role model and asking me various questions about how and why I do certain things. This has helped me further my confidence with athletes and with other various things such as general knowledge about how an entire Athletic Training staff works together to run smoothly. So far this semester I truly believe that all of the administration duties have helped me grow as I stated above. I think the main thing that has hindered me is one of the new staff members that is with football. We have had a few clashes this pre-season and I feel that it has kind of made me a little testy at times. I am open to changes in staff and even changes in the way things are done, but in this particular circumstance I feel that the changes haven’t benefitted me or any of the other students for that matter. We haven’t been able to do things that increase our knowledge in the clinic very often such as doing evaluations or rehabs, because it seems like we are always stuck doing all of the cleaning, or filling up all of the water bottles. Overall this has been my biggest hindrance.
I feel that I have grown into a pretty knowledgeable student in the ATP, and it has enabled me to question preceptors, and interact with patients more confidently. I feel like I can do things in the clinic now without asking if that is the right thing to do. I am able to make many decisions on my own, and my preceptors almost always agree with me that these decisions are the correct ones.