This week I have accomplished 17 attempts on the cervical spine, I was able to sit in on Brianne’s upper class and go over special tests. I am really glad I was able to sit in on that class because I wasn’t able to remember all the special tests in order to become proficient. Once I sat in on that class, everything came back to me, and it was much clearer and I understood them again!
This week, almost the same as last week, wasn’t very exciting. However, it started off very exciting with a lot of clinical experience. First starting on Monday with four basketball games at Battle High School, in the JV girls’ game, in the first half two girls went down. The first girl from Battle fell and inverted her ankle and within seconds there was swelling already the size of a golf ball. We were able to get ice on her ankle within five minutes and were able to limit the swelling. However, she was out for the rest of the game, which she was not happy about and neither was her father. Once we got back to our seats and sat down the second girl came up to me from the other team and said, “My coach told me to have you guys look at my hands, I can’t move them.” I started to do a function test to see what the problem was then quickly noticed she was completely unable to move her left hand, whether or not she was guarding or the injury was that serious I was unsure. I started to palpate and then realized there was a big hole where the lunate should be, compared bilaterally and we decided that by her lose of function and deformities she had a dislocation and sent her to the hospital. I still do not know what exactly was wrong. After the JV girls game, nothing clinically interesting happened other then getting ice bags for players after the games.
On Tuesday night, we had four more games but that night at Patrick Henry High School. Again, not as clinically exciting as the JV game the night before. The most exciting part about that night was definitely the puppy a guy was carrying around with him the whole night, because who doesn’t love puppies?! Other then getting a couple ice bags for players nothing clinical exciting happened to me that night. With a big week and lots of clinical experience this coming week, I’m hoping that a lot of clinical excitement will come out of this week.
For this semester, spring 2017, my goals are purely to not procrastinate. My first out of five goals is, accomplish 15- 25 attempts each week. With my clinical placement off campus at mainly Patrick Henry High School and John S. Battle High School with occasionally traveling to other high schools in Southwest Virginia; attempts in my clinical book will become consistent. My second goal is, I would like to achieve at least 14 masteries every week starting next week January 23- 29. My third goal is to improve on my evaluation skills. I believe that by finishing at least two evals/ practice evals a week for upper I will be able to accomplish that goal. After being on remediation during spring semester of 2016 and taking a semester off, I am out of practice with evals. I would like to be able to do evals without a worry of messing up by the end of the semester. My fourth goal is, is to become proficient in concussion testing by spring break. by practicing testing weekly. With spring sports such as, baseball, softball, and soccer; it is very common for head injuries. The practice that I will have mastered will help with the concussion testing being done on the student athletes. My fifth and final goal is to become become proficient in lower injury diagnoses by March 1st. While taking a semester off, I was unable to clinically experience injuries as if I was at school. With being placed off campus and working with high schools games and practices, I will become more consistent with clinical experience while doing hours at the same time everyday. This week was not as exciting as my first week with Bre. My first week was exciting because I was back doing the thing I love, working with athletes (and under an AMAZING athletic trainer). This week we only had one day of basketball games with practice every other day. The biggest thing I learned this week is that I cannot let anyone over step me, I need to stand up for myself. During the very last game of the night, one of the PH boys basketball players came up to Bre, Brittany, and I during half time needing to get blood off the back of his jersey and off his arm. After wiping the blood off we noticed he did not have a cut, After halftime one of the Twin Valley players came up to us with a opened scab needing it to be wrapped. Bre handed me a wrap with a pad on the wrap, I started to wrap the players elbow and the coach that was with the player snatched the wrap out of my hand and started wrapping it himself. Then asked me if he could just tear the wrap, which if properly trained in taping you know you need to use the whole wrap. I took the wrap back and finished it myself. The player went back to play after being wrapped and was able to finish the game. That was the clinical excitement I had experienced this past week.