Looking back on the last year and a half in the program is crazy for me to think about and how much I have changed. First year was absolutely crazy for me with all the problems of understanding how I needed to learn to perform well in school and professionally. If I would have been asked this a year ago I would change the subject quickly or be hesitant to answer. However, looking back now I understand it happened for the absolute best and I am much stronger now because of it. From last semester, I think I performed in the clinic the best I ever have and passing me exit exam the first time gave me the confidence I have been lacking for the last couple years, but it made me very excited for this coming semester. I am most excited for my clinical placement this semester because I think Melissa will push me out of my comfort zone, which at times might be stressful or worrisome. However, I a very ready for it. One thing that I wish to change for this semester is my evaluations and be more willing to do them without hesitation. I will be making it a goal to do evaluations weekly even if they are simulated to gain more confidence. A very big goal I have along with another student this semester is to attend two ampersand prep-sessions so we can hopefully present on ampersand day in the spring. I still have to work on a couple goals for the semester.
I had some clinical excitement this weekend at the women’s basketball game, where Katie and I were placed behind the Bridgewater bench for the game. One of their players was catching a ball and dislocated her MIP of her fifth digit. She was surprising extremely calm when it first happened. She looked at her hand and held it for a second and waited for her coach to take her out of the game. Katie and I quickly realized what happened and I ran to make an ice bag and Katie waved over Melissa. Once the player came off the court Melissa looked at it for a second then asked the girl her name and within that time Melissa had already reduced the dislocation and the player could flex and extend within normal limits again. Melissa buddy taped her finger then let her return to play. At halftime I gave the player ice and she jokingly said that she was actually an AT student as well. I am very excited for the semester if that is how all my games go! I have also included a picture of me and Katie from the game!
My progress on my clinical packet has not been the best by any means. I was not expecting my semester to be as stressful as it has been, with my class load, my health, and my social life completely changing in the past two months it has been very hard to stay focused and get done what I need to get done. Every semester I tell myself that I will work on it throughout the semester and it never 100% gets accomplished. The goal that i set at the beginning of the year was achievable, however I was not focused or drive as much as I needed to be to accomplish that goal. My biggest goal is to go on to grad school after I graduate, which now I see as almost impossible to achieve if I continue down the road I am on now. However, with all those changes I have taken out very big distractions and an working harder on staying focus and accomplishing my goals. Next semester I will make my goals and force myself to stick with them, I can’t be back in the same boat I am in right now or I will be go down a bad road and my goals are too big to do that! For next semester I will set aside time, ALONE, to accomplish work ahead of time, if that's my clinical packet or homework for the next week, like I did last semester.
I have 172 hours, which means my clinical excitement is definitely at a low. Hoping this week will be my last week and next week I will be able to just focus on finals!
I have 116 attempts in my packet and 15 masteries.
When I am in doing an evaluation on the shoulder I struggle with confidence. I get very overwhelmed when I get put on the spot. Upper evaluation was my better of the two classes however when it comes to the shoulder I get all turned around with the muscles and some landmarks. For example special tests for the labrum, I cannot think of fast enough without looking them up. The upper body evaluations are my weakest point. I also struggle with confidence with doing evaluations, I get scared that I will totally get it wrong and people will make fun of/ say something mean to me. Over the past couple semesters I have become more comfortable with the criticism, if there is one way to learn it’s being wrong to learn the right way.
One thing I am very confident with are lower leg/ knee evaluations, I easily understand the special tests for the knee and ankle, what they are testing, what it is for, and what I should be feeling for. I also feel very confident with modalities, what is necessary for what injuries. For example when swelling is present the best treatment is ultrasound. Depending on the location of the swelling with with determine the depth and the intensity. For the quad 1.0 and the 3.3 for the ankle a superficial location.
This past couple weeks where I have only been experiencing for 5 hours a week because I am only 9 hours and 45 mins for my max so Cole is trying to stretch them out so I can get some experience with basketball. I was able to experience with the first men’s basketball game of the year! It is a totally different experience than football, they aren’t as needy as the football players. No injuries happened during the game and the whole team was cleared to play, however, I was a little bit worried about the boy that had the concussion last Thursday.
I was able to get 8 more attempts because of our PBL and all of the knee injuries due to the injury chart for lower.
This week I was about to experience twice with two different teams. On Tuesday, I was able to experience with Melissa and the women’s basketball team. I spicaed a player preventing flexion of the hip also assisted with ACL rehab during practice. The clinical excitement was on Thursday however at the men’s basketball scrimmage. I was able to experience with Jejuan, the first time since him leaving football. In my opinion the game went very smooth until they went into “overtime”, the coaches had decided to go ahead and continue playing for an extra 10 minutes after the two halves. During that time, we had one player get hit in the head with another player’s elbow from the other team and a player from the other team strained his hamstring while running. For the player from the other team, I was able to just put ice on it during the game then again after the game before getting on the bus. However, our player about 5 minutes after coming out of the game started to show signs of a concussion. I was able to take him back to the clinic and do SCAT testing, where he was positive for 9 symptoms of a concussion which meant he was positive for a concussion. However, during his testing he was totally fine and made a perfect score. We were able to communicate the proper protocol for him to follow for return to play and told him to stay away from TV, phone, computer, and another that was straining for his eyes and made him really think.
This week I was able to complete ten more attempts due to a PBL in clinical with 3-4 masteries because of lower.
This week was a very uneventful/ exciting/ stressful week, from a whole bunch of tests and studying to my last football game, however clinically I have no excitement. This week was my last week clinically experiencing a football game.. FOOTBALL IS OVER!!! Exciting but also very upsetting, I have loved experiencing with the football team and getting to know most of the players, I feel as though I have a whole new friend group. Being able to experience with football has been one of the most exciting things I have been able to do here at school. From the exciting injuries to the hilarious coaches, being around the football team has been a stress reliever, they are always able to make me smile. This weekend I was able to travel with the football team one last time to the Apprentice School in Newport News, Va. We had an awesome game on and off the field, winning the game and ending with no serious injuries. Besides cleaning blood a couple of times I was unable to work my AT magic, I was however able to make a couple of decisions on letting a player back in the game at that moment due to blood on the jersey and his elbow. The player had ran off the field to me with an open scab on his elbow, over the last couple games I have realized that if they had a scab on an elbow or knee and it is not covered it is coming off at some point during the game, so be prepared to bloodbuster a jersey and quickly wrap up the wound. I was able to quickly put some gloves on clean up the blood that was running down his arm and wrap him up, he only missed one play then was back on the field.
Football has been an awesome sport to experience with, I’m so glad I was able to experience with them. I can't wait to see who I get to be with next semester!
I was only able to get 3 masteries from the week based off of what we were able to do in class.
My favorite part of clinical experience has to be being able to experience with only one team at a time as well as traveling with the team. It is my favorite part because only experiencing with one team allows me to make connections with the players and get to know what they need and how they like it. For example, some of the football players will only go to one specific person to tape/ wrap/ brace they because they like it a specific way and everyone does it a little different. Traveling with the team has to be my favorite part about experiencing in general because we get to experience different schools and see how they would do things different from how we would do it. Also, we can see their AT clinics which at some schools are very nice and others not at all, Randolph- Macon had one of the nicest clinics I had ever been in, the had a cold whirlpool built into the ground so athletes could easily get in it, they had all separate rooms for the different clinical purposes. Also they had the testing materials for VO2 max tests in their clinic. I enjoy seeing how other schools clinics are set up because, we can experience the different clinics as if we were athletic trainers traveling with teams of our own to different places.
Clinical excitement: ALICE training this week, the training that we did really opened up my eyes with a violent intruder. Growing up I always understood to just hide from the danger rather than approaching or running away from it. While in training when he was discussing that one thing really came to mind, in elementary school if we were at recess and we had a lockdown we were told to go hide in the dugouts on the baseball fields. Now thinking about it, I feel like that is the worst place for 30 kids to hide and the best place to shot all of them at once. Knowing what I know now, I would never tell a kid to hid in a dugout and just run to safety. However I still have a problem with that as well, for example with the attack at the library in the 19’s how are we supposed to know where to run or that there is only one or two people?
This we Colin, Jashaad and I were able to go to Meadowview Elementary School with Brianne for career day and talk to over 100 kids about being in college as AT students. It was awesome and made me realize that going toward pediatrics is what I really want to do, because little kids don’t have a care in the world and just love to do pretty much anything.
Looking back on sophomore year, the biggest piece of advice I could give to the newbies is not to procrastinate and ask if help if it is needed. As a sophomore I made a lot of mistakes which I was able to correct my second semester and made dean's list! I would want to share that with the newbies because I know that a lot of them are having a very hard time in classes and in clinical. I understand what it is like to have a hard time and not want to ask for help, I had a hard time asking for help because I was not confident or close enough to anyone to ask for help and feel like I could get it. If my first semester I learned that I needed to become closer to some of the upperclassmen because they had were in the same position as me at some point and had taken the same classes so they had all the materials that I needed. I have been here for a couple of the newbies so far this year which has helped me a lot as well as them. This semester I am in lower eval again so a lot of the newbies have come to me for help which has been very helpful for my to review my lower special tests.
This past week I was able to get a couple of attempts but no masteries, my hours have been reduced because I only have 30 hours left for the rest of the semester.
This journal I'm going to talk about the prompt: What is your most challenging class so far this semester? Why do you find it challenging? How are you coping?
This semester my most challenging class would have to be two out of my six classes, human anatomy and general chemistry. Chemistry has been very challenging class for me, numbers have never been my strong point in school. I have been working with a group however, studying for quizzes and tests as well as doing homework together. working with a group has really forced me to study harder for this class. Anatomy has been my largest challenge because of the professor, Dr. Graham, whom I think is an amazing professor just very hard to understand in my words. I have had a hard time studying for his tests and quizzes because not many people on campus have had him as a professor so I was unsure how he would make the tests. I went into the first tests studying and going over my notes, which didn't work well for me, I made a 56 on the first test.
These two classes are very hard classes on their own, mixed with four other classes and 17 credits total, my workload has been a lot at times. I have tried to stay ahead of my homework and classwork, which at times didn't happen, but I am trying everyday to adjust new studying techniques which has helped some but more for the long run.
The way I have been coping is trying to study more in groups so if I do have any problems or questions I have people around me to help me get through them, not only in those two classes but also in AT classes. Having help in my AT classes has been a total change from last year where I felt like I was alone, but now since becoming closer with my classes we have all really helped eachother out a lot.
This week from my clinical packet has been pretty successful, Me, Laura, and Colin started a google doc of all the injuries in our packet so we are able to get attempts and soon masteries. This week we did the lower leg, foot, and ankle. I was able to get 8 attempts this week but no masteries.
Clinical question: is the change in collagen in chronic tendonitis in physically active people due to an overuse or underuse?
I am in an investigative group with Katie and Laura for our clinical question. We chose to do this topic because of a strength and conditioning topic that was brought up in the first couple days of class. There is new result about discussing that it truly is an underuse that for the longest time has appeared to be an overuse. I thought this would be a very interesting topic because throughout my clinical experience, I have thought it was an overuse injury. I am also not the only one who has thought that. I am super pumped to be working with Laura and Katie because we do well balancing out each other and work very well together. We chose Melissa as our AT advisor, Beth as our faculty advisor, Matt as our content expert, and Joe for our ampersand center rep. We chose to do an Ampersand center rep because we want to make our project bomb.com so that we can possibly present on ampersand day next semester.
This weekend was full of clinical excitement, at the football game this weekend one of the players during a timeout as bleeding down his chin into his jersey. We rushed over to him and quickly realized that he had a large laceration on his chin that was bleeding a lot, which I attached a picture, Brittany stayed with him while I ran and got their team doctor. He walked over to the other side with me and looked at the player and suggested that the player leave immediately to get stitches. After fighting back and farther with coaches about blood borne pathogens, he left with a couple minutes left in the third quarter. After leaving their team doctor asked me if I agreed with his decisions, which I did. I wouldn't want to put anyone on the field in danger of getting any blood borne pathogens.
This week was a short we and I was not able to get any more masteries or attempts.
This week was FULL of clinical excitement, well this weekend! Saturday Emory & Henry played Washington and Lee, a team we had had trouble with for a long time and hadn't been able to beat them in a while. Saturday started with a lot of taping and stretching as always. The boys were looking good all week so we were hoping to pull out the win. They started off the game with a fumble and a touchdown for E & H, which got everyone excited and pumped up! Shortly after the second quarter beginning one of the Washington and Lee players went down after planting and twisting. When I first looked at the player it appeared to just be an ACL tear so then went on with filling up the bottles, a couple seconds later I turned around and Cole was running out on the field with the splint bag and pulling out the air cast. I began to walk on the field than Cole was looking at me asking me to get the spine board. I went and grabbed the spine board then ran to get the gator so we could transport him off the field. When I was driving off the field the player began to sit up, which then I realized he did not have a spinal injury. Once getting him to the ambulance Dr. Hannula began to talk to him about the severity of his injury, after doing some tests on the field he felt as though that he had blown out his whole knee. Blowing out the knee meaning his ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL, and patellar tendon were all toren. After getting back on the field, halftime began. After halftime we went back out on the field, the coaches kept the first string in. Both teams were starting to wear down, which is when more flags are thrown and injuries occur. During the fourth quarter after being hit in the head one of our running backs went down, we ran up to him just to find out he needed a break and some water. In the last five minutes of the game it was 42 to 38 W & L , E & H had the ball. With 40 seconds left in the game we were on the 3 yard line, another one of our runbacks was hit in the face. He was bleeding from both nostrils and a cut on his head, we cleared him up and put him back in game where he ran in the ball to make the score 42 to 45 E & H with only 14 seconds left in the game. After kick off W & L got the ball with only a couple seconds left.. The clock wore down and we won the game! After the game Dr. Hannula looked at the player's nose, the swelling was starting to become apparent. He had broken his nose in high school but couldn't compare the pain. If his pain became worse he was going to take a closer look at it the next day.
This week I was able to get 10 attempts from our PBL on the spine and 3 masteries.
This week was an insane and enjoyable week all in one. First started with a short practice on Monday after anatomy lab. Tuesday we had a PBL due which involved the face and head injuries, which gave us a bunch of attempts in our clinical packets. But, other than those couple of attempts I was not able to get any more attempts or masteries toward my packet.
This weeks practices were short and sweet in preparation for the big game on Saturday against Maryville College. Doing the two practices I clinically experiences this week, I planned a rehab for a linebacker with an injured hamstring. We decided to only hold him out of practice for a day than the next day he could return but was not allowed contact. The first day back he ran a couple of laps around the field running the length, 120 yards, and walking the width of the field, 50 yards, just to see how he it was feeling after treatment from Sunday. After he ran a couple of laps he wasn't feeling the best, he needed to be stretched. After stretching he ran and was feeling good again. After running about 6 laps, we decided to do some cutting drills. I put two weights about 5 yards apart and instructed and demonstrated how to run in a figure 8 for 30 seconds. After he finished a 30 second figure 8 he then ran another lap around the field, he continued until he ran for 5 minutes. After finishing practice and stretching a lot he started to feel a lot better. Then the next day he returned back to practice with limitations.
Later in the week was the most exciting part my mom came down from New Bern for the game! I love being a part of the Athletic Training students and being able to clinically experience with football, because it is like having a bunch of brothers around. This game was an exciting game and sad game all at once, the boys played very well but lost the game. I also put in a picture with Brittany because she is getting closer to graduation and the day she leaves me..
This week was a very busy week, I was in class and lab all day almost everyday. I was doing a lot of running around, up the hill than back down. Clinically this week was one of the most exciting due to the football game on Saturday. Throughout the week I was able to do a couple of evals on some players and was also able to make much a practice plan for a player who was just returning from a concussion, the player had just returned the day before and walked at a brisk pace for 30 minutes with no symptoms and was feeling good. Thursday Cole made me come up with a plan for the player that day. I planned 15 minutes of running than a short ab set after. During practice the player was able to complete the workout without any symptoms, meaning the next practice could be a little more intense. Before practice that day I was able to do an eval on a player with a hamstring strain, something I had never seen before, however was very common to this player. Then doing practice was able to do a shoulder eval, this player had shoulder surgery after fracturing his shoulder snowboarding in March of this year. The doctor cleared him two days before returning to school for preseason. After looking at his shoulder before and his shoulder now I see a lot of the same deformities that I saw before the surgery was done. This weekend was a bad weekend to be an Emory & Henry football fan, losing 13 to 8 the whole team was upset. But it was an exciting weekend for Brittany and Carson being their last first Emory & Henry football game. During the game however I was assigned to blood duty and "floater", whenever there was blood I wrapped it up quickly and got the player back in, only a couple of guys needed my attention. There were very few injuries that I was involved in, one being a Lineman's wrist, he was complaining of pain, had limited ROM, and swelling quick. He finished the game though then went to the ER for x-rays, Cole and Brittany agreed on a stress fracture, however we still do not know.
This week was an adjustment week for me so I was not able to get any masteries, however already have 40 attempts.
This semester just started but I feel like I'm in the middle/ end because of stress. I started preseason with dermatitis on the mid section of my body, due to nervousness about the semester ahead. I was able to bring Avery back to school with me this semester so I am hoping she will help me not get overwhelmed and stressed. At the start of preseason classes I was really focusing and trying really hard to take really good notes and really pay attention, I was starting to feel more confident so the itching was starting to go away. We started clinical experience Wednesday, when football arrived. I had the first practice, I was super excited because it had been over a year since I had had clinical experience on campus. This practice was going to be the start of a big change for a lot of people, Melissa is no longer working with football so it was going to be an adjustment for the students and the athletes. E&H was able to hire a new at Athletic Trainer named Cole, he's pretty awesome, and he is in charge of all the football players. The first practice was exciting but kind of boring, an in nothing exciting clinically happening. After Wednesday, I did not have any more practices until the next week, however there was a lot of organizing and filing that needed to be done so we had admin duties throughout the week. I was starting to get my stress under control than on Saturday when Laura and I were driving a moving truck stopped on the main road right out from campus than backed up right into the front of my car. After my car was towed and the insurance got involved my stress doubled and the dermatitis spread into my legs. I just found out on Friday that my car is totaled and now I have a short time to find a new car.
However, classes started Wednesday I really like all my classes it is just going to be a pretty busy semester with 17 credits and being placed with football. I love being with football, I get to see a lot of injuries some more serious than others.
I have never wanted to meet my goals more than I do this semester. I have some pretty big goals that will push me out of my comfort zone 100%. My first goal is the biggest that will also continue into next semester. I will attend at least two prep sessions in order to submit to the ampersand committee. Katie, Laura, and I have decided to do our little clinical question on if tendinitis in active people is truly and overuse or if it is an underuse injury. We want to make it an amazing topic/ presentation so we can present to during ampersand day.
In the fall of 2015, I entered into my sophomore year of college starting the Athletic Training program. I was ready to start classes, but was not anticipating classes to be as difficult as they were. The best part of the whole semester was the clinical experience I was able to gain, experience with every fall sport and the hospital with ER and wound care. However, I never studied as much as I should have and never worked as hard. When it came to exam week, I studied like crazy for my exams but put off my comprehensive exam. I made A's on my exams pulling B's in my classes, however when it came to my comprehensive exam I did not pass. I studied all Christmas break and went back to school early to retake my exam. Again, I fell just short of passing meaning, sadly, I could not move on to Clinical 2 and would be on redemption for the next semester until I was able to re-take the comprehensive exam. I was not able to gain any clinical experience, but I reviewed ever week with DC. Spring semester was going amazing, I was 100% focused on school and nothing else. I was on top of all my classes and doing very well with all A's and B's. When final exams started all I did was study and get ready for my comprehensive exam. Everyone helped as much as they could. I went into my exit more scared then ever before, I kept thinking about what happened in the past. I learned the past is in the past we have to except it and move on. Once I felt confident I was ready. I walked in, killed it and... I passed!