As an ATS, I do not feel as confident when I am dealing with the legal and environmental aspects. My lack of confidence is due to the fact that I did not pay enough attention last year in my emergency course. I hope to review these topics so I can become more confident in my ability as an ATS. As an ATS, I feel the most confident when I am working hands on with any injury and athlete. I feel this way because I have continuously practiced these skills to the point that they are second nature. I plan on improving on these weaknesses, which will overall increase my confidence.
Today Kris gave me an athlete that suffered a quad contusion. Kris let me handle the situation, and I chose to stretch him and make sure he stays warm. Whenever the athlete had a break or downtime in a drill, I stretched his quads. I kept watching him throughout practice to see if the knock got better or worsened. The injury stayed the same. He mainly just complained of pain, and was tender on the impacted area of the quad. After practice he came into the clinic, with the same chief complaint. I ultimately decided to do IFC 1-150 for 15 minutes, with the knee in a stretched acute angle, wrapped with ice. I chose to do IFC 1-150 for pain management and some swelling. Then I chose ice on a stretch to reduce tightness. Im curious how the athlete will respond to the treatment, giving that after the treatment he reported feeling a lot better, I’m curious to see how he is tomorrow. This experience gave me the opportunity to decide what treatment I like the best. Depending on how the athlete responds tomorrow, I will ultimately decide if I keep this treatment for future use due to the effectiveness of my treatment.
One of my clinical goals was to master the skills of knowing how to do a knee evaluation by the end of the semester. With recently confidently completing my knee practical, I believe I have met this goal. At first the knee seemed foreign to me, but after studying and attempting the knee practical with my preceptor and a junior ATS, I felt like I was ready to wear a knee mastery black belt. Along with practicals in lower, I have been able to practice and master many modalities during my practicals with D.C. These classes created opportunities in which I was able to get many attempts and masteries in my clinical packet. Every Tuesday I spend time filling out my clinical book from the previous week. I recently was reminded that PBLs can be used for our clinical book. Now I have a lot more ground to cover in my book. Overall, I would say I am not ahead on my clinical book, but I am not behind. I need to spend a day filling out my clinical book to make sure I don’t fall behind or forget anything.