One of my goals for this semester, is to develop professional communication in order to better explain my treatment decisions by going over the injury and intervention with my preceptor or athlete. This has been the most challenging goal to achieve so far because a lot of times my preceptor will just ask me to perform a type of intervention to help the athlete, but I have been allowed to implement my own interventions for athletes this semester as well. Hannah has confidence in my decisions because I explain my goal for the intervention to do to help with the injury. So far I haven’t been told that is a bad idea, but just some adjusts to what I am trying to do. I have really enjoyed being able to make actual decisions because it is what I am going to be doing here very soon. Plus it is good review for my BOC exam to explain what the treatment is going to do. The only thing I wish I would have done looking back on it is go over other treatment options I could use or a combination of the two. I feel confident in my decisions to the point where I feel comfortable being alone for treatments. I still want to run it by Hannah first so she knows what is going. I think once I am on my own that the experience and confidence I have will make my decisions easier to pick from. I remember when I had finished learning about modalities I will still really nervous to make a decision on which one to use because I felt like I wasn’t very confident in my knowledge. Looking back, it wasn’t the knowledge that made me nervous, but the idea of a preceptor asking me what I think should be used to help an athlete. It seems silly to think that made me nervous now because when I am asked that I have my own preferred techniques I like to use for certain injuries. I can always get better at interventions by looking over them and seeing which one may work best, but for now I feel confident enough to help athletes with their injuries.
In this journal, I am going to talk about how research literature should and is used by clinicians. To be a good consumer of the literature means that one looks through new research to stay up to date with what is effective for patient outcomes. Whether that outcome is preventive or rehabilitative doesn’t really matter. Being able to look at research and figure out if it is any good is a huge component of being a good consumer. When it comes to using the literature in practice, one must have an understanding of the literature in order to perform it. If you try to use the literature and not have a firm grasp that could potentially lead to you hurting your patient. This harm could lead to a lawsuit and potentially losing your credential. On the other side, it could potentially help cover you in a lawsuit. If you have an understanding and are able to backup your practice then you should be fine in that aspect. The health field is always changing with new technology discovering new ideas. To stay up to date and be able to have a best practice that is effective you have to research the literature to find what is new. This is how many clinicians today stay within their practice guidelines without paying money to attend sessions that go over new evidence based practice. One can also participate in studies to help the literature. A lot of literature has to do with workplace or employee factors. This could be very beneficial to someone who is trying to understand where they are at. Trying to help the profession is equally important as keeping up with literature. I have found that researching literature about rehab techniques and proper procedure of urgent medical conditions or situations to be very helpful. As a student, I am looking at the most recent research but one day it will not and the literature will say something completely different. This is why learning how to implement literature and staying up to date is such an important part of being a clinician. I am looking at what exactly I need to do in order to pass my certification test. I look at position statements to know exactly my expectations as an Athletic Trainer are.
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