PC SPORTS MEDICINE
The process of education is comparable to a road trip: interesting and fun; adventurous, yet safe.
As the Certified Athletic Trainer, I am part of a dedicated group comprised of instructors, coaches and administrators who serve as tour guides accompanying our student-athletes on different parts of their academic and athletic journey.
We determine what these young individuals will see and what basis they will use to interpret the new information. Our responsibility is to ensure that student-athletes’ experiences on their voyage are positive and safe.
I feel my task as the Certified Athletic Trainer is to provide preventative measures to all student-athletes and to recognize potentially harmful situations. In addition, my responsibility is to identify, evaluate and care for health conditions incurred by our student-athletes, and to develop and execute treatment plans and rehabilitation protocols in unison with our team physician.
I will be receptive to student-athletes’ concerns and, within my scope, provide psychological guidance to those who need support while coping with their injuries. My goal is to motivate student-athletes to learn about their injuries and overcome the obstacles which may inhibit them from participating in the sport they love.
I feel building a personal relationship with each student athlete is essential. Knowing their names, talking to them outside the athletic training room, and trying to meet everyone separately is of utmost importance for developing rapport.
By understanding their personal stories, I hope to gain their trust which will prove beneficial in holding them accountable for treatments and rehabilitation of their injuries.
I believe that students must be encouraged to integrate existing knowledge with recent experiences to create new concepts. I see the athletic training facility as a part of the student-athlete’s learning and playing environment – one that aides athletes to be the best they can be on the playing field rather than one that keeps them off of it.
With this in mind, the sports medicine facility should be used on a continuous, participatory base in which everyone, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and athletic trainer are harmonized to act in the best interest of the student.