Wishful Thinking or Panic?

The policies on how we manage low back pain are changing. A new revision to international guidelines in low back pain management will be leading GPs in a new direction when it comes to the initial treatment of a very common condition. Here is the link to the article explaining the revision. To summarize, the…

10 things I’ve learned in 3 years

About 3 years ago I started marketing my skills to a population I was familiar with.  Within a few months I was running a small, client focused business. Starting with weekly fitness classes advertised to one specific group, and then a research project based on the same group. I found my first few regular clients-…

What kind of Therapist do you want to be?

When I first started practicums (which feels like ages ago), my first supervisor told me to “work under as many different therapists as you can” to see different styles and ways of working alongside different clientele and focuses. Since then I’ve worked in numerous clinics under different ATs and even a Chiro/AT. I’ve attended extra…

Student Therapist Thoughts: The things you don’t learn in class

Arnheim’s Principles of Athletic Training list communication, stamina, empathy, sense of humour, intellectual curiosity, and ethics as the qualities necessary for an AT. What isn’t listed? The ability to self-motivate after a 14-16hr work day. All the multi-tasking. Being an educator, first-responder, student, personal trainer, counsellor, life coach, strength coach, nutrition advisor, substitute mother, and clinician…

Re: 2014… An open letter to myself

2014 brought so much joy and many tears. To summarize the year, frankly, it was an emotional roller coaster. I guess you could call it all part of growing up?

The tale of a cursed AT.. School post #3 (or 4?)

Long time no post. Football took off like a rocket and had me running for the last month or so. Injuries galore!! My poor rookie team took a beating this season, and their first and last playoff game was no piece of cake. About three weeks ago in a game we used every single splint…

What I’ve been up to lately…

It’s been a while. I’ve been busy taping teenagers together, writing midterms and reviews, tutoring, managing the political side of student life, and starting personal research projects and (wait for it) relaxing on weekends (sometimes). First things first, we’ve made it to the end of regular season football. The last three weeks brought some pretty…

Meet your Athletic Therapist

That cool and calm silhouette bundled and layered on the side of the football field. That critical eye efficiently assessing and educating in the clinic. Those quick hands managing to tape quicker then you can say “zagopophyseal joint”. The craftsperson that can stabilize any structure, and the magician who can mobilize each one as well….

Immersion

If last weeks theme was feeling overwhelmed, this weeks theme is “I think I got this?” Note the slight lack of certainty. There is something about being surrounded by the student AT family who are all equally stressed about pretty much all the same things constantly that has brought back my cool, calmness. So much…

Beginning the End

After my last first day in the undergrad… it’s safe to say my brain is mush already.   To end off my summer, I really made a point of relaxing and just doing the things I wanted to. This gave me a total of 5 days of summer. The last few days of my summer…