Observation Project guidelines
1. Sign up for a prearranged observation time with Mr. Corse. If there is not a prearrangement time observation does not count. You will have a calendar to prearrange your time for practices and games.
2. Show up on time. If you sign up for a time and do not show, your scheduled time will be subtracted from your observation time. You will need to show up at least 30 mins before a game begins unless I inform you otherwise.
3. Wear appropriate clothing, casual but nice. Do not be afraid to get dirty but also nice enough to look professional. No flip flops or jeans. khakis and a polo are good options. Black or red shirts.
4. As the semester progresses and you learn more, you’ll be expected to do more. Ask questions. If I don’t have the answer we can look it up togther.
5.Professionalism – no cell phones, keep the athletes information confidential ( do not use names of anyone you are treating). If someone ask you about an athlete tell them they can ask him/her personally if they want to know. No tweeting information to friends in the stands!!
6. Respect is not given but earned. Show the coaches/athletes that you are capable of taking care of them and earn their respect.
Athletic Training Room Duties
1. Check heel & Lace pads – You can never have enough
2. Clean exam tables and taping tables.
3. stock taping table with athletic tape, prewrap and “specialty tape”
4. Help with game day preparations. Ice bags, kit stocked, splint bags, and crutches.
5. Assist with first aid treatment
6. Tape athletes ( always ask for feeback, it makes you better).
7. Evaluate and fill out HOPS notes. Report your findings to me and let me know what is going on with the athlete. What do you suspect it is, how would you treat it?
8. Assist in athletes rehab program
What not to do
1. Diagnose injuries
2. Tell friends, family, news media about an injured player.
3. Take products from the athletic training room
4. Go beyond your first aid training
Logging Hours: 300pts
You must observe 15hrs by the end of the semester. You can observe after school and at athletic events as long as you are supervised by an athletic trainer. Hours will be logged in an observation sheet. You are responsible for logging your own hours and having me sign off after each observation. If you do not have your sheet on you, you can not observe that day. I will not sign off on your sheet the following day. You can earn 10 pts for each hour after 15 (max 20hrs). You may only earn the extra credits if you write your journal and reflection papers.
Journal Entries: 50pts
A. Two journal entries from at least 2 different observatoin times are required by the end of the first semester. Each journal entry should be at least ½ page typed. Each journal entry should also be dated and have the event you observed clearly written at the top as the heading. For example: Sept 6 2013 – Football game, or Sept 13 – athletic training room.
Topics you need to include: Injuries you saw, new insight learned, preparation for games, management of injuries, information and techniques from other sports medicine team members ( Physical therapist, massage therapist, physician assistant). Include what you did to help out with an athlete. The objective for this assignment is to help you apply what you are learning from the classroom and help you apply it to the field/athletic training room. – 25pts per entry.
Journal/logs due dates. You must turn in at least 5hrs and a journal entry by the following dates:
October 10 2013 – Journal entry #1 with at least 5hrs logged = 125 pts
November 14 2013 – Journal entry #2 with at least 5hrs logged = 125 pts
January 16 2014 – Reflection paper with at least 5 hrs logged = 180 pts
430 total points
Reflection paper: 50pts
After completing 15 hrs of observation time, you may begin writing your reflection paper. The paper is to include the following:
1. What you saw in your observations – 10 pts
2. What you learned in your observation – 15 pts
3. Ask at least 2 questions you still have after observing that you do not necessarily know the answers to. What information or insight do you still want to know? For each questions, include what you believe to be the answer ( it does not have to be right, I just want to know what you think) – 20 pts
4. Two pages, typed, double spaced, 12 font – 10 pts
Grading This assignment 15% of your total grade in sports medicine, half of the Lab credit.