Recently, one of my athletes experienced a concussion and although I did not see the injury happen, I was the one who had to restrict her from continuing to play. Have you ever experienced 13 people yelling at you to let someone play? Not fun… but I know I made the right decision. I know I did what was in the best interest of the athlete. And sometimes it takes a day or two to settle in. The day after the concussion, the athlete better appreciated that my decision was in her best interest and she understood, I was only protecting her… from herself… from her coaches… from her teammates.
When you become an athletic trainer, decisions are now yours. You start to realize that not every decision you make is going to be well received and often you will be viewed as the problem. Making proper medical decisions will allow you to gain the trust of your athletes and will show them and those surrounding sport how essential an athletic trainer is to the team.
This is how we move the profession forward… autonomous, safe return to play and clinical decisions, so people know… #safetyfirst #savinglives1athleteatatime #wevegotyourback
Alex Csiernik, LAT, ATC