In William Mangrum’s composition 250 class, we are learning to be participant observers. We must observe everything that is going on around us, but we must also be engaged as well. So of course we practice this every class. But what if we were to take it to another class?
I chose to transfer this over to my AT 220: Clinical in Athletic Training I. We are learning different taping jobs in that class, so it was challenging to tape an ankle and try to observe at the same time. I chose this class because it is one that most closely relates to my major while at the same time requiring the students to be engaged and participate as well.
During class on the 12th we were learning the wrist, hand, thumb tape job. And while everyone practiced it once or twice, soon everyone was going right back to the ankle tape jobs. It seems that the most trying aspect of the ankle tape jobs are the angles of the tape. The tape should be wrinkle-free so as to prevent blisters. Everyone, including myself, seems to be struggling with that (we all also complain about the cheapness of the tape contributing towards that).
I really enjoy that class because it has such a light atmosphere. While taping everyone socializes and shares stories to pass the time (and to avoid awkward silence). But the frustration at messing up over and over again is sometimes palpable too. It’s difficult when you keep practicing and it just keeps not turning out the way that you planned. Which lead me to notice that some kids take up the offer of taking home tape to practice and some do not.
I love how composition 250 is teaching me new things to apply to other classes but I still think that AT 220 is my favorite.
There are so many majors to choose from. Art, Biology, Anthropology, Business, Exercise Science. Then you have to specify what under that major you want to do. How does one ever choose? I know a girl who has been in college for four semesters and has changed her major every single one of them. Faced with so many options, I didn’t know how I would ever choose.
Whenever I think of it, I remember the first time it was really brought to light for me. My Biology II class my junior year of high school. One of the seniors wanted to go into it and was made fun of because it was not a “financially stable” job. Fast forward a year: I was looking at colleges and majors and again found Athletic Training. I looked into it more and realized that that was what I wanted to do.
Athletic Training is a profession in where you acquire a major that allows you to be qualified to take care of the physically active population. The areas in which an AT can work are slowly expanding. Although it is closely related with sports, it is not just limited to that. It includes rodeo, clinics, the performing arts, and even the military. They work closely with physicians and because they get to know their patients individually, they can treat injuries more effectively.
Growing up with my father loving the NFL and my mom loving to play volleyball and softball, I had always been interested in sports and the injuries that occurred. Rodeo, volleyball, track and field, basketball, football; you name it and I was curious. How could one athlete have a multitude of injuries whereas another would have almost none? I myself have had only a couple injuries, but a girl I know has had three concussions, a ruptured plantar fascia (the muscle in the arch of your foot), a broken rib, a sprained ankle, and more. I find it fascinating how people can vary with the same injury as well. I wholly look forward to the rest of my years with my chosen major.