Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Athletes Rehabilitation

One issue that I really want to look at is "simple" rehabilitation for athletes. I put simple in quotations because it is not as simple as we make it. As an athletic trainer or physical therapist our main goal is to get the athlete back into play and at 100% as soon as we can. When an athlete gets hurt we have to think of more then just what is wrong with them biomechanically, but mentally too. Being a young athlete getting a serious injury, the first thing that they are going to think about is never being able to play again, not being able to perform that well again,  not winning that championship, not fulfilling their childhood dreams of playing at a big school or going pro. Getting a serious injury as an athlete is a lot more then that broken bone, a blown out knee or a spinal injury but that feeling that they won't be back, letting their team down or watching their dreams vanish. What we think of "simple" rehabilitation is not so simple and requires multiple disciplines. The disciplines that I want to focus on are physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, history, geography and education.  I believe it is very important to view this issue with critical pluralism where we view the problem as a whole rather then seeing just one side of it. 

Perspective on the Problem
physical therapy
help treat individuals who have medical problems that limit their ability to perform functional activities (APTA)
look at the biomechanical problem, what is physically wrong with them
provides rehab activities that will help the athlete get back to before injury (functional – running, jumping)
occupational therapy
help people participate in they things that they do everyday (ADL) – helping people recover from injury to regain skills along with providing support for cognitive and physical changes (AOTA)
look at what is stopping them from performing everyday activities
provides rehab activities that will help the athlete get back to regular daily activities (standing on tip toes to get something off the top shelf)
“sees human behavior as reflecting the cognitive constructs individuals develop to organize their mental activity” (Repko, p 151)
looks at how this effects their life and how they feel about themselves now, their life goals
helps the athlete realize that this isn’t their fault – gives support about future goals and reassures athlete
“a historical period cannot be adequately appreciated without understanding the trends and developments leading up to it, that historical events are the results of both societal forces and individual decisions and that a picture or narrative of the past can be no better richness of its details” (Repko, p 151)
looks at previous similar injuries and finds the best and quickest possible recovery route
looking at what has help other athletes with the same injury and finding the best surgery or rehab activities to get the athlete back quickly and to 100% safely
knowing and understanding their location
looks at where they are in the world, do they have the best possible care to get back to 100% or is that care somewhere else
looking at where the best rehab centers are to get the best possible care
“learning and developmental and governed by a linear and universal model of progress, civilization, democracy, rationality and science” (Repko, p 151)
knowing what is wrong and informing the athlete
explaining to the athlete what and how is happening and what is going to happen throughout the while process


About cccupational therapy. Retrieved from http://www.aota.org/about-occupational-therapy.aspx 

Role of a physical therapist. Retrieved from http://www.apta.org/PTCareers/RoleofaPT/

1 comment:

  1. Graph looks good! Notice the white highlighting issue under your graph. Try to fix that since of course I am curious about what's under there! Glad to have you on track now, and so good to have you with us in class!