These hours took place in the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation clinic. Within the first hour, I conducted a SCAT test to the individual from practiser who experienced a hit to the head, to which it seemed the player had a lot of concussion like symptoms. I took the SCAT to the head sports therapist who was working on the gym floor, and suggested that he may have a concussion. The player later went to A&E due to also experiencing neck pain, to make sure everything was ok. After the SCAT test, the player wanted to lie down for a while, so I got him some water and he lied down on the clinic bed with a towel over his face to block out the light due to his heightened sensitivity. This was my first instance dealing with a serious first response to an injured athlete. After learning a lot about head injuries within one module, I felt confident in taking this individual through the correct phases.
Within the second hour of this session, I had a player ask me to stretch his hip and he felt as though he had limited range of movement in external rotation. Upon assessment, it seemed his right hip had less range of movement than his left hip in external rotation. So, I conducted post isometric relaxation to improve the players range of movement. Following this, the player then requested a massage due to tightness in his upper back and shoulders. It seemed he had a lot of tension in his upper fibres of trapezius, however after the massage he stated that he felt a lot better. Getting positive feedback from players is something I really enjoy, as it enforces that I am doing a good job. Due to the fact some of these players are professional, or if they aren’t, they are playing for a professional team, sometimes it can feel intimidating, especially when they have most likely dealt with some amazing therapists in their past.