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Since my GCSEs I have been fascinated by anatomy and physiology, so sports therapy is a great opportunity for me to combine biological science with sport. The reason I became even more interested in this profession, was because I completed a week’s work experience at Marjon University Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic in February 2017. This gave me real insight and understanding into how to avoid sport injuries and the rehabilitation of clients to help them to reach optimum performance, regardless of age and ability.
I am currently nearing the end of my first year at Plymouth Marjon University, studying BSc Sports Therapy. In second year some of the modules include manual therapy of the spine, pathologies and clinical reasoning and injury treatment modalities. This will prepare me for my third year of study, as I it will give me the skills and knowledge to gain vital clinical experience. In second year the lecturers also cover work based learning as well as research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences. This will lay the foundations for my honours project.
Once I have completed my degree, I would be interested in working in a clinical setting, so I can continue to increase both self-confidence and experience. At some point in the future, I may complete a masters degree as it could boost my career progress. An opportunity to work in professional sport is something I want to strive for. Whether it is for a team or an individual, travelling the world and rehabilitating athletes is one of my long term goals. After I have experienced this, I would hope it would have developed my contacts so I can build a reputation and increase my profile. My main end goal is to set up my own Sports Therapy/Rehabilitation clinic, giving qualified graduates the experience, skills and knowledge that is required to succeed.
What am I good at?
What do I need to work on?
- I believe I am very Conscientiousness as I am able to be self-disciplined and organised no matter on the situation. Having this quality means I complete tasks as effectively as possible, so that deadlines are met and tasks are not left until the last minute.
- Even though I scored in the mid-range for extraversion, I consider this to be a strength. This is because it emphasises that I am comfortable with working in a team environment, but I am equally as effective as working on my own. As a sports therapist this would be expected of you as you may have to work with other healthcare professionals in an emergency trauma situation, but if you have a session with a client in the clinic you are responsible for diagnosing the injury/problem yourself.
- I scored in the mid-range for agreeableness as I am able to cooperate within a team, but if I feel strongly about a certain topic I am happy to challenge others opinions. However, I am happy to come to a compromise and agree with other people’s opinion when it’s a less important issue. This would be important as a sports therapist as you may think that one of your colleagues is diagnosing a patient incorrectly. In this scenario it would be important for me to voice my opinion because if the therapist did the incorrect treatment its likely to make the injury worse.
- From the questionnaires emotional stability seemed to be my biggest weakness. This means that I sometimes find it hard to control my emotions and I am more sensitive to my environment and others around me. As I scored low it may mean I feel under pressure and have higher stress levels. Even though I don’t always show my emotions, if I am stressed I am less likely to work as efficiently as I am more distracted and not engaged with the task. It is important to control this as a professional, as some situations maybe stressful and challenging. To help this it is important to learn how to control these emotions so you can stay calm.
- Overall, I am generally good at working with others but sometimes I find it difficult to get along with certain people, so I tend to have less patience when put in these situations. It is important to be able to work with a variety of people as it provides you with a larger support network. If you did not have this you may find yourself in a low mood or possibly feeling depressed or anxious.
- I believe I need to become more imaginative as it will help me with my professional development. As a sports therapist this is an important quality to have, especially when planning treatment programmes. You want the programme to be as exciting as possible so the client can engage with it giving themselves a higher chance of completing it to the best of their ability.
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What could help me along?
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What might stop me?
- Support networks are important to have as it allows you to discuss your concerns and stresses with someone else who may be able to help. I believe this can be seen as an opportunity because it allows you to rely on other people to help you to improve as a person and in the professional workplace. They may have more experience and knowledge that can be passed onto you allowing confidence to improve for both parties.
- I believe it is vital to undergo as many work placements as you can as it gives you more experience in a working environment and will give you a better chance of getting a job once you have graduated. It will allow your learning to continue and give you more confidence and knowledge meaning you are constantly bettering yourself.
- Continuing professional development (CPD) is an opportunity that should be taken as it allows you to maintain and enhance both skills and knowledge that are required in your professional job. As a sports therapist it is important to carry this out as you will be able to learn new treatment techniques that may be more beneficial to the client, which will therefore improve your reputation and allow your networks to grow.
- From the career’s assessment questionnaire, we can see I scored in the mid-range for coping with changeso shows I have effective methods of managing it, but when I am apprehensive it can be tested. This could be a possible threat as it could stop me from continuing to improve myself if I work myself up about a situation. This could result in a decrease in my work performance if I am particularly stressed or anxious. To avoid this becoming a threat, I need to rely on my abilities to manage this so I need techniques to cope with change. An example of this would be to alter my mindset so I see change as a positive thing.
- Even though I consider myself to very organised, which helps me to stay focussed, it is important I do not prioritise organising myself over completing deadlines for work. I need to make sure I balance my time effectivity to I avoid this.
- Overall, I would say my self-confidenceis more of a strength as in most situations it is seen as a positive attribute of mine. The only times it gets tested is when I am apprehensive about facing a new challenge. This can be seen a massive threat as it could stop me from taking part in work placements or CPD that would benefit me greatly. To avoid this, I need to face my fears head on that will improve self-confidence and therefore my resilience.