An experience from my first year out of college in the fall of '82 still sticks with me. I had just completed a tough 3 week R2play on one of my footballers with a grade 2 ankle sprain. After his first game back, his father approached me to thank me. He said, "you do good work...so what do you want to do with your life...you certainly don't want to stay here". Well, here I am 3 decades out. I've always felt we HS ATC's work in the most challenging setting. The largest student athlete population, with little resources and manpower. Working with the young, developing athlete. Injuries occurring in this stage of physical development may manifest in permanent disabilities in adulthood. Yet, we're isolated from the intellectual stimulation of the college setting. Very few of the colleagues I started out with way back in '82 are still around. Unfortunately, they've long since burnt out and moved on to other professions. This stinks- it means never having the chance to mature as a professional, not to mention the effect on the athletic training profession as a whole.
If you're looking for info on the latest electrotherapy device, you probably won't find it here. Those of you that have heard me speak at the EATA, ATSNJ, or NEA meetings know I use the kinetic link concept of rehabilitation. The ground, gravity, and momentum are my main modalities of choice; my hands being the second. I wish you to embrace the "wall-less" training room concept.Does what works on the college or professional athlete work for the high school age athlete? I'm going to be challenging you to think about it. Hopefully you're going to learn from my mistakes, and I'm going to learn from yours. Maybe we can re-define the high school setting into something to aspire to, rather than just another step on the ladder.