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Caring Health Care Professionals (HCP) have it very HARD.
My biggest THANKS goes out to the ATCs who represented this past Monday night from 6-9pm at our (2nd) NDS Kettlebell Athletics Inservice: Injury Resilience and Functional Development through Kettlebell Athletics. Together with the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Team to Win we successfully educated more Health Care Professionals (ATCs) on the value and importance of our physical education program! I am forever in your Corner, Guys!
Trust me, being an HCP is not the most glamorous job in the world. I am specifically talking about the Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). They are the people who run on the field when an athlete gets injured and when the athlete has to undergo surgery for that injury, the ATC is alone in taking them from basic function to full speed participation in a very short time frame. There's never a task too big.
In most cases, at most levels, there's not enough time to fully educate the patient, athlete and client on their safe return to play with a decently high percentage of non re-occurrence. It's a cycle that viciously beats on the ATC that is not prepared to Re-Educate their patients and athletes (as well as themselves) on the basics of Physical Education.
Amongst my beloved professionals, I believe this is the missing link for the professional ATC in providing their Highest Quality Health Care while reducing the total number of injuries and re-occurrences associated with Sports and Physical Activity Participation.
Life in itself is already a tough sport, we bob and weave and put ourselves through so much stress its imperative that we understand the pure basics of movement for ourselves. No selfies, no flexing, no showing off, just straight physical medicine, is it functional? do you have full range with no pain? do things work as efficiently as they should? is it time to re-wire, recalibrate, re-tune or rehab?
Not only do these HCPs need to care for and tend to the Healthcare of those clients, patients and athletes under their care, but, most times, they find it very difficult to find time for their own health and wellness. Something I also know too well... having experienced 'burn-out' a few times in my past experiences working as an ATC while slowly (I do mean, sloowly) building up my small commercial kettlebell school.
Having a life, family, dog, kids and maybe more schooling on top of that leaves less and less time for our own 'upkeep' and the regular visit to the 'pit-mechanic' (basically who are ourselves). How do we keep ourselves from running this thing that we call our physical body and brain into the ground all day while feeding it convenient and cheap garbage, only to wake up the next day unrested and feeling out-of-tune so that YOU can do it all over again. And, Finally when you make time to do your thing, you are just too tired to do anything at all.
Not anymore, There's always a better way. You know it now. Go out and use it for yourself, use it for your athletes and patients. It is Something we can teach EVERYONE to make EVERYONEs life better.
I know that if I took better care of myself, I can do better for others and lead them on the path that would eventually get them to help themselves to have more control and high-quality 'Physical' use of their own time.
Even when we might think we have all the right information, it's always the consistent implementation that's daunting to most. Life is always a learning process. By making more time for you, It greatly helps others. I'm Still learning, how to be a better teacher, a better person, how to run a more efficient business, how to keep my wife extremely happy, I'm ALWAYS learning.... just. like. them. Thank you.
Til next blog,
Junior Nartea, MA, ATC, CMP
"I strongly believe that Freedom of Physical Movement without limitation and or pain is the New Life Currency.