Treating Friends, Family and Teammates
A number of my friends and family members are training for upcoming events (marathons, adventure runs, rugby games etc.), and it's scary to know that they look to me as a credible source for treatment-related information. When they ask me for advice, my gut reaction is to tell them they're asking the wrong person. In fact, that's what I used to do. But now, as we start to cover more and more of the musculoskeletal system, I realize I can't use the "we haven't covered it yet" excuse.
I have recently accepted that this might be the perfect way to learn some of the information we're being exposed to at school. It's one thing to recall the information for exams and practicals, but it's a completely different ballgame when you're actually applying skills to a real scenario with a real "patient" (even if that patient is your sibling).
The other day, my sister decided to do a training run in a snowstorm and inevitably sprained her ankle. I checked out her ankle when she got home, and was surprised that I remembered the majority of the special tests without having to look at my notes. I drew up a HEP and recently started doing posterior mobilizations of her talus to try and regain some of her DF range. (She says they help - hopefully it's not just to make me feel good).
Three months ago, I never would have considered any of this. And even though I'm still lacking some confidence, I'm at least getting to the point where I feel comfortable enough with the basics to use them with people I know.