Commentary – Jan 2012

20 Jan

As we begin our 3rd semester, I think it’s important to share a few thoughts on how my clinical practice is going.

I’ve learned a great deal about professional practice from my patients, peers, & mentors.  One of the best ways to start a new post-professional academic period is to construct research / practitioner clinical goals.  Because my patients require very different goals specific to their occupation, I decided to attempt to focus a few posts toward my process.  I hope this  semester’s commentary helps show others the unique area this residency addresses.  I also found a neat article to some of the areas unique to other nuclear recource security roles in the local community. I think it’s important to adapt a broader systems view to the many civilian or reserve components who team up with our TRF & how the highest levels of our command assess their goals.  This part is listed at the very bottom as a link.

By utilizing relevant literature, treating patients, and focusing my research plan, I can better incorporate specific trends, patterns, and clinical outcomes with more efficiency into the Doctor of Athletic Training clinical documentation process.  Anytime there are demographics of specialized occupations, the methods I describe this semester allow the clinician to actively key into a protective service, resource security, or military patient population.   There is also an important education component to this role.  By posting what I learn is important so others can see how my process came about.  As my path to advanced practitioner continues, I will continue to incorporate useful approaches for my patients and for those who have a vested interest in protecting the interests of such important people.  My patient documentation can thereby demonstrate how tuning into functional outcomes can improve member proprioceptive timing, asymmetries, and dynamic movement patterns which optimize or sustain their performance.   In the Spring of 2012, I plan to work toward establishing specific & reliable use of the diagnostic tools integrated upon a common goal that the nuclear SWAT culture value.   My setting tends to focus a common language which most outside industrial clinicians are not exposed to.  It is the medical practitioner and the research that must adapt.   By utilizing a classification approach, I intend to create new avenues where physical performance documentation aligns with functional movement descriptions and Tactical Response Force specific goals.  This task is often misunderstood as a “special forces” mission.  By including the article link I hope others will begin to notice the members I see are expected to produce highly specialized outcomes, regardless of weather, schedule, or climate.  We remain here, in the US.  So it is often easy to believe TRF is someone that might share patient outcomes with what is portrayed in films about Iraq or Afghanistan.  While they may use similar weapons, the mission is more accurately thought of as a demonstration of mission capability with no time outs.  The patients respond and deploy in extreme settings but they are trained to be deployed for missions the US doesn’t report on.  They protect the capability we must always secure & maintain for what we term “the free world”.   We may not know if the mission is real or exercise, we simply establish success.  Global Strike is fortunate to have the complete attention of so many people working together.  I believe this article provides a wonderful insight to just how much effort it takes to be  part of just one nuclear Tactical Response Force.  When General Alston mentions the world has only 3, it demonstrates how intense the role of creating a residency to specialize in meeting the needs of human performance capability is.  It isn’t just Minot, or military, or tactical athletes, it’s the capability for what we currently  know & trust.

 A Report from the Alert Force.


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