Be a Better Practitioner and Be Objective
To get the best results a practitioner must measure what they want to improve in/for their athlete. Being objective means that you measure what YOU see, what YOU feel, and what YOUR tests have shown.
Measure what YOU see, YOU feel, and what YOUR tests have shown.
There are many practitioners who use a ‘pain scale’ but ultimately this only provides for an objective measure on a subjective question. Confusing? To simplify it, the pain score was determined by your athlete. NOT you. You may get a score but this is something your athlete provided you.
So how do we make this more objective? How about we determine what objective ‘tests’ cannot be done due to the pain. The following are good suggestions:
1. Can walk only 250 metres before having to stop for 5 min before being able to walk again.
2. Can sleep for 2 hours and have to wakeup and walk 4 min before being able to sleep again.
3. Symmetrical running gait at 50% running speed for 5 min. Asymmetrical running pattern at 75% running speed for 1 min.
All the tests above can be re-produced, re-assessed, re-measured.
If you can be objective then you are providing your athlete with a TRUE blueprint of what your assessment, analysis and diagnosis of their problem is.
Your objectivity then leads you to provide them with a higher level of care. Why?
When they ask you, “How am I doing doc?” You can confidently answer, “You are doing well because 1. your test ‘A’ has improved by 20% 2. your test ‘B’ has improved by 60% and this means that overall you have improved by an average of 40%”
Therefore being objective enlightens your athletes, makes you a better clinician and creates a pathway that helps them understand your treatment. This leads to trust, which leads to an increase in care and this leads to better results.