Amanda Driscoll '12 - Certified Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Aide

Amanda Driscoll '12 - Certified Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Aide

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Employer: Bay State Physical Therapy
Major: Athletic Training

Graduating from Lasell gave me a great advantage in my career. I became a certified Athletic Trainer, I’m a physical therapist aide, and I am currently enrolled in Northeastern University’s full-time Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Since I am an Athletic Trainer, I have a great background in providing patient quality care, therapeutic rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, orthopedic evaluations, strength and conditioning, emergency care, first aid and various other qualities.

(At Bay State Physical Therapy) I assist patients with their rehabilitations that are designed by the physical therapists. I make sure all patients are performing their exercises with the proper technique to minimize the risk of injury. I also assist the physical therapists in making sure the clinic runs smoothly by assisting the patients with their rehabs, making sure the clinic is clean and organized, answering the phone, printing off home exercise programs for patients, making sure there is always clean laundry. I also help the front desk staff with various tasks whenever they need my help.

The main portion of the Athletic Training program at Lasell is the required clinical rotations. I did my clinical rotations at Lasell, Regis College, Emmanuel College, Babson College, CATZ Physical Therapy, and Brandeis University. Clinical was my favorite part of our athletic training program because it gave you a hands on experience by taking what you were learning in the classroom and applying it to real situations. Right after we covered the knee in lower extremity orthopedics and evaluation class I was able to perform a Lachman’s test on an injured athlete, which was positive for an ACL tear. It was awesome to be able to relate what I had just learned in class to a real life situation. I always enjoyed the evaluations that were a little mysterious because they required you to think outside the box to determine what the impairment was.