If you’re a new chiropractor pursuing a sports chiropractic career, welcome! It takes a lot of persistence and a little bit of luck to get involved with a college or professional team; it takes even more to survive in that position. There are so many contributing factors that can determine the length of your involvement with that team, and from my professional experience, I’ve determined which factors have the biggest impact. Here are a couple on-the-job stories that I have personally heard over the years that are all too common in locker rooms. It’s important to remember that what you say can hurt you–this is some important advice for new chiropractors.
First and foremost, the most obvious factor is the importance of confidentiality. With all the avenues of social media, all it takes is one comment in the wrong environment and everyone, including your bosses, knows how you feel about an individual or event. It is best to maintain privacy in social media so your words and opinions are not misconstrued. Even sharing a picture can cause you to forfeit your position with a team. No more needs to be said on this topic, so use discretion.
Here is another factor that you may not suspect until it happens to you: You are working in a training room for a professional team and you are adjusting a player in the usual fashion that you do. As part of your assessment, prior to rendering an adjustment, you use motion palpation and manual muscle testing. As you are testing, you are speaking out loud…you might make a comment, “and this shoulder is a little weaker than the other…” and you go on. Not thinking of anything, you finish and leave for the day.
The next day, you get a call from the head team physician. “Why did you tell player X he has a bad shoulder?” the physician asks you. He then relays that the doctor said he never told the player about a weak shoulder. The doctor did not realize that the player called his agent and said “the ‘team doctor’ said I have a bad shoulder.” The agent calls the head coach, who then called the head team doctor…and now you’re on the phone. The entire chain of events started from an innocent comment provided by the chiropractor performing manual muscle testing as part of his assessment. Simple true stories like this happen all the time. When working with a college or professional athlete (or any athlete for that matter) think before you speak! What you say can hurt you (and your position with a team…).
Here’s To Your Health!
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