Six weeks ago, i started this course with little idea how the course will run as it’s my first time to join an online course. A week after, it became more interesting as i realized that it is an interactive course. Also, it stretched my relationship with technology as i was forced to learn how to correlate resources and post links and visuals. During the third and fourth week, i kind of dragged my blogs and assignments as i became busy with work and other factors such as power shortage, constant brownouts, unreasonable weather conditions which disconnected my internet signal contributed to my slow output. I picked up speed in the last week and posted some long overdue topics. As I read back my blogs, i realized i haven’t reflected on the topic of Morality. it is difficult to cram, and i think, this topic is quite challenging for me. All in all, this course is a very enriching experience. I exercised my brain thinking of the pros and cons of the different topics being tackled. Also, it is very interesting to read the posts of other physiotherapists, how each have varied opinions. Diversity at its best. My utmost respect to the facilitators and organizers if this course. Thank you for this wonderful experience. Looking forward to another one. Please invite us again. 😄😄
As i was reading Ms. Chantelle’s reflection on Morality, my eye caught the word “Moral Sense Test”. It sounded intesting that i followed the link she shared. Scrolling through the different survey questions made me rethink and analyze my moral values.
Morality, defined by Mr Webster as distinction between right and wrong.
Who decides what’s right or wrong?
I still believe that as long as we follow the Golden Rule, we can never go wrong!
In the world of sports where “no pain, no gain” is the mantra, and ” going for gold” is the objective, empathy plays a small part in athlete’s care.
As a sports therapist for close to 8 years now, i encountered lots of ahletes with attitude, pushy parents and coaches with “win-at-all-cost- behavior.
Every time i accept a new client, i meet with their coaches. I talk to them and ask about their previous training programs. I next talk to the parents.All of them have such big ambitions for their kids. Visions of going to the Nationals. When i talk to the athletes,most mirror their coaches’ and parents’ ambitions.
Some athletes experience so much difficulty, even with full parental support, good training programs, and success driven coaches, it’s as if they’re stuck. I realized that some of them have very low morale, most are fearful and insecure. The coaches are always angry. Every training leaves the athletes drained. When they get injured, they are still pushed past their limits. It’s as if they don’t have the right to be weak and tired both physically and emotionally. (watch the link below).
it took several months before i was able to push through my program, well, not without lots of complaints from coaches. I had to insist on mental trainings and incorporated them with my flexibility and plyometric program. It took several months before i was able to pass through the athletes’ defenses. They were seriously raising their brows at my program.
It was my sole purpose to let the athletes gain personal perspective. To make them realize that they are a separate person, not their parents, not their coaches. i was so immersed with my need to make a difference that i became so stressed out. In the outset, i have not maintained my professional distance. I became entangled with their daily lives that i forgot to step back and see the “forest for the trees”.
it was a struggle for the first few months. I had problems balancing the parents’, the coaches’, the athletes’ goals with my own. I had to process myself, learning how to step back and not let emotions cloud my senses. I had to take a dose of my own medicine: emotional detaching to gain a clear perspective.
I coordinated with school’s guidance counsellor to assist me in processing the athletes’ issues. I invested time to read about positive imagery, tapping and even listened to binaural music. It was a good learning experience for me. I went out of the box.
Can empathy be taught? To some degree, maybe. But anything can be learned. It just needs a conscious effort on the part of the student. When you let the students understand, expose them to situations and when they, to some extent exhibit empathy, then the teachers’ efforts are not in vain. (Maybe, the understanding by design (UBD) framework of teaching can be used.)
I believe that helping my athletes identify their strengths and allowing them to focus on the positive fostered their self-esteem. A study on emotional intelligence and empathy further clarifies that empathy is a key feature of emotional intelligence. (See link below)
I have learned that professional distance and empathy should co-exist. That we can show empathy while still being professional.
“We cannot teach people anything. We can only help them discover it within themselves”
– Galileo Galilei