Dear PT Students,
“I don’t know the sport that well”
“I don’t know any of the players and they don’t know me”
“I’m a foot shorter than all of them”
“Will I know what to do?”
“What if I can’t help them get better?”
“What if I’m not as good as their last PT?”
These are all thoughts in my first few days as the team PT for a collegiate volleyball team. I didn’t feel like I was good enough and I worried if I would ever be.
I remember feeling all those things, but the feelings themselves seem like they are from another life. I may not catch every double hit, but I know the sport now. I know the players and they know me. I love being their PT and getting to work with them. I’m still shorter, but it never mattered.
All these thoughts were insecurities that faded with experience and time. When you go out and work or you go out on clinicals, these thoughts will probably be there. They aren’t true. They are nothing more than a signal that you are stepping outside your comfort zone. Time and experience will ease them.
Doubt is normal, but don’t let it stop you.
Jenna and The Professional Rebellion