To have a break between the mini-camps and training camp as a summer intern for the 49ers is relieving, yet it is also motivating. I am struggling to be in repose, and restless for more work. Given the situation I am in, I am doing my best to keep my knowledge fresh in my head before training camp starts.
Working with Manny, Jeff, and Laura as well as the seasonal interns, Mike, Iain, Raymond and Bart have been eye opening for me. The diligence that they put into their work has made me even more motivated and excited for training camp. Granted, I only have been in their facility sporadically, but there is always something to learn each day. The players are also very welcoming and the more I am around the players, the more I realize that we are all normal human beings. I do not need to act a certain way to get to know the peers around me, but all I have to do is be myself and continue to work efficiently. However, there are so many instances where I wish I could implement a manual therapy technique that I learned at CBU, but to watch them run the operation helps me understand the patient population that I am exposed to, elite athletes who are running on a busy schedule from 6 in the morning till 6 at night. Having the opportunity already to work the mini-camps and the organized team activities is already a blessing for me, even with all of the dirty work I’ve been assigned to do. I know that I mentioned how I feel like I am in Daniel-san’s shoes in my last post, and it truly feels like that. Well, not that cleaning the coolers will directly translate into evaluating injuries as he painted the fences and fended off kicks and punches, but working efficiently everyday will help me along the way. All I can do on my end is to take direction carefully and stay humble.
I had a chance to catch up with a few of my classmates, but catching up with Lauren was pleasant, as we were wondering what the near future for us upcoming second years would be like. We were also excited for our lead sports, as I will be working with the wrestling team at CBU and she will be working with the Men’s Basketball team at UCR. As we are excited, we are also nervous, for the enormous responsibilities we have as we have one solid year of graduate level knowledge of athletic training under our belts.
Most of us seem to be doing well, hearing back from Brittany, Ashley and Tyler who are working with the L.A. Kiss and Arizona Rattlers Arena Football League teams and Nathan and Zach who are in Florida with the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Tiffany is also having a blast up in Washington with the Seattle Sounders, as I see a lot of her pictures on Facebook all with smiles. I hope to get in contact with all of my classmates before training camp starts, but I am more excited for all the stories everyone gets to hear about their summers in states such as Arizona, Florida, even Courtney in Pennsylvania.
The more I view my current respite as limbo, the worse the feeling gets. I cannot make it seem like I am not doing anything productive with my time. I am scrambling for more books to read, and when I read, I feel the need to apply the knowledge sooner than later in order to have it stick. But then again, to have a respite, is rejuvenating. It is breathing a breath of fresh air, and enjoying the scenery outside. It is uplifting, recharging batteries, and getting ready for another year.
In my spare time, other than reading, I picked up bouldering. For some reason, it was worth paying a month’s membership at the local Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. Less than a month ago, I was struggling on the simplest V1 routes, figuring out the technical aspects. As I was watching more people climb different routes, I tried to mimic them to the best of my ability, only to find that I would always fall halfway towards the top. It made sense for me to fall, as I am different from all the other climbers are there. Physically, I may have less grip strength or finicky foot hold techniques, but everyone has their own path to get to the top. To mold my observations with my capabilities has been riveting in a sense that I can be creative in my solutions.
Nevertheless, it is nice to be on break, to take a step back, enjoy the view, and run forward who knows how many miles.