May 20, 2019

SLU Celebrates Graduating 2019 Master of Athletic Training Class - 10th in Program History

Saint Louis University graduated its first Master of Athletic Training class in 2010.  The SLU MAT Class of 2019 marked the 10th in program history.

These graduates were honored with several SLU Commencement events:
  • Baccalaureate Mass - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - St. Francis Xavier College Church
  • Doisy College of Health Sciences Precommencement Ceremony - Friday, May 17, 2019 - Chaifetz Arena
  • University Commencement - Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Chaifetz Arena
Best wishes to these outstanding graduates as they begin their careers as health professionals!


May 19, 2019

SLU AT Students Support Scholarships Through Successful Bowl-a-thon Event

On Wednesday April 10, 2019  the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Society (SLATS), our student organization, held its annual SLATS Bowl-a-thon for SLU AT Student Scholarships at the Moolah Lanes in Midtown St. Louis.

This year's SLATS Bowl-a-thon raised $3650.00 for the SLU AT Scholarships developed to recognize our students in the memory of long-time SLU and St. Louis Cardinals Athletic Trainer Bob Bauman and 2017 program alum Brandi Burgett, who tragically passed away in December 2017.

Through the Bowl-a-thon, SLU AT students have raised over $30,000.00 over the past six years and numerous students have been supported through the scholarships.

Click on this GIVING LINK to support SLU AT Scholarships.

May 15, 2019

Students from UCJC in Madrid Learn about More Than Just Athletic Training in the USA at SLU

The Athletic Training Experience at SLU
By: Sergio Álvarez Gómez  and Hartzea Ibáñez Múgica (Universidad Camilo Jose Cela)

An incredible experience, is the best way to summarize the last 2 months. Experiment and carry out tasks such as Athletic Trainers, with the importance of daily prevention work, supervise that athletes are hydrated and nurtured well and the special importance of attention to the field to detect any injury so precocious or concussions (injury to which in Spain we should give more importance).
We came to St. Louis to learn all that an Athletic Trainer does (improving our English), to get through our Master in Athletic Training to be one of them in the near future, and who knows, someday like a recognized profession in Spain.

We started our clinicals at Missouri Baptist University with his football team under the supervision of Drew Potter ATC. There, we worked with the athletes treating them and preparing them with what they needed (tapping, cures ...) for the training, and preparing the hydration of the players during the practice. Once the work was finished in the Athletic Training room, we went out to the field to prepare everything necessary for the players, from the water carts, ice for the players, RCP briefcase, or to be alert to the meteorological changes (in case we had to suspend the training due to a storm), and we helped the athletes with the stretches and in the rehabilitation exercises of those who were injured.

The football season ended, so we started our second clinical rotation in SLU under the supervision of Petra Knight ATC and the women's basketball team, although thanks to the kindness of the Athletic Trainers they let us collaborate with other SLU sports like women's soccer, men's basketball or others that in Spain are not so common or do not exist, like softball and baseball. Here we meet another  level. Another level of physical preparation, another level of work of the athletes and another level in the means and facilities available.

Overall, the experience has been incredible, the improvement of our English, with laughter and uncomfortable moments for the strange things we could say. It has been enriching at professional level, since one day (and it will be soon) we will be Athletic Trainers and we will put into practice everything learned here, although it has also been enriching on a personal level as we met people who have helped us and we are grateful I heart to have done it as Alejandra Chavez, Juan Calero, Alisha Frierdich, Rory Cusack ... and many others, but above them to Cat Chua and Eleanor Fogarty to whom we can thank everything that has helped us and what they have laughed with and of us, allowed to know the customs of another country like the USA and welcomed us as if we were one more in their 'family'.
The experience would not have been the same if it is not for all these people who have helped us outside and within the world of Athletic Trainers, also thank Drew Potter for the reception he gave us in MoBap.

Last but not least, to thank Dr. Tony Breitbach, Dr. Tim Howell, Roberto Murias, Álvaro García-Romero and Fernando Reyes for making this possibility and this great experience a reality.

Nuestra experiencia como Athletic Trainer
Por: Sergio Álvarez Gómez y Hartzea Ibáñez Múgica (Universidad Camilo Jose Cela)

Una experiencia increíble, es la mejor manera de resumir los 2 últimos meses. Experimentar y llevar a cabo las tareas como Athletic Trainers, con la importancia que supone desde el trabajo de prevención diario, vigilar que los atletas se hidraten y nutran bien y la especial importancia a la atención a pie de campo para detectar cualquier lesión de manera precoz o conmociones cerebrales (lesión a la que en España deberíamos dar mas importancia).
Vinimos a St. Louis a aprender todo lo que hace un Athletic Trainer (a parte de a mejorar nuestro inglés), para conseguir por medio de nuestro Máster en Athletic Training ser uno de ellos en un futuro cercano, y quien sabe, algún día como una profesión reconocida en España.
Comenzamos nuestras prácticas en Missouri Baptist University con su equipo de fútbol americano bajo la supervisión de Drew Potter. Allí, trabajábamos con los atletas tratándoles y preparándolos con lo que necesitasen (vendajes, curas…) para el entrenamiento, y preparando las botellas para cuidar la hidratación de los jugadores durante el entrenamiento. Una vez que finalizaba el trabajo en la sala de Athletic Training, salíamos al campo a preparar todo lo necesario para los jugadores, desde los carritos de agua, hielo para los jugadores, maletín de RCP, o estar atentos a los cambios meteorológicos (por si había que suspender el entrenamiento por alguna tormenta), y ayudábamos a los deportistas con los estiramientos y en los ejercicios de readaptación de los que estuviesen lesionados.

La temporada de fútbol americano concluyó, por lo que comenzamos nuestra segunda rotación clínica en SLU bajo la supervisión de Petra Knight y el equipo de baloncesto femenino, aunque gracias a la amabilidad de los Athletic Trainers nos dejaron colaborar con otros deportes de SLU como el fútbol femenino, el baloncesto masculino u otros que en España no son tan comunes o no existen, como el softball y béisbol. Aquí nos encontramos con otro nivel. Otro nivel de preparación física, otro nivel de trabajo de los atletas y otro nivel en los medios y las instalaciones disponibles.
En conjunto, la experiencia ha sido increíble, la mejora de nuestro inglés, con las risas y momentos incomodos por las cosas extrañas que podíamos llegar a decir. Ha sido enriquecedora a nivel profesional, ya que algún día (y será pronto) seremos Athletic Trainers y pondremos en practica todo lo aprendido aquí, aunque también ha sido enriquecedora a nivel personal ya que conocimos a gente que nos ha ayudado y a la que agradecemos de corazón el haberlo hecho como Alejandra Chávez, Juan Calero, Alisha Frierdich… y tantos otros, pero por encima de ellos a Cat Chua y Eleanor Fogarty a las que agradecer todo lo que nos han ayudado y lo que se han reído con y de nosotros, permitido conocer las costumbres de otro país como es EEUU y nos acogieron como si fuéramos uno más en su ‘familia’.

La experiencia no hubiese sido la misma si no es por todas estas personas que nos han ayudado fuera y dentro del mundo de los Athletic Trainers, también agradecer a Drew Potter por el acogimiento que nos dio en MoBap.

Por último y no menos importante, dar las gracias a Dr. Tony Breitbach, Dr. Tim Howell, Roberto Murias, Álvaro García-Romero y Fernando Reyes por hacer realidad esta posibilidad y esta gran experiencia.

May 06, 2019

St. Louis Public Schools AT Clubs Wrap-up School Year with a Fun Day of Learning and Competition at SLU

Athletic Training Olympics and Health Professions Day
By: Kemba Noel-London MAT, ATC, CES

Athletic Training Olympics is a fun athletic training-based field day which is the way we wrap up AT Clubs at the end of the semester. SLU has sponsored the AT Clubs with the St. Louis Public Schools, through grant funding from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee, for the past 5 years.

I was introduced to this concept on an AT Olympics during my last clinical rotation when I was a SLU AT student, at Webster Groves High School from my then clinical preceptor and the legend Sean Wright ATC. I remember thoroughly enjoying myself and saw how much his students also enjoyed having an avenue to compete and show their skills. Since then, I have taken it to any school where I have been involved in sports medicine education. I find that it is an amazing way to facilitate and encourage teamwork, communication and healthy competition, while also allowing students to enjoy the skills that they worked hard to learn. 

This year, with the introduction of an AT Club in a new Saint Louis Public School, we expanded the competition to be interscholastic rather than within the club. We wanted the students to take ownership and be protective over their clubs like any other team, with the long-term vision of the club being another avenue for them to represent their schools. 

This year's event, which took place on May 3rd at SLU’s Medical Center Campus, were: ankle taping, a 40-yard cooler carry and AT trivia “obstacle” course, ice bag making and stacking, and the coup de grace; a first responder simulation (inclusive of log rolling, as the students notified me of how often they practiced this particular skill). The students at Clyde C Miller Career Academy took the first ever “Golden Fanny Pack” award when they won the day over Roosevelt High School. 

Despite logistical challenges outside of our control, the kids had fun, and who knows, may be the start of a rivalry outside of sport. It is always a joy to create avenues for joy while also assessing the utility of our instructional methods for certain skills in the club. It is a good litmus test for how well we did that year and I look forward to it as much as the students. 

Prior to the Olympics, we had a health professions day in the SLU Allied Health Building, which include a Skype presentation from St. Louis native Murphy Grant, MS, ATC, LAT, Associate Athletic Director at University of Kansas and President of the NATA Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine, who imparted words of wisdom and answered some probing questions. 

They were also introduced to other health professions through a panel of faculty from the SLU Doisy College of Health Sciences and learned of the different pathways to achieve a degree in AT or other health professions. The key takeaway being, no path is the same. Whatever journey you take, do not lose sight of your goal, and see lack of representation is an opportunity not a barrier. 

Special shout out to SLU PY1 AT student Marissa Burch (MAT Class of 2020), who volunteered her time this semester to assist with the clubs. She came to each meeting ready and willing to assist and made the most of the opportunities that were presented to her. 

May 04, 2019

Students in the SLU MAT Class of 2019 Celebrate Excellence and Scholarship

On Friday, May 3, 2019 students in the Saint Louis University Master of Athletic Training Class of 2019 presented their Capstone Project presentations to the Doisy College of Health Sciences in the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.

The SLU MAT Capstone Project is the culminating scholarly product that our students develop to meet the requirements of the Master of Athletic Training Degree.  The topics of the 2019 projects can be viewed here:

The SLU AT Program's Excellence in Professional Service Award and Clinical Excellence Award were presented to graduating students at the event.  The Academic Excellence Award will be presented after the final grades are posted at the end of the spring semester. 
Erin Fabbri - Excellence in Professional Service
Chris Mecherle - Excellence in Professional Service
Rory Cusack - Clinical Excellence
Matthew Eifert - Clinical Excellence
Award winners pictured above with AT Program Director Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC, FASAHP and Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Chairperson Tricia Austin PhD, PT, ATC.

A complete photo gallery of the event is available at: 

April 25, 2019

Students in SLU MAT Class of 2019 to Present Capstone Projects on Friday May 3rd.

Students in the Saint Louis University Master of Athletic Training Class of 2019 will be presenting their Capstone Projects on May 3, 2019 starting at 8:00 am in the Multipurpose Room on the 3rd Floor of the Allied Health Building on SLU's Medical Center (South) Campus.  The event is open to the public, and presentation of these projects mark the completion of their experience as students in the SLU Athletic Training Program. 


7:30 am   BREAKFAST
8:00 am   Erin Fabbri - Playing surface and ACL Injuries
8:15 am   Cody Hutson - Footwear/equipment and Lower Extremity Injuries
8:30 am   Maggie Rowell - Short Foot Exercise Program and Balance
8:45 am   Jazmon Carroll - Early Weight-Bearing After Achilles Tendon Rupture
9:00 am   Matt Eifert - Acute Pain Management and Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
9:15 am   Rory Cusack - ACL Injury Prevention Programs for Female Collegiate Athletes
9:30 am   Adam Long - Blood Flow Restriction for Strength in ACLR patients
9:45 am   Juan Calero Alonso - Functional Knee Braces for ACL Protection post-injury
10:00 am Sarah Menzuber - Platelet Rich Plasma vs Stem Cell Therapy for Connective Tissue
10:15 am Matt Murphy - Therapeutic Ultra-Sound with Soft Tissue Manipulation for Tendonopathy
10:30 am Jesse Schmitt - Light Resistance Training and Hamstring Injuries
10:45 am Chris Mecherle - Cupping vs Massage for Neck and/or Shoulder Pain
11:00 am Danielle Jabczynski - Vestibular Rehabilitation for Benign Paraxysmal Postural Vertigo
11:15 am Paul Lamb - Resistance Training to Reduce Injury Rates in Young Athletes
11:30 am Justin Ullom - Oxford vs DeLorme Method of Strength Training
11:45 am Cat Chua - Relationship between Fatigue and Injury
12:00 am Dimitri Killian - Relationship between Depression and Immune Responses
12:15 am Brian Leach - Entrepreneurship in Athletic Training

For more information call 314-877-8561 or email

April 13, 2019

SLU AT Student Recognizes Preceptor's Impact on Clinical Experience at John Burroughs School

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs School
By: Caitlyn Thomas (MAT Class of 2020) 

This semester, I have been placed at John Burroughs School as my clinical site. Dean Tiffany ATC is my preceptor and Matt Eifert is the PY2 at JBS. It has been a transition for me from the college setting to the high school setting, but I am enjoying the high school setting much more than I thought I would. We are very fortunate to have an incredible athletic training room and access to a handful of modalities, as well as respectful and friendly students and staff.
At John Burroughs, Dean is very willing to let me and Matt take the lead on doing assessments and only steps in when he sees we need help. This is allowing me to get out of my comfort zone and realize that I know more than I think I do. I get loads of hands-on experience at JBS and it has helped my confidence improve ten-fold. Dean is extremely knowledgeable and has many tips and tricks up his sleeve that he has shown me and Matt. I think he is an incredible preceptor and I am learning so much from him! Matt has also been a great resource for me because I can turn to him for any questions I have. He practices with me when I don’t understand something and he is always enthusiastic when he is in the Athletic Training room. He makes me excited to walk into the Athletic Training room every day!
So far, John Burroughs couldn’t be any better. I really feel like my knowledge of Athletic Training has sky rocketed since I arrived at JBS, and I am excited to continually learn more. Dean is a phenomenal preceptor and I have enjoyed every minute learning from him.

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their preceptors. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU AT Program.

April 12, 2019

SLU AT Students Enjoy Immersive and Engaging Clinical Environment at Lindenwood University - Belleville

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lindenwood University – Belleville
By: Hannah Daily and Becca McGrail (MAT Class of 2020); and Adam Long and Justin Ullom (MAT Class of 2019) 

This semester we have gotten the opportunity to experience NAIA collegiate level athletics at Lindenwood University – Belleville. We are helping provide care for all sports including but not limited to: Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Baseball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Track and Field and Wrestling.

We have gotten the chance to learn together in an engaging environment with each other as well as with the LUB athletic training students and amazing AT staff. Our preceptors, Stephen Slone MS, ATC, LAT, Curtis Wilkerson MS, ATC, LAT, Timothy Woodstock MS, ATC, LAT have been incredibly helpful by showing us new treatment techniques as well as other ways to help the athletes.

The entire Lynx AT staff is extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions we may have. It is obvious that they want us to reach our full potential, so they are constantly there to encourage us and make sure that we are confident in our abilities. Some of our responsibilities include developing and implementing rehabilitation programs for individualized athletes, writing SOAP notes, preventative care such as taping and stretching, use of modalities, and performing evaluations. Lindenwood University – Belleville offers an immersive environment that has been very rewarding since we are able to really get to know some many different athletes along with being able to witness multiple athletes progress in their rehabilitation post-injury.
Adam and Justin, the PY2's, have gotten to primarily assist with pre-, in-game, and post-game responsibilities for both men’s and women’s hockey; along with practice coverage. Their main role as of now is to help prepare the team and gear up for their national tournaments in Nashville and Texas for men/women respectively. PY1's Hannah and Becca have been helping out with mainly baseball as well as other duties in the athletic training room. We are really getting to see how different the collegiate level is from the high school setting considering we were both placed at different high schools last semester. Every day we continue to improve our skills as well as learn how to connect with our athletes and peers to provide the best patient centered care.

Overall, we are all looking forward to what the rest of the semester has in store for us!

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their preceptors. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU AT Program.

April 08, 2019

SLU AT Student Appreciates Support from Preceptor and School Community at Parkway Central HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway Central High School
By: Christopher Mecherle (MAT Class of 2019) 

Parkway Central High School has been a valuable experience on my path to becoming a certified athletic trainer. I’m certain once I’m out and working after college that I will look fondly on the skills that I have forged and refined during the last two semesters. My preceptor and SLU alum Michael Aaron, MAT, ATC, from Mercy Sports Medicine, is very enthusiastic about having an athletic training student. He always considers when and where there may be a learning opportunity to take advantage of, and for that, I am grateful.
For the most part, I feel comfortable in the athletic training setting. Performing evaluations, treatment, rehab, and first-aid definitely feels more natural than it did a year ago. So in my perspective, this semester has been more about discovering how I want my athletic training identity to take shape. It’s made me think about how I can be a transformational force in whatever setting I choose to be in. I often tend to question more about how I carry myself and if I project a fitting aura of professionalism. All in all, my skills are getting to be more second nature, and now it’s my persona that needs fine-tuning.

Parkway Central staff and athletes have been appreciative and accommodating of me, and I cannot thank them enough for their support. I look forward to finishing out the year with the Colts!

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their preceptors. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU AT Program.

April 07, 2019

SLU AT Student Builds Clinical Skills and Acquires New "Tools" at Parkway West HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway West High School 
By: Courtney Nall (MAT Class of 2020) 

I have the pleasure of being at Parkway West High School for my Spring clinical site with preceptor Matt Berning MAT, ATC from Mercy Sports Medicine. Coming from a university setting, things are a bit different at the high school setting. Parkway West does not have as many modalities as my previous clinical site. I have enjoyed learning how to care for and manage injuries with the resources that are at our disposal. I have also learned some new taping techniques that Matt likes to use. I like learning new techniques that I am able to keep in my “tool kit”.

Every day starts with taking care of the kids that come into the training room after school. We tape ankles and wrists, monitor kids who are doing their exercises as well as determine what injured athletes are going to be able to do that day. After everyone goes out to practice, we head outside and make our rounds in the golf cart. We stop by each of the teams that are practicing, checking to see how everyone is doing. If there is someone that needs to seen, we will head right over to where they are. Matt makes it a fun and easy learning environment where I feel comfortable getting critiqued and asking questions. I look forward to learning from him every day.

Being the only SLU student at West has allowed many more opportunities for me to practice what I know. I appreciate that Matt lets me do evaluations on my own first. These are chances for me to put my knowledge and skills to the test as well as build up my confidence. Spring sports have recently started, and we are already much busier in the training room. I am excited for the many learning opportunities ahead. I am eager to see what the rest of the semester has in store for me.

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their preceptors. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU AT Program.

April 03, 2019

SLU AT Student Appreciates Opportunity to Practice Clinical Assessment Skills at Chaminade College Prep

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Chaminade College Preparatory School
By: Justin Durham (MAT Class of 2020) 

Chaminade College Prep has been a great experience and has given me the opportunity to further my skills. Scott Kugler ATC is my preceptor at Chaminade and has helped me whenever I need it and explains his thought process on certain situations as well as his process on evaluations.

I have had multiple opportunities to practice evaluations and well as help athletes in their rehab programs. Starting my clinical rotation at Chaminade I did not have much experience going through evaluations start to finish so my experience so far has really helped.

Most evaluations I have performed were on the lower extremities and only a couple for upper extremities. One of the biggest things I have learned from going through the evaluations is to really think about the questions you want to ask in the history so you can get a whole picture of what happened and what may be wrong.

My experience so far is that some athletes will come in and immediately tell you anything and everything about what happened while others are really quiet and you have to ask multiple questions to get a glimpse at what is going on. Another thing I have really tried to work on with my evaluations is being systematic and knowing what I want to do so that I do not forget anything. 

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their preceptors. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU AT Program.