April 22, 2014

SLU AT Student Nygel Williams Profiled in Universitas Magazine

Saint Louis University Athletic Training Student Nygel Williams (MAT Class of 2016) was featured in a story in the SLU magazine "Universitas".  The article featured Nygel's experience at SLU and how the "Go Further" campaign and the Bob Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training looks to benefit our AT students.

See the entire issue of Universitas online.
Learn more about the "Go Further" Scholarship Campaign.

April 14, 2014

2nd Annual SLATS Bowl-a-thon a Huge Success!

SLATS Bowl-a-thon #2...Twice the fun, Twice the Success!
By: Haylie Dehm (MAT Class of 2016)

This year the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Society (SLATS), our student association, hosted its 2nd annual bowling fundraiser at Moolah Lanes for the AT student scholarship fund.  The 2014 SLATS Bowl-A-thon took on a higher meaning for our program because, as a part of Saint Louis University’s new "Go Further" campaign, every dollar raised is being matched, which means our goal of $6,000 would become $12,000 in the blink of an eye! How awesome is that?!

With this University-wide program, that means that the scholarship fund is growing larger, sooner so more students may get the opportunity to receive a Bauman Endowed Athletic Training Scholarship! In the end we raised over $6,500! We reached our goal and I could not be any more proud of my peers for raising such a great amount of money in such a short period of time! (Just imagine what we could have raised in a longer period of time!)

Last year I had a blast at the event and this year I was extremely excited to be a Co-Chair with Rachel Spika! Prior to the actual event, students from the program submitted a list of potential donors. Every student that submitted a list got free admission into the event. Anyone who donated on behalf of a student had the opportunity to attend and partake in the fun of free bowling and food! Anyone else who came had to pay $12 which is a great bargain considering they were getting catered food from The Pasta House and unlimited bowling for 2 hours!

SLATS Executive Board Members -- Mary Rhatigan (back left) – PY2 Class Rep, Andria Lampe (back right) – Philanthropy/PR Chair, Kayla Kelly (front right) – PY 1 Class Rep, Haylie Dehm (front left) – Vice President – enjoying the catering from The Pasta House while working the door at check-in.
I think my favorite thing from this event was the Bowling Shirts! Anyone who got 10 people to donate in their name got one of these highly sought after items! Also the top 5 people that had the most money donated in their name got a free bowling shirt! And finally the person who had the most walk-in attendees received a shirt! In this case, there was a tie for most walk-ins and two people were given the awesome shirts! Michael Aaron and Christian Ahlstrom were the only ones to have 10 or more people donate in their name. Those two along with Rachel Spika, Raquel Roberts-Hamilton, and Emily Costabile were the Top 5 money-makers! Stuart Plamp and Kathleen McGovern brought the most walk-ins. Unfortunately the picture of Bowling Shirt winners was taken before it was revealed that Stuart and Kathleen got theirs so this picture is missing them in their Retro Bowling Shirt Glory!

From Left to Right: Michael Aaron – 17 donors and 3rd overall highest donation total, Christian Ahlstrom – 13 donors and 1st overall highest donation total, Emily Costabile – 2nd highest donation total, Rachel Spika – 5th highest donation total, Raquel Roberts-Hamilton – 4th highest donation total
‘Twas a great night and I can’t wait to attend the Third Annual Saint Louis University Society Athletic Training Bowl-A-Thon!

SLU AT Students and Faculty Participate in NATA District V Meeting

District Meeting Provides a Memorable Experience!
By: Nick Gastorf (SLU MAT Class of 2014)

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program had six athletic training students along with faculty members Kitty Newsham PhD, ATC and Tony Breitbach PhD, ATC traveled to Des Moines, Iowa on March 27-29, 2014 to represent the program at the 35th Mid-America Athletic Trainer's Association (MAATA) Annual Meeting and Symposium.  Tyler Wood, Cat Costello, and I represented the Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association (MoATA) in the District Quiz Bowl competition after previously taking home the state title at the MoATA conference earlier in the year. We gave a valiant effort, but we fell short of our goal of reaching the finals of the Quiz Bowl, which is held at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting this upcoming summer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Quiz Bowl Members: Nick Gastorf, Cat Costello, Kelly Peck (alternate) and Tyler Wood
While there, we were able to attend a number of lectures discussing various topics in athletic training, including talks on drug interactions and concussions.  One of the talks given that we were able to attend was on food and exercise-induced anaphylaxis by Dr. Newsham, one of the faculty members in attendance from SLU.  Not only did we have the opportunity to attend these lectures, but we also attended the MoATA meeting.  We were able to hear and get an update on the athletic training related events that are happening in state.  One topic of interest for many of the students was the young professional group.  With graduation approaching shortly, this young professional’s group is a great way to network and meet other professionals in the field who are also trying to start their careers.

Overall, the MAATA symposium was a great experience!  We were exposed to a number of items for the first time in this type of setting.  We were given the opportunity to meet professionals within athletic training, hear multiple talks on differing topics of athletic training, and represent SLU AT Program in the Quiz Bowl. We would not have had these wonderful opportunities without attending the symposium.

SLU AT students Cat Costello, Kelly Peck, Tyler Wood, Jess Buschjost, Nick Gastorf and Dan Herrin prepare for the drive to Des Moines.

SLU AT Student Presents MAT Capstone Project at SLU Graduate Research Symposium

Emily Grace (SLU MAT Class of 2014) presented her MAT Capstone Project entitled: "Management of Recurrent Exertional Compartment Syndrome in a Competitive Collegiate Women’s Volleyball Athlete" as a poster at the 2014 GSA Graduate Research Symposium at SLU's Busch Student Center on Friday, February 11, 2014.  She and her classmates will all be making public presentations of their capstone projects on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 8:00 am -12:00 noon in Room 1036 AH on the Medical Center Campus.  For more information about attending MAT Capstone Day contact 314-977-8561 or atep@slu.edu.

SLU AT student Emily Grace with faculty mentor Dr. Anthony Breitbach
The SLU Graduate Student Association's Graduate Research Symposium is held each year during the spring semester. This year's symposium marked it's 20th annual year. This is the second year in a row an AT student presented in the symposium. 2013 MAT graduate Bridget Quirk MAT, ATC presented at last year's event.

Emily Grace and 2013 presenter Bridget Quirk MAT, ATC
The GSA Graduate Research Symposium is an event open to all SLU graduate students. Every department with graduate degree programs is encouraged to participate in this interdisciplinary forum. Each year's paper and poster presentations are divided into categories based on the distribution of the participants. Judges are selected from SLU faculty to represent the variety of disciplines.

Emily Grace making presentation to faculty judges.

March 24, 2014

SLU AT Faculty Members and Students Have a Fun and Busy Month of Basketball

The Athletic Training Program at Saint Louis University partners with the Missouri Valley Conference to coordinate medical coverage to the basketball tournaments they host in March each year.  This year, this not only included their conference tournaments in St. Louis and St. Charles, it also included the NCAA Men's Basketball 2nd and 3rd Rounds at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.  This provides a great learning opportunity for our students, where they get a chance to administer a large event with multiple stakeholders.  Additionally it provides our students with networking opportunities with numerous future colleagues in athletic training.

Faculty members Tim Howell and Kitty Newsham with AT students Jess Buschjost and Angelo Bongiorno at the NCAA 3rd Round games on March 23, 2014 at Scottrade Center.
AT students Cat Costello, Jess Buschjost and Angelo Bongiorno with faculty members Tim Howell and Mike Markee  at the NCAA 2nd Round games on March 21, 2014 at Scottrade Center.
AT students Blake Hudspeth and Michelle Cybulski courtside for MVC MBB Tournament at Scottrade Center.

AT students Tony Mosello and Jess Buschjost courtside for MVC MBB Tournament at Scottrade Center.

AT Program Director Tony Breitbach courtside with students Michael Aaron and Hilary Stepansky
for MVC WBB Tournament
 at Family Arena.

AT students Ju Kim, Mary Rhatigan, Jose Mendez and Michael Aaron on site
for MVC WBB Tournament
 at Family Arena

March 21, 2014

SLU AT Students Host Workshop for SLU Medical Students

Athletic Training Skills Workshop for SLU Medical Students
By: Emily Grace, MAT Class of 2014

On March 19, 2014,  the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program hosted students from the School of Medicine to show them taping, spine boarding, and concussion testing. Such skills are specialties of certified athletic trainers and athletic training students but are often performed by participation of the entire sports medicine team.

Treating an athlete on or off the field requires interprofessional collaboration. Having an understanding and appreciation for other health care professionals roles is crucial to efficient and quality health care. During the athletic training skills workshop, second year medical students were able to learn specialty skill like preventative taping, sideline concussion testing, and spine boarding from graduate athletic training students.

PY2 AT students Emily Grace, Michelle Cybulski, and Dan Herrin demonstrate face mask removal
for an athlete with a suspected cervical spine injury
As athletic trainers, we are often the first responders during emergency situations in athletic settings. It is important for the AT's to be confident in their skills and be able to effectively communicate. Because medicine and diagnostic techniques are constantly changing and improving, it is part of our responsibility to continually advance our knowledge by keeping up with current research and disseminate pertinent information to the sports medicine team. As information about certain conditions improves, our diagnostic tools also improve. An example is the SCAT3, a sideline test used in the diagnosis for concussions.

PY2 AT student Mary Rhatigan guides medical students on proper taping techniques.
Teaching medical students about the role physicians and athletic trainers play in prevention and emergency care made me proud of the skill set I have obtained through my educational and clinical experience. Gaining hands on experience throughout my clinical rotations has given me the confidence and competency I intend to carry throughout my professional care and share with other health care professionals. It was rewarding to share my skills with future physicians!

PY2 AT student Jessica Buschjost demonstrates balance testing, part of the SCAT 3 sideline concussion testing.
SLU AT students participating in the AT Skills Workshop included Michelle Cybulski, Kayla Kelley, Kathleen McGovern, Dan Herrin, Cat Costello, Emily Grace, Haylie Dehm, Jess Buschjost, Mary Rhatigan (coordinator), Christian Ahlstrom and Hilary Stepansky.

March 19, 2014

SLU AT Clinical Education Coordinator Offers Advice About Basketball and Good Health

March 19, 2014
Carrie Bebermeyer

In the Spirit of March Madness, Seven Reasons to Shoot Hoops

SLU Expert Shares Lessons from the Billikens
Tim Howell, Ed.D., ATC, CSCS

After you agonize over your NCAA bracket and hand your $10 over to the office pool, take a moment to reflect on the intense exercise and athleticism displayed in every college basketball game. In fact, from pick-up games to the pros, basketball has the potential to offer a multitude of all-around health benefits.
As exercise goes, it doesn’t get much better than a fun team sport that requires no expensive equipment or major time commitments.
If you need more convincing, Tim Howell, Ed.D., ATC, CSCS, assistant professor of physical therapy and athletic training at Saint Louis University, home of the Billikens, offers seven more reasons.
Basketball is good for:
Your Heart. Basketball can help you develop cardiovascular endurance, depending on how many times play stops. Keep moving, and you’ll keep your heart rate up. Building endurance can help keep your heart healthy, reducing risks of heart disease and stroke down the line.
Your Muscles. Long range three point shots help develop both upper and lower body strength. So does jumping to block shots. Strong muscles help you maintain your balance and decrease your risk of falling.
Your Bones. Jumping is a great way to develop and improve bone health. Weight-bearing exercise helps maintain your bone density over the course of your lifetime. Stronger bones are bones that are less likely to break.
Playing a high-intensity basketball game can burn 700 or more calories an hour.
Your Brain. By developing eye-hand coordination, basketball builds spacial awareness. Your body will know where it is in space and time. Ever wonder why a cat always lands on its feet? Body awareness.
Your Gut. Reducing it, that is. Depending on the intensity at which you play, you can burn 700 or more calories an hour. Burn fat while having fun.
Your Social Life. Have fun. Socialize. Build teamwork. Strong relationships translate into good health. Social people are less likely to suffer from depression and also tend to have a stronger immune system. Exercising in a group also tends to lead to better continued participation because you don’t exercise alone. You will have a built-in support system.
Your Stress Levels. Played alone or in groups, basketball can reduce stress. Exercise is a proven stress-reliever. Decreasing your stress will help you focus and have more energy to complete tasks.
Long a leader in educating health professionals, Saint Louis University offered its first degree in an allied health profession in 1929. Today the Doisy College of Health Sciences offers degrees in physical therapy, athletic training education, clinical laboratory science, nutrition and dietetics, health informatics and information management, health sciences, medical imaging and radiation therapeutics, occupational science and occupational therapy, and physician assistant education. The college's unique curriculum prepares students to work with health professionals from all disciplines to ensure the best possible patient care.

March 12, 2014

4 SLU AT Students Named to Fall 2013 A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll

Four Athletic Training students are among the 115 student-athletes from Saint Louis University named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2013 fall semester. This number is above the A-10 average of 101 and Saint Louis' number of 96 honorees a year ago. The Atlantic 10 Conference equaled the second-highest average of student-athletes honor on its bi-annual Commissioner’s Honor Roll, with 1,313 honorees, an average of 101 per institution for the 2013 fall semester. 

To be listed on the Commissioner's Honor Roll, a student-athlete in an Atlantic 10-sponsored sport must have a 3.5 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) during the specified semester. Freshmen are eligible to receive the award.

Fall 2013 Honorees Lined Up at Chaifetz Arena on Billiken Academic Excellence Night
The 101 average equals the number set in the spring of 2013 and is just one behind the record average of 102, set in the 2012 fall semester. It also marks the sixth straight semester that over 1,300 student-athletes have earned the distinction.

Academics are a point of pride in the Atlantic 10. In addition to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the league also ranks fifth among all conferences in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and fifth in the Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Athletic Training students on the Fall 2013 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll:

Maddie Bryan, Freshman, Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral) - Women's Track and Field
Jenna Ginsberg, Freshman, Geneva, IL (Geneva) - Women's Track and Field
Jose Mendez, Senior, O'Fallon, IL (O'Fallon) - Men's Cross Country
Stephanie Uhrich, Sophomore, Winfield, IL (Fremd) - Women's Track and Field

March 01, 2014

SLU AT Program Looking Forward to Busy National Athletic Training Month in March!

March is National Athletic Training Month!  This year's theme is "We've Got Your Back".

The students, faculty and staff are looking forward to many activities to commemorate the month and raise awareness of Athletic Training!

Some of the the activities are:
  • Members of SLATS, the SLU AT student organization, are doing a daily social media campaign through Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #NATM2014.
  • Professional AT students are posting "We Love Our Athletic Trainer!" signs at their clinical site that can be signed by athletes at other stakeholders.
  • The National Athletic Training Month logo and message is posted prominently on the digital signage in the Allied Health Building.
  • Junior pre-professional AT students are making posters in MAT 300 on the Domains of Athletic Training for posting in the Allied Health Building.
  • Faculty member Dr. Kitty Newsham will be participating in the 5th Annual National Youth Sports Safety Summit which will be held on Monday and Tuesday, March 10-11, 2014 at the Westin City Center, Washington, DC.
  • Freshman pre-professional AT students in MAT 100 will be taking a field trip to Rams Park on March 17th to meet the St. Louis Rams AT staff and tour their facility.
  • SLATS is working together with the SLU Medical Student Association to provide instruction and hands-on practice for 2nd year medical students in athletic taping, sideline concussion assessment and football cervical spine injury management on March 19th.
  • SLU AT staff and students are working together with 4th year medical students and SLUCare Sports Medicine to give a community presentation on knee injury prevention and sports concussions.
  • SLU AT faculty and students will be attending the Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Assoociation Annual Meeting and Symposium in Des Moines, IA where Dr. Kitty Newsham will be presenting and a team of SLU AT students will be participating in the District Quiz Bowl Competition.
  • SLATS will be once again hosting its Bowl-a-thon to raise funds for the Bauman Athletic Training Scholarship at the Moolah Lanes on Wednesday, April 2nd.
For information about any of these activities contact the program at atep@slu.edu or 314-977-8561.

March is also basketball tournament time! The SLU AT program faculty, staff and students will also be providing athletic health care for the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center (St. Louis) and Women's Basketball Tournament at Family Arena (St. Charles).  They will also be serving as the host medical staff for the NCAA Second and Third Round Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center.

February 25, 2014

SLU AT Program Director Writes Article in NATA News on Interprofessional Education and Athletic Training

Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC wrote an article for the March 2014 issue of the National Athletic Trainers' Association's "NATA News" magazine entitled "Interprofessional Education and Athletic Training, A Logical Fit".  Dr. Breitbach serves on the NATA's Executive Committee for Education (ECE) and participated in the ECE's development of the "Future Directions in Athletic Training Education" document in 2012.  He has coordinated the ECE's work group of 23 educators who have developed the white paper entitled:  "Interprofessional Education and Practice in Athletic Training" which is due for dissemination by Summer 2014.

February 21, 2014

Therapeutic Modalities Lab Gets an Upgrade and SLU "Pays Forward" to the Community

The Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training in the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University utilizes the Therapeutic Modalities Lab in the Allied Health Building on the Medical Center Campus for many classes.  On February 20, 2014 the fixed height tables in the lab were replaced with 18 adjustable height (hi-lo) tables giving the lab a total of 22 adjustable height tables.  This is the first phase of a lab remodel that also includes technology enhance which allows linking between two other PT/AT labs for synchronous lab sessions in multiple rooms.

The lab is kept busy with many PT and AT classes. One of the biggest classes to use the lab is DPT/MAT 430, Therapeutic Modalities, where over 100 PT and AT students learn together in a class that utilizes technology, lectures and 4 lab section of around 25 students each.  Dr. Jason Bennett (PT faculty) and Dr. Tony Breitbach (AT faculty) have served as course coordinators for the class.  The class also utilizes both PT's and AT's as lab instructors.

This remodel has also allowed the Department of PT & AT to "pay forward" in the community.  The fixed height tables were offered to clinical sites on an "as-is" first come-first serve basis.  The following sites received fixed height tables:
Health Resource Center PT Clinic - http://medschool.slu.edu/hrc/
Bishop Dubourg High School AT Facility
Lutheran High School-South AT Facility
Parkway Central High School AT Facility
St. Mary's High School AT Facility
Triad High School AT Facility
Webster Groves High School AT Teaching Lab

February 19, 2014

Team of SLU AT Students Finish First in Missouri AT Quiz Bowl

Three athletic training students from Saint Louis University finished first in the Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association (MoATA) Quiz Bowl competition to qualify for the district competition in West Des Moines, Iowa on March 28, 2014.

MoATA holds a Quiz Bowl competition yearly to determine Missouri's representatives for the Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (MAATA) Quiz Bowl competition in March.  The winners of the district Quiz Bowls qualify for the national competition at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in June.  These Jeopardy-style competitions require teams of 3 to answer questions on all of the Domains of Athletic Training.

SLU's Quiz Bowl team is comprised of second-year professional students Cat Costello, Nick Gastorf and Tyler Wood. They will graduating with a Master of Athletic Training degree in May of 2014.

Cat Costello

Nick Gastorf

Tyler Wood
Congrats Cat, Nick and Tyler! Good luck at the MAATA Quiz Bowl!

February 14, 2014

Seeking Sunshine to go with Sweet Tea and a Smile...

Can you believe we’re already almost half-way through the spring semester?  Soon registration will begin for summer and fall courses and the snow will be just a memory.  

Snow…What a wild ride we’ve had this year with it!  I LOVE snow, but even I am ready to see green grass, budding trees, and people with allergy medicine once again.  It would be fine with me if we didn’t see any more snow for another 10 months.  The groundhog says that’s not going to be the case. We’ll see…..

Missing the green grass and flowers which adorn the Medical Center Campus!
Have you ever really thought about the components of the front desk area in an office?  

The front desk area of an office must maintain a certain appearance.  There is usually a front desk or some other sort of check in area, at least one computer and telephone, a copier, one or more filing cabinets, and the front desk worker.  

In the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program office, that front desk worker is me.  It is my pleasure to welcome guests, students, and faculty members to the office with a friendly hello and a warm smile.  Is the person you have an appointment with tied up at the moment?  I am happy to chat with you until they are ready.  I would love to hear about where you are from or what you plan on doing over the next break.  

There is one more thing you will always find in my front desk area.  It is extremely rare for this item not to be found there.  It’s southern-style sweet tea.  I drink it so much that, after seeing me come in with two, large cups of McDonald’s sweet tea per day, the AT Program faculty members thought it would be beneficial for me to have my own iced-tea maker for Christmas a couple of years ago.  Now, I brew my own tea several times weekly.  Some people always have coffee in their hand (at least in the morning).  

For me, it’s sweet tea all the way!

"News From the Front Desk" by Jennifer Baine is a regular column that features a look inside the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program.  Jennifer greets all of the program's visitors and works with the faculty to make sure our students have the best possible experience.

February 12, 2014

SLU Chapter of National Athletic Training Honor Society Inducts Newest Members

Saint Louis University's Alpha Iota Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honor Society, inducted new members on February 10, 2014.  The ceremony took place in the Wall Auditorium in the Education Union on the SLU Medical Center Campus.  Following the ceremony, there was a presentation on "Mental Health and the Athlete" by Timothy Neal ATC and Michael Ross PhD. 

Over 120 students and professionals attended the keynote presentation.
Timothy Neal and Dr. Michael Ross during the keynote presentation.

Mr. Neal is the Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at Syracuse University. He is prominently involved in the development of position statements and policies for athletic trainers with regard to management of mental health in athletes.  Dr. Ross is a professor in the Department of Psychology at SLU. He serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative and teaches a course in the AT program titled: "Psychology of Sport and Injury".

2014 Iota Tau Alpha Inductees

Michael Aaron (MAT Class of 2015)
Nana Fujishiro (MAT Class of 2017)
Collin Peterson (MAT Class of 2017)
Stephanie Ross (MAT Class of 2017)
Rachel Spika (MAT Class of 2016)

Jessica Buschjost (MAT Class of 2014)
Hilary Stepansky (MAT Class of 2015)
John Runde (MAT Class of 2014)

SLATS, the SLU AT student association, provided pizza after the ceremony.

February 04, 2014

AT Students Practice Medical Procedures in the SLU School of Medicine Clinical Simulation Lab

Practice makes perfect through clinical simulation.

Located on the Saint Louis University Medical Center Campus, the Athletic Training (AT) Program has access to many outstanding facilities and experiences.  One of the best facilities in the SLU School of Medicine's Clinical Simulation Lab.

Wes Burch, Education Specialist, explains how military physicians training in the Clinical Simulation Lab's C-STARS "tent" which simulates a battlefield medical station.
The Clinical Simulation Lab provides a realistic, safe learning environment for students, clinicians and healthcare professionals at all levels of practice. Highly sophisticated technology supports the "hands on" practicing and perfecting of medical diagnostics and skills training. Its resources are being aggressively integrated into the resident and medical student curriculum as well as incorporated into the educational training of healthcare professionals from multidisciplinary specialties.

Wes Burch demonstrates proper suturing technique.
The SLU AT students were instructed in and practiced suturing technique and assessment of core body temperature using a digital thermometer with a flexible thermister.  Although, suturing is not commonly in an AT's scope of practice, we commonly assist physicians in the procedures. Practicing this technique better prepares the AT student for this role.

SLU AT students Josh Harris and Tony Mosello practice administering and assisting with suturing.
The School of Nursing also generously provided a model for our students to use to practice measuring core temperatures according to the latest protocols and standards. For more information go to the Korey Stringer Institute website:   http://ksi.uconn.edu/emergency-conditions/heat-illnesses/exertional-heat-stroke/

Dr. Tony Breitbach instructs on the proper use of a flexible thermister to measure core body temperature.