May 12, 2016

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Congratulations to the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Students who are participating in the 2016 Commencement activities!  As a 3+2 Graduate Professional Program, the SLU Athletic Training Program has graduates at the baccalaureate and the post-baccalaureate levels.  

The graduates will be recognized at Chaifetz Arena in the Doisy College of Health Sciences Pre-commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016 and all degrees will be conferred at the University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Alissa Jean Beeman
Audrey Lambert Block
Cara E. Bowton
Bradley J. Bunten
Erika Mechelle Cook
Demeisha A. Crawford
Haylie Nicole Dehm
John Richard Dunlap
Andrew S. Gomez
Krystin Dee Haas
Dustin Michael Jamboretz
Ryan P. Lilly
Brady J. Moore
David James O’Loughlin
Lauren Ashley Scalise
Rachel Ellen Spika
Christopher Anthony Spink Jr.
Andrea M. Strebler
Angelina M. Vitale
Joshua John Yanzer

SLU MAT Class of 2016

Maxwell Warren Huntley Alander 
Bailey Lynne Draheim 
Ali Nicole Graham 
Sarah Marie Haenchen 
Madeleine Irene Hauck 
Morgan Jay Jasperson 
Nicholas James Kellerhals 
Brianna Christine LaBarbera 
Amelia Rae Meigs 
Collin Edward Peterson 
Olivia Rose Robinson 
Stephanie Amber Ross 
Daniel Richard Smith 
Phillip A. Soncasie 
Stephanie Anne Uhrich

April 26, 2016

Schedule Set for SLU MAT Capstone Day - Friday, April 29, 2016

The Athletic Training Program of Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences is hosting its Annual Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Capstone Day on Friday, April 29, 2016 in the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.

Students in the SLU MAT Class of 2016 will present their Capstone projects. These projects represent a culminating scholarly work from these students experience in the SLU AT Program.

The presentations will be followed by a Recognition Ceremony for the SLU MAT Class of 2016.

The SLU MAT Capstone is open to any members of the greater Saint Louis University community, including friends and families of the SLU AT Program.

For more information about the SLU AT Capstone Day, call 314-977-8561 or email

April 22, 2016

New SLU AT Students Enjoy Interaction with SLU Alum/Preceptor at Westminster Christian Academy

New AT Student Blog Post - Maddie Bresnahan and Tara Honda (MAT Class of 2018)

The clinical site we have most recently visited was Westminster Christian Academy. The preceptor there is Hillary Orf ATC and the PY1 AT student is Ali Graham. Both of us have been to this site multiple times and really enjoy the atmosphere that WCA has. Through observing the care provided by Hillary and Ali, we have learned a lot through observation.

Some of the many things we have learned there include different taping techniques for ankles and wrists. We have also observed the actions athletic trainers take during different sporting events. We have witnessed preventive care before games and practices through heat and icing as well as post practice issues. One thing that stands out to us about WCA is that it is a combination of middle school and high school, so some athletes come from all age ranges with similar injuries.

With Hillary being a Saint Louis University graduate, she has given us lots of advice, tips and studying strategies to us succeed in this athletic training program. In addition, she is hired by WCA through Athletico. She has given us perspective how working as a certified athletic trainer is different for everyone, since she works at the office during the day and WCA at night. This is one of our favorite clinical sites and we are thankful Hilary and Ali let us observe there for much.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 20, 2016

SLU AT Student Makes Poster Presentation at Senior Legacy Symposium

On April 20, 2016, Saint Louis University Athletic Training Student Amelia Meigs presented a poster entitled "The Development of Cultural Competence and Professionalism in Athletic Training Students through Advocacy and Service Learning" at the Senior Legacy Symposium in the Wool Ballroom at the Busch Student Center.

The Senior Legacy Symposium provides seniors with a venue for professional presentation preparation and communication as well as a showcase opportunity for student academic achievements to celebrate accomplishments.

The symposium gives seniors an opportunity to reflect their career at SLU and how they will carry that forward into their careers and further studies.  To learn more about the event go to:

SLU AT Program Director Dr. Anthony Breitbach with Amelia Meigs
Amelia's poster detailed her experiences at SLU and described how they help promote Interprofessional Engagement, Professional Advocacy and Cultural Competence.

April 19, 2016

New SLU AT Student Inspired by Person-Centered Preceptor at Affton HS

New AT Student Blog Post -  Emily Mott (SLU MAT Class of 2018)
It’s one thing to learn about Athletic Training in a classroom, but the real learning starts with observation in the field.  Direct observation of different Athletic Training sites has been critical in my understanding of and grasp on the reality of the Athletic Training career.  One site in particular that I have continuously returned to, with good reason, is with preceptor Becky Stigen ATC at Afton High School.  This site in particular has taught me not only clinical concepts of evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes, but further, about the non-physical interaction with the patient.  

Becky’s care for her patients goes far beyond any physical treatment or care she can provide.  Not only is she clinically skilled, but she is skilled in caring for her athletes even outside of the Athletic Training room.  She has patients that sustain injuries that need treatment beyond her continuing care, but nonetheless she checks up on the student, follows up on their continuing treatment elsewhere and genuinely cares for their well being.  She defines the necessary line between being professional yet supportive of her patients.  

I am confident that my clinical skills will improve over the next two years of my professional phase in the SLU Athletic Training program.  However, after my observation during this final semester of my pre-professional phase, sites like Becky’s have really taught me how to be a skilled, professional, yet supportive Athletic Trainer, who not only cares for the physical injury, but for the patient and the mentality of the injury that comes with it.  It is critical to form bonds with a patient to develop a trusting, caring environment in which they can always return, while also setting professional boundaries.  Becky is a perfect example of this and has set a great example as I continue on in my pursuit in the program.  

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

New SLU AT Student Gains Appreciation for the Work of the High School AT at Parkway West

New AT Student Blog Post - Misri Patel (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

This semester, I had the opportunity to observe Athletic Trainer Matt Berning ATC and a SLU PY2 student Rachel Spika at Parkway West High School. In my time there, I was able to see and understand the day of an athletic trainer in a high school setting. To begin with, it started with meeting the students one-on-one after school, doing a daily checkup or a routine exercise with them. After the checkups, the trainer would go around observing different practices and get an idea of what is going on with each sport that day. Throughout the day he managed to meet with all the athletes, and was involved in helping the coaches and athletes maintain a safe, healthy environment to play in.

This experience allowed me to witness an athletic trainer’s standard day working at a high school. Before this opportunity I had never given much consideration into working at a high school level, nevertheless, after observing at this clinical site I feel like high schools offer a wide variety of sports to work with and a very friendly environment. Shadowing at this high school has been an extremely positive experience, the staff is open and friendly, and the athletic trainer showed much enthusiasm in teaching me various skills practiced on the field.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 18, 2016

New SLU AT Student Enjoys Variety of Experiences at the University Setting

New AT Student Blog Post - Michael Milek (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

I have been to multiple clinical sites this semester for observation hours. The clinical sites have been a combination of both colleges, including SLU and Harris-Stowe, and high schools including, Affton and Parkway South. Each site has been an amazing experience that has added to the flame of wanting to become a professional Athletic Trainer. However, the experiences that have stuck out to me were the ones when I was observing a college/university.

For my experiences at universities, I was able to observe Kara Cummins-Ludwig ATC and student Collin Peterson during one of women’s basketball game. I was able to watch as the players came into the training room to get their pre-game taping or any other type of pre-game work done. Once the athletes were prepared and the courtside was set up, we sat behind the bench while the game was going on. This was the highlight for me. I had never been courtside at a game and it made me feel like an official athletic trainer. It was a very good feeling. As for Harris-Stowe, I was able to observe their women’s softball team. I was able to talk to the preceptor, Tim Herlihy ATC, and just ask pretty much any question related to Athletic training. The other cool part was the fact that there was also a chiropractor on the scene with us. I had never really seen a chiropractor and an athletic trainer working together. I was able to chat with both the preceptor, Tim, and the chiropractor while the games were going on. It was interesting to see both of them working together and bouncing ideas off each other. The photo attached is of Tim, the preceptor at Harris-Stowe, and myself after the double header.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 17, 2016

New SLU AT Student Gets a Wide View of AT Through Numerous Clinical Sites

New AT Student Blog Post - Justin Ullom (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

More often than not, I was able to attend Affton High School in order to observe Mada Hauck, whose preceptor is Becky Stigen ATC. This training room is small, and it gets crowded at times, but it showed me the best way to make use of one’s space, no matter how limited. Observing a high school, I saw multiple sports throughout the semester and therefore learned many injuries that are common with their respective sports. I also learned that it is important to be able to communicate to all types of people, whether they are shy or outgoing, in order to best get your information across to them. The sports I observed most were basketball and volleyball. While there were no major injuries that occurred during my time observing, I was able to see many preventative or rehabilitative methods for those who had chronic injuries, or multi-sport athletes who were just coming off of an injury from a previous sport and ended up carrying it over to their new sport. 

I also observed at a Parkway South High School. While at Parkway South, I observed Sarah and her preceptor Mike Tzianos ATC. Mike was a very active athletic trainer, as he moved around and rotated from sport to sport in order to check on people, although we spent most of our time in the wrestling room watching practice. Mike explained that we were spending most of the time in the wrestling room because of all the sports that were practicing that day, wrestling was the one that was most likely going to have some sort of injury compared to others. We did watch a short scrimmage between the junior varsity women’s basketball team and the varsity women’s basketball team. One of the more interesting things that occurred during this observation was when a male basketball player came into the training room with a peeling callus that was about twice the size of a half dollar bill. Mike simply took some toenail clippers and carefully cut off the dead skin in order to expose the new skin to air. This observation taught me to make sure to keep a watchful eye on the most high-risk sport when it comes to being an athletic trainer at a high school. 

Another time I observed Tim Howell EdD, ATC, CSCS at the Webster Groves Ice Rink for the college club hockey championship. There was one instance where a player slipped and crashed into the boards very hard, and Tim was initially waved over to check on him, but it was then concluded that it was nothing to worry about so he did not have to go check on the player at the bench. There was one player who had a finger cut open, and Tim checked to see if he had gotten stitches as instructed. This taught me to always follow up on previous injuries in order to make sure that the athlete is doing everything they are supposed to do in order to help the injury heal.

I also observed Bailey Draheim and Tammy Pastor ATC for SLU athletics for two different sports. The first time I observed, I watched some track and field competitions. Not much happened at the meet, although we did learn how spine board an athlete out of the pit. While spine boards are seemingly becoming more and more unnecessary, it was still a very interesting learning experience, one that was reinforced a couple weeks later in class, as we learned how to spine board on flat ground. The second time I observed these two was for a tennis tournament. At this observation, Tammy talked about many injuries associated with tennis, as well as other overhand sports. She mentioned that many tennis players will have chronic wrist injuries. This site taught me that it is very important to understand the chronic injuries for any sport that I deal with as an athletic trainer since they will most often be the issues that arise in any athletes I might see. 

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 16, 2016

New SLU AT Student Looks Forward to the Future Thanks to the Staff and Students at Fontbonne University

New AT Student Blog Post - Jenna Ginsberg (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

My experience as student in the final semester of undergraduate studies in the AT program and MAT 3000 class has made me very excited to enter the professional phase of the program. My directed observation hours have had a very large hand in this, as I now have a more clear mental image of what life will be like as a PY student gaining clinical experience. I completed a large majority of my observation hours at Fontbonne University with PY 1 student Stephanie Uhrich, PY 2 student Andrew Gomez, and preceptor (SLU Alum) Ann Schmerbauch ATC, and my time spent there allowed me to obtain a great deal of knowledge and insight in to the day-­‐to-­‐day life of an AT.

The three preceptors at Fontbonne were incredibly helpful in answering my questions about the profession of Athletic Training, their role as an AT at Fontbonne University, and how their current experiences compare to previous places of employment. Likewise, they asked me questions about my own ambitions and expectations for my Athletic Training career, which helped me reflect on where my future might take me.

I observed many different sports, and was therefore able to witness a broad array of injuries, evaluations, and treatments. Ultrasound and electric stimulation were very common modalities used before and after practices and competition for multiple teams at Fontbonne, and were used for a variety of reasons, most centered around pain relief. It was cool to watch Stephanie and Andrew interact with the athletes and preceptors so confidently, and by observing them in their evaluation and treatment of the athletes made me excited to be in their position next year.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 15, 2016

New SLU AT Student Sees the Importance of Communication and Trust at Westminster Christian Academy

New AT Student Blog Post - Matthew Eifert (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

The majority of my Directed Observation hours were spent at Westminster Christian Academy. The clinical site offered a wide spectrum of athletes with varied injuries. WCA’s sprawling facilities are home to athletic skill sets ranging from grades seven to twelve. Hillary Orf, ATC (SLU MAT Class of 2013) zooms around the vast athletic fields encompassing the verdant WCA campus; servicing an array of patients in a similarly green gator. The AT provides tape for injured ankles and ice for bruises and sprains. 

A close bond is revealed with every injury that Hillary scoots off to.  The athlete-athletic trainer relationship is much more than injury prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation. Keeping the best wishes of the athlete within the center of healthcare delivery builds trust in an optimal relationship. The countless interactions I observed between the AT and Westminster athletes exemplified the bond necessary for clinical practice. This trust is vital to the success of any preventative, diagnostic or therapeutic interventions. 
I felt that many of this spring’s observation hours taught me the importance of communication. Athletic Trainers rely partially on the testimony of the athlete to make their diagnosis.  The athlete needs to be cognizant of the importance of providing the most accurate description of an injury. Lack of information can definitely impede the ability for ATs to perform their job. This ties back in with the athlete’s part in trusting the AT to get them back to peak performance efficiently. Without trust, there cannot be effective communication. In the absence of information transfer between patient and practitioner, healing is stagnate. 

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 14, 2016

New SLU AT Student Appreciates Insight of Experienced Students and Preceptors at Washington University

New AT Student Blog Post - Abby Klosterman (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

During my time spent at Washington University, I had the opportunity to observe Jim Anderson BS, ATC along with three of Saint Louis University’s Master’s Program students; Andrea Strebler (pictured), Jack Dunlap and Demeisha Crawford (not pictured).  Jim is not only an incredible mentor, but comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Athletic Training. As the head Athletic Trainer of the St. Louis Rams for 27 years he offers an incredible perspective of the field of Sports Medicine, not to mention great stories. 

Washington University Athletic Trainers are kept busy with the caliber and intensity levels of their athletes, which provided me with a great opportunity to observe and ask questions regarding the various techniques and methods of care they provided. I was able to observe some of the therapeutic modalities, immediate injury care and first aid, and a variety of taping procedures. 

Jim, Andrea, Jack and Demeisha all possess a great skill set and were tremendously accommodating to my observing and inquiry of their practice. It was an enlightening experience being able to work with the Athletic Training team at Washington University and is inspiring to me as I move forward in my journey to become an Athletic Trainer. 

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 13, 2016

New SLU AT Students Observe Professionalism in a Busy Setting at Parkway South High School

New AT Student Blog Post - Caitlin Gibson and Bridget Bushong (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

As athletic training students at Saint Louis University we have had the opportunity to observe many different clinical sites. Every site has a unique approach to treatment and rehabilitation which leads to a new experience each time. We enjoy observing different preceptors because it shows how many possible ways there are to care for a patient. These different perspectives will be useful to us in our future careers because it is a reminder that there may be multiple ways to provide treatment. 

Parkway South High School is a great clinical site. The preceptor, Mike Tzianos ATC, is great at explaining procedures and treatments on patients. For example, a patient has pitting edema which we had never seen before. Mike explained to the patient the treatment that he was going to do and also explained why this was the best treatment based on the equipment available at the site. 

Mike also was a great example of how to use effective time management with all the patients that come in to see him after school. He is well organized and efficient with his time. Even when the athletic training room was busy, he still was able to give each patient the time they needed. Mike is an excellent example of how to treat patients and make it out to practices on time.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

March 30, 2016

SLU AT Student Gets Unique Clinical Opportunities at Harris-Stowe State University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Harris-Stowe State University
By: Amelia Meigs (MAT Class of 2017)

Harris-Stowe State University is a unique clinical site that offers students the opportunity to work with many different healthcare professionals in a collegiate setting. At Harris-Stowe, I have had the opportunity to work with athletes, write concussion and drug safety protocols, assist my preceptor in writing strength and conditioning programs, help revise Institutional Review Board grant requests, and observe games. The athletic trainer at HSSU, Tim Herlihy ATC, is passionate about athletic training. We spend a lot of time in discussion about emerging topics in athletic training, what I learned in the classroom, and new research.

Harris-Stowe provides an excellent opportunity to learn about administration in athletic training. Tim has guided my involvement in writing protocols, assisting research, and working with other healthcare professionals to care for athletes. Additionally, I have been able to tape, rehabilitate injuries, and apply modalities. I am able to work on my prevention skills through deep core and general strengthening protocols Tim institutes for several of the teams.
One special part of Harris-Stowe is its partnership with Logan Chiropractic College. With this partnership, Logan chiropractors and chiropractic students evaluate and treat athletes once a week. They also send chiropractors out to many games to observe and assist with treatment. Working with other healthcare professionals has expanded my knowledge and understanding of the role of the many different healthcare providers in an athletic setting. Harris-Stowe is a wonderful combination of many areas of athletic training that it is difficult to get experience in as a student—namely prevention and administration. Go Hornets!

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.

March 22, 2016

SLU AT Students get an Amazing International Interprofessional Rugby Experience at USA 7's in Las Vegas

Rugby Medicine - 2016 USA 7's - Las Vegas, Nevada
By: Cara Bowton and Angelina Vitale (MAT Class of 2016)

We had an amazing opportunity to connect with USA Rugby over the long weekend coordinated by Michael Keating, ATC.  March 3rd and 4th, we attended the USA Rugby Sports Medicine Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Specialists and medical professionals from around the world came to speak about issues concerning medical care in rugby.  A few of the key topics were concussion protocol using a Head Injury Assessment tool (HIA), hip and knee pathology related to rugby injury, and the World Rugby legislation on laws of tackling when considering age bans.  We were able to meet and talk to those who are leaders in rugby medicine.

Cara Bowton, Kemba Noel-London ATC, Angie Vitale and John Honcharuk ATC
Once the symposium concluded we rushed over to Sam Boyd Stadium to work the USA Rugby 7’s tournament with the general medical staff, where we had the chance to connect with SLU Alum, Kemba Noel-London MAT, ATC.  We assisted the medical staff in a variety of ways, including helping out in the medical room, joining the match day doctors on the pitch, and posting up in the press box for concussion spotting.  Friday through Sunday evening we spent our days at the stadium helping with each injury regardless of the athlete’s team affiliation.  

The medical staff consisted of match day doctors, athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, and an x-ray technician.  Working closely with each profession gave us a better understanding of how multiple health care professionals can work fluidly to provide the best care for athletes, in adjunct with each team’s physiotherapist.  All injured athletes were escorted to the medical room where either a quick decision was made for return to play or a longer evaluation was conducted, often with the help of translators for the non-English speaking athletes.   Concussions, lacerations, infection, and broken bones were all easily managed on site.  An EAP (emergency action plan) was provided to each of us before the tournament to ensure each one of us were competent in all medical situations.

At the end of a very long weekend, Angie and I were lucky to have these experiences with the help of Michael Keating, ATC.  We are extremely thankful to have been a part of the international tournament and learn about current medical topics of rugby.

March 19, 2016

Two SLU AT Students Honored with Scholarships by the MAATA

Saint Louis University Athletic Training Students Stephanie Ross and Collin Peterson (MAT Class of 2017) were honored as 2016 Professional Student Scholarship recipients by the Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA Distict 5) at the MAATA Annual Meeting Honors and Awards Dinner on March 18, 2016 at the University Plaza Conference Center in Springfield, Missouri.

Collin and Stephanie with MAATA Preseident Rob Marshall ATC
Congratulations Stephanie and Collin!

March 16, 2016

SLU AT Student is Excited Each Day about her Learning Experience at Westminster Christian Academy

 SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Ali Graham (MAT Class of 2017)

Each day as I walk into Westminster Christian Academy I am very excited to see what the day will bring. I am very fortunate to have been placed at Westminster Christian Academy for my second clinical experience for this experience will be invaluable for my future. Hilary Orf  MAT, ATC at Westminster, has been there for 3 years now. She graduated from the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program and has been such a great mentor to me throughout this experience. She is very approachable, has a wealth of knowledge, and possesses great integrity. Hilary truly cares about her athletes and it shows through her practice. I have truly valued my time with Hilary for she has pushed me out of my comfort zone and has helped me improve my professional skills tremendously.
Throughout my time at Westminster Christian Academy I have developed my musculoskeletal assessment and treatment skills. Hilary has encouraged me to evaluate injuries and predict possible diagnoses. I have gained experience as to when it is appropriate to send an athlete for a physician referral. Once diagnosed, I have been able to take athletes through rehabilitation protocols, and apply the rehabilitation exercises and stretches as learned in class. I believe this is one of the best aspects about Saint Louis University's AT Program. As students, we are able to take the knowledge we learn in class and apply it at our clinical sites. During this clinical experience I have been able to observe SCAT 3 Concussion assessments performed on athletes. Without this experience I would only have classroom teaching of the SCAT 3 test, now I have been able to take this knowledge and witness first hand what occurs in the field. Once a concussion has been diagnosed, I have observed the Missouri State Law in action for concussion return to play protocol.

Westminster's spring sports have just started up so I am excited to experience and learn more. Fortunately, my time at Westminster is not up!

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.

March 14, 2016

SLU AT Student Feels Supported by Dedicated Preceptor at Affton HS

SLU Clinical Site Spotlight - Affton High School
By: Mada Hauck (MAT Class of 2017)
The clinical experience at Affton provides students with the opportunity to work on skills, autonomy, and have some fun while you’re at it. The Athletic Trainer at Affton, Becky Stigen ATC, has been working there for 7 years. Her passion for the athletes and community at Affton is clear from the first day there. She allows her students to learn from experience while providing help where it is needed. 

In my time at Affton, I have been able to tape, apply modalities, rehabilitate, and perform many evaluations. It is nice to know that I can put my skills from class into action, but Becky is always there to help if I am unsure or make a mistake. I never feel pressure to do anything, but rather have plenty of opportunities to mature my clinical skills. 

Affton is truly the best combination of learning and experience. Becky’s upbeat attitude and love for the profession enhances the atmosphere and makes it very conducive to learning. I am thankful for Becky and my experience thus far at Affton.

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.

March 13, 2016

SLU AT Student Experiences Professional Growth Facilitated by Preceptor at CBC HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: C.J. Spink (MAT Class of 2016)

Christian Brothers College High School has been a great experience for me and has helped me develop into a professional in the field of athletic training. Kristen Jeans ATC, the head athletic trainer at CBC, has been at CBC for the past ten years. Kristen is one of the best preceptors you could ask for because she gives you an extremely large amount of autonomy when it comes to treating athletes. Rather than just acting as an athletic training student, I am allowed to function as if I am already an athletic trainer, but still under the supervision of one that is certified. Not only is she there to answer any questions I may have, but she asks for and values my opinions as well. We work as a team when treating our athletes, which provides a good demonstration as to how all athletic training settings should function.
This clinical experience has allowed me to cultivate relationships as well as build trust with the coaches and athletes that we care for. I feel as much a part of the CBC athletic program as any other staff member employed at the school due to the friendliness and respect that is given to me from each individual in the building.

Not only have I been able to build good relationships, but, most importantly, I have been able to build confidence in my ability to treat athletes on my own. I have experienced what it is like to make the decision whether or not to refer an athlete, send them in an ambulance, or treat them in house, which is a scary thing for an athletic training student who had never made that type of decision. My clinical rotation at CBC has made me believe that I could cover any athletic event on my own and be able to provide excellent coverage and support to the athletes who are in my care.

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.

March 11, 2016

SLU AT Student Appreciates the Efforts of His Preceptors at Webster University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster University
By: Ryan Lilly (MAT Class of 2016)

As my final year in SLU’s AT program comes to a close, I have been given the opportunity to spend my last semester at Webster University. Webster is a small private college located in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis.  Webster has a variety of sports including women’s volleyball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, tennis, baseball, softball, cross country and track and field. The athletic trainers at Webster are Jenny Popken ATC and Martin Fields ATC. Throughout the whole year I have been working closely with them and absorbing as much knowledge as I can.
Webster has provided me with many learning opportunities. Each day I am able to continue working on a variety of my skills.  Some the skills I have been able to work on the most are evaluations, rehabilitation programs, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, taping, wound care and first aid. Martin and Jenny have worked hard with me on athletic training skills and have progressively let me become more and more involved. Martin and Jenny are always asking me what I want to learn about and take the time teach me what it is I want to learn. In addition to this, they are always evaluating me and provide me feedback or teach me something that they think would be useful in my future.
I am thankful for the opportunity to learn from the Athletic Trainers at Webster University.

They have taught me more than I could have hoped for. I am looking forward to the remaining time I get to spend at Webster and being able to soak up as much knowledge as I can.

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.

March 10, 2016

SLU AT Students Experience a Clinical Site with a Holistic Approach at John Burroughs HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs High School
By: Angie Vitale (MAT Class of 2016) and Morgan Jasperson (MAT Class of 2017)

This semester, we have had the great opportunity to be placed at John Burroughs High School for our clinical rotations. Located in Ladue, Missouri, John Burroughs is a small private, coed high school for grades 7-12. John Burroughs takes a holistic approach to education, placing heavy emphasis on extracurricular activities to help develop the individual on a higher level. It is evident through our interactions with these students that their participation in sports has a positive impact on their lives in many ways. Not only are the students respectful and show impeccable sportsmanship during competition, but they also exhibit a strong sense of unity with their teammates and enjoyment in what they do.
Our preceptor, Dean Tiffany, ATC, has been the head athletic trainer at John Burroughs for over 16 years. He graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration at Lindenwood University. In addition to his role as head ATC, Dean also is the school’s assistant athletic director, as well as the boys’ JV and Varsity wrestling coach.

We came into this semester with winter sports in full swing, allowing us to dive right in to basketball and wrestling events. Under the supervision of Dean, we have taken part in injury prevention, immediate care, and rehabilitation for these athletes. Wrestling, in particular, has been a very eye opening experience for us in terms of the broad spectrum of injuries we have seen, from acute blood and wound care to concussion recognition/treatment. Recently we hosted our district’s wrestling tournament, which proved to be a great experience in both injury management and event planning and coordination. As winter sports wind down, we are  looking forward to the upcoming spring season! 

We wish the best of luck to all our athletes now and in the future. Go Bombers!!

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.

March 09, 2016

SLU AT Students Benefit from a Mix of Preceptors in an NCAA Division I Setting at SIU-Edwardsville

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville
By: Erika Cook and Brady Moore (MAT Class of 2016)

Another exciting semester here with the Cougars of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville! Basketball is coming to end as post season tournaments begin soon. Softball, Baseball, and women’s and men’s track competitive seasons are just beginning. This means that the athletic training room is very busy pretty much all day. Whether athletes are getting ready for practice, doing exercises in her or his rehab program, getting soft tissue work done, or getting treatment after practice, there is always plenty work to do all day long.

March is National Athletic Training Month, so we want to take the time talk about each of our preceptors for a moment. First, Gerry Schlemer, M.S.Ed., ATC, LAT, has been the head athletic trainer since 2004. He covers men’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s golf. He’s also an adjunct faculty member in the Kinesiology and Health Education Department. 

There are three assistant athletic trainers. James Mays, M.S.Ed., ATC, LAT covers men’s soccer and softball. Alex Sawyer, M.A.T., ATC, LAT cover women’s basketball and volleyball; she’s also a graduate of SLU AT Program. Ben Heimos, M.S., ATC, LAT, CSCS covers women’s soccer and baseball. 

There are also three graduate assistants. Allison Barloon, ATC, LAT cover men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field. Ryan Salerno, ATC, LAT covers men’s wrestling. Lastly, Ashley Ball, ATC, LAT covers club hockey and club football.

All of our preceptors work together to provide quality care for over 300 student athletes. They have all set such a great example of what a professional looks like, and we learn something new from one of them every day.

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.

March 08, 2016

SLU AT Student Learns from Actively Engaged Preceptor at Parkway South HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway South High School
By: Sarah Haenchen (MAT Class of 2017)

I am doing my spring clinical rotation at Parkway South High School. I love working at PSH because there are a variety of sports and sports I have not seen such as wrestling, water polo, swim and dive, and boy’s volleyball. My preceptor, Mike Tzianos ATC, is one of the best ATs provided by Mercy Sports Medicine. I have learned a ton from Mike, and he has helped me refine my skills. I am not only learning, but also teaching. Mike has learned some new skills from me from what I have learned in class. We also share journal articles with each other to keep up with evidence-based practice especially for rehabs about why we do certain exercises. This helps us give quality care to the athletes.
Not only have I been learning and developing my skills with evaluations and treatments, I have also learned about the administrative side in athletic training. There is a lot of documentation that has to be done each day, and you always have to follow up with the athlete and other health care professionals involved in the patient’s care. In order to improve communication between the athlete, coaches and parents, Mike and I created a document that has information about the athlete’s injury or condition and whether they are allowed to participate in sporting activities. While making this document seems like a small task, it will have a huge impact. I am excited that other athletic trainers working with Mercy Sports Medicine will use our document in the future after it has gone through a few more revisions.

What I like most about working with Mike and at PSH is that I am constantly being challenged. Whether it is Mike asking me questions about an injury or rehab, we have limited supplies or I am working at a sport I have never been around I try to keep a positive attitude and an open mind. It can be frustrating to figure out a rehab and then realize I do not have the equipment for the exercise. I have learned though that there are several ways to do an exercise and some exercises can be done without equipment. My experience at PSH has been great, and I hope to keep improving the care for our athletes.

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.

March 07, 2016

SLU AT Students Get a Variety of Experiences in a Positive Environment at Fontbonne University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Fontbonne University
By: Andrew Gomez and Lauren Scalise (MAT Class of 2016); Stephanie Uhrich and Bri LaBarbera (MAT Class of 2017)

Fontbonne University has provided us with a great experience so far! Our four preceptors; Andrea Lindquist ATC, Ann Schmerbauch ATC (SLU Alum), Jaci Clauson ATC and Brittany Koops ATC (SLU Alum); provide us with a deeper learning base when it comes to evaluations and rehabilitation because each AT has a different way of doing things. This is helpful because it keeps us away from getting into a standard routine. The great thing about this site is that our preceptors are on a constant rotation of all the sports. This is really beneficial because the athletes are familiar with all the ATs. When they come in with questions or for rehab they can talk to any of the ATs and everyone is on the same page.

We get experience with a wide variety of sports at the NCAA Division III collegiate level. We have worked with soccer, basketball, cross country, track & field, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and volleyball. We have spent a lot of time on developing rehabilitation protocols for athletes and how to guide them through the rehabilitation process. We also have learned a few new taping techniques to help with shin splints, Achilles tendon pathology, and even TFCC just to name a few.  

The athletes and AT staff at Fontbonne University are great to work with!  Every day we come in, we leave with new knowledge pertaining to the athletic training profession. Fontbonne provides unique hands on experience and opportunities giving us a greater experience working from on court evaluations to post-surgical rehabilitation.

What makes Fontbonne University one of the best experiences we’ve had is the care and positive attitudes that all our preceptors bring each day. The AT room isn’t just a place where we treat and rehab athletes, it’s a place of comfort and safety. The care and love that all four preceptors have for everyone makes a safe, fun, and stress relieving environment. Because of this we thank you all for giving us an experience of a lifetime.  

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.

SLU AT Student Finds Community that Supports Creativity and Critical Thinking at St. Mary's HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - St. Mary's High School
By: Krystin Haas (MAT Class of 2016)

St. Mary's High School is an excellent site to be at for a clinical placement. There is a lot of room for creative and critical thinking. My preceptor, Bridget Quirk MAT, ATC, is a very intelligent person and a great athletic trainer and I hope to soak up as much knowledge from her that I can before I leave. This is the first year that this school has had their very own full-time athletic trainer. Bridget does an excellent job with facilitating and implementing processes that have never been done before and figuring out what will work best for the school through trial and error. St. Mary's staff is very willing to work with her and they all form a wonderful team because everyone sees what is best in the end; that is the safety and wellness of the athletes. 

It is a great process to be a part of and a wonderful experience to be able to see these things take place. My time here has given me knowledge of how to go about implementing different ideas if I am ever put in the position where processes need to be started. Hopefully, if this happened I would have the support and trust from the staff wherever I am, like at St. Mary's gives Bridget. This was a great place to finish up my clinical experiences as a student and will help me wherever I end up after graduation. 

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.

March 06, 2016

SLU AT Students Benefit from Great Environment for Learning at Washington University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Washington University
By: Andrea Strebler, Jack Dunlap and Demeisha Crawford (MAT Class of 2016)

During the fall semester at Washington University we were assigned primarily with football and secondly men’s and women’s soccer. The combination of PY1’s and PY2’s was a great environment for learning and bouncing ideas off each other. The sheer amount of injuries was a perfect atmosphere for mentoring, learning new techniques and collaboration from the various health care providers. Our transition to winter season, mainly basketball was much needed.

Spring semester at Washington University kicked off full swing January 9th, 2016. Both basketball teams were in the beginning of regular season play and eager to succeed. With prestigious coaches on both the men and women’s sides the bears were excited and raring to go. The three of us were feeling the same way, well rested from our winter breaks and excited for this spring semester. As PY2’s at Washington University as our last semester of clinical practicum we were given much more responsibilities. Initial evaluations, reassessments, rehabilitations, documentation and overall care was to be PY2 responsibility thus forward. We were excited to take on these new responsibilities full go.

Low Level Laser Therapy – LLLT (therapeutic modality) was a new addition to the Washington University athletic training room. At first it was the new craze, after time we came to find obvious positive results that no other therapeutic modality had given before. Our primary uses have been for chronic injury (i.e. patellar tendinopathy), abrasions (i.e. turf burns), and chronic muscle strains (hamstring strains). One of the most telling examples was an athlete who had suffered a substantial turf abrasion with exudate and significant pain. We treated this athlete with low wattage and the large laser head over the area for two treatment cycles. After the treatments the athlete reported less pain and exudate and visibly we saw scar formation. Rick Larson says, “It is an effective modality for connective tissues, primarily for circulatory benefits”.

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.