October 22, 2018

SLU AT Students Find a Welcoming Learning Environment at SIU-Edwardsville

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
By: Jazmon Carroll and Chase Long (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Thus far, being at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has been a wonderful opportunity. Last spring, we both were placed at a small college which allowed us to not only grow as athletic training students, but also allowed us to gain more experience which has helped with the transition into a NCAA Division I Athletic Program like SIUE.

The staff has been amazing. Right off the bat, we knew that they were enthusiastic about having us there and wanted us to get the most out of our time here at this institution. With that said, throughout our time at SIUE, we will be rotating among sports in order to gain experience with different athletic teams and learn from different athletic trainers.
To start off these rotations, one of us has been with the women’s volleyball team under the mentorship of Emily Kurtz, ATC, while the other has been with both men’s and women’s soccer with the support of James Mays, ATC, and Ryan Salerno, ATC. By being with different sports, this is giving us the opportunity to have different experiences despite being at the same clinical site which allows us to share our experiences with each other and learn from them. 

We have also had the pleasure of collaborating with the strength and conditioning staff to ensure that the athletes at SIUE receive high quality treatment throughout every stage of his or her recovery.  Although we have only been with this group for a couple months, we are excited to see what the rest of the year brings as we continue to grow as future healthcare providers. 

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.

October 19, 2018

SLU AT Students Develop Clinical Skills with Preceptor/Role Model at Christian Brothers College HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Alejandra Chavez and Abby Hoffman (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

CBC has been a great clinical site to start practicing skills we’ve learned in class. Every day, we apply athletic tape to prevent and treat injury. We’ve also picked up some new tips to refine our taping techniques, which has been really useful before football games when there are a lot of athletes that need to be taped. In addition, we’ve also learned how to tape outside of the basic taping techniques. 
We have learned a lot about concussions since we have had several diagnosed concussions so far in the year. We have a lot more knowledge about how to manage situations on the field if a concussion is suspected. We have also had the opportunity to perform a SCAT 5 and have athletes check back in every day and fill out a concussion evaluation sheet to track symptoms. Our preceptor, CBC and Mercy Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Kristen Jeans ATC, LMT is also a licensed massage therapist, so we have also learned massage techniques to treat athletic injuries.
In addition to learning more about concussions, taping and massage, we have learned from our preceptor Kristen about the importance of maintaining a professional relationship with the athletes, coaches, and parents. Seeing how much the athletes, parents and coaches trust and value Kristen’s work is really inspiring to us to hopefully develop those types of relationships in our careers one day. 

Being at CBC High School for our first clinical experience has been great and we are both excited to immerse ourselves more into this experience and gain a lot more skills and knowledge.

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.

October 18, 2018

SLU AT Students Experience Team Approach to Athletic Health Care at Washington University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Washington University Athletics
By: Paul Lamb and Jesse Schmitt (SLU MAT Class of 2019); Maria Lingardo, Courtney Nall and Allison Stefan (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

The 2018 Fall semester has been quite busy for the two 2nd year (PY2) students (Jesse Schmitt and Paul Lamb), and three 1st year (PY1) students (Allison Stefan, Maria Lingardo, and Courtney Nall) at Washington University. While primarily caring for the football team, we have all contributed to treating all athletes at WashU. Our everyday schedule is a mixture of treating athletes using therapeutic modalities, such as laser, game-ready, and underwater treadmill program; as well as an ample amount of taping and preparation before going out to practice. In addition, we help athletes go through their rehab programs.
From day one to now, we have learned how to work together as a team with our preceptors Rick Larsen MS, ATC and Grant Rohrig MAT, ATC. The PY1 students feel comfortable asking questions to the PY2s and the PY2s are always willing to help out the PY1s. We have established mutual trust within our team, and our preceptors have given us more responsibility as weeks go by. One of our favorite parts of the week is when we sit down as a group and discuss injury reports as well as things to improve on from the week before. Team meetings help to ensure everyone is on the same page and that there is not any miscommunication.

At WashU we all get the opportunity to take turns traveling with the football team. Travel trips have provided all of us a great insight to what traveling with a team entails. We have all enjoyed our clinical experience this far at Washington University because we have the opportunities to do things like travel. We all are looking forward to the rest of the semester here and seeing how we keep developing our own skill sets, as well as, how we keep growing as a team.

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.

October 14, 2018

SLU AT Student Enjoys Increased Autonomy with Preceptor's Support at Parkway South HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway South High School
By: Danielle Jabczynski (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

My first month and a half has been a busy but wonderful learning experience so far. I get to work closely with another student from Lindenwood University, which is a unique experience that I have really enjoyed thus far. Being able to learn from another student gives an entirely different perspective. Parkway South's Athletic Trainer Mike Tzianos, ATC, from Mercy Sports Medicine, is an awesome preceptor and I have learned so many new skills in such a short amount of time already.
As a student in the last year of the program, I have been given more responsibilities and more independence in the athletic training room, and on game days as well. It has really given me a chance to use all of my athletic training skillset and challenge myself on a day to day basis. Being at a large public high school with a large athletic program gives me the chance to be hands on, work on a lot of rehabilitation for many different conditions, and learn new taping techniques for certain positions depending on the sport.
I am looking forward to spending the entire year at Parkway South enhancing my relationships with Mike, the athletes and the coaches that I have already gotten to know pretty well. As I finish up my last year in the program, I am excited to have such a great clinical site to help me succeed.

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.

October 07, 2018

SLU AT Students Thrive in Dynamic Interprofessional Setting at Fontbonne University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Fontbonne University
By: Maggie Rowell and Cody Hutson (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

There are two of us Saint Louis University students that are assigned to Fontbonne University, Maggie Rowell and Cody Hutson. Our preceptors are SLU alumni Ann Schmerbauch MAT, ATC, LAT (MAT Class of 2011) and Andrew Gomez, MAT, ATC, LAT(MAT Class of 2016.) We also have the opportunity to work with two Graduate Assistants, Hunter Pescetto ATC, LAT and Sadie Krehbiel ATC, LAT, who recently got their AT Licenses. This allows us to get a perspective on not only how our professional lives will be once we graduate from SLU specifically, but also what it is like to be a newly licensed AT.
Fontbonne University is a NCAA Division III school with approximately 2,000 enrolled students. The university fields 10 Men’s Sports and 11 Women’s Sports. For the Fall season, there are 3 sports we work with majority of the time. The sports include Men and Women’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball. While there aren’t a wide variety of athletes, it allows us to form great relationships with the athletes and spend quality time with each individual. The athletic community is so welcoming and satisfying to work with that we show up to practice before our classes and then return to Fontbonne’s ATR to continue working with the athletes. Throughout the semester, we are able to follow-up with each injury and guide their recovery with rehabilitation exercises, soft tissue massage, and sport-specific functional exercises. We are able to connect with the athletes by checking in each day to make sure they are heading in the right direction in order for them to return to sport as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The Fontbonne Athletic Training Room is constantly filled with athletes of all sports, whether they are in-season or off-season. This allows us to multi-task in crazy environments and prioritizes athlete’s care in an efficient manner. Every Monday, Chiropractors and a Sports Medicine Physician come to Fontbonne’s AT room to help evaluate athletes. This allows us to collaborate interprofessionally with other healthcare professionals by discussing the proper plan of care for the athletes. As a whole, the Fontbonne’s athletic community is a great learning environment to advance our clinical reasoning skills, manual techniques, evaluation skills, and triage expertise as we advance into our second and final professional year.

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.

October 06, 2018

SLU AT Student Grows Professionally Alongside Preceptor at Parkway Central HS

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

During my second year in the professional phase of the SLU Athletic Training Program, I am honored to have a clinical experience with Parkway Central High School’s certified athletic trainer, Michael Aaron, MAT, ATC. While most of Michael and I’s time are spent at Parkway Central, Michael works for Mercy Sports Medicine. We utilize Mercy policies and protocols, and in turn, it has allowed us to provide the best possible healthcare to the student athletes. Organization has been key, and Michael is always accomplishing what needs to be done in the most efficient manner. I’m happy to be along for the ride.
This will be my second clinical experience in the high school setting, and I can safely say it has been good to be back. The plethora of student athletes that we see everyday has been great hands on experience. The time spent with them has sharpened my skills considerably since my first day this summer. In addition to the athletes, the faculty has also been a pleasure to work with. Each interaction is genuine, and coaches respect our healthcare team.
Overall, Parkway Central High School has been a fantastic place to grow as an AT student, and as a person. We are constantly busy, and being vigilant and calm can be a challenge occasionally. It has pushed my limits to a certain extent, and quite frankly I hope that is always the case.

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.

October 04, 2018

SLU AT Student Appreciates the Busy and Collaborative Environment at Westminster Christian Academy


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Sarah Menzuber (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

This August I began a new clinical experience at Westminster Christian Academy.  I am an athletic training student in my second professional year in the Master of Athletic Training program at Saint Louis University.  At Westminster Christian Academy, I am gaining clinical experience with the supervision of Katherine Love.  A recent SLU grad, Katherine Love MAT, ATC, is the Athletic Trainer at Westminster through Mercy Sports Medicine and is my preceptor for the 2018-2019 school year.  Katherine and I oversee all high school sports and keep busy with our always crowded athletic training room after school.  At Westminster Christian Academy, there is outstanding communication between Katherine, the coaching staff of all teams, the athletic director, the nurse, and other school administrators to ensure the best care for all students’ health and well-being.


So far, we have been fortunate enough to not have had any life-threatening injuries or have had the need to call EMS.  However, a Varsity Football player suffered an ACL tear and just had surgery, so Katherine and I will be working with him on his rehab.  I have seen a variety of injuries this year, including many ankle sprains, muscle strains, shoulder impingement syndrome, and patellofemoral pain.  We work with each athlete individually and design a rehab protocol for them to do after school and at home.  I love the hands-on experience I am getting and working with Katherine and the Westminster athletes.  I am beyond grateful and excited to be here for the entire school year!

Go Wildcats!

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.

October 03, 2018

SLU Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Hosting Continuing Education Program on December 1, 2018


Perspectives in the Management of Foot and Ankle Pathology
Featuring Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA

Saturday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
December 1, 2018
(rescheduled from April 2018)

Interventions for foot and ankle pathology evolve over time. Keeping current with the latest techniques is sometimes difficult. What works? Does it work for everyone? How can I select the best intervention for my patient? Join colleagues at this 4 hour continuing education program addressing chronic and acute foot and ankle pathology.

Impairment-Based Rehabilitation for Lateral Ankle Instability
Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC FACSM, FNATA

The Foot Core: Clinical Importance of the Intrinsic Foot Muscles
Jay Hertel,  PhD, ATC FACSM, FNATA

Selecting the Right PRO for Your Practice
Randy Richter, PT, PhD

Management of Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
Ann Hayes, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS

The Role of Muscle Imbalance in MTSS – Soft Tissue
Kitty Newsham, PhD, ATC


Dr. Jay Hertel is the Joe H. Gieck Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia. He directs UVA's graduate programs in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine and is co-director of the Exercise & Sport Injury Lab. His primary area of research deals with lateral ankle instability which he studies from a multifactorial perspective using diverse methods ranging from laboratory-based assessments of biomechanics and motor control to evidence-based practice principles inherent to clinical epidemiology. Dr. Hertel has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at numerous national and international sports medicine conferences.

His research has been funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Athletic Trainers' Association, Research & Education Foundation, American Physical Therapy Association, and the National Football League Charities. Dr. Hertel is a fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers' Association. In 2011, he received the Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, the highest career research award in athletic training. Dr. Hertel is a senior associate editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and a member of the international advisory board for Physical Therapy in Sport.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, a participant will be able to:
  • Explain the impairment-based rehabilitation framework  relative to lateral ankle instability
  • Develop rehabilitation progressions for intrinsic foot muscles.
  • Describe effective intervention for Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
  • Explain the role of muscle balance in management of MTSS-soft tissue
  • Identify appropriate patient reported outcome measures for your practice.
Target Audience:
  • This program is intended for athletic trainers, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals.
Saint Louis University, Dept. of PT and Athletic Training (BOC AP# P3877) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 4 EBP Category hours/CEUs. 

Physical Therapy:   Saint Louis University School of Medicine Continuing Education Program is a continuing education sponsor for the State of Illinois to provide Physical Therapy and Occupation Therapy CE courses. State of Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor   License # 216-000085 Expiration Date: 09/30/2020 CE Contact hours: 4.0

Location: 
Saint Louis University - Medical Center Campus
Allied Health Building - Auditorium (Room 1043) 
Garage and street parking options available

Fees:
Early Bird (payment by 11/16/2018): $60.00
Regular Registration (after 11/16/2018): $75.00

Registration and payment information:
Registration form and payment information are available through Saint Louis University available here through this REGISTRATION LINK
If paying by check, please contact Kitty Newsham (knewsham@slu.edu)

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
A full refund of the conference registration fees will be made for requests received by April 19, 2018. No refunds will be processed after November 19, 2018. In the event a program is cancelled, participants are entitled to a full refund. 

All refund requests must be sent in writing (postal or email) to, and received by Kitty Newsham at Saint Louis University’ 3437 Caroline Mall, St Louis, MO 63104 or knewsham@slu.edu). 

Refunds approved by November 19, 2018, will be issued to the original payer in the same amount as the payment received. 

Directions: 
South on Grand from I-64/40 or North on Grand from I-44. Turn East on Chouteau to South on Theresa.

Parking:
Garage parking is accessible from Theresa or Rutgers Ave.
Hickory East Garage: 3424 Hickory St.
Garage Rate: $2 per hour, $6 per day
Use THIS address for GPS

August 13, 2018

SLU AT Student Experiences a Variety of Practice Settings with University Hospitals Sports Medicine


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - University Hospitals Sports Medicine - Cleveland, OH
By: Maggie Rowell (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

I found my summer fieldwork experience to be a very unique opportunity. My time with University Hospitals was spent in a variety of healthcare settings. Due to the Athletic Trainer’s broad Scope of Practice, I quickly learned AT's are able to work in a multiple settings and have a wide spectrum of responsibilities. This summer I was able to see how AT's work in a Physician Practice in post-operative surgery out-patient settings; work in Physical Therapy clinics with rehabilitation, soft-tissue work and exercises; and lastly as an AT in a high school setting.

For my first two weeks I was at St. John’s Medical Center. I spent a majority of my time with Dr. Eric Jankov (PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, C-OMPT). During my time here, I was challenged to come up with differential diagnoses, rehabilitation exercises, and spot out specific compensations in gait and exercises. While I did not do much hands on work, I expanded my clinical reasoning and mindset to take a broader approach and higher level of thinking. Instead of primarily focusing on the diagnosis, I learned how imperative it is to figure out how and why an injury could have happened. I learned to not just focus on the joint and/or injury area, but rather, take a more complex assessment approach. It taught me how to acclimate rehabilitation exercises to each specific patient. This experience also exposed me to different patient populations and pathologies I may not see in the typical setting.
The next week I spent my time at Brookside High School with Mike Cicerchi (ATC, CSCS).  I started just as the players began their football two-a-day practices. I got the opportunity to hone my taping skills and on-field evaluation/triage skills. While on the sidelines, I was also able to discuss the advancements in Athletic Training from a more seasoned perspective. Since Mike has been working in the field for over 20 years now, I was able to hear about the transition and rise of the profession. I also got the opportunity to experiment with Riddell’s new sensory helmets, which is part of the newest concussion technology. In addition, I got the opportunity to get experience at a Medical Tent in the Cleveland Marathon. I worked alongside Tina Thompson (ATC) and a variety of healthcare professionals.  This was a great way for me to network with different Cleveland medical professionals and practice working interprofessionally in the event of a triage situation.  

For my last week, I was able to experience the hospital setting. I worked under Megan Valentine (ATC, LMT) at the Ahuja Medical Center.  I was able to see the wide variety of responsibilities AT's have in a physician practice. Whether it was billing, casting, prepping injections, history taking or even helping with the diagnosis. In conclusion, University Hospitals allowed me to immerse myself into the plethora of settings AT's are able to work in due to their broad scope of practice.  

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 10, 2018

SLU AT Students Enjoy Immersive Clinical Experience in the SEC at Ole Miss


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - University of Mississippi Athletics - Oxford, MS
By: Jazmon Carroll and Catherine Chua  (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

We have had the pleasure of having a summer field experience at the University of Mississippi under preceptor Corbit Franks ATC. Franks has provided us with a well-rounded and unique exposure with NCAA Division I Athletics in the Southeastern Conference. The bulk of our time has been spent preparing the Women’s Soccer team for their season this fall. We deal with pre-practice treatments, practice and workout coverage, hydration and helping with any other complaints of injury post practice.


Being with a single primary sport makes it easy to build rapport with the athletes and build closer bonds than we've been able to have at a smaller college. The relationship we’ve been able to build with the women’s soccer team here at Ole Miss is one of a kind and we both cherish the experience and bond with the athletes. They’ve been able to feel comfortable coming to us with any pre-existing injuries, any worries or thoughts about current training, and life in general. The ability to build these relationships will be incredibly important in the future of our profession.


We have been able to learn all parts of the athletic training here at OleMiss. Treatments, hydration, diet, along with the paperwork and office work have all been a part of the experience. We are incredibly excited to continue with the women’s soccer team through their preseason and be able to attend their first regular season game before returning to Saint Louis.


We hope to continue learning sport-specific treatments and rehabilitation for soccer and are very eager to see how this team does throughout their season!

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 09, 2018

SLU AT Student Appreciates Experience in Workplace Clinic at Cerner Corporation


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Cerner Corporation - Kansas City, MO
By: Matt Murphy (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Going into my summer field experience at Cerner, I knew that I would encounter a population that I had yet to see: the recreational athlete, primarily ages 25+. In a clinic based setting, we will collaborate with fitness specialists, chiropractors, and physicians. Additionally, with Cerner being a Health IT company, we also communicate with software engineers, hardware engineers, businessmen and women, and many other professions in order to help the company.


While here, I have learned an incredible amount about joint based solutions for acute and chronic injuries. My preceptors, Rebekah Grube ATC, David Albers III ATC, Drew Parker ATC, and Shelby Barrett ATC, do not use any modalities, so I have been fortunate enough to learn new exercises for patients’ home exercise programs. I have also been able to sit in and partake in the use of Cerner’s motion health analysis. In short, they use motion capture technology to assess functional movements of their patients in order to help educate the patient on where they can improve their body’s movements.

Being at Cerner has shed light and given me an appreciation of an Athletic Trainer’s role in a workplace clinic setting. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been given and l look forward to being able to take the knowledge I have learned and apply it in my future practice.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 07, 2018

SLU AT Student Gains Valuable Interprofessional Clinical Experience in Physician Practice at Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight -  Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists, Minneapolis, MN
By: Sarah Menzuber (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

This summer I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of healthcare providers at Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists.  I am gaining many hours of experience from shadowing orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physician assistants, athletic trainers, and physical therapists in the clinic setting.  I have observed the collaboration between all medical providers and how they all truly value the specific skill set each profession offers. 


In addition to observing in an orthopaedic clinic, I am fortunate to scrub in to watch surgeries as well.  Being in the OR has been such a neat opportunity and learning experience.  Many of the cases I see in clinic and surgery are common chronic injuries, such as, arthritis, rotator cuff pathologies, or meniscus damage.  The patient population I have seen this summer presents with much different injuries than I am used to seeing from the typical high school or collegiate athlete.  I am learning a lot in terms of prevention to these common degenerative orthopaedic injuries, treatment options, and how other medical conditions play a major role in orthopaedics. 

Lastly, I have been helping with various administrative and research projects, such as reviewing literature, working on blog posts, and formatting letters and rehab protocols. 

I am excited to take my knowledge and new way of viewing athletic training to my new clinical experience starting this fall.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

July 28, 2018

SLU AT Student Returns to Spain for Clinical Experience at Consejo Superior de Deportes in Madrid

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight -  Universidad Camilo Jose Cela and Consejo Superior de Deportes - Madrid, Spain
By: Juan Calero Alonso (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

For my summer field experience, I´ve had the opportunity to learn from Jose Bugeda, a physiotherapist that works at the CSD in Madrid through the Universidad Camilo Jose Cela. 

The CSD (Consejo Superior de Deportes) is an institution where the best athletes at the national level come from everywhere in Spain to train hard and continue with their studies. Some of the athletes are under a scholarship and live at a residency right next to the facilities where they usually practice. The CSD is close to the Sports science faculty and other faculties which makes it easy for the athletes to combine their sports with their higher education. There are athletes from many different sports training at the CSD such as Carolina Marin (Badminton World champion), and even though I have seen athletes from other sports such as track and field or gymnastics during their practices, I primarily have worked with wrestling athletes. 
It has been a great experience so far. It is very different to see how physiotherapists work in Europe and compare and contrast it to how AT´s treat athletes back in the USA and what I have seen at my past clinical experiences in the US. It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity of being able to come to my home nation and still have the chance to get a fantastic clinical experience with very high level athletes during the summer. So far, the work I have seen at the clinic focuses mainly on manual therapy and myofascial release techniques. 

My preceptor is very approachable and takes a lot of time to teach all the concepts that I don´t understand and I am very grateful for that. It is great to see the relationship that he has developed over the years with his athletes. I had limited experience with wrestling and it has been great to get a chance to work with some of the best wrestlers in the country and see different injuries that I may not see in other sports. I love the atmosphere there and I am getting a chance to see many different injuries. Also, I was new to wrestling when I first came and now I am getting to learn about the sport. It has truly been a great experience so far and I look forward to learn new skills and improve what I have learned during this summer field experience. 

I really appreciate the opportunity that I have had during the summer and I look forward to continue growing as an Athletic training student.


En Español

Para mi experiencia de prácticas durante el verano, he tenido la oportunidad de aprender de Jose Bugeda, un fisioterapeuta que trabaja en el CSD (Consejo Superior de Deportes) en Madrid con algunos de los mejores atletas españoles. El CSD es una institución donde algunos de los mejores atletas a nivel nacional de cualquier parte de España vienen a entrenar y a continuar con sus estudios. Algunos de estos atletas están becados y viven en una residencia justo al lado de donde tienen sus entrenamientos diariamente. El CSD se encuentra al lado de la facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte y de otras facultades, lo que hace más sencillo para lo que lo hace más sencillo para algunos atletas que continúan con sus estudios universitarios.  Hay atletas de diferentes deportes que entrenan en el CSD, como por ejemplo Carolina Marín (Campeona del mundo de Badminton) , y aunque he tenido la oportunidad de ver otros deportistas de atletismo y gimnasia rítmica durante sus entrenamientos, solo he tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con atletas de lucha. Ha sido una gran experiencia hasta ahora. Es muy diferente ver cómo los fisioterapeutas trabajan en Europa y compararlo y contrastarlo con la forma en que los athletic trainers atienden a los deportistas en los Estados Unidos. Ha sido un auténtico placer tener la oportunidad de volver a mi país de origen para realizar mis prácticas de verano y a la vez pasar una gran experiencia con atletas de gran nivel.  Hasta ahora, el trabajo que he visto en la clínica se centra principalmente en la terapia manual y las técnicas de liberación myofascial. Jose es muy accesible para hacerle preguntas y se toma mucho tiempo para enseñarme y explicarme todos los conceptos que no entiendo y estoy muy agradecido por eso. Es genial ver la relación que ha desarrollado a lo largo de los años con sus atletas. Nunca antes había tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con atletas de lucha y ha sido genial tener la oportunidad de trabajar con algunos de los mejores luchadores del país y ver diferentes lesiones que no veo en otros deportes. Me encanta el ambiente allí y tengo la oportunidad de ver muchas lesiones diferentes. Además, nunca había visto lucha hasta que llegué y ahora hasta estoy aprendiendo sobre el deporte. Realmente ha sido una gran experiencia hasta ahora y espero aprender nuevas habilidades y mejorar sobre lo que ya he aprendido. Aprecio mucho la oportunidad que se me ha otorgado durante este verano y miro hacia delante para continuar creciendo como estudiante de Athletic training de la universidad de Saint Louis.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

July 18, 2018

SLU AT Student Provides Care for the Billikens in Immersive Clinical Experience with SLU Athletics

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight -  Saint Louis University Athletics
By: Dimitri Kilian (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

During my summer field experience, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine and lead Athletic Trainer for SLU’s men’s basketball and cross country, Jonathan Burch ATC.  Most of our time was spent with men’s basketball during their summer practices in preparation for the upcoming season.  We deal with pre-practice preparation and oversee the team during and after practice.  This would include setting up the hydration station, taping the athletes, and catering to any complaints of injury post practice sessions. 


Because most of the time has been spent with men’s basketball, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the players well.  That’s something that I haven’t been able to experience and I think it will enhance my care and relationship with the players as my summer field experience progresses.  I’ve learned new techniques in taping, evaluation, practice set up, and rehab.  These are valuable skills that can help my development as a future practitioner.  I’ve also learned more about the less exciting aspects of athletic training like paperwork, but this is still valuable information to know because it is still a very real part of the profession.


As my time here has progressed, I’ve also been able to work with student athletes from other sports that have begun to return to campus.  Most of these students have been soccer players, basketball players, and track and field athletes, and this has increased my exposure to other sports which I haven’t had much of in a university setting.  Most of the work that has been done with these athletes has been preventative to prepare them for their upcoming sports seasons when official practices begin. 

I look forward to what this summer field experience will bring as I continue to learn and grow as a student of the Athletic Training Program.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

July 14, 2018

SLU AT Student Recognizes the Importance of Communication in Clinical Practice at Athletico and Fenwick HS

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight -  Athletico/Fenwick High School, Oak Park, IL
By: Matthew Eifert (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

My field experience with preceptor Tony McCormick ATC at Athletico and Fenwick High School has provided the unique opportunity to practice with diverse patient populations in the clinical and high school setting.  
The goals and abilities between the two groups may be drastically different but many aspects of their care remain the same. Some patients find isolating smaller muscles difficult (such as the rhomboids). Verbal communication and cues can only get a practitioner so far. This is especially true when a language barrier is present between the client and clinician. Showing the patient, the exercise yourself while explaining the details can help bridge the gap. Further visual cues such as a mirror will allow the patient to correct themselves independently. Depending on the experience and extent of their pathology, patients may require more instruction.
Tactile cues can be an effective manual strategy to help a patient contract the muscle group short of neuromuscular stimulation. Using touch on the desired structures; clinicians can persuade correct motion. Using a half foam roll between the patients back and a wall can help recruit scapular adduction using the Rhomboid muscles. The focused pressure from the roll along the spine of the patient will highlight the movement of their shoulder blades towards midline. Tactile cues can simply be the practitioner palpating the targeted muscles during the exercise.  Its very important to maintain professionalism and patient consent during the entire interaction; but especially when physical contact is necessary. 

Communication remains paramount with any population in health care. A lack of information being exchanged between the patient and practitioner is a major hurdle to the delivery of care. Transparency, on the other hand, leads to better outcomes. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

July 12, 2018

SLU AT Student Finds Great Fit for Clinical Experience at Nutriformance

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Nutriformance, Frontenac, MO 
By: Brian Leach (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

When considering options, I started thinking about what I wanted to do for my summer field experience.  I thought about going out of state and even out of country at first.  However, after talking with my wife, we decided leaving the area would not be the best of ideas considering we have a newborn son now.  So, I started looking around the Saint Louis area for opportunities.  There were quite a few great opportunities to choose from. 


Nutriformance in Frontenac, MO was the best choice for me.  Nutriformance offers a wide range of services including, but not limited to, personal training, physical therapy, and nutrition coaching from registered dietitians.  Nutriformance has been dedicated to their client’s health and wellness since 1997 with no signs of slowing down.

Although I am not technically part of the formal staff at Nutriformance, they have made me feel as though I am a part of their team with a near seamless integration.  Since beginning the summer field experience, I have been helping the strength and conditioning coaches provide excellent guidance to young athletes from around the greater St. Louis area.  I have also been shadowing the athletic trainers on staff while they help athletes of all ages stay healthy for their sports.  

I am very appreciative of the guidance I have received from the staff at Nutriformance.  This really is turning out to be a fantastic experience.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

July 11, 2018

SLU AT Student Appreciates Preceptor's Guidance in Busy Setting with St. Louis Scott Gallagher

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Saint Louis Scott Gallagher/Mercy Sports Medicine 
By: Chase Long (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

This summer, I have had the pleasure of working with Saint Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG) Soccer. 

Getting to work under the guidance my preceptor, SLU alum Emily Costabile MAT ATC, through Mercy Sports Medicine has been essential to my growth as a future clinician. I am thankful that she was open to sharing her wealth of sports medicine knowledge with me.  
SLSG has allowed me to broaden my evaluation skills on a wide variety of soccer athletes, as well as how to treat and prevent these injuries.  Because of the high number of athletes we get to interact with everyday, Emily has also helped me improve on my manual therapy techniques that I can utilize in moving forward as an athletic trainer.  

Emily's guidance this summer has been exceptionally beneficial, and I am grateful for the opportunity to get to work with such a unique population of athletes.  

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

July 10, 2018

SLU AT Student's Confidence Grows Through Immersive Clinical Experience at John Hersey HS

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, Illinois 
By: Erin Fabbri (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

My summer field experience is at John Hersey High School. I am getting a lot of experience with all different sports teams, which has been a great learning experience thus far. From injury prevention, to stretching and rehabilitation I have gotten a lot of hands on experience with the athletes. 

My preceptor, Ric Bacon, ATC quickly facilitated my adjustment to Hersey’s athletic training room. He is a great preceptor with allowing me to practice my skills and always teaching me new techniques. I am grateful I chose Hersey for the summer because I truly enjoy the high school setting and this summer is allowing me to be more comfortable with my skills. Ric has a strong passion for the high school athletes and goes above and beyond for them. Hersey is a great environment because all of the athletes are very motivated. 

I am looking forward to the rest of the summer at Hersey because I know I will learn more. At the end of this summer I will be more confident in my rehabilitation and evaluation skills. Everything I learn this summer will benefit me in the fall at another high school in St. Louis. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

July 09, 2018

SLU AT Student Gets Experience on a Large Scale with Select Medical at ESPN Wide World of Sports



SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Select Medical at ESPN Wide World of Sports
By: Justin Ullom (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

My clinical experience with Select Medical at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida has been a crazy ride. I have been pleasantly surprised by the experiences I have had here. The ability to network with numerous Athletic Trainers in the Florida area is amazing, especially given that I eventually want to work my way to a coast after college. 


It has been wonderful to experience such a wide variety of sports. In the first few weeks alone, I have been assigned to wrestling, softball, volleyball, and baseball. Since we are the only medical providers of the complex, we also take care of the general population. This means that at any given time, there is anywhere from ten thousand to forty thousand people participating at the site.  

I was not initially ecstatic about most events are with a younger community, as my aspirations involve working with more elite-level athletes. However, most of these younger athletes are extremely talented with colleges looking at them and their level of play is at a high level.   

My confidence in my emergency response skills has improved dramatically throughout this experience as well. In a short time, I have already utilized a spine-board as well as splinting with vacuum splints before sending someone to the hospital. There have also been times where we are the first responders to a spectator having a heart attack working together with EMS personnel. 

Fifty or more hours per week, on top of getting this experience with emergencies, it gives me a very accurate idea of what it will be like to be an Athletic Trainer and I cannot be more excited for it. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.