October 17, 2014

SLU Awarded Bid to Host 2015 World Congress by the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy

The Doisy College of Health Sciences is proud to announce the Department of Physical and Athletic Training was awarded a bid by the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) to host its World Congress on the Saint Louis University campus on June 20-22, 2015. The theme of the 2015 World Congress will be "Overuse Injury and Sport, an Interprofessional Approach".

SLU Center for Global Citizenship on Main (Frost) Campus
The 2015 World Congress will take place just prior to the National Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Symposia and AT Expo which will be held at America's Center in Downtown St. Louis June 23-26, 2015.

The WFATT is a coalition of health care professionals in the fields of sport, exercise, injury/illness prevention and treatment. The primary objective of the WFATT is to promote the highest quality of health care and functional activity through the collaborative efforts of its members. More information is available at www.wfatt.org.

SLU Education Union Auditorium on Medical Center Campus
The WFATT World Congress is a bi-annual scientific meeting held at various international venues. Health care professionals share information and knowledge related to prevention, treatment and management of sports injuries. Previous World Congresses have been held in Dublin, Ireland (2014); Banff, Alberta, Canada (2011); San Antonio, Texas (2009); Tokyo, Japan (2007); Edinburgh, Scotland (2005); and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (2003). Mark Reinking PhD, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training points out, "Hosting the WFATT at Saint Louis University will bring sports scientists and clinicians from around the world to our campus and will model both interprofessional collaboration and evidence-based practice."

SLU Allied Health Building on Medical Center Campus
The Opening Ceremonies will take place at SLU's Center for Global Citizenship on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Scientific presentations and workshops will take place in the Education Union and the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus on June 23rd and 24th. A Gala Dinner will be held in the Allied Health Building Multipurpose Room on June 23rd. The Hotel Ignacio will serve as the host hotel for the World Congress.

Anthony Breitbach PhD, Director of the Athletic Training Program raves, "This is a great opportunity and it further addresses our goal of international engagement providing global opportunities for our students."

For more information on the 2015 WFATT World Congress go to www.slu.edu/wfatt2015, email wfatt2015@slu.edu or call 314-977-8561.

October 09, 2014

Our Professional Experience as SLU AT Students in the National Football League

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - St. Louis Rams
By:  Hilary Stepansky and Jose Mendez (MAT Class of 2015)

Jose and Hilary were once just lowly PY1 students going to school learning about patient care and how to manage athletes’ injures. Never in their wildest dreams would they have imagined that in their PY2 year they would be learning with the St. Louis Rams professional football team. 

Hilary Stepansky, James Lomax ATC, Jose Mendez and Nick Gastorf ATC (SLU MAT Class of 2014)
So far this semester, we have witnessed a diverse array of injures from ACL tears to quadriceps strains, but the most unique aspect is that the players will and need to be healthy for their job. The role of the athletic trainer in professional sports is the same as any other level except that they are responsible for the athletes’ ability to do their work. Our responsibilities as athletic training may seem canned or trite, but the minuet tasks we accomplish daily allow the athletic training staff to perform their job. Self-titled hydration coordinators, we set up and break down the field for practice with water, Gatorade, and other supplies to help the players stay hydrated. We could tell you the facts about the Rams organization such as the number of Super Bowls (3), the amount of time players spend in the athletic training room (a lot), or the number of ankles taped during an entire season (too many to count). What we cannot tell you is what this means.

Being a part of the Rams organization has taught us that there is more to football than what you see on TV. The players and coaching staff are genuinely kind to us and appreciate all of our hard work. Although the players tackle hard on the field, they are athletes who grew up with a dream of making it to the big leagues. The facts are boring. What is exciting is seeing a player who could not sit up from a treatment table battle through his injury to make a tackle. Or seeing a rookie, unsure of his place on the team, craft himself into an integral part of the Rams community. 

Being given the opportunity to find our place in this community had taught us more than we could have ever imagined. More than just evaluation techniques, tape jobs or rehabilitation protocols. It has taught us how to be better athletic trainers and better people. We would like to thank Reggie, James, Bryon, Tyler, and Nick for coaching us in every aspect of the job. Also the entire coaching staff and front office staff for making us feel at home in Rams Park. And of course the players who tease us when our ice bags are not made to perfection or the HRV program does not work as quickly as we want it to. Thanks to all of you we grow everyday. 

We look forward to the rest of the season with the Rams and expect great things!

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, 2014

Family Atmosphere and Busy Schedule at John Burroughs Creates a Great Clinical Site for SLU AT Students

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs School
By: Shannon Kane (MAT Class of 2015) and Dustin Jamboretz (MAT Class of 2016)

John Burroughs School is a 7-12th grade school, and only has 600 students, but every student is required to play a sport.  The small nature of the school makes it feel like a family.  Everyone looks out for each other, and they are very welcoming to new “family members.”  I have felt more than welcome at this school, and look forward to spending the entire year here!  Already, we have kids that can’t wait to see us every day, and ask where we are when one of us is not there.  The kids are the reason I love to go everyday.  They can make my day better (or worse…) just by coming into the AT room.  

Dustin Jamboretz, Dean Tiffany ATC and Shannon Kane
Dean Tiffany ATC is the Athletic Trainer, as well as the Assistant Athletic Director, and the wrestling coach.  Things get very busy from time to time, but that is where we AT students come in. Dean takes time out to teach us, and makes the most out of any learning opportunity. So far we have seen everything from ankle sprains, to a mid-shaft femur fracture.  We have also dealt with heat stroke, a radial fracture, a combination tibia and fibula fracture, and a few concussions, among other things.  Needless to say, we are never bored, there is always something going on.  And even if there is no one at that moment for us to take care of or assess, we are usually talking or learning about something.  

In season right now are football, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, field hockey, women’s tennis, cross country, and swimming.  The field hockey team has been doing quite well, and our football team has a 4-1 record!  There is some talent on the team, and the head coach is one of the best football coaches I have seen at this level.  

We hope to learn a lot from Dean this semester, and while we never hope that anyone gets injured, we are eager to see what the rest of this already eventful semester has in store for us! 

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

September 30, 2014

Experienced Preceptors at Washington University Create Excellent Learning Experiences for SLU AT Students

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Washington University in St. Louis
By:  Christian Ahlstrom and Andria Lampe (MAT Class of 2015), Audrey Block and David O'Loughlin (MAT Class of 2016)

At Washington University in St. Louis, we have the opportunity to experience the athletic training lifestyle of a Division III university. We are able to work with all of their sports programs this fall such as football, men's and women's soccer, cross country, tennis and swimming. Four of us SLU students are working with the football program and one SLU student is with the soccer teams. With football, we have the privilege to learn from four very knowledgeable certified athletic trainers, Rick Larsen, ATC, Jim Anderson, ATC, Jacob Blasingame, ATC and Mary Tarzon, ATC, who among one another have more than 70 years of experience in the field. We also have the opportunity to observe the team's orthopedic physicians and chiropractors while they work with our athletes in the athletic training room throughout the week. At Wash U, there is also a wide variety of therapeutic modalities that we are fortunate enough to utilize including Electric Stimulation, Ultrasound, a hydrocollator and GameReady units, just to name a few.

Andria Lampe and David O'Loughlin
Last week, Christian and Dave traveled to Memphis, Tennessee with the football team for a road game against Rhodes College. That is just one of five road trips we students will be going on. Traveling with the team was a great experience, because it pushed us out of our comfort zone. Without being in our usual athletic training room setting, we had to improvise and make use of what we had in an efficient manner. Also, we were recently asked to create a rehab program for one of the football players. This is just one example of the hands-­on opportunities that we get, and it shows that the athletic training staff has a lot of trust in us. The athletic training staff really allows us to enhance our skills by taking a step back and allowing us to be the first line of help.

Audrey Block and Christian Ahlstrom
Wash U is currently undergoing a massive two­ year renovation to their entire athletic facility which includes the athletic training room. This is great for us students because we get a first-­hand experience on how to design and organize an efficient athletic training room. With an amazing staff of athletic trainers and physicians to learn from, hands­-on experience with modalities, traveling opportunities with teams and a competitive collegiate setting to learn in, Wash U offers us a unique experience and a great learning environment that prepares us for our future careers.

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.

September 29, 2014

CBC Provides an Outstanding Clinical Site for SLU AT Students

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Will Rath (MAT Class of 2015) and Lauren Scalise (MAT Class of 2016)

This semester we have had a great opportunity to serve as athletic training students at Christian Brothers College High School (CBC). CBC is a LaSallian Catholic college preparatory school about 20 minutes outside the city of St. Louis. The head athletic trainer, Kristen Jeans, ATC, makes every day an educational and fun environment that helps mold us into being better athletic training students.

A typical day at CBC consists of taping athletes, assisting with rehabilitation exercises, and providing treatment to get the athletes ready for practice or games.

Will Rath, Kristen Jeans ATC and Lauren Scalise
One might think that because CBC is an all-male high school, that we don’t have as many teams to cover as other schools – but this is not the case. During the fall semester, we have the luxury of being able to cover 3 levels of football, 5 levels of soccer, and Cross Country, with multiple basketball and wrestling teams soon to follow in the winter.

All of the athletes, coaches, and staff members at CBC have been so welcoming and we would like to thank them for giving us such a great clinical experience and we look forward to continuing this throughout the 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.

SLU AT Students Get an NCAA Division I Experience at SIU-Edwardsville

SLU AT Program Clinical Site Spotlight - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
By: Kayla Kelley and Chris Miller (MAT Class of 2015)

SLU AT student Kayla Kelley with Ben Heimos ATC (left) and Ryan Salerno ATC (right)
Located just twenty miles or so northeast of St. Louis, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) is a medium sized Division I University with eight sports for men and eight for women. We are currently placed with men’s and women’s soccer under the direct supervision of James Mays MS, ATC and Ben Heimos MAT, ATC, CSCS. The SIUE Department of Athletics has treated us like another member of their team, creating an environment conducive to learning.

SLU AT student Chris Miller with James Mays ATC
The Athletic Training facilities are topnotch with excellent resources at our disposal and the staff are willing to go out of their way to show us what they have learned throughout their years of experience. We cannot imagine a more fitting clinical placement as we finish our last year in SLU’s Athletic Training Program and we are very thankful for such an amazing opportunity. While we are still in the height of our seasons, we are looking forward to the many opportunities to come as we transition to our winter sports.

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.

August 17, 2014

SLU AT Students Join PA Students for an Orthopedic Casting Lab

On Thursday, August 14, 2014 students from the Saint Louis University Physician Assistant Education program and Athletic Training program participated together in an orthopedic casting lab.  The lab was conducted by Certified Athletic Trainer and NATA Hall of Fame member Rod Walters; and coordinated by SLU faculty members Sr. Mary White (PA) and Dr. Kitty Newsham (AT).  This interprofessional learning opportunity was a great experience for students in both programs.  More information about Rod Walters ATC and his program are available at: http://www.rodwalters.com/

Rod Walters ATC demonstrates a casting technique on SLU AT student Tori Lycett
SLU AT students Michael Aaron and Eldon Reid practice a casting technique.

August 15, 2014

SLU AT Student Gets an International Sports Medicine Experience in Madrid

Summer Internship Blog Post - Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus
By: Christian Ahlstrom (MAT Class of 2015)

This summer, I had the privilege to do my internship abroad.  I went to the SLU campus in Madrid, Spain to get experience with physiotherapists Alvaro Garcia-Romero and Angel Basas, with the Real Federación Española de Atletismo and the Real Federación Española de Gimnasia.  I was lucky to work with these Olympic level athletes everyday for the past month and a half.  I was nervous at first because I was in a new country and I had intermediate understanding of the language.  But, the moment I started working with the athletes, that all went away.  They really appreciated the fact that I came all the way over from the states to help them this summer.  I learned that communicate was the key with my athletes.  Some of them would want to practice their English with me, while others would help me with my Spanish.

From this experience, I was able to learn how a different part of the world practices sports medicine.  I assisted in rehabilitation protocols, injury prevention workouts, evaluation of injuries, as well as some administration duties.  In Spain, they rely on a lot of manual techniques, like massage and manipulations, to help their athletes.  They also use electro stimulation and kinesiotape during rehabilitation sessions.  I was able to learn about all of these different techniques and how to implement them into my own rehabilitation protocols in the future.

Alvaro Garcia-Romero, Christian Ahlstrom and Angel Basas
This has truly been an amazing experience and I wish I had more time to work with these physical therapists and athletes.  I have loved working here every minute.  I have learned so much from this internship and cannot wait to bring back what I have learned.

I would highly recommend this opportunity to any athletic training student.

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

August 12, 2014

SLU AT Student Gets Intensive Learning Experience at J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camps

Summer Internship Blog Post - J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp
By: Mike Griffith (MAT Class of 2015)

This summer I spent 56 days with the J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp, a program run by the University of Minnesota’s head wrestling coach, J Robinson. The program is currently in its 38th year of punishing workouts, 4-a-day practices, early morning rises, and copious injuries; in other words, a hard day’s work for any athletic trainer. That’s not to say that all of the difficulties of the camp do not present any benefits. 

Over the duration of the camp, the J Robinson Wrestling Camp has exposed me to a wealth of opportunities from which to learn. With 175-300 teen wrestlers at each camp, there is a good deal of ailments to see, and most of them are skin. I’ve seen cellulitis, folliculitis, more ringworm than I could ever count, and even more cases of impetigo. These were infections that I had rarely seen in my previous clinical sites, and now I can identify them in a heartbeat. While an important bit of knowledge to have, I am hoping that I don’t have to worry about skin as regularly, going into the future.

Mike Griffith (far left) with the rest of the AT staff at the camp.
Just as common as the infections at camp are the illnesses and injuries. The first two days of camp at Minneapolis had more cases of cramps and heat exhaustion than I had ever seen in my previous two semesters. For this very reason, the camp had fairly rigorous hydration policies. Athletes were not allowed to lose more than 1.5% of their initial weight for the duration of camp, under threat of sitting out for 24 hours. 
Furthermore, there were the injuries. At J Rob I saw sprains, strains, tears, subluxations, fractures, acute or chronic injuries, and the day-to-day overuse injuries. The greatest experience actually happened my last week, where I was able to stabilize the head of an athlete with a suspected cervical spine injury, and I was then able to call the shots throughout the transportation of the athlete from the ground to the spine board. Thankfully the athlete was fine, and it was all precautionary, but it proved to be a great environment with which to practice possibly one of the most important critical care techniques in a live setting.

The J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp definitely lived up to its title as an intensive camp. It was as much a boot camp for Athletic Training as it was for wrestling, thanks in part to the oftentimes 100+ ailments that needed to be treated daily. Thanks to the camp, I was forced to confront some of the weaker points in my development as an Athletic Trainer, and make them stronger. I had to adapt to a changing environment, work long hours, and get enough rest so I could repeat the process the next day. As difficult as it all was, I’m very happy with my experience and the amount I have advanced as an athletic trainer thanks in part to J Rob.

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

SLU AT Student “Gets Grizzlie” Spending a Summer with Pro Baseball Team

Summer Internship Blog Post - Gateway Grizzlies
By: Josh Harris (MAT Class of 2015)

A part of the West Division of the Frontier League (Independent League; non-MLB affiliate), the Gateway Grizzlies Professional Baseball team resides right across the Mississippi River in Sauget, Illinois. GCS Ballpark is where the Grizzlies play their home games and it was also was the site of my athletic training internship for the summer. Outside of GCS Ballpark, I had the opportunity to gain more athletic training experience by traveling with the team to T.R. Hughes Stadium in O’ Fallon, Missouri. These trips to O’ Fallon would occur when the Grizzlies were scheduled to play their cross-town rival, the River City Rascals. I share the internship experience with a fellow ATS from the University of Arkansas, Andy Scheumann, and the head athletic trainer of the Grizzlies, Geof Manzo, MS, ATC. Geof was really great to work with and he undoubtedly helped Andy and I build upon our athletic training skills.

Andy Schuemann, Izzy the Grizzly, Geof Manzo ATC and Josh Harris
The vast majority of my summer internship was spent at GCS Ballpark; in the athletic training room, treatment and rehabilitation room, on the field, and in the dugout. A typical day interning with the Grizzlies would begin around 1pm and end about an hour or so after the game was over. As soon as we arrived at GCS, Andy and I had to fold towels, that would later be used by the players on both teams, and also prepare the visiting team’s athletic training room. After these prep tasks were completed, Geof, Andy, and I would wait for our players to show up and then begin treatment and rehab with those who needed it. Some common treatments we performed on the players throughout the day included: therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, thermotherapy via heat packs, cryotherapy via ice bags, massage, taping, therapeutic exercise, and stretching. The treatment session lasted until 3pm, which is when we would go outside and begin the warm-up session for pitchers. About 30 minutes after that, we would begin the warm-up session for position players. After the warm-ups were over for both sets of players, batting practice would commence and then end around 4:45pm.

From the end of batting practice up until about 6:30pm, we would again perform treatment on any player that requested it or needed it. It was then time for the game, where all of us would be sitting in the dugout with the team. If any injury presented itself during the game, Geof would walk out on the field and evaluate the athlete. After his evaluation, he would come back into the dugout and discuss his findings with Andy and I. If there was no injury presented during the game, we would mostly spend our time making sure our players (and umpires) were properly hydrated. At the conclusion of the game, Andy, Geof, and I would all return to the athletic training room and wait for players to come to us for any treatment or evaluation before they went home for the night. The last task Andy and I had before the day was considered over was cleaning up the opposing team’s athletic training room.

Going into this summer internship, I really didn’t know what to expect. It was a totally new environment for me, as I had never worked with a baseball team this in-depth throughout my whole first year of athletic training practice. The experience was also an opportunity to practice with high-level athletes; much higher of a level than I had worked with in previous athletic training experiences at Parkway South High School and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Overall, I feel that I have gained a lot of athletic training knowledge by engaging in this internship. I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to work with a great athletic trainer, staff, and team. This experience with the Grizzlies taught me a lot and I am looking forward to the next steps and challenges in becoming an athletic trainer.

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

SLU AT Student Returns Home to the Sunshine State for a Summer Internship Experience

Summer Internship Blog Post - Pensacola State College
By: Shannon Kane (MAT Class of 2015)

Pensacola State College has three main campuses in the Pensacola area.  The Pensacola campus is where the sports teams practice, live, and play.  Select Medical and Select Physical Therapy provide AT, PT, and sports medicine services to the athletes attending PSC.  Pensacola State College, formerly Pensacola Junior College, is a community college with a variety of degrees and programs available, including many Associate’s degrees and an exceptional BSN program.

This summer I have definitely been busy!  Phil Loesch ATC, the Assistant Athletic Trainer, is also the strength and conditioning coach for the volleyball, softball, and women’s basketball teams.  I get to come along to morning workouts and get some experience helping him coach.  A strength and conditioning certification is something I am very interested in pursuing in addition to athletic training, and this wonderful experience has helped me get a better look at this career path.

It is summer, so many of the sports are not in season, but the Pensacola State Athletic Department hosts many summer camps for children ranging from 5 year olds to high schoolers.  I have had the opportunity to run warm ups, give talks about the importance of hydration, and provide athletic training services, along with the ATCs, to the softball, baseball, basketball, and volleyball camps.

Deb Lee ATC, Shannon Kane and Phil Loesch ATC
Ken Byrd PT, ATC, who is an athletic trainer and a physical therapist, comes over to the athletic training room a couple times a week so that the student athletes don’t have to go to the clinic.  Ken has a great personality, and has been so much fun to work with.  He takes time out to make sure that I learn something every time I am with him.  If I have not seen something new that day, he asks me what I want to learn.  We have discussed everything from the Graston Technique and joint mobilizations, to the physiology behind the healing process and the use of modalities.

Deb Lee ATC is the Head Athletic Trainer at Pensacola State.  She has been with Select Physical Therapy for almost 20 years.  Her southern accent and huge smile are enough to make anyone’s day better.  She is very smart, and has helped me grow as an athletic training student.

At PSC, although I have been there for a very short time, I feel like part of the family!  The atmosphere is always light-hearted and welcoming.  The relationship of respect and trust that Deb and Phil have developed with the coaching staff, not only for them as people, but as professionals, has carried over to me.  The coaches all respect what I have to say, and have welcomed me as one of their own.  It will be a sad day when I have to leave the Pensacola State family!  I have learned a lot, but the summer is not over yet.  I look forward to the adventures to come!

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

August 11, 2014

SLU AT Student Spends a Summer with the Sixers

Summer Internship Blog Post - Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Camps
By: Emily Costabile (MAT Class of 2015)

This summer, I had the opportunity to work for the Philadelphia 76ers as their summer basketball camp athletic training intern.  The 76ers camp brings in kids from all over the world.  Representing 20 different countries, kids ages 8-18 can come for weeks at a time to gain experience playing basketball.  From 8am-9pm the kids participate in a variety of basketball activities, from playing full court games to knock-out competitions.  I have been working under the direction of Caitlin Murphy, ATC, alongside five other athletic training interns.  Caitlin is a graduate of Ithica College in Ithica, NY and is currently in grad school working towards her DPT. 

Emily Costabile and Caitlin Murphy ATC
The camp is held on Valley Forge Military Academy and College’s campus.  There are twelve different courts the campers play on, and our job is to sit at each of the set of courts and respond to whatever injury may occur during competitions.  We have seen a large variety of injuries in the past 4 weeks of camp, all ranging in severity.  I have even had the opportunity to accompany some of the campers to the hospital as well as visits to an orthopedics office.  

This experience with the 76ers has given me great insight into the different settings I could potentially practice in down the road.  It has allowed me to practice skills I previously had as well as develop a whole set of new ones.  Working with athletic training students from five different schools has also given me a chance to see how others practice and what techniques they find useful.  The experience I have had here has been invaluable and I am grateful to the kids and staff for helping make this summer one I will never forget.  

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

SLU AT Student Gets a Physician Extender Internship Experience

Summer Internship Blog Post - Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
By:  Connor Doherty (MAT Class of 2015)

This summer I have had the incredible opportunity of working with Amy Schork, ATC, Dr. Tyler Wadsworth, and Dr. Jason Browdy as well as the rest of the staff at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  They operate an orthopedic medicine practice that sees a variety of patients, from young athletes to geriatric patients.  At their location they have a variety of tools at their disposal, including x-ray machines, various injections, and a physical therapy clinic that is stationed right next door to them.  Dr. Wadsworth and Dr. Browdy are the respective team physician and orthopedic surgeon for Clayton High School, Ladue High School, and Webster University.  Dr. Browdy also serves as the orthopedic surgeon for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Connor Doherty and Amy Schork ATC
During my time here I have learned a ton about the importance and role of certified athletic trainers working in the role of a physician extender.  In this role they take on many responsibilities in the office, and act as an extension of the physician, to increase quality and effectiveness of health care provided.  I had the great opportunity of not only observing and assisting Dr. Wadsworth during patient visits, but also was able to observe Dr. Browdy in the operating room.  This summer I have learned a great deal about the field of sports medicine and how certified athletic trainers can contribute to it in a non-traditional way through the role of the physician extender.

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

August 07, 2014

SLU AT Students Spend a Summer in Columbia with the Mizzou Tigers

Summer Internship Blog Post - University of Missouri
By: Andria Lampe and Will Rath (MAT Class of 2015)

This summer we were fortunate enough to work at the University of Missouri under head athletic trainer Rex Sharp, ATC, assistant athletic trainer Casey Hairston, ATC, and the athletic training staff, including SLU graduate Dan Herrin, ATC.  We worked with a diverse group of Mizzou’s athletes, including the football, swim & dive, soccer, track & field, and softball teams. Every day brought on new challenges and opportunities to allow us to grow as future athletic trainers and gain valuable experience in the field.

SLU AT Students Will Rath (3rd from left) and Andria Lampe (second from right) on Faurot Field with 2014 SLU Alum Dan Herrin MAT, ATC (on right)
Our responsibilities ranged from filling water for 6:30 am football conditioning, helping with rehab treatments in the athletic training room, assisting with high school sports camps coverage and afternoon football practices, and being present in the athletic training room for all athletes throughout the day.  Of course, we always followed morning conditioning with a hearty breakfast with the rest of the staff every morning to prepare for the long days of rehab and treatment. On a typical day we would assist with twenty football rehab treatments consisting of strengthening exercises, a broad spectrum of modalities, and functional rehabilitation.  Swimmers, divers and runners trickled in and out throughout the day as well.  We were lucky enough to utilize advanced equipment such as a Swim-Ex, a Biodex and the DARI to get our athletes back on the field quicker.  We saw a variety of injuries throughout the summer that took advantage of the great technology Mizzou provides for their student-athlete population.

The time we have spent at Mizzou and the experience we have gained has helped shape and guide us towards the athletic trainers we are striving to be. The staff here has always been open to our questions and willing to help however they can.  We have been exposed to techniques and ideas that can only be learned through hands-on experience in the athletic training room. Rex Sharp and his staff have excelled as a result of years of practice. Having the opportunity to learn from one of the top programs in the country has been a once in a lifetime experience.

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

August 04, 2014


Main Number: 314-977-8561
Fax: 314-977-6988
Program e-mail: atep@slu.edu
Mailing Address:
SLU Athletic Training Program
3437 Caroline Mall, Suite 2004
St. Louis, MO 63104
Twitter: @SLU_AT


Mark Reinking PT, PhD, SCS, ATC, Chair, 
Dept of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Office: 314-977-8505

Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC, Program Director
Office: 314-977-8654
Cell: 314-413-2543

Tyler Wadsworth MD, Medical Director
Office: 314-721-7325


Timothy Howell EdD, ATC, Clinical Education Coordinator
Office: 314-977-8637

Mike Markee ATC, PT, COMT
            E-mail: mmarkee@slu.edu
            Office: 314-977-8109

Kitty Newsham PhD, ATC
Office: 314-977-8507


Lori Khazen, MS LAT, CSCS, Instructor - MAT 616
Office: 314-368-9772

Michael Ross PhD, Instructor - MAT 562
            E-mail: rossmj@slu.edu
            Office: 314-977-2292

Tyler Wood MAT, ATC, Graduate Assistant
            E-mail: twood9@slu.edu
            Office: 314-977-8561


Jennifer Baine, Administrative Assistant
Office: 314-977-8561

Bridget Quirk MAT, ATC, Outreach Athletic Trainer/Instructor
E-mail: bquirk1@slu.edu
Office: 314-977-8561

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August 02, 2014

SLU AT Student Experiences Personal and Professional Growth During Summer Internship

Summer Internship Blog Post - Washington University
By: Brittany Koops (MAT Class of 2015)

When I transferred to SLU last summer as a post-baccalaureate student I had so many expectations, thoughts, and hopes for the upcoming year and even more so towards to summer internship. While my internship at Washington University in Saint Louis was nothing like I had dreamt, it was still more than I could ask for.

I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. I didn’t know what to expect going into the internship, and I was somewhat saddened that I was staying in Saint Louis instead of returning home to be with my friends. While I was skeptical I went in with a positive attitude, and knew I’d give it nothing but my best. From the first day I walked in I felt welcomed and trusted as a student. The amount of freedom they gave me made me feel competent in my skills. The staff wasn’t over bearing and constantly hovering over me. I had space to work, and practice the skills that I had the past year to learn.

Brittany Koops with Washington Univ. AT Jacob Blasingame MAT, ATC (SLU MAT Class of 2011)
I’m the type of person who hates being wrong. When a professor or instructor hovers over me I feel nervous, incompetent and not trusted. This causes me to freeze up, and I’m not always able to practice or show my knowledge to my full potential. While I was allowed to take control, I was confident knowing that if I did need help that the staff would be right there to eagerly answer any questions or help me if I needed it. The athletic trainers at Wash U were all friendly, and open to helping me reach my full potential.

This past year has been a real struggle for me, It is the first time I’ve ever been away from my family and friends. This has caused me to feel out of place, and uncomfortable. When I don’t feel like I belong then I crawl back into my shell and hide. I sit back and watch more than try to stand out and show off how much I actually know. This past summer at Wash U has really helped me gain the confidence in myself that I will need this upcoming year, and even more so in my future. I felt welcomed by all the staff, and that made me feel like I was wanted and a part of the team this past summer. I wasn’t afraid to speak up, or communicate with the coaches. The compliments from the coaches at the soccer camp on how I went above and beyond when I could to help them made me feel like I finally wasn’t passing the years by in Saint Louis unnoticed. I realized the coaches could see my passion, and I just needed to show it more, and take that drive to allow myself to open up and not be afraid to be wrong and practice my skills. I need to not be hesitant to ask questions, or speak up about what I believe.

I was wrong in an initial assessment of an injury once during the summer, and the world didn’t end like I thought it would. The summer went on, and I learned from my mistake. I learned to be more careful, and to communicate better. I gained confidence in my assessment skills, and learned to trust my own knowledge. I learned different ways of taping and modifications to the special tests, that can help me improve my assessment skills even more. All in all, I feel that the confidence I gained these past few months is the most valuable thing I can take away. Without confidence I won’t be able to learn more. I need to carry this confidence with pride, and not be afraid to show off the skills that I have learned. By taking this new found confidence I will be happier, and it will be easier to find a place to belong here in Saint Louis. I will no longer be hiding back in the shadows just waiting for the semester to pass by. I now look forward to my upcoming clinical rotation year, and finding my place and confidence there, to really be able to practice and master the skills I’ve spent years of my life studying.

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

SLU AT Student Experiences Collaborative Athletic Health Care at Division I Setting

Summer Internship Blog Post – Georgetown University
By: Tori Lycett (MAT Class of 2015)

During my summer internship I had the opportunity to work under Erin Pettinger ATC at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Georgetown University, much like other NCAA Division 1 colleges, has multiple Athletic Trainers on staff who each have designated sports. Erin specifically works with Men's Lacrosse, Men's Golf, and Sailing, however I had the chance to get experience with several other ATs on staff under the supervision of Erin.  Each of the Athletic Trainers on staff came from different parts of United States and had different backgrounds in education and experience. This gave me the opportunity to learn different techniques, and help to widen my perspective of different parts of Athletic Training. At Georgetown University most of the athletes on campus were there for summer workouts or summer camps. Although it was not the busiest season for sports, this gave me the opportunity to better understand how a D1 Athletic Training room functioned, and how the staff utilized interprofessional care for each athlete. Each week different physicians would visit the athletic training room to run physicals, check up on athletes, and talk directly with the athletic training staff to ensure that everything was ready for the fall preseason. Throughout my internship I also had the privilege to observe one of Georgetown University sports medicine PT's who had a very unique and educational approach to evaluations and treatment of athletes.

Erin Pettinger ATC, Tori Lycett and Emily Deck ATC.
Going into my internship I didn't know what to expect and went in open minded. I chose to intern at Georgetown because I want to eventually work in a D1 setting. Since I was once a college athlete I had an idea of what it would be like however being an athlete is completely different than athletic training. In my fall rotation I worked at Lindenwood University, a small NAIA college, however interning at Georgetown University ensured my goal. Working with college athletes is completely different then other settings. Not only are the athletes motivated differently but the interprofessional care they receive is different especially in D1. In D1 the athletic trainers directly work with physicians, orthopedists, PTs, etc. That aspect of health care is not only important for the patient-centered care of the athlete, but it also helps for you as a practioner to learn. I can't thank Erin and the athletic training staff at Georgetown University enough for giving me this opportunity to learn and become more familiar with the dynamics of a D1 athletic training room.

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

July 29, 2014

SLU AT Student Returns to CBC for a New Type of Clinical Experience

Summer Internship Blog Post - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Tony Mosello (MAT Class of 2015)

This semester I have had the opportunity to work at Christian Brothers College (CBC)  High School with Athletic Trainer Kristen Jeans ATC from Excel Sports and Physical Therapy.  CBC is located in Town and Country, MO, only 20 minutes from SLU’s campus.  Under Kristen’s supervision, I have worked with a variety of sports during my two-month internship, seeing injuries in football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. During the season, CBC has five soccer teams, four football teams, and five basketball teams, and the athletic training room is often a very busy place.  Luckily for me, this was not my first experience at CBC High School.  I was placed here for my Fall PY1 clinical rotation and everyone was excited to have be back to help!  The coaches asked how my spring semester went and congratulated me on attaining my degree. The athletes were happy to have me back as well; often asking if I would be back with them this fall.  It was a great advantage already knowing the layout and routine of the school, but more so was having already built a great relationship with Kristen.   

Kristen Jeans and Tony Mosello
Going into this summer internship, I already knew it was going to be very different from my fall clinical placement.  The majority of the two-month internship was filled with youth camps, something I had little-to-no experience in beforehand.  The summer started out with a few little league baseball and football camps. Then the youth basketball and soccer camps began.  Then finally, the CBC student athletes were attending the camps.  The best part about the summer youth camps was that the coaching staff from each respectable sport put-on the camp themselves.  Kids were able to learn first-hand from the coaches a variety of different techniques and skills.  The age group varied for every camp, but over the summer I have treated kids as young as 8 years old.  Along with most of my class, this was a first for me.  However, it was an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a part of the Athletic Training field that I had no previous knowledge of. Especially important because I believe our scope of practice will continue to shift towards youth sports in the future.

My internship was filled with great experiences, but there were also a few challenges as well.  Evaluating a child is a lot tougher than evaluating a high school kid; you have to be able to tell when there is an injury or just when they want attention.  It is also difficult to get them to concentrate long enough in order to evaluate or treat them.  Another very different aspect is how you talk to them.  These kids obviously don’t understand all of the medical jargon we know, so talking to them in a way they understand is very important.  Working with youth athletes is extremely different from older sports, but they require just as much care and treatment.  Over the summer, I have gained a substantial amount of experience on how to not only evaluate and treat athletes in youth sports, but how no interact with them as well!   My second and final placement at CBC was an immensely importing learning experience, one that is sure to follow me throughout my future professional career thanks to Kristen!    

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

SLU AT Students Get an Interprofessional Summer Internship Experience

Summer Internship Blog Post - NutriFormance/Athletic Republic
By: Kayla Kelley and Ju Hyung Kim (MAT Class of 2015)

NutriFormance/Athletic Republic is a top-of-the-line workout facility located in Frontenac, MO. They offer a variety of fitness programs in addition to their general gym membership such as personal training, group training, spinning, physical therapy, massage therapy, and nutrition counseling.

Kayla Kelley, NutriFormance staff member Emily Grace ATC (SLU MAT Class of 2014) and Ju Kim 
This really makes NutriFormance unique with all the different healthcare professionals on staff. It is not unusual for these healthcare professionals to work together. For example, the personal trainer may be working with their client’s physical therapist to gauge the client’s progress and figure out what they need to focus on. They might also work with their client’s nutritionist, especially if the client is trying to lose weight or has a medical condition such as hypertension. It is essential for these healthcare providers to be on the same page when it comes to the overall health of their client. Each healthcare provider has a different scope of practice and work together to provide the best care possible for each individual client. This is interprofessional practice at work and guarantees the best care for the client. It has been an amazing opportunity to be a part of this team over the course of the summer. We will be able to take what we have learned about interprofessional practice and put it into good use as we continue our journey to becoming athletic trainers.

SLU AT students providing an in-service for NutriFormance staff.
As interns, we spent most of our time on the Athletic Republic floor assisting the coaches with the speed, agility, and functional strength classes. Our time here this summer has really opened our eyes to the level of commitment and hard work it takes to be an athlete. We have also gained a lot of insight on proper running mechanics and immensely improved our rehab skills. A huge part of Athletic Republic is geared towards bridging the gap between a doctor’s clearance and full sports participation. They begin with a digital video analysis (DVA) to determine what areas need improvement. A program is then tailored to their specific needs, and as they build up their strength and agility, they are gradually released to participate. In this way, the athletes are able to return to their sport in the healthiest way possible while minimizing the chance of re-injuring themselves or incurring a new injury.

We feel very fortunate to have been a part of the team at NutriFormance/Athletic Republic. We were able to improve upon our communication and rehab skills—skills that will continue to build and serve us well in our future career. But above all, we learned the importance of the individual. Every athlete is different and has varying levels of fitness and motivation. Therefore, while you may have two athletes with the same injury, their rehab and strengthening programs may be different based on their needs and how their body responds. 

We are thankful for the experience we have had at NutriFormance and we are blessed to have learned so many things that cannot be gained from a textbook.

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