July 15, 2019

SLU AT Student Returns to Clinical Site with Improved Confidence at Christian Brothers College HS

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

I’ve enjoyed my experience at Christian Brothers College High School (aka CBC) so far this summer. It is nice to be back and be able to work on my skills here again. I know how everything works and who everyone is, so it was an easy transition. I am excited to see how much my skills have improved from being here in the Fall to being here now. I can confidently do things I was not comfortable doing before. 
When I was here during the fall semester, it took me a while to warm up and become comfortable practicing new skills. Now since I have been able to practice what I learn in class for an entire year, I have confidence to go ahead and tape athletes without needing to consult with Kristen Jeans, ATC, LMT, my preceptor from Mercy Sports Medicine, as well as do evaluations on athletes. Evaluations are something I never felt comfortable doing during my first rotation here at CBC, so I’m proud of myself for being able to throw myself into evaluations since I’ve started my summer field experience.
I look forward to improving my skills this summer. CBC football is a good place for me to keep doing evaluations because injuries happen often and since my preceptor is a licensed massage therapist, she is teaching me some of her techniques for treating athletes with neural tension. Kristen teaches me things that I feel I would only learn from being in the field practicing. That is why I have always appreciated my time here at CBC because it is a valuable learning 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 14, 2019

SLU AT Student Grows Clinical and Time Management Skills in Busy Professional Setting with the Schaumburg Boomers

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Schaumburg Boomers 
By: Rachel Wilhelm (MAT Class of 2020)

Having finished my first year as a professional student in SLU’s Athletic Training program, I am now preparing for my second year with a summer field experience. I am set with the Schaumburg Boomers, a professional baseball team apart of the independent Frontier League. My preceptor is Mylie Leatherman, ATC. She is employed by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (IBJI) and is currently going on her third year as the head athletic trainer for the Boomers. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma) in December of 2016 and is currently working toward her Master’s degree. Having already been with the team for a few years, Mylie really understands what is required of her to keep the team running with their hectic schedules of games six days a week and constant travel. Everyday, we come in even before the set treatment time to prep for the day. The athletes then come in and we work to get their treatment and rehab done before BP (batting practice). Even then, we go out with them to observe and do a little bit extra here and there for some of them, such as eccentric ball toss or agility training drills. But one of the best parts, is being able to see the team in action from the dugout. I have definitely learned a lot about baseball since starting with the Boomers.
Treatment time before games is when I really get to practice my skills and learn new techniques. Honestly, it can get a little crazy with just Mylie and me for the whole team, but it’s training me to be able to think quickly and be more efficient with my time. Since coming to the team, Mylie has given me the responsibility of designing rehab protocols for a few of the players. I have been doing the evaluations and helping athletes complete the treatment plan I lay out for them. We also make use of different soft tissue techniques to help with cases involving muscle strains, trigger points, neural tension, and more. There are also modalities that we include in some treatment protocols such as electric stimulation and ultrasound. While I am very familiar with these options from my previous clinical sites,  it is always interesting to me just how different the uses of these treatment methods are just going from sport to sport. Because of this, I am trying to make sure I learn as much as I can in the short time I have left here with the Boomers. I am really looking forward to how much I will have learned by the end of the summer.

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, 2019

SLU AT Student Gets a Variety of Experiences on a Closely Integrated Team with the Louisville Cardinals

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - University of Louisville Athletics
By: Courtney Nall (MAT Class of 2020)

My time at the University of Louisville had been very fun and immersive. I am able to get experience with many athletic trainers that are here, so I am able to get a good sense of how everyone works. My preceptor, SLU alum Stuart Plamp MAT, ATC, does a great job of keeping me engaged every day and keeping me on my toes. He asks me my opinions on what I think we should do with a particular athlete, how I think we should progress a rehab and much more. I am able to use my knowledge and skills that I already have as well as learn new things every day. I feel that I am included in every step of an athletes’ care and that is really helping build my confidence as I move closer to becoming a professional in this field.
It was also refreshing to see the athletic training staff and the sport performance staff work well and close with each other. They both have the best interest of the athlete at heart and easily are able to modify things of a specific athlete on an as needed basis. I also like to see that the athletic trainers have a good working relationship with their respective coaches because I have not always witnessed that in my personal experience. It makes me feel at ease to know that those good relationships are attainable at this level of competition. I am very thankful for all the different opportunities that I have been given here and the things that I have been able to learn along the way.

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, 2019

SLU AT Student Connects Interest in Music and Healthcare with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Diamond Bar, CA
By: Emma Yonkers (MAT Class of 2020)

This summer, I have had the privilege to be part of the health care team for the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. I’ve been interested in athletic training in the performing arts since getting injured during marching band in high school. I got better with the help of the ATs there, which is one of the reasons I wanted to become an athletic trainer. My preceptor, Cami McCallum RN, ATC, is an amazing example of someone who knows the activity and understands what these athletes go through. She knows what they need to say healthy; everything from what they eat to how/when they stretch, she is such a wonderful teacher and I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from her.
Drum Corps is, in essence, theatrical, competitive marching band. Each corps travels the US throughout the summer, competing in various competitions, ending in Indianapolis, where the national championships are held. A typical day at drum corps spring training consists of breakfast at 8 am. Then the members have a light workout, followed by a 3 hour rehearsal working on marching technique. Lunch is at 1 pm; music rehearsal starts at 2:30 and goes until dinner at 5pm. 6:30 is full ensemble rehearsal with all 200 members of the corps. They end the day with a snack and stretching protocol at 10 pm, before shower and lights out. The activity in itself is extremely physically and mentally challenging, not to mention also having to play a musical instrument at the same time.

Throughout my time here so far, I have seen injuries ranging from concussions to ankle sprains to fractured fingers and, unlike other sports, these athletes need to be in their show so as not to create a visual hole. Therefore, rehab is more about modifying movements to avoid recreating pain than it is about resting entirely. This is on a case by case basis but focusing on sport specific movement is very important. Soon, we will be traveling the country, caring for these athletes while they put everything they’ve got into the activity they love so much. I cannot wait for what the rest of the summer brings.

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 04, 2019

SLU AT Student Enjoys Person-Centered Outpatient Rehabilitation Experience at Athletico

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Athletico
By: Marissa Burch (MAT Class of 2020)

During the school year, clinical experience is confined mostly to a school setting where we are seeing the same kids every day and experience all aspects of injury (prevention, emergency management, evaluations, rehabilitation, etc.). We see a lot and are constantly on the run. I love this environment, however, I wanted something a little different for my summer field experience. I was very excited to be with someone who not only works as an Athletic Trainer, but also as a Physical Therapist. SLU alumnus Bryan Lind, MPT, ATC works with the Saint Louis Ballet during their season. This is what drew me to want to learn from him this summer. Providing therapy for individuals who are used to such high intensity and high strain on their bodies is not an easy task. Finding ways to provide them comfort and relief when they are extremely flexible and strong, so those are not the issue becomes quite the task.

Bryan is incredibly intelligent, and I have already learned so much in such a short time with him thus far. He has expressed many times how his experience and years in the field have contributed so much to his knowledge and approach to treatment. The field is constantly changing and growing and to see that in action has been very interesting and rewarding. It has been a nice change of pace, where I am seeing a lot of new techniques and approaches to treating the underlying causes to injury and not just the injury itself. While I do not have as much training or certifications as Bryan does and many not be able to perform all of the same techniques that he can, I will still be able to use so much of this knowledge in my upcoming career.

I have helped a much more diverse group of individuals, varying from high school athletes to older individuals who have fallen and need help strengthening to prevent this from occurring again. With this diverse group of individuals comes a large variety of injuries as well, although Bryan specializes in mostly lower body injuries, he does everything. I have learned so much more about manipulations and mobilizations than I thought possible and have seen a lot of new ways to perform soft tissue work. While I am not able to perform as much hands on activities in the clinic as I am at the school setting, I am learning so many new techniques, I have enjoyed being able to help patients through their rehabilitation and watch as Bryan performs a ton of manual therapy, which I will be able to use in my own 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.

July 03, 2019

SLU AT Students Get Hands-on Experience in Professional Baseball with the Gateway Grizzlies

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Club
By:  Hannah Daily (MAT Class of 2020) and Justin Durham (MAT Class of 2020) 

This summer we have had the opportunity to experience professional baseball with the Gateway Grizzlies and preceptor, Geof Manzo, MS, ATC. The Grizzlies are an independent baseball team in the Frontier League located in Sauget, IL. 

Since day one, everyone within the Grizzlies organization has created a fun and immersive atmosphere on and off the field. Getting to know Geof and the players has been a good insight to the world of athletic training in the professional setting, which is much different from a traditional setting in a high school or university. Every day brings something new and exciting for us as we get to help the athletes feel better and get back out on the field. From new stretching techniques to dynamic warm ups on the field before games, we have already learned a lot from Geof within the first few weeks of our rotation.
Our typical day starts around 12:30pm and usually ends around 11:00pm. We have about two hours of treatments and rehabs before we head out to warm-up the pitchers. After the pitchers are done, hitters take batting practice and soon after we head back to the club house where we can do any final stretching or anything else the players may need. The rest of the day we are busy with the game and clean up. We get a lot of experience using soft tissue mobilization and cupping techniques along with rehab programs for upper and lower body. We have also had the opportunity to experience a new technique for getting the hips in proper alignment if the athlete feels like their motion is restricted. 

We have already learned so much from Geof and are looking forward to the continued hands-on experience with the athletes. Even though it has only been a couple of weeks, it has been a great experience so far and we are excited for the rest of the summer with Geof and the Grizzlies.

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 02, 2019

SLU AT Student Learns the Importance of Communication While in Multiple Settings at Athletico and Fenwick High School

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Athletico and Fenwick High School
By: Conner Mongoven (MAT Class of 2020)

My summer field experience is at Athletico and Fenwick High School with preceptor Tony McCormick ATC. Throughout this experience, I get to be in both a high school athletics setting and a physical therapy clinic. Between these two settings, I get to witness a wide variety of populations with a wide variety of goals. With many athletes, their goals are typically to perform as best they can in their sport, to avoid injury, and to minimize or eliminate the time they sit out due to injury. In the clinic, the patient’s goals very much more. Some are athletically minded as well, but many patients are there just wanting to be able to perform activities of daily living without pain or extra assistance, or to be able to go to work and be effective there without complications.

Being in both these settings adds a new challenge to face having only worked with athletes during clinical rotations thus far in the program. That challenge involves communication. In an athletic setting, many athletes tend to be easily coachable and teachable with regards to the rehab and exercises you put them through. With different populations in the clinic, this isn’t always the case. Many of the patients there aren’t necessarily as exposed to the exercises and environment that athletes are in all the time. This means that there needs to be a lot more attention to detail in the clinic with your explanations, demonstrations, cues, and feedback of rehabilitation exercises. In the position of being in both settings, it is necessary to determine and excel at the techniques that work best in each place and be able to communicate the reasonings and benefits of each exercise to the athlete or patient.
Another aspect of communication is the patient interaction apart from their rehab and exercises. This requires strong interpersonal skills and abilities. In the clinic, it’s necessary to form a relationship with each patient. Forming this relationship builds better trust from the patient and will provide an overall greater outcome of their rehabilitation and experience. With the high school athletes, it is also key to build relationships with them to build trust and create a positive environment for the team as a whole which allows the best care to be provided throughout the whole season. Perhaps the most important consideration in forming these bonds is to keep a high level of professionalism. Being able to understand patient goals and execute the best communication practices leads to successful outcomes across the high school and clinical settings.

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 01, 2019

SLU AT Student Appreciates Professional Sports Clinical Experience with St. Louis FC

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - St. Louis Football Club
By: Claire Ditman (MAT Class of 2020)

This summer I had the incredible opportunity to work with St. Louis Football Club, a professional soccer team in the United Soccer League located in Fenton, MO. My dream setting would be in the professional realm somewhere, even if it is not soccer, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to spend the summer gaining experience in the care and treatment of professional athletes. Although it is similar to collegiate athletes in some ways, it is also drastically different. This is their career and how they make a living, so the way in which injuries are approached and treated is much different.
I have the pleasure of work with and learning from STLFC Head Athletic Trainer Jake Tanner, MS, ATC, LAT from Mercy Sports Medicine. We spend the majority of the time at training session and games preparing the athletes beforehand through many different soft tissue techniques such as massage, trigger point release, positional release therapy, and active release techniques. This has been different than previous experience I have had where manual techniques were not utilized. However, it has allowed me to gain both experience and an understanding of the importance of these techniques and how they can greatly benefit athletes. 

Another domain that is largely reflected at STLFC is rehabilitation, specifically using corrective exercises to improve how the athletes moves in hope of preventing further injury. Almost every athlete on the team has 5-15 exercises, depending on their health status, they complete every day before training. They also do “pre-hab” as a team which consists of 3-5 corrective movements that are put together by the Athletic Training staff and the Strength and Conditioning Coach in order to improve the athlete’s performance.  Being part of the construction of the exercise programs, as well as, teaching the athletes the proper way to perform them, has greatly increased my knowledge and comfort with rehabilitation.

Along with the clinical skills I am gaining, I am also gaining many professional skills that are necessary when working with any athletes, but specifically those at the professional level. From your appearance to your actions, they are a direct reflection of you and it is important to maintain a high level of professionalism when working at this level.

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.

June 28, 2019

SLU AT Program Faculty and Alumni have a Great Week in Las Vegas

The National Athletic Trainers' Association hosted its 70th Annual Clinical Symposia and AT Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from June 23-17, 2019.

It was a great week of fellowship and professional development and Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program faculty and alumni were highly engaged in the conference.

A highlight of the week was when SLU AT faculty member Dr. Kitty Newsham was presented the 2019 Dan Libera Service Award from the Board of Certification recognizing her long-time dedication to the BOC and the profession of Athletic Training.

In partnership with the Alumni Office and Billiken Athletics, SLU held its annual AT Program Alumni Reception at Hussong's Cantina - Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.  Over 50 attended this gathering of SLU AT faculty, alumni and friends.

SLU participated in the NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Town Hall on Wednesday, June 26th where doctoral student Kemba Noel-London and Dr. Anthony Breitbach presented on SLU's Ethnic Diversity Enhancement Grant project "Development Program in Athletic Training at Ethnically Diverse High Schools".  Alumnus Jose Mendez MAT, ATC also stopped by the event, Jose served as the initial leader for this project while a student at SLU.

SLU was also well represented in the educational sessions:

Oral Presentations/Workshops

Exercise-Related Respiratory Conditions: Sorting Through the Differential Diagnoses
Kitty Newsham PhD, ATC

Facilitating Intrinsic Foot Muscle Training
Kitty Newsham PhD, ATC

Intrinsic Foot Muscle Training and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Lead to Increased Arch Height Index and Improved Y-balance Composite Scores
Dave Gutekunst MS, PhD and Kitty Newsham PhD, ATC

Charting Athletic Training's Future- Perspectives from the Academy (ASAHP Affiliate Session)
Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC (moderator), Lou Fincher EdD, ATC; Chris Ingersoll PhD, ATC and Chris O'Brien PhD, ATC

Poster Presentations

NASA Task Load Index – Measuring Patient Experience With Novel Exercise
Kitty Newsham PhD, ATC and Dave Gutekunst MS, PhD

Filling the Gaps in Adolescent Care and School Health Policy: Tackling Health Disparities through Sports Medicine Integration
Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC, FASAHP and Kemba Noel-London MAT, ATC, CES

May 27, 2019

SLU AT Students in the MAT Class of 2021 Write About Their Transition to Professional Phase of the Program

The Professional Phase of the Saint Louis University Athletic Training has two points of entry: (1) as a graduate student after receiving a bachelor's degree; and (2) as a progressing student in SLU's freshman-entry 3+2 Master of Athletic Training program.

SLU Pre-professional AT students take MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II in spring of their junior year where they prepare to enter the professional phase of the program.  This course includes directed observation in athletic training clinical settings and professional engagement. Each of these student writes a blog post about these experiences as they look forward to progressing into the professional phase of the program:

Maria Balistreri
I completed the majority of my observation hours with SLU Athletics. I got the opportunity to observe and help with a variety of Athletic Training events, including SLU Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, SLU Volleyball, SLU Track and Field meet preparation, and returning athlete physicals.  I was fortunate enough to get the chance to experience Athletic Training in a few of its different capacities, not just game coverage, but also practice, pre-game, behind-the-scenes event prep, and annual mandatory physicals. It was a really great look into the reality of Athletic Training, as I got to observe multiple of SLU’s Athletic Trainers and be involved with an assortment of events.  In my very first direct observation event, I was observing Men’s Basketball game coverage. During the game, an opposing player suffered and injury on the court and was immediately tended to and transported off the court to the AT room for treatment. The speed and efficiency of action to care was both impressive and exciting. Being only steps away from the incident, it was really cool to see the fast-paced reaction to the scene. 

Jose Blanco
This semester I had the opportunity to observe SLU’s women softball and volleyball athletic trainer, Elena Melillo. After observing the softball team’s practices and games for several hours, I feel more confident to face my first semester in the professional phase as well as my first clinical experience. Looking carefully at the interaction of the athletic trainer with the team members taught me that building a strong relationship between the athletic trainer and his or her athletes is key, especially if it is based on trusting each other. This experience also gave me an insight of what an appropriate relationship between the athletic trainer and the athletic training student should be. As a student, I understand that my clinical knowledge is going to build with time and experience, but a way to make the learning process faster is definitely going to be by asking questions and observing the techniques and interactions of the athletic trainer at my clinical site. 

Maddie Bozych
My favorite experience of direct observation was working the Lou Fusz soccer tournament under the Athletic Trainers from the Young Athletes Center. I got to see a lot of action and injury, compared to the other high school and colleges I went to. I also got to talk to three great Athletic Trainers, from different settings, all in one day. I got to ask a lot of questions and hear about how four different people used their AT degree. Because of the high volume of activity at a soccer tournament, I got to see more injuries. I also got to go onto the field for each one with the Athletic Trainer. It was a great experience to get to see the first reaction and steps of when AT asses the injury. The AT’s were great about letting me get right up to the action. The best part of the experience was getting to hear from different ATs. They all came from different paths of education and went a different route with their degree. One went on to become an Occupational Therapist, one works for an orthopedic surgeon, and one has a main role at the Young Athletes Center.  They encouraged questions and we had very real conversation about the profession and health care as a whole. Getting to ask questions and talk about the different paths of AT was such a valuable experience that I will cherish down the road into my profession phase. 

Nick Fanselow
This past year I have had many wonderful experiences that have prepared me to enter the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program at Saint Louis University. These experiences have included professional development where I have been able to immerse myself in the network of athletic trainers and direct observation of practicing athletic trainers at various clinical sights. Although my path as a pre-med student is different than most athletic training students, these experiences have been so beneficial and have set me up to succeed not only in my last year as an undergrad at SLU but also during medical school and far beyond. The professional development activities that I have been able to take part in this year include things like the Athletic Training Speaker Series, the SLATS Bowl-a-thon, and the Athletic Training Capstone presentations. These events all allow students networking opportunities and a unique experience to learn from peers. The amount of knowledge gained from watching the capstone presentations was outstanding. The students put in hard work on their research topics which covered a wide array of topics that any health professional would find beneficial. In the coming year I look forward to continuing my professional development and I am especially excited that I have the opportunity to be the Vice President for Iota Tau Alpha, our Athletic Training Honors Society. I was able to observe many different athletic trainers and graduate athletic training students at a variety of clinical sights. I was able to be with teams like Webster Groves High School Basketball and SLU track and field as well as attend coordinated events such as the Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament. Being able to learn from professionals in a direct clinical setting is a great experience. Each athletic trainer has insight and invaluable information to be shared with students willing to learn. These experiences have helped prepared me to engage with patients in future settings. I am very excited to be moving forward in the SLU Athletic Training program and I look forward to where the future takes me!

Iris Herrera 
Over the course of this spring semester I have learned a lot at Harris-Stowe State University. I was able to observe preceptor Timothy Herlihy ATC and Carmen Roberson (MAT Class of 2020) during my time there. A big bulk of what I saw in Harris Stowe’s AT room was rehabilitation. Athletes came in throughout the day for rehab appointments that also incorporated strengthening. Tim is the only athletic trainer at Harris Stowe, which means that he sees and treats all of the athletes at Harris Stowe. His knowledge about injuries, common injuries within each sport, and rehabilitation exercises is inspiring. I really like that Tim has a lot of trust in Carmen, so she was able to have a lot of hands on experiences with the athletes coming in. I also appreciate that Tim shared a lot of wisdom with me and talked to me about his personal experiences as an AT in different settings. I really enjoyed going in to the AT room and seeing athletes following a rehab protocols because I’m personally really interested in the rehab component of Athletic Training.  While I was not able to work directly with any athletes at Harris Stowe, I have learned a lot this semester from Tim and Carmen. Moving forward I hope to be as knowledgeable as Tim and as eager to learn and have hands-on experiences as Carmen.  

Kaylla Juarez
During my time observing certified Athletics Trainers and the PY1 and PY2’s, I got to get a better understanding of the setting of being an AT. I was able to observe a high school setting and the college setting of Athletic Training.  At the sites I have gone to, I experienced different aspects of each setting.  The site I have pictured was when I observed a soccer/ lacrosse tournament at Creve Coeur Soccer Complex.  At this site it was for younger athletes, rather than high school or college athletes. It was interesting to see how to handle younger kids, compared to older athletes I usually get to observe. While at Creve Coeur, not many athletes came to the AT tent for injuries.  They were mostly bumps or scrapes that needed bandages or ice from us.  It was much less to do, compared to high school or college athletes who seemed to be constantly coming in and out of the AT rooms or tents.  In the college and high school setting, I was able to observe rehab implementation much more.  Before or after games athletes would come into the AT room and tent where they spent a lot of time in rehab or icing to prevent further injury. Whereas in this setting, the AT’s will only briefly meet with their athletes if they get an injury. Most of the time is was very minor. In a high school or college setting, the AT’s work more closely to their athletes and build strong relationships between each other. The setting of college and high schoolers is something I enjoyed observing more, because of the relationship that was built between the AT and athlete. 

Kate Perko
I spent the final weekend of April at the Creve Coeur Soccer Park completing my direct observation hours with a soccer tournament. One of my preceptors for the weekend was Tom McGowan, ATC. He and the other Athletic Trainers are part of the Young Athletes Center of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University at St. Louis Physicians. He answered all questions I had on the profession and warmly welcomed me into the team of health care professionals despite the cold weather. During the first day it rained most of the morning and into the afternoon. Not exactly what I had in mind for my Saturday morning, but the young players were still out on the field practicing and competing. My estimate of the age range for this soccer tournament would be Elementary through Junior High. There was a few injuries, bumps and bruises, that occurred that morning. I quickly caught on, especially with the younger ones, that often the child would be hit with a ball or kicked by an opponent and fall. It would be shocking and scary for the child, so they would take their time standing up and by the time the Athletic Trainers got to them on the field or the bench the child had calmed down and was only shaken up a little bit. I am very happy to not see a child more seriously injured but after the first few times running out on the field for no injury I was a little bored. I remembered though that with people of such a young age that ball to the cheek or collision with an opponent may have been one of the most painful and scary moments they had experienced in their life so far. The child is not over-reacting or “crying wolf” to get a break from the game, instead they are learning about their body. They are learning about what their body can take, what their pain tolerance is, how to handle potential injuries safely. I was pleased to see the referees, coaches, and parents want to have their kids checked out. In older athletes’, injuries might often be hidden or ignored until the problem gets too large to handle on their own. It is important for the adults taking care of the players to tend toward the side of caution as it teaches the young players to trust the healthcare providers that will be caring for them into adulthood. 

Joey Wenzl
This semester was my most enjoyable one so far in the AT program. Finally getting to go out to different sites to see what happened was very much enjoyed, even if I didn’t get to do much. My favorite site this semester was John Burroughs School. It had the most going on there when I was there. I enjoyed watching the sporting games and although unfortunate there were some injuries. I played along with what I saw and how I would go about finding what was wrong and then what I would do about it. Before the games, the AT room was busy with many different students and seeing everything that happened there and how the after-school rush was handled was impressive. The ability to get everyone treated and in and out in a timely matter was impressive and involved a team effort from everyone that was there. Talking to the students was also fun. I wasn’t sure if they would be open and willing to talk to me since I was new and didn’t really do anything, but they were and hearing what they had to say was interesting and helped make my time feel more worthwhile.  

May 20, 2019

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

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

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


May 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

Click on this GIVING LINK to support SLU AT Scholarships.

May 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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