June 28, 2015

Great Week for Athletic Training in St. Louis!

Saint Louis University and the City of St. Louis welcomed colleagues from around the world during the week of June 20-27, 2015 in an outstanding week of fellowship and professional development!

The SLU Center for Global Citizenship was a great venue for the WFATT Opening Ceremonies
The 2015 World Congress of the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy took place on the campus of Saint Louis University with a theme of "Overuse Injury in Sport, an Interprofessional Approach".  The outstanding program included keynote speakers Dr. Jill Cook from Victoria, Australia and Dr. Scott Reeves from London, England.  The Opening Ceremonies took place in SLU's Center for Global Citizenship and a Gala Dinner was held in the Allied Health Building's Multipurpose Room.  Check out photos from the WFATT events here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/slu_healthsciences/sets/72157654440358478

AT Leadership from around the world came together at the WFATT Gala Dinner.
The 2015 National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Symposia and AT Expo was held at America's Center in downtown St. Louis.  The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program was active in the event.  Faculty members Dr. Kitty Newsham and Dr. Anthony Breitbach made presentation at the event.  

Dr. Newsham presenting on Exercise Related Breathing Disorders
Dr. Breitbach conducting a Peer-to-Peer Discussion on Interprofessional Education
The SLU AT Program was also mentioned in the NATA Press Conference on its upcoming partnership with the NFL, the St. Louis Rams, Athletico and the St. Louis Public Schools. The week was capped off with the SLU AT Alumni Party at Rosalita's Cantina with over 65 alums and friends in attendance.
Great turnout at the SLU AT Alumni Party!
This was a memorable week in St. Louis, the future of the profession of Athletic Training has never been brighter!

June 18, 2015

2015 WFATT World Congress Kicks Off at Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University (SLU) and the SLU Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences (DCHS) Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training  is proud to host the 2015 World Congress of the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) on June 20-22, 2015, on the SLU campus.

The theme of the 2015 World Congress is "Overuse Injury in Sport: An Interprofessional Approach" with delegates representing the United States and 12 other countries from around the world.

The Opening Ceremonies take place in the SLU Center for Global Citizenship.
The 2015 WFATT World Congress will include presentations, poster sessions and workshops hosted by an impressive lineup of speakers; opening ceremonies that will include live music and international cuisine; and a gala dinner for World Congress attendees.

Educational sessions take place on the SLU Medical Center Campus.
Here is the list of the schedule of events and the scientific paper presentations:

While attending the 2015 WFATT World Congress, guests are encouraged to share their experience via social media. Attendees can use the hashtag #WFATT2015 and follow @WFATT, @SLUDCHS, @SLU_AT and @SLU_PT.

It is not too late to register for the 2015 WFATT World Congress with on-site registration available at the Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, June 20.

The Hotel Ignacio serves as the host hotel for the 2015 WFATT World Congress.
The WFATT is a coalition of health care professionals in the fields of sport, exercise, and 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.

For more information about the 2015 WFATT World Congress, visit the 2015 World Congress website or email wfatt2015@slu.edu.

May 29, 2015

CATA National Conference - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Delegates to the Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association Meeting...

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May 14, 2015

SLU MAT Class of 2015 Celebrates Graduation at Doisy College Pre-Commencement Ceremony

The Saint Louis University Master of Athletic Training Class of 2015 graduates were recognized on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in the Doisy College of Health Sciences Pre-Commencement Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena.

The following students graduated with the Master of Athletic Training degree:
Aaron, Michael
Ahlstrom, Christian J.
Costabile, Emily A.
Doherty, Connor P.
Griffith, John "Mike"
Harris, Joshua M.
Kane, Shannon M.
Kelley, Kayla N.
Kim, Juhyung
Koops, Brittany
Lampe, Andria M.
Lycett, Victoria C.
Mendez, José M.
Miller, Chris
Mosello, Anthony M.
Plamp, Stuart W.
Rath, Will B.
Reid, Eldon R.
Stepansky, Hilary

Following the ceremony, the SLU MAT Class of 2015 joined with their families, friends; and SLU AT Program Faculty and Staff to celebrate at John McGurk's Restaurant in Soulard.  At the celebration, the following graduates were honored with program awards:

Academic Excellence (highest GPA in professional coursework):  Hilary Stepansky
Clinical Excellence:  Michael Aaron, Kayla Kelley and Hilary Stepansky
Professional Service:  Kayla Kelley
Community Service: Jose Mendez

May 12, 2015

SLU AT Faculty Members Recognized at Doisy College Awards Ceremony

Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program Faculty members Kitty Newsham PhD, ATC and Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC were honored with awards from the Doisy College of Health Sciences on Thursday, May 7, 2015 in a ceremony held in the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.

Dr. Kitty Newsham with Dr. Mardell Wilson, Dean of Doisy College
Dr. Newsham received the Excellence in Service Award for 2014-15 and Dr. Breitbach received the Excellence in Mentoring and Interaction with Students Award for 2014-15.  It was also announced at the ceremony that Dr. Breitbach was elected to a two year term as Chair of the Doisy College Faculty Assembly starting in the Summer of 2015.

Dr. Anthony Breitbach with Dr. Mardell Wilson, Dean of Doisy College

May 03, 2015

SLU AT Students Present their Scholarly Projects on MAT Capstone Day


On Friday, May 1, 2015, the students of the Saint Louis University Master of Athletic Training Class of 2015 publicly presented their Capstone projects in the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building.  The Capstone is a scholarly project that serves to integrate the student's didactic and clinical learning in the SLU AT Program.

Emily CostabileUnderstanding the Noncompliant Athlete
Will RathTaping Techniques in Injury Prevention
Stuart PlampHip External Rotation in Patients with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Mike GriffithReview of the Criteria for Return to Sport Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
José MendezAthletic Training Diversity Initiative: Roosevelt High School
Kayla KelleyThe Efficacy of Compartment Release Surgery for the Long-term Management of Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome
Chris MillerThe Effects of Disordered Eating in Male Athletes
Andria LampeSoft Tissue Mobilization: A Look at Active Release Technique, Graston Technique and Manual Massage Therapy
Tony MoselloConcussions in Professional Hockey: The Application and Efficacy of Blood Biomarker Tests
Eldon ReidDeveloping and Designing a New Athletic Training Room at Affton High School
Shannon KaneThe Effect of Exercise on Tourette Syndrome
Ju KimYoga and the Musculoskeletal Effects on Functional Assessment of Athletes
Brittany KoopsStrategies to Enhancing Psychological and Emotional Readiness with Return to Play
Christian AhlstromFunctional Movement Screen and Star Excursion Balance Test: A Look at Lower Extremity Injury Prevention
Josh HarrisThe Role of Cognitive Rest in Recovery from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Michael AaronConservative Management of Thoracic Scoliosis
Connor DohertyNutrition and the Collegiate Athlete
Tori LycettA Unique Perspective of a LeFort Fracture.
Hilary StepanskyLet's Talk Fascia, The Posterior Oblique Sling System: A connection between the latissimus dorsi and gluteus maximus
MAT Class of 2015 (from left) Will Rath, Jose Mendez, Mike Griffith, Josh Harris, Michael Aaron, Connor Doherty, Ju Kim, Shannon Kane, Brittany Koops, Stuart Plamp, Kayla Kelley, Emily Costabile, Eldon Reid, Hilary Stepansky, Andria Lampe, Tori Lycett, Tony Mosello, Christian Ahlstrom and Chris Miller.

April 14, 2015

SLU AT Students Have a Great Day with the USA Women's Soccer National Team

Women's Soccer at Busch Stadium - United States vs New Zealand
By: Lauren Scalise and Andrea Strebler (MAT Class of 2016)

Having played club, high school and college soccer, the sport has been a huge part of our lives since we were young kids. We wanted to continue to feel a part of the competitive atmosphere; that is why we chose to pursue our careers in Athletic Training.

We had the rare and special opportunity on the stretcher crew with Athletico/PRORehab AT's Charlie Weir ATC and Brian Hudson ATC at the U.S. Women s Soccer National Team game at Busch Stadium. They played New Zealand’s Women’s National Team, and came out victorious! 

We were placed directly behind the score table and referees. It was truly surreal to be arm’s length from the players we have watched on TV for years. We had the stretcher in hand and were ready to act in a professional manner if called on by the teams medical personnel. 

It was an amazing learning experience and we are very thankful that we were selected by our program at SLU to participate in that type of atmosphere!

April 11, 2015

Welcoming Community and Preceptor at Affton HS Creates a Rich Learning Experience for SLU AT Students

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Affton High School
By:  Eldon Reid (MAT Class of 2015) and Brandi Burgett (MAT Class of 2016)

This semester, we have the honor to work with Becky Stigen ATC, the athletic trainer at Affton High School.  Affton High School is a mid size high school with a widely diverse population. The staff at Affton, are supportive of the athletic training team and understanding of the role of an athletic trainer. This has made helping athletes easier. They have also made us feel like we have become part  of the Affton family. Together we have been able to learn a multitude of knowledge including mobilizations and how to deal with the many personalities encountered in a high school setting.  We have been able to rehab many different types of injuries including AC sprains, hamstring strains, ankle sprains, lower back pain, and hip strains.  The hands-­‐on experience at Affton has prepared both of us for our future practice in the field of athletic training.

This winter we have had the opportunity to work with the wrestling team, and both boys and girls basketball.  The spring teams are just now starting to practice. They are girl’s soccer, men’s volleyball, baseball, and track and field. We have had a nice break between the fast pace fall football season but know that it will pick up again soon when the games start for all the spring teams around April.

We feel truly blessed being at Affton High School. We have been given a wonderful opportunity to learn from Becky. She makes the high school setting fun and a great place to learn. We get to have a very hands on opportunity and learn something everyday. We are growing as athletic training students and are becoming more confident. 

We know that this experience has truly prepared us to be a great AT one day.

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

April 10, 2015

SLU AT Students’ Time to "Shine On" At MBU

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Missouri Baptist University
By:  Josh Harris (MAT Class of 2015), Haylie Dehm, Jack Dunlap, Krystin Haas, Brady Moore and CJ Spink (MAT Class of 2016)

The most prominent phrase at Missouri Baptist University is “Shine On.” At MBU, the natural light of students is nurtured, allowing them to shine and stand out from the world. The following are reflections of our individual experiences, (since we are all assigned to a different sport and preceptor) and how we have been nurtured to Shine On.

I began the spring semester caring for men’s basketball with my preceptor Ashley Broughton ATC.  After an eventful basketball season I now have the opportunity to cover spring football. All of the athletic trainers who work at Missouri Baptist are knowledgeable and always looking to help us learn even if we are not working with their sport.  Being placed at Missouri Baptist has been an eye opening experience because I have learned that there is a big difference between the high school and college settings.  My time at MoBap has been nothing short of amazing. (Jack Dunlap)

For my second semester of clinical rotations, I have been with Mike Nolan ATC. I have been helping him cover men’s wrestling, women’s wrestling, and baseball. One thing that has become evident to me over the last 3 months is the vast variety of roles that an athletic trainer has in his or her workplace. There are many responsibilities that I had never even imagined I might someday be faced with such as scheduling athlete’s appointments with other medical providers and assisting athletes with insurance information in order to make sure they are utilizing care that is covered by their health insurance. I have become interested in the prevention of injury and how I can apply methods to help a variety of athletes. As always, I am very excited to see what the future holds for my profession and myself. (Brady Moore)

I am with the men's and women's lacrosse team with my preceptor, Jamie Herron ATC. I am very much enjoying my clinical rotation here so far. I am not only learning practical skills, but in general they have ways that they set up the training room that seem much more sensible and functional to me. These tips could be useful down the road if/when I need to set something up in a functional manner. My preceptor is very good at quizzing me on injuries and making me think to help me learn and use me knowledge in every day practice. I have also received a much better view of how colleges are run and how they work from the athletic training aspect. This clinical rotation has been a wonderful addition to my learning and experience in the field. (Krystin Haas)

I have been with Meredith Dill ATC and the men’s volleyball team this season. Meredith is the Head Athletic Trainer at MBU. Because of this, I have learned more about the administrative side of the profession. The most interesting thing that has come up so far, has been interactions with other administrators, in which the ATs try to make them understand the legal regulations ATS have to abide by, via Missouri licensure. Mere’s teaching style with me has been of the “trial by fire” variety. I have always had great success learning from this style and I appreciate that she understands that. There have been some occasions in which Meredith has been engaged in administrative duties, but I have been able to work with and learn from the other ATs until Meredith’s return. This experience has been significantly different from my high school experience in the fall and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but I have, and am so thankful for it! (Haylie Dehm)

I am with Emily Lawrence ATC and the softball team. Being at MoBap has allowed me to interact with college level athletes as compared to last semester at the high school. There are many differences in maturity level, skill level, overall athletic ability, and understanding of an athletic trainer's duty with athletes at the college level. College level athletes do tend to challenge you more than the high school athletes simply due to the age similarities, but once you establish that you have the ability to help them with their sport or injury, they are more cooperative and open to working with you. (CJ Spink)

A typical day this spring at MBU has involved: preparing water coolers and ice for practice or a game, performing a variety of different treatments for lacrosse athletes before and after practice, attending practices and games, and learning something new about athletic training from my preceptor. I believe that my athletic training skills have come a long way since the beginning of this clinical rotation at Missouri Baptist University and I owe plenty of thanks to my preceptor, Jamie Herron ATC, and all of the athletic training staff at this institution. The MBU AT staff works hard to make this a quality experience for all of the SLU AT students they come into contact with and that workmanship definitely shows what kind of commitment the MBU AT staff has for the athletic training profession. Now I look forward to stepping into the MBU AT staff’s shoes and obtaining the ATC credential for myself. (Josh Harris)

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.

Fontbonne University preceptors provide enjoyable experience for SLU AT Student

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Fontbonne University
By: Erika Cook (MAT Class of 2016)

Exciting times here at Fontbonne University! Men’s and Women’s basketball have just finished up their seasons, and Baseball, Softball, Men’s Lacrosse, and Men’s Volleyball are just beginning to heat up. At my site I have four AT’s: Andrea Lindquist ATC, Ann Schmerbauch ATC, Brooklyn Dunihoo ATC, and Jaci Clauson ATC. All four of them are awesome and love what they do. It’s easy to love work at Fontbonne because the athletes are amazing people!

Thankfully, there haven’t been any serious injuries since I started my rotation in January. However, there is still a lot to do. I have had tons of practice with modalities and learned quite a few tape jobs that are new to me. The most exciting thing right now is that I’m helping a male tennis player rehab his back. He injured his back when he was in high school, and right now we’re focusing on increasing his back strength.

I can honestly say I love my experience at Fontbonne. My preceptors are extremely helpful, and the athletes are easy to work with!

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

March 30, 2015

One Outstanding Site Produces Two Great Clinical Experiences for SLU AT Students

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster Groves High School
By: Demeisha Crawford and Dave O'Loughlin (MAT Class of 2016)

Webster Groves has been an awesome clinical site.  I could tell the first day I came in for observational hours last year.  Our preceptor, Sean Wright ATC, promotes such a learning environment with a hands-on approach.  We are given a high amount of privilege and responsibility, so we get a really good feel of life as an athletic trainer.  Usually, we get to assess the athletes first, and we have our chance to perform a full examination.  Afterwards, whether we know what the issue is or if we have questions, Sean comes over and either confirms our diagnosis or helps us out.  It is especially nice that our preceptor always goes the extra mile to ensure that we are very thorough. Every time I think I have come to a diagnosis and tell Sean, he always asks if I have cleared additional structures which I might not have thought to assess initially. 
- Dave O’Loughlin

My experience at Webster Groves High School with Sean Wright ATC has been both exciting and challenging.  I have been able to take the lead with evaluations, rehabilitation programs and documentation.  The initiative that I take each day when helping an athlete has increased my confidence as an athletic training student and has allowed me to build trust with the athletes in order to provide care for them.  Sean is always there to answer questions when I get hung up while treating an athlete but reminds me that I must use critical thinking to understand with I am doing and to explain what I will be doing with the athlete.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Sean because it has been a dynamic experience and one full of growth.  I hope to continue to grow and improve as an athletic training student as I learn new techniques and skills each day. 
- Demeisha Crawford

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

SLU AT Student Learns from an Outstanding Preceptor at Francis Howell HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Francis Howell High School
By: Brad Bunten (MAT Class of 2016)

Francis Howell High School has been the site of my spring semester clinical rotation, and my experience here has been nothing short of amazing.  I’ve been able to have countless positive interactions with all the athletes, coaches, and staff.  Since Francis Howell is such a large school with numerous sports and many athletes, there is rarely a dull moment.

Our day here starts at 2 p.m.  The work begins as we prepare the athletic training room for the day just twenty minutes before the athletes start coming in after school.  We generally have a steady stream of athletes each day going through rehabilitation exercises of which I get to be heavily involved with.  We’ll also see athletes that need to be evaluated from an injury that may be either lingering or acquired during the previous practice.  My preceptor has integrated me very well with all the rehabs going on to help me get more exposure.  She also allows me to be the first one to evaluate an injured athlete before she examines them and we compare our findings.  This has allowed me to gain immense knowledge in both the rehabilitation and assessment fields, and to gain more confidence in my skills.

The biggest thing that has made my time here at Francis Howell so great has been my preceptor Ruth Young, ATC.  She has been an extraordinary preceptor that is always willing to teach me new things and answer my questions, and she does so in such a thorough way that I feel like I’m learning what I wanted to and then some.  Not only does she teach me so many new things, but she encourages me to talk to her about what I’m learning in class so that maybe she can learn something new or pick up something she can use with her athletes.  Ruth and I work very well together which not only helps add to an already great learning environment for me, but helps things to run even more smoothly in the athletic training room.  She has been nothing short of incredible, and words cannot justify just how great and helpful she has been, or how thankful I have been to have her as my preceptor.  I have been very grateful for my time at Francis Howell High School this semester, and it has provided me with an excellent clinical experience this semester.

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

March 29, 2015

SLU AT Students Get a Busy NCAA Division I Clinical Site at SIU-Edwardsville

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
By: Kayla Kelley and Chris Miller (MAT Class of 2015); and Cara Bowton and Lauren Scalise (MAT Class of 2016)

Now that winter sports have drawn to a close, we are able to spend much more time outdoors. Spring sports include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, track and field, volleyball, and tennis. We are rotating every two weeks to get a wide variety of experiences. Essentially we will have one rotation with almost every sport, giving us a sample of the main themes for each.

Gerry Schlemer ATC, Cara Bowton, Lauren Scalise
We are fortunate that the athletic training staff, student athletes, coaches, and administration have been so welcoming, providing us with a proper learning environment. We have also had the opportunity to experience Division I athletics, top notch athletic facilities, and a diverse population of athletes and staff members alike. While our time at SIUE is rapidly coming to an end, we know one thing for sure—it will always hold a special place in our hearts.

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.

Program Alum Provides a Special Experience for SLU AT Students at Westminster

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Ju Kim (MAT Class of 2015) and Rachel Spika (MAT Class of 2016)

We are very fortunate to have been placed at Westminster Christian Academy for our spring clinical rotation. Our clinical education experience has been unique in that we have an all-SLU Athletic Training workforce. Ju is a PY2, Rachel is a PY1, and our preceptor, Hilary Orf MAT, ATC graduated from the SLU AT program in 2013. Having a preceptor who shares mutual experiences with her students has been extremely beneficial because she understands our course loads and how our classes are taught, and she is familiar with the program layout and its faculty. She is a great resource for questions not only about academic material but also about how best to prepare for the BOC exam and what to expect with graduating and the job search. If ever there is down time (which is rare) Hilary asks about what we are learning in class and she is extremely willing to explain concepts and help us practice evaluations and techniques on one another. This has provided us with many opportunities to learn from each other and keep our knowledge sharp.

The busy, fast-paced environment at Westminster never fails to keep us on our toes. Once the school bell rings at 3pm, we can expect to work up a sweat trying to keep up with the steady stream of students coming in and out of the athletic training room for taping, stretching, and rehab exercises. And just when it seems like there may be time to take a breather once practices get under way, more athletes come through the door in need of injury evaluations. Since the beginning of the spring sports season, we have been trying to get outside to enjoy the weather and make sure our athletes are staying healthy out on the fields. But we have been so busy caring for injured athletes in the athletic training room that this has proven difficult. Something is always going on, and there is always someone who needs something from one of us. This is not a problem, however, because days like those provide us with increased opportunities to practice and enhance our skills. Hilary fully involves us in the injury evaluation, rehab, and documentation processes. She often has us gather a history and take a look at an injury before she does, so that we can practice those skills as well as form a potential diagnosis to discuss.

Rachel Spika; Hilary Orf MAT, ATC and Ju Kim
With each athlete we see, we can feel our skills improving, and that can largely be credited to Hilary and the learning environment she creates at Westminster Christian Academy. Our questions often lead to lengthy discussions from which we all benefit. We are extremely thankful for our clinical experience at Westminster and we look forward to the upcoming games that will officially kick off our spring sports season.

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

March 28, 2015

Multiple Preceptors with Billiken Athletics Create Varied Experiences for SLU AT students

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Saint Louis University Athletics
By: Dustin Jamboretz, Ryan Lily and Alissa Beeman (MAT Class of 2016)

In the spring of 2015, we were fortunate enough to have our spring clinical placement at Saint Louis University. This setting was unique in regards to how our rotations worked. Typically every two weeks, we would alternate preceptors. This meant that we were exposed to a variety of different sports, teaching styles, and treatment strategies. At the time of this blog post, we have worked closely with four different preceptors and have helped with treatments for athletes from the following teams at Saint Louis University: track and field, volleyball, tennis, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, field hockey, and currently baseball and softball. 

Last semester our clinical rotation was in a high school setting. We thought that there would be a really big transition from the high school level to this university setting. But surprisingly, we found that there is not that much of a difference in regards to how athletic training is practiced. Both settings have the same emphasis on professionalism, patient centered care, preventative measures, and rehabilitation protocol. But there is a difference that is blatantly evident. Obviously the budget at the university setting is much larger than that of a high school. This allows for the sports medicine department to have newer, more expensive modality machines, gadgets like a SwimEx, the use of expensive tape, and an easier ability to obtain imaging and doctors appointments. 

Dustin Jamboretz
By having the opportunity to work with multiple preceptors, we are constantly gaining new experiences. Every athletic trainer has developed their own way of doing things. One of the benefits of this is learning that there is always more than one way to reach the same result. It has allowed us to open our minds to different ideas and think outside of the box. We have widened our skill set this way, and look forward to further increasing our knowledge throughout the remainder of the semester. 

Kelley DeGreeff MAT, ATC, Alissa Beeman, Tori Lycett and Ryan Lilly
In regards to injuries, we have not had to provide any sort of emergency medical services yet. We have on the other hand been doing a lot of treatment for chronic, overuse injuries. Because we have started our first rehabilitation class this semester, it is interesting to apply what we have learned in class to a clinical setting. Thus, as a result of working with the sports medicine team at Saint Louis University, our knowledge and skills related to athletic training continue to increase tremendously. We are especially grateful to our preceptors who take the time out of their day to teach us new lessons. 

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.