March 14, 2018

SLU AT Student Builds Clinical Skills Through Interactive Learning at Christian Brothers College HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Wyatt Whitegoat (MAT Class of 2018)

Being at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School for the academic year has been a wonderful opportunity! At CBC, I am currently covering volleyball, track and field, and baseball. My preceptor, Kristen Jeans ATC, LMT, who works at CBC through Mercy Sports Medicine, provides an immersive and interactive learning environment, which has allowed me to gain confidence, knowledge, and skills both academically and clinically.
As a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Kristen has been able to enhance and improve my manual therapy skills. Thus far, I have learned various techniques that have been beneficial during my evaluation and rehabilitation approach for athletic injuries. As a strong believer of manual therapy, I have learned essential skills that I will continually apply in my clinical practice.
Having the opportunity to build my skills under the guidance of a remarkable preceptor, like Kristen, is magnificent! Kristen provides the time, motivation, and passion to teach me new skills, despite the busy hours in the training room. As a student, it is great to have a clinical instructor that is willing to discover and learn new skills. At CBC the ability to learn and grow as a clinician is mutual for Kristen and I, which has been the most rewarding experience for me!

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 12, 2018

SLU AT Student Benefits from Hands-on Approach Facilitated by Preceptor at Lindbergh HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lindbergh High School
By: Ryan Frantz (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Last semester, I was in a collegiate setting with a plethora of modalities available. Now, I am in a high school setting with minimal modalities so adjustments were necessary for me to transition in to the new setting. The lack of modalities requires a more hands-on approach which, in my opinion, requires more one-on-one interactions with the athletes, and because of that, getting to know the athletes has been much easier. It has also allowed me an opportunity to work on my skills with evaluation, taping, and rehabilitation. Sometimes, however, these can get quite overwhelming being that there is one athletic trainer and hundreds of athletes who may need our care.
My preceptor, Danielle Zee-Cheng, ATC, has challenged me to understand the dynamics of athletic training. She allows me to evaluate every athlete that comes in, and afterwards, asks a multitude of questions pertaining to what I did/didn’t do and why I did/didn’t do it. She told me she wants me to understand my thoughts and solutions, which I believe is going to benefit me greatly long-term because she requires me to verbally interpret my thoughts and articulate them in a way that makes sense to us and the athlete. All of this is going to be great practice for my evaluation and my communication skills with, not just the athletes, but with health care providers, as well. She has also allowed me to practice my documentation skills of each evaluation I do, which is another skill I lack that she is helping me improve on.

Having hundreds of athletes, one athletic trainer, and a small space/limited tools to work with, things can get overwhelming, but the interactions I have had thus far with Danielle, the athletes, and members of the Lindbergh school district have made it an enjoyable experience. Lindbergh has a rich, winning tradition that I’m glad to be a part of, and I’m hoping the spring sports season is something to look forward to.

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 Appreciate the Support of Preceptor and Student-Athletes at Bishop DuBourg HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Bishop DuBourg
By:  CJ Butler (SLU MAT Class of 2018) and Justin Ullom (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Compared to the fall season, Bishop DuBourg High School does not have as many winter sports, so there are not as many events during the winter season. However, this allowed us to form an close relationship with our preceptor Nathan Jarman ATC, from SSM-SLU Hospital, the athletes participating in sports.
These relationships we formed seemed to help make any evaluations and rehabilitation programs we did go much smoother, as we were able to build trusting relationships with the individuals on the teams. There were no significant injuries during the season, luckily, so most tasks that were completed were simply helping with chronic pain issues and muscular fatigue injuries often associated with the end of the season in any sport.

We also were able to work with the girls soccer team in their off-season development in order to prepare them for the eminent season. We spent weeks working on their cardiovascular endurance and their form for various lifts before we eventually progressed into working sprints and letting them lift with weight. Prior to tryouts for the season starting, we were able to get in about two good weeks of strength training to those players that were showing up.

As tryouts for spring sports have started, we are now beginning to work with the boys basketball team with a strength training program. It will be interesting to see if they can make the same amount of progress that the girls team did. We look forward to working with a more variety of sports this spring, as well as helping out with strength training programs for any off-season teams.

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

March 11, 2018

SLU AT Students Get a Diverse and Dynamic Learning Environment with Billiken Athletics

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Saint Louis University
By: Erin Fabbri, Rory Cusack, Grant Hollander, Matt Murphy, Adam Long, and Dimitri Kilian (SLU MAT Class of 2019), Donielle Francis, Ryan Dale and Pat O’Neill (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

The Saint Louis University Department of Athletics provides a wonderful clinical experience for all of us!

Currently three 2nd year (PY2) students and six 1st year (PY1) students with the Billikens and we have been given the opportunity to get experience with multiple Division 1 sports teams during their winter and spring seasons. Our preceptors are: Jonathan Burch, ATC, Ben Heimos, ATC, Lizzy Kienstra, ATC, Petra Knight ATC and Tammy Pastor ATC.  They have allowed each of us to have very unique clinical experiences and has exposed us to a diverse group of athletes and other health professionals.
As PY2s, we have enjoyed two wonderful semesters a SLU, which has been great for our development as future athletic trainers. We have learned so much from our respective preceptors and they have done a great job of preparing us for the real world. Our preceptors have helped us and allowed us to develop our skill set and gain more confidence by increasing our responsibilities and allowing us to learn through hands-on experience. We have also enjoyed getting a chance to interact and help mentor the PY1s. We know and understand exactly what they are going through, so we welcome the opportunity to help them grow.

As PY1s, we cover basketball, baseball, swimming and diving, and track and field. We have learned more about rehab, modalities and how to work with other athletic trainers. At this clinical site we have been exposed to more resources such as laser therapy, SwimEx, AlterG and Normatec, which can improve and expand our skill set. We have the opportunity to develop better relationships with the athletes by being able to see them daily. We have had a great experience thus far by both the preceptors and PY2s helping us build a better understanding of athletic training.

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

March 09, 2018

SLU Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Hosting Continuing Education Program on April 21, 2018

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

Saturday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
April 21, 2018

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

Impairment-Based Rehabilitation for Lateral Ankle Instability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical Therapy:   Saint Louis University School of Medicine Continuing Education Program is a continuing education sponsor for the State of Illinois to provide Physical Therapy and Occupation Therapy CE courses. State of Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor   License # 216-000085 Expiration Date: 09/30/2018 CE Contact hours: 4.0

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

Early Bird (payment by 4/10/2018): $60.00
Regular Registration (after 4/11/2018): $75.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

SLU AT Student Finds a Valuable Mentor in Preceptor at De Smet Jesuit HS/Mercy Sports Medicine

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - DeSmet Jesuit High School
By: Alex Hubbs (MAT Class of 2018)

Gaining clinical experience with Dan Herrin, ATC, MAT, LAT, at De Smet Jesuit High School under Mercy Sports Medicine has been pivotal in my final stages of transition to practice. A slower winter season has allowed me to focus on in-depth rehabilitation for multiple athletes, and continuing to improve evaluation skills. Multiple MSHSAA and club sports have provided a wide variety of athletes, as well as an array of orthopedic injury.

An alum of the SLU AT Program, Dan has been a valuable mentor in my final semester as a MAT student. His professionalism and compassion towards all athletes and the staff are admirable traits I hope to carry into my own practice soon. Dan’s guidance has been advantageous in my transition to practice, and he has helped improve the skills necessary to become an exceptional healthcare provider. De Smet’s community approach to academics and athletics has been a welcoming experience, and a tremendous environment to learn and grow in.
Experiencing healthcare under Mercy Sports Medicine has allowed me to observe a tremendous team-based approach to sports medicine, and has demonstrated a great model for providing excellent care towards all athletes we treat. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow clinically at De Smet Jesuit, and with Mercy.

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

March 07, 2018

SLU AT Students Thrive in the Close Knit Environment at John Burroughs School

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs School
By: Danielle Jabczynski (SLU MAT Class of 2019) and Caitlin Gibson (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

Our time at John Burroughs School (JBS) has been great this semester! The coaching staff communicates and trusts our judgement with returning athletes to play. This allows us to not feel pressured to have the athlete return too early. Our preceptor, Dean Tiffany ATC (also the Assistant Athletic Director) shows us how to effectively communicate with the coaching staff to make sure everyone is on the same page. By having the support from coaches, this allows for a comprehensive rehabilitation program including, but not limited to: core stabilization, flexibility, strengthening, neuromuscular training and sports specific exercises. With all these aspects in mind, we are able to have athletes return to play feeling confident and stronger than before.
This is a great environment for us to continue to expand our skills and knowledge in. With spring sports picking up, there is never a quiet moment in the athletic training room. It is great to be at a school with the close knit environment that JBS has. By continuing to work with the same athletes on a regular basis, we are building strong relationships that allow them to put their trust in us as well.

We are excited to take on the spring season with Dean to watch these motivated athletes progress, whether it be through their sport or rehabilitation.

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

March 06, 2018

SLU AT Students are Excited to Learn in a Busy College Setting at Webster University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster University
By: Maggie Rowell and Cat Chua (MAT Class of 2019)

We are both students in the 1st Professional Year of Saint Louis University's Master of Athletic Training Program. Our Spring 2018 clinical rotation is with Webster University Athletics. We previously were placed at high schools and are transitioning into the college AT room atmosphere. Webster University is a NCAA Division III school located in Webster Groves, Missouri. It is a liberal arts school with approximately 2,500 undergrad students who take pride in their athletic population. Within the past year, Webster has sent their women’s soccer, women’s basketball and men’s baseball to compete in the NCAA Division III Championship Series. We are working with preceptors Jennifer Popken (MS, ATC) and Martin Fields (LAT, ATC).
We were limited in the modalities available in our previous high school settings. At Webster University, we have gotten the chance to utilize GameReady, Electrical Stimulation, Hydrocollator, Ultrasound, and a HivaMat. It has been a great hands-­‐on experience working with different modalities and knowing when to apply each one in the rehabilitation process. Additionally, we have gotten the opportunity to evaluate athlete’s injuries by performing a full evaluation including general history taking, manual-­‐muscle testing, palpation, joint play and special testing. After assessing the athletes, we interact with our preceptors for additional tips, changes to the process, and any additional feedback. It is a great learning environment that encourages us to think on the spot and fully apply what we've learned in the classroom in the clinical setting.

In the upcoming months we will be taking care of spring season athletes such as baseball, softball, tennis, and outdoor track and field teams. An interesting aspect about these upcoming teams is they all practice off site, which makes scheduling very important for rehabilitation and treatment. We are both very excited as the women’s basketball just won the SLIAC conference championship and are headed to the NCAA tournament this week! With only two AT's and over 300 athletes, it has been a very busy AT room.

We are excited to continue our clinical education process and grow as Athletic Training students with the Webster Gorlocks.

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 05, 2018

SLU AT Student Appreciates the Importance of Communication at Chaminade College Prep

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Chaminade College Prep
By: Jesse Schmitt (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

At Chaminade College Prep, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from head athletic trainer Scott Kugler, ATC. Scott is a great mentor, who gives me a lot of freedom when it comes to evaluating and rehabilitating student athletes. During my time at Chaminade I have learned that patience and communication are vital. When I first started all I wanted to do was evaluate and diagnose athletes, because becoming a better evaluator was one of my goals for the semester. I quickly learned from observing Scott, and doing a few evaluations of my own, that it’s not about only one thing. In order to become a better evaluator I needed to slow down and make sure that I had gained all the information necessary to move on to the next step of the evaluation process. It was an important building block for me because learning this new skill allowed for me to not only provide an accurate diagnosis, but it also allowed for me to rule out other differential diagnoses. I’m still learning new tricks of the trade, but I feel that personally I get better with every evaluation because I’ve learned to challenge myself.

I have also learned how important it is to be a good communicator. By observing Scott, I have been able to pick up on some key conversations he has with his athletes, coaches, administrators, and other athletic trainers. I’ve learned that it is important to be able to explain what it is we are doing, seeing, or feeling to athletes that have questions because it allows for them to buy-in to what we are doing. I’ve also learned that keeping a dialog with the coaches about players’ health, how a rehab is going, or certain preventative measures athletes should be taking both in season and out of season. I have also picked up on conversations Scott has had with administration or other athletic trainers about different ways to update the Chaminade athletic training room, and why these upgrades might be necessary.

Overall, my time at Chaminade has been quite a learning experience. I try to challenge myself each day by asking Scott different questions and trying to pick his brain about what it takes to be a certified athletic trainer. Chaminade is a great environment for students like myself to gain knowledge and expand upon their skills.

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.

February 21, 2018

7th Annual SLU AT Speaker Series Provides an Inspiring Message About "Living a Major League Life"

The 7th Annual Saint Louis University Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony took place on Monday, February 19, 2018 in the Huh Auditorium of the SLU Center for Global Citizenship.

This year's keynote speaker was Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT with a presentation titled "Live a Major League Life, On and Off the Field" where she talked about her unique career path which included a six year stint as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers where she was the first woman in that position for any of the 4 major professional sports.

Following the keynote, Ms. Falsone joined a panel of SLU faculty members Dr. Lisa Dorsey and Dr. Tassos Kaburakis along with Kristin Folkl-Kaburakis.

Prior to the presentation, the SLU Alpha Iota Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honor Society inducted new members Alexander Hubbs, Nicholas Fanselow and Katherine Perko.

The SLU AT Program Director Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC and Fr. Robert Murphy SJ also took a few moments to remember Brandi Burgett, a 2017 SLU Master of Athletic Training graduate, who passed away in December 2017.

Earlier in the day, Sue Falsone presented to SLU AT Students on "“Bridging the Gap from Rehab to Performance”.

Overall, the entire day was an inspiring and informative experience for all involved!

To see more photos go to the Doisy College of Health Site on Flickr: 

The event was also on Facebook Live, links to the videos from the event:

February 01, 2018

SLU AT Students Give Roosevelt HS Students a Day with the Billikens

Roosevelt High School Athletic Training Club
By: Cat Chua, Rory Cusack and Paul Lamb (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

On January 23rd, we took the Roosevelt High School (RHS) Athletic Training Club for a field trip to Saint Louis University (SLU). This club, sponsored by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program and funded through an Ethnic Diversity Enhancement Grant from the National Athletic Trainers' Association Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee is designed to nurture interest in athletic training and the health professions for students at RHS.  Kemba Noel-London MAT, ATC CES coordinates the RHS AT Club along with student mentors from the SLU AT Program.

First, we took the students on a tour of the SLU athletic training room. They learned about different modalities and treatments performed in the room. They also got to meet one of the basketball players. After the tour of the training room, the students went onto the basketball court to take some pictures before the game. Then we went to Grand Hall to eat dinner. We showed videos of injuries to the students and had conversations about what an athletic trainer does in those situations. Before going to the basketball game, the students got a tour of the Simon Rec Center. At the game, the high school students got to sit in the student section where they cheered along with the rest of the SLU students and fans, received cheer items from the people leading the student section, and even met the Billiken! The basketball game field trip was a great success and so much fun for all of us.

The students were able to experience the athletic training from from an athlete’s point of view and were able to ask many questions to both the Athletic Trainer and a few athletes. The students were extremely curious as to how an Division 1 athlete juggles basketball, course work, and social life. They asked how they athlete got their scholarship and how hard they worked in high school. The students then were asking us what our thoughts on how they can get to be like those D1 athletes, or the process of walking on to a team. The students from Roosevelt are all athletes themselves, and know what hard work it takes to stay on a team and be successful. As Athletic Training students, it gave us a chance to answer questions that we normally wouldn’t get in an athletic training facility, but from high school students that are genuinely interested in what it takes to be a healthcare professional or an athlete and what life is like in college. 

Moving forward in the semester, we plan on further exposing the students to the different roles and providers on a sports medicine health care team. Over the next few meetings, the students will have the opportunity to learn more about sports performance and how athletes prepare for a game through a discussion on eating like an athlete as well as preparing for a game through a presentation on training like an athlete. An additional field trip to the SLU Anatomy Lab will be an excellent chance for club members to understand topics we’ve discussed during club meetings in a more hands-on setting. Our goal at the beginning of the year was to get the high schoolers engaged in sports medicine, and present them with opportunities to see the many ways in which it can impact their lives and the lives of the people around them. Our field trip to the SLU basketball game helped advance that goal, and with so many exciting topics ahead of us, it’s hard not to be enthusiastic about what we’ll accomplish the rest of the year with the Roosevelt High School Athletic Training club!

January 29, 2018

SLU AT Students Conduct Workshop on Sports Medicine Skills for 2nd Year Medical Students

Athletic Training Sports Medicine Night with SLU 2nd Year Medical Students
By: Bridget Bushong (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Society hosted a sports medicine night with second year medical students who have an interest in sports medicine. This workshop had three stations, run by Professional Year 2 (PY2) and 1 (PY1) students in the AT program, for the students to rotate through during the event. The stations included concussion testing, ankle taping and emergency spine boarding. While the PY2s were the group leaders, there were also several PY1s assisting during the sessions as well as undergraduate students who were models for taping and spine boarding.

This event is a great way to collaborate with other medical professionals and increase patient care by having an interprofessional team assisting with the care. While ATs are specifically trained to diagnosis, treat and manage concussions, apply assistive taping and handle emergency spine boarding situations it is important for other medical professionals to understand and be able to assist if necessary. The 2nd year medical students had great questions during each session that showed they were extremely interested in the sports medicine field. 

Overall this event was a huge success for spreading knowledge about the athletic training profession and building interprofessional teamwork. The group leaders for the concussion session were Killian Hollo, Adam Long and Paul Lamb. Group leaders for the taping session were Madeleine Bresnahan, Erin Fabbri and Rory Cusack. Taping Models were Claire Ditman and Cheyenne Meinershagen. The group leaders for the spine boarding were Bridget Bushong, Jenna Ginsberg and Ben Wildman, models included Mitchell Buerck and Allison Stefan.

A big thank you to all of those who participated in the event!

December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program!

December 16, 2017

SLU AT Program Provides Varied Immersive Experiences for Irish Clinical Exchange Students from Athlone Institute of Technology

International Clinical Exchange- SLU and Athlone Institute of Technology
By: Andrew Moran & Fiachra Lennon (Athletic Therapy Rehabilitation Students - Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Our experience studying at Saint Louis University for 15 weeks has now come to an end, we feel that we have found the experience that we were looking for before we came out to St. Louis. Working with Webster Groves HS and the SLU Billikens Sports Medicine staff at Chaifetz Arena, we have definitely benefited from this international clinical exchange. From our very first day at Saint Louis University we were welcomed by Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC the Athletic Training Program Director who took time to collect us from the hotel we were staying at and brought us to induction day at SLU.
Induction week was very helpful as we got a good feel for SLU and its facilities. We also had the privilege to be brought to a park along with the rest of the international students to witness the Solar Eclipse on the 8/21/17 which was one of the most incredible things we have ever seen.
After we got settled into our new apartment and familiar with SLU, we got out schedule for clinical placement and class. We were placed at Webster Groves HS Monday to Friday working from 2pm till 8-9 depending on what sporting events were on each day. We also had rotation with Jason and Jordan the other two Irish students from AIT, at Chaifetz Arena in the morning where we working with the SLU sports medicine staff in the medical room in Chaifetz. We began our day at Chaifetz at 7am and finished at 10:30 am. At first we found it hard to get up for this but once we got into the swing of things we became more accustomed to it.

In the middle of the day we took 3 different modules Rehabilitation in AT II with Mike Markee, ATC, PT, OCS, COMT, Clinical Practicum III with Tim Howell, EdD, ATC, CSCS and Contemporary Clinical Practice with Kitty Newsham, PhD, ATC. We found these classes really beneficial for us. We also had the chance to take a Mock BOC exam with our PY2 classmates which will help us study for our ARTI exam that we will be taking for accreditation. In these classes, as well as furthering our knowledge in athletic training, we made a lot of friends for life with our classmates. This turned out to be a very symbiotic relationship as we could share the knowledge that we have learned in AIT and in turn they could share what they have learned with us.

Our clinical experience at Webster Groves high school has been extremely beneficial towards our learning experience in St. Louis. Our preceptor Sean Wright ATC has been head AT at Webster Groves for the past 13 years and his continued culture of collaborating to give the best care to athletes. Sean welcomed us into his school and Athletic training room with an open hand. From day 1 he threw us into the fire with evaluations and treatments which I felt was very beneficial because we could get hands on real life AT experience right from the start.

We made many friends working at Webster Groves, especially the SLU AT students who we traveled to Webster with, Paul Lamb, Pat O’Neill and Dimitri Kilian. We benefited greatly from working alongside each one of them which made our life in SLU much easier and also became very close friends whom we will never forget. Sean Wright ATC was so beneficial to work alongside at his high school, his vast knowledge of athletic training and his care for athletes will stand with us as long as we practice athletic training. This busy fall season we experienced a wide range of athletic events. Sports which were new to us such as American Football, Basketball, softball and wrestling along with sports we would be more accustomed to back in Ireland such as soccer, volleyball, athletics and field hockey. To work in a school with such a high caliber of athletes and working Friday night football was everything and more we expected when we heard we were working at a High School.

Working at Chaifetz Arena with the SLU Billikens Sports Medicine staff was a huge opportunity which allowed us to work with high quality athletes at a top of the range sports facility and medical room. We had the opportunity to work with the SLU Men’s Basketball team and Jonathan Burch ATC, SLU Men’s soccer, SLU baseball and Ben Heimos ATC, SLU field hockey and Petra Knight ATC, and SLU volleyball, tennis and softball and Tammy Pastor ATC. We had great experience working with each athletic trainer at the sports medicine room in Chaifetz arena, from covering a SLU baseball game at Busch stadium to taking full volleyball practices with Tammy pastor ATC at 6am in the Chaifetz pavilion. We loved every minute of this experience and gained valuable knowledge along the way. We honestly felt that this experience was more than we asked form the first day Tammy let us do a full evaluation on one of her athletes we felt a huge amount of respect and gratitude towards Tammy to the final day when we said our goodbyes, it will be an experience we will never forget.

Our time in Saint Louis University sadly has come to an end. We have gained so much experience on our 15 week international clinical exchange. From taping Ironman’s wrist at the Marvel Universe Live show at the Chaifetz Arena, working Friday night lights at Webster Groves HS, sharing classes with PY2 SLU students, to the early, early mornings in the sports medicine room at Chaifetz Arena and the late, late Saturday nights with our new and lifelong friends we made along the way this experience will never be forgotten.

December 15, 2017

Irish Exchange Students from Athlone Institute of Technology Build AT Clinical Skills and More at Saint Louis University

International Clinical Exchange - SLU and Athlone Institute of Technology
By: Jason Kenny and Jordan Finnegan (Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy students – Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Having being allowed the opportunity to further our athletic training skills abroad from our college in Ireland, we found ourselves in Saint Louis University thanks to the hard work of SLU faculty Dr. Tim Howell and Dr. Tony Breitbach. Having come here expecting to gain clinical experience we have managed to walk away with much more.

Coming from Ireland we got the opportunity to work with many sports we wouldn’t be familiar with such as volleyball, basketball and American football. This exposed us to many injuries we wouldn’t normally see back home.  Our day usually started early in the morning in the Chaifetz arena. We worked closely with many teams, in particular the volleyball team thanks to Tammy Pastor ATC. We participated in many different master program classes. We further improved our understanding of rehabilitation and treatment techniques, while also becoming great friends with our fellow peers.

We were at Bishop DuBourg High School under the guidance of our preceptor Nate Jarman MAT, ATC who was excellent at furthering our knowledge in clinical reasoning, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. We can’t thank Nate enough for the exposure he let us have while working under him. Having never thought about working at a high school it turned out to be our most enjoyable experience as an Athletic Training student and is a place we could see ourselves working in the future. We worked alongside fellow students Cat Chua and C.J. Butler where we shared our knowledge and experiences over the 4 months. (They were also the cheapest taxis in St. Louis!).

The list of things we accomplished and stories we have to tell could go on and on. From playing Gaelic football and Rugby each week, to taping Ironman’s ankles at the Marvel Universe Live Show! The friendships we have made will last a lifetime and this is an open invite for any of you to come visit us. Hopefully we will be remembered for more than just our social festivities around St. Louis. 

The only disappointing aspect of our time here is that it unfortunately has to come to an end.

Thanks for everything St. Louis!