June 21, 2016

SLU AT Student Gets Clinical Experience Internationally in Ireland at Athlone Institute of Technology

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Athlone Institute of Technology - Ireland
By: Brandi Burgett (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

This summer I have had the opportunity, with 2 other SLU students, to go to Athlone Institute of Technology in Athlone, Ireland as my summer field experience. SLU has a Clinical Exchange Agreement with the ARTi Program at AIT.

WE have gotten to do so much.  We were able to do a couple lectures on joint mobilizations, injury tracking, dry needling, message, orthotics and epidemiology. Along with classes we have gotten to learn about the Gaelic games. We have attended a few games and helped the Athletic Therapists. Being able to learn from the Athletic Therapist how they work games and events has been very beneficial. Because of the different resources we have seen that certain techniques such as, message are used more often.  I have really enjoyed working with hurling and Gaelic football. I wish we had them in the states.

I have also had the privilege of assisting in a master’s student in her research. We have been collecting data on FMS for primary school students. We have done testing and recording at 3 schools and over 300 students. It has been a great learning process. It makes me more excited about research then I was before and very respectful of those who do it. It is a lot of hard work and hours. We have been able to assist Siobhan with recording her data on epidemiology of injuries in primary school children in Ireland. We have gotten to use a new program on the computer adding more knowledge to our list.

I have fallen in love with Ireland and all the people who I have met and became friends with. We have not done all work here. We have gotten to travel to other major cities like Galway and Dublin. We have hiked and seen amazing sites like the cliffs of Moer and experienced the Irish culture. It will be a summer I will always remember and friends I have made for life. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have a required 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 20, 2016

SLU AT Student Benefits from Multiple Settings at Mercy Sports Medicine and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Mercy Sports Medicine and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, St. Louis, MO
By: Sarah Haenchen (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

My summer field experience is at Mercy Sports Medicine Clinic with Meghan Mulloy, ATC and Amanda Keenan, ATC. I am getting experience with Saint Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club with Emily Costabile, ATC (SLU MAT class of 2015). I enjoy the two settings as it provides me with different challenges.

Mercy Sports Medicine takes a different approach to therapy. We do not just treat the injured area; we treat the whole body. When one part of the body is injured, other parts may have to take up more work and this can cause movement dysfunction. I have learned how to assess movement through the Selective Functional Movement Assessment and the Functional Movement Assessment screens. Once we find a dysfunction, we will work on breakout sessions that target the dysfunction so that the patient can become more functional. The dysfunctions we find are related to mobility and stability. We first work on mobility, and then focus of stability so that we can prevent the dysfunction from returning. 

While at the clinic, I have also improved my skills in manual therapy especially massage. The clinic does not have any modalities because they believe that the hands can do as good of a job as a modality. Working with my hands lets me assess the areas that need treatment. After the treatment, I am able to feel the difference in the quality of the soft tissue. I love working in the clinic because of the wide range of ages that I work with and the variety of conditions that are seen. Amanda and Meghan have let me choose exercises and expand my knowledge about different conditions and their theories to therapy. 

With Saint Louis Scott Gallagher at Soccer Park, Emily and I provide athletic health care for the U 15, 16, 19, and 23 teams for camps. There are two small athletic training rooms that we share with Saint Louis FC. Sometimes it gets packed in the rooms, but we do our best to make sure that everyone is taken care of and out on the field in time for practice. Emily gives me the opportunity to choose the exercises and come up with the treatment plans for those who need rehab. It is a challenge to determine which exercises are best, but I am glad that Emily is there to also provide her input. I am also able to practice my evaluation skills especially when there is an acute injury. 

My time at both places has been very valuable and I have gained a new perspective in treating patients. Amanda, Meghan and Emily are great athletic trainers to work with, and I am always ready for the challenges they give me. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have a required 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 15, 2016

SLU AT Faculty and Students Team Up to Provide Medical Care for Prominent Nike Basketball Camp

Since 2000, Saint Louis University's Simon Recreation Center has served as the home to one of Nike's most prestigious basketball camps.

The Nike Elite 100 Camp brings 100 of the top basketball players 15 years to participate in 4 days of competition and instruction along with leadership training. Many future NBA players have participated in this camp as a high school athlete.

The SLU AT Program faculty and students have also been providing AT services for this camp since the program admitted its first group of students in 2008.  It has provided a great opportunity for SLU AT students and faculty to work together at a fun event.

June 14, 2016

SLU AT Student Gets a Dynamic Learning Experience caring for the Cadets at West Point

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
By: Amelia Meigs (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

This summer, I have had the opportunity to complete my summer field experience in New York at the United States Military Academy, better known as West Point. This site is incredibly unique—although I am assisting the athletic trainers in the Office of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (NCAA Division I sports), there is also the club sport and intramural sport level. Every cadet is required to participate in one level of sports each season, in addition to their regular physical training. There is a separate athletic training department with 4 athletic trainers for club level sports, intramurals, and injuries sustained during physical education courses. Additionally, there is a physical therapy department which handles injuries outside the Academy. Cadets are a unique population, especially the cadet-athlete, considering their courses and field training consist of physical maneuvers. This requires cadets to be physically ready for tasks at all times, meaning injuries sustained can have larger consequences than for the average collegiate athlete. A cadet injured may have to retake physical education courses depending on the time or severity of injury.

Each day I have learned something new—from West Point specific acronyms, training, and rules to improving performance for injured athletes. With the other athletic training student, Erin Guida, from University of Tennessee- Chattanooga, I have been able to have hands-on experience. We have been on a two week rotation with Men’s Rugby, who we got to see win the CRC Bowl Championship in Philadelphia, as well as spending time with Football rehabilitation. We have also been able to work with the Physical Therapy department to assist and observe Sick Call. Sick call is the way West Point handles acute injuries—cadets report to the Physical Therapy department at 0630 and can wait in line to receive care from one of the physical therapists. It is hard to know what you will get with sick call—one day it could be one cadet, another day it could be 50. It depends on the point the cadets are in training, as well as time of year.

One highlight of my experience so far has been visiting Camp Buckner for Sick Call. Camp Buckner is where the cadets will complete various summer trainings—all rising seniors (or firsties) just recently finished 4 weeks at Buckner, complete with a 12-day field experience. One of the football players we have been working with has been at Camp Buckner, so his ability to perform rehabilitation depends on his duties for the day. Each cadet is different depending on their major and year in school, so I am learning a lot about the many facets of military education and training.

One of the best parts about West Point has been working with many of the 17 athletic trainers that work in the Division I sports department (ODIA). Having many different views and strategies allows me to learn comprehensively—often I will ask a question of several of the athletic trainers to get a wide variety of viewpoints. In addition, the incredible physical fitness of many of the cadet-athletes makes rehabilitation a learning experience—we have had athletes do a bench press or rows with a 30 lb bar with kettlebells attached by Theraband. It is much harder to challenge someone in incredible physical shape, and being with Football and Rugby has allowed me to explore new creative options for rehabilitation at a high level. 

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with so many incredible athletic trainers especially my direct supervisors Alex Lane ATC, Herb Reinhard ATC, and Mike Schiavone ATC,

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have a required 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 13, 2016

SLU AT Student "Doubles Up" on Her Summer Field Experience in Chicago

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Midwest Orthopedics at Rush and Kane County Cougars Baseball Club, Chicago, Illinois
By: Stephanie Ross (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

This summer I had the opportunity to work with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Kathy Weber, MD, Russel Lyons, ATC,  and Latoya Miller, PA, mentored me in this experience.

Dr. Kathy Weber is the director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women’s Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Weber and Russel have now worked together 3 years full time in the clinic, however he was part time with her for 6 years before that, for a total of 9 years. Dr. Weber serves as the head team physician for the  DePaul Blue Demons and as the sports medicine physican consultant for the Hubbard Street Dance Company and the River North Dance Company. She also serves as a team physican for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Force Women’s Football. Dr. Weber is the only female team physican in Major League Baseball and also serves on the MLB Physicians Advisory Board. Before Russel joined with Dr. Weber, he worked with Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers combined with Athletico Physical Therapy in the South Suburbs of Chicago for 7 years. I have found out that with most of the Midwest Orthopedic Physicians at Rush, they have ATC on their full time staff in the clinic.

While at the Midwest Orthopedic Clinic at Rush I have been able to see almost every type of pathology and more that I have read about in class, including both common and rare cases. I have been able to observe joint injections, a compartment test, a platelet rich plasma injection, and many more things.

This Summer I also had the opportunity to work with the Kane County Cougars, which is the single A, minor league baseball team affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where Chris Schepel, ATC, mentored me. This is the first season that Chris has worked with the Kane County Cougars. He was first introduced into minor league baseball with the West Michigan White Caps, then last year he was with the Missoula Osprey, which is another minor league baseball team affiliated with the diamondbacks in Missoula Montana.

Being with the Kane County Cougars this summer I have been able to work with doing some rehabilitation with the athletes. For example, the pitchers are required to do “arm care” after they pitch in a game. This arm care consists of a D2 PNF pattern along with external rotation, and working on forearm and hand muscles. I also have gotten the chance to see the different equipment they use that I have not seen previously. They have a machine that is called HIVAMAT. The HIVAMAT is a deep oscillation therapy that is a new effective approach to treating swelling, relieving pain, and helps an injury recover faster. It provides an electrical current to stimulate the lymphatic system to decrease swelling.

Overall between these two experiences so far this summer it has been a  great clinical experience. I have been able to meet and form a lot of connections. I look forward to finishing the rest of this summer with both clinical sites and running into them again in the future in the sports medicine world.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have a required 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 01, 2016

Congratulations to 2016 SLU AT Program Award Honorees!

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program has announced the 2016 Program Awards. These awards go to graduating Master of Athletic Training students who are nominated by faculty and their preceptors.  The Program Awards committee review the nominations and determine the award honorees.  Members of this committee are: Dr. Mike Markee (chair/faculty), Dr. Tim Howell (faculty), Dr. Paul Nativi (advisory board member), Lizzy Kienstra (alum/preceptor) and Kevin Clear (staff/NATA Journals).

Demeisha Crawford with Dean Wilson and Dr. Breitbach
Academic Excellence Award
Criteria: Highest GPA in AT Program Professional Phase
Honoree: Demeisha Crawford (Phoenix, AZ)

Community Service Award
Criteria: Significant participation in community service through entire academic career. Nominated by students (including self), faculty or staff.
Honoree: Demeisha Crawford (Phoenix, AZ)

Rachel Spika with Dean Wilson and Dr. Breitbach
Professional Service Award
Criteria: Significant participation in service to the profession through entire academic career. Nominated by faculty or staff.
Honoree: Rachel Spika (Apple Valley, MN)

Angelina Vitale and David O'Loughlin with Dean Wilson and Dr. Breitbach
Clinical Excellence Award
Criteria: Excellence in clinical performance. Nominated by faculty, staff or preceptor.
Honorees: David O'Loughlin (Kenosha, WI) and Angelina Vitale (St. Louis, MO)

May 12, 2016

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Congratulations to the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Students who are participating in the 2016 Commencement activities!  As a 3+2 Graduate Professional Program, the SLU Athletic Training Program has graduates at the baccalaureate and the post-baccalaureate levels.  

The graduates will be recognized at Chaifetz Arena in the Doisy College of Health Sciences Pre-commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016 and all degrees will be conferred at the University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Alissa Jean Beeman
Audrey Lambert Block
Cara E. Bowton
Bradley J. Bunten
Erika Mechelle Cook
Demeisha A. Crawford
Haylie Nicole Dehm
John Richard Dunlap
Andrew S. Gomez
Krystin Dee Haas
Dustin Michael Jamboretz
Ryan P. Lilly
Brady J. Moore
David James O’Loughlin
Lauren Ashley Scalise
Rachel Ellen Spika
Christopher Anthony Spink Jr.
Andrea M. Strebler
Angelina M. Vitale
Joshua John Yanzer

SLU MAT Class of 2016

Maxwell Warren Huntley Alander 
Bailey Lynne Draheim 
Ali Nicole Graham 
Sarah Marie Haenchen 
Madeleine Irene Hauck 
Morgan Jay Jasperson 
Nicholas James Kellerhals 
Brianna Christine LaBarbera 
Amelia Rae Meigs 
Collin Edward Peterson 
Olivia Rose Robinson 
Stephanie Amber Ross 
Daniel Richard Smith 
Phillip A. Soncasie 
Stephanie Anne Uhrich

April 26, 2016

Schedule Set for SLU MAT Capstone Day - Friday, April 29, 2016

The Athletic Training Program of Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences is hosting its Annual Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Capstone Day on Friday, April 29, 2016 in the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.

Students in the SLU MAT Class of 2016 will present their Capstone projects. These projects represent a culminating scholarly work from these students experience in the SLU AT Program.

The presentations will be followed by a Recognition Ceremony for the SLU MAT Class of 2016.

The SLU MAT Capstone is open to any members of the greater Saint Louis University community, including friends and families of the SLU AT Program.

For more information about the SLU AT Capstone Day, call 314-977-8561 or email atep@slu.edu.

April 22, 2016

New SLU AT Students Enjoy Interaction with SLU Alum/Preceptor at Westminster Christian Academy

New AT Student Blog Post - Maddie Bresnahan and Tara Honda (MAT Class of 2018)

The clinical site we have most recently visited was Westminster Christian Academy. The preceptor there is Hillary Orf ATC and the PY1 AT student is Ali Graham. Both of us have been to this site multiple times and really enjoy the atmosphere that WCA has. Through observing the care provided by Hillary and Ali, we have learned a lot through observation.

Some of the many things we have learned there include different taping techniques for ankles and wrists. We have also observed the actions athletic trainers take during different sporting events. We have witnessed preventive care before games and practices through heat and icing as well as post practice issues. One thing that stands out to us about WCA is that it is a combination of middle school and high school, so some athletes come from all age ranges with similar injuries.

With Hillary being a Saint Louis University graduate, she has given us lots of advice, tips and studying strategies to us succeed in this athletic training program. In addition, she is hired by WCA through Athletico. She has given us perspective how working as a certified athletic trainer is different for everyone, since she works at the office during the day and WCA at night. This is one of our favorite clinical sites and we are thankful Hilary and Ali let us observe there for much.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 20, 2016

SLU AT Student Makes Poster Presentation at Senior Legacy Symposium

On April 20, 2016, Saint Louis University Athletic Training Student Amelia Meigs presented a poster entitled "The Development of Cultural Competence and Professionalism in Athletic Training Students through Advocacy and Service Learning" at the Senior Legacy Symposium in the Wool Ballroom at the Busch Student Center.

The Senior Legacy Symposium provides seniors with a venue for professional presentation preparation and communication as well as a showcase opportunity for student academic achievements to celebrate accomplishments.

The symposium gives seniors an opportunity to reflect their career at SLU and how they will carry that forward into their careers and further studies.  To learn more about the event go to:

SLU AT Program Director Dr. Anthony Breitbach with Amelia Meigs
Amelia's poster detailed her experiences at SLU and described how they help promote Interprofessional Engagement, Professional Advocacy and Cultural Competence.

April 19, 2016

New SLU AT Student Inspired by Person-Centered Preceptor at Affton HS

New AT Student Blog Post -  Emily Mott (SLU MAT Class of 2018)
It’s one thing to learn about Athletic Training in a classroom, but the real learning starts with observation in the field.  Direct observation of different Athletic Training sites has been critical in my understanding of and grasp on the reality of the Athletic Training career.  One site in particular that I have continuously returned to, with good reason, is with preceptor Becky Stigen ATC at Afton High School.  This site in particular has taught me not only clinical concepts of evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes, but further, about the non-physical interaction with the patient.  

Becky’s care for her patients goes far beyond any physical treatment or care she can provide.  Not only is she clinically skilled, but she is skilled in caring for her athletes even outside of the Athletic Training room.  She has patients that sustain injuries that need treatment beyond her continuing care, but nonetheless she checks up on the student, follows up on their continuing treatment elsewhere and genuinely cares for their well being.  She defines the necessary line between being professional yet supportive of her patients.  

I am confident that my clinical skills will improve over the next two years of my professional phase in the SLU Athletic Training program.  However, after my observation during this final semester of my pre-professional phase, sites like Becky’s have really taught me how to be a skilled, professional, yet supportive Athletic Trainer, who not only cares for the physical injury, but for the patient and the mentality of the injury that comes with it.  It is critical to form bonds with a patient to develop a trusting, caring environment in which they can always return, while also setting professional boundaries.  Becky is a perfect example of this and has set a great example as I continue on in my pursuit in the program.  

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

New SLU AT Student Gains Appreciation for the Work of the High School AT at Parkway West

New AT Student Blog Post - Misri Patel (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

This semester, I had the opportunity to observe Athletic Trainer Matt Berning ATC and a SLU PY2 student Rachel Spika at Parkway West High School. In my time there, I was able to see and understand the day of an athletic trainer in a high school setting. To begin with, it started with meeting the students one-on-one after school, doing a daily checkup or a routine exercise with them. After the checkups, the trainer would go around observing different practices and get an idea of what is going on with each sport that day. Throughout the day he managed to meet with all the athletes, and was involved in helping the coaches and athletes maintain a safe, healthy environment to play in.

This experience allowed me to witness an athletic trainer’s standard day working at a high school. Before this opportunity I had never given much consideration into working at a high school level, nevertheless, after observing at this clinical site I feel like high schools offer a wide variety of sports to work with and a very friendly environment. Shadowing at this high school has been an extremely positive experience, the staff is open and friendly, and the athletic trainer showed much enthusiasm in teaching me various skills practiced on the field.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 18, 2016

New SLU AT Student Enjoys Variety of Experiences at the University Setting

New AT Student Blog Post - Michael Milek (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

I have been to multiple clinical sites this semester for observation hours. The clinical sites have been a combination of both colleges, including SLU and Harris-Stowe, and high schools including, Affton and Parkway South. Each site has been an amazing experience that has added to the flame of wanting to become a professional Athletic Trainer. However, the experiences that have stuck out to me were the ones when I was observing a college/university.

For my experiences at universities, I was able to observe Kara Cummins-Ludwig ATC and student Collin Peterson during one of women’s basketball game. I was able to watch as the players came into the training room to get their pre-game taping or any other type of pre-game work done. Once the athletes were prepared and the courtside was set up, we sat behind the bench while the game was going on. This was the highlight for me. I had never been courtside at a game and it made me feel like an official athletic trainer. It was a very good feeling. As for Harris-Stowe, I was able to observe their women’s softball team. I was able to talk to the preceptor, Tim Herlihy ATC, and just ask pretty much any question related to Athletic training. The other cool part was the fact that there was also a chiropractor on the scene with us. I had never really seen a chiropractor and an athletic trainer working together. I was able to chat with both the preceptor, Tim, and the chiropractor while the games were going on. It was interesting to see both of them working together and bouncing ideas off each other. The photo attached is of Tim, the preceptor at Harris-Stowe, and myself after the double header.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 17, 2016

New SLU AT Student Gets a Wide View of AT Through Numerous Clinical Sites

New AT Student Blog Post - Justin Ullom (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

More often than not, I was able to attend Affton High School in order to observe Mada Hauck, whose preceptor is Becky Stigen ATC. This training room is small, and it gets crowded at times, but it showed me the best way to make use of one’s space, no matter how limited. Observing a high school, I saw multiple sports throughout the semester and therefore learned many injuries that are common with their respective sports. I also learned that it is important to be able to communicate to all types of people, whether they are shy or outgoing, in order to best get your information across to them. The sports I observed most were basketball and volleyball. While there were no major injuries that occurred during my time observing, I was able to see many preventative or rehabilitative methods for those who had chronic injuries, or multi-sport athletes who were just coming off of an injury from a previous sport and ended up carrying it over to their new sport. 

I also observed at a Parkway South High School. While at Parkway South, I observed Sarah and her preceptor Mike Tzianos ATC. Mike was a very active athletic trainer, as he moved around and rotated from sport to sport in order to check on people, although we spent most of our time in the wrestling room watching practice. Mike explained that we were spending most of the time in the wrestling room because of all the sports that were practicing that day, wrestling was the one that was most likely going to have some sort of injury compared to others. We did watch a short scrimmage between the junior varsity women’s basketball team and the varsity women’s basketball team. One of the more interesting things that occurred during this observation was when a male basketball player came into the training room with a peeling callus that was about twice the size of a half dollar bill. Mike simply took some toenail clippers and carefully cut off the dead skin in order to expose the new skin to air. This observation taught me to make sure to keep a watchful eye on the most high-risk sport when it comes to being an athletic trainer at a high school. 

Another time I observed Tim Howell EdD, ATC, CSCS at the Webster Groves Ice Rink for the college club hockey championship. There was one instance where a player slipped and crashed into the boards very hard, and Tim was initially waved over to check on him, but it was then concluded that it was nothing to worry about so he did not have to go check on the player at the bench. There was one player who had a finger cut open, and Tim checked to see if he had gotten stitches as instructed. This taught me to always follow up on previous injuries in order to make sure that the athlete is doing everything they are supposed to do in order to help the injury heal.

I also observed Bailey Draheim and Tammy Pastor ATC for SLU athletics for two different sports. The first time I observed, I watched some track and field competitions. Not much happened at the meet, although we did learn how spine board an athlete out of the pit. While spine boards are seemingly becoming more and more unnecessary, it was still a very interesting learning experience, one that was reinforced a couple weeks later in class, as we learned how to spine board on flat ground. The second time I observed these two was for a tennis tournament. At this observation, Tammy talked about many injuries associated with tennis, as well as other overhand sports. She mentioned that many tennis players will have chronic wrist injuries. This site taught me that it is very important to understand the chronic injuries for any sport that I deal with as an athletic trainer since they will most often be the issues that arise in any athletes I might see. 

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 16, 2016

New SLU AT Student Looks Forward to the Future Thanks to the Staff and Students at Fontbonne University

New AT Student Blog Post - Jenna Ginsberg (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

My experience as student in the final semester of undergraduate studies in the AT program and MAT 3000 class has made me very excited to enter the professional phase of the program. My directed observation hours have had a very large hand in this, as I now have a more clear mental image of what life will be like as a PY student gaining clinical experience. I completed a large majority of my observation hours at Fontbonne University with PY 1 student Stephanie Uhrich, PY 2 student Andrew Gomez, and preceptor (SLU Alum) Ann Schmerbauch ATC, and my time spent there allowed me to obtain a great deal of knowledge and insight in to the day-­‐to-­‐day life of an AT.

The three preceptors at Fontbonne were incredibly helpful in answering my questions about the profession of Athletic Training, their role as an AT at Fontbonne University, and how their current experiences compare to previous places of employment. Likewise, they asked me questions about my own ambitions and expectations for my Athletic Training career, which helped me reflect on where my future might take me.

I observed many different sports, and was therefore able to witness a broad array of injuries, evaluations, and treatments. Ultrasound and electric stimulation were very common modalities used before and after practices and competition for multiple teams at Fontbonne, and were used for a variety of reasons, most centered around pain relief. It was cool to watch Stephanie and Andrew interact with the athletes and preceptors so confidently, and by observing them in their evaluation and treatment of the athletes made me excited to be in their position next year.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 15, 2016

New SLU AT Student Sees the Importance of Communication and Trust at Westminster Christian Academy

New AT Student Blog Post - Matthew Eifert (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

The majority of my Directed Observation hours were spent at Westminster Christian Academy. The clinical site offered a wide spectrum of athletes with varied injuries. WCA’s sprawling facilities are home to athletic skill sets ranging from grades seven to twelve. Hillary Orf, ATC (SLU MAT Class of 2013) zooms around the vast athletic fields encompassing the verdant WCA campus; servicing an array of patients in a similarly green gator. The AT provides tape for injured ankles and ice for bruises and sprains. 

A close bond is revealed with every injury that Hillary scoots off to.  The athlete-athletic trainer relationship is much more than injury prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation. Keeping the best wishes of the athlete within the center of healthcare delivery builds trust in an optimal relationship. The countless interactions I observed between the AT and Westminster athletes exemplified the bond necessary for clinical practice. This trust is vital to the success of any preventative, diagnostic or therapeutic interventions. 
I felt that many of this spring’s observation hours taught me the importance of communication. Athletic Trainers rely partially on the testimony of the athlete to make their diagnosis.  The athlete needs to be cognizant of the importance of providing the most accurate description of an injury. Lack of information can definitely impede the ability for ATs to perform their job. This ties back in with the athlete’s part in trusting the AT to get them back to peak performance efficiently. Without trust, there cannot be effective communication. In the absence of information transfer between patient and practitioner, healing is stagnate. 

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 14, 2016

New SLU AT Student Appreciates Insight of Experienced Students and Preceptors at Washington University

New AT Student Blog Post - Abby Klosterman (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

During my time spent at Washington University, I had the opportunity to observe Jim Anderson BS, ATC along with three of Saint Louis University’s Master’s Program students; Andrea Strebler (pictured), Jack Dunlap and Demeisha Crawford (not pictured).  Jim is not only an incredible mentor, but comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Athletic Training. As the head Athletic Trainer of the St. Louis Rams for 27 years he offers an incredible perspective of the field of Sports Medicine, not to mention great stories. 

Washington University Athletic Trainers are kept busy with the caliber and intensity levels of their athletes, which provided me with a great opportunity to observe and ask questions regarding the various techniques and methods of care they provided. I was able to observe some of the therapeutic modalities, immediate injury care and first aid, and a variety of taping procedures. 

Jim, Andrea, Jack and Demeisha all possess a great skill set and were tremendously accommodating to my observing and inquiry of their practice. It was an enlightening experience being able to work with the Athletic Training team at Washington University and is inspiring to me as I move forward in my journey to become an Athletic Trainer. 

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 13, 2016

New SLU AT Students Observe Professionalism in a Busy Setting at Parkway South High School

New AT Student Blog Post - Caitlin Gibson and Bridget Bushong (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

As athletic training students at Saint Louis University we have had the opportunity to observe many different clinical sites. Every site has a unique approach to treatment and rehabilitation which leads to a new experience each time. We enjoy observing different preceptors because it shows how many possible ways there are to care for a patient. These different perspectives will be useful to us in our future careers because it is a reminder that there may be multiple ways to provide treatment. 

Parkway South High School is a great clinical site. The preceptor, Mike Tzianos ATC, is great at explaining procedures and treatments on patients. For example, a patient has pitting edema which we had never seen before. Mike explained to the patient the treatment that he was going to do and also explained why this was the best treatment based on the equipment available at the site. 

Mike also was a great example of how to use effective time management with all the patients that come in to see him after school. He is well organized and efficient with his time. Even when the athletic training room was busy, he still was able to give each patient the time they needed. Mike is an excellent example of how to treat patients and make it out to practices on time.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

March 30, 2016

SLU AT Student Gets Unique Clinical Opportunities at Harris-Stowe State University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Harris-Stowe State University
By: Amelia Meigs (MAT Class of 2017)

Harris-Stowe State University is a unique clinical site that offers students the opportunity to work with many different healthcare professionals in a collegiate setting. At Harris-Stowe, I have had the opportunity to work with athletes, write concussion and drug safety protocols, assist my preceptor in writing strength and conditioning programs, help revise Institutional Review Board grant requests, and observe games. The athletic trainer at HSSU, Tim Herlihy ATC, is passionate about athletic training. We spend a lot of time in discussion about emerging topics in athletic training, what I learned in the classroom, and new research.

Harris-Stowe provides an excellent opportunity to learn about administration in athletic training. Tim has guided my involvement in writing protocols, assisting research, and working with other healthcare professionals to care for athletes. Additionally, I have been able to tape, rehabilitate injuries, and apply modalities. I am able to work on my prevention skills through deep core and general strengthening protocols Tim institutes for several of the teams.
One special part of Harris-Stowe is its partnership with Logan Chiropractic College. With this partnership, Logan chiropractors and chiropractic students evaluate and treat athletes once a week. They also send chiropractors out to many games to observe and assist with treatment. Working with other healthcare professionals has expanded my knowledge and understanding of the role of the many different healthcare providers in an athletic setting. Harris-Stowe is a wonderful combination of many areas of athletic training that it is difficult to get experience in as a student—namely prevention and administration. Go Hornets!

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 22, 2016

SLU AT Students get an Amazing International Interprofessional Rugby Experience at USA 7's in Las Vegas

Rugby Medicine - 2016 USA 7's - Las Vegas, Nevada
By: Cara Bowton and Angelina Vitale (MAT Class of 2016)

We had an amazing opportunity to connect with USA Rugby over the long weekend coordinated by Michael Keating, ATC.  March 3rd and 4th, we attended the USA Rugby Sports Medicine Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Specialists and medical professionals from around the world came to speak about issues concerning medical care in rugby.  A few of the key topics were concussion protocol using a Head Injury Assessment tool (HIA), hip and knee pathology related to rugby injury, and the World Rugby legislation on laws of tackling when considering age bans.  We were able to meet and talk to those who are leaders in rugby medicine.

Cara Bowton, Kemba Noel-London ATC, Angie Vitale and John Honcharuk ATC
Once the symposium concluded we rushed over to Sam Boyd Stadium to work the USA Rugby 7’s tournament with the general medical staff, where we had the chance to connect with SLU Alum, Kemba Noel-London MAT, ATC.  We assisted the medical staff in a variety of ways, including helping out in the medical room, joining the match day doctors on the pitch, and posting up in the press box for concussion spotting.  Friday through Sunday evening we spent our days at the stadium helping with each injury regardless of the athlete’s team affiliation.  

The medical staff consisted of match day doctors, athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, and an x-ray technician.  Working closely with each profession gave us a better understanding of how multiple health care professionals can work fluidly to provide the best care for athletes, in adjunct with each team’s physiotherapist.  All injured athletes were escorted to the medical room where either a quick decision was made for return to play or a longer evaluation was conducted, often with the help of translators for the non-English speaking athletes.   Concussions, lacerations, infection, and broken bones were all easily managed on site.  An EAP (emergency action plan) was provided to each of us before the tournament to ensure each one of us were competent in all medical situations.

At the end of a very long weekend, Angie and I were lucky to have these experiences with the help of Michael Keating, ATC.  We are extremely thankful to have been a part of the international tournament and learn about current medical topics of rugby.