August 29, 2016

SLU Athletic Training Program - Professional preparation in a Jesuit context

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program, in conjunction with Fr. Robert Murphy SJ from SLU Campus Ministry, developed a video highlighting the influence of SLU's Jesuit context on the program.

The video features interviews with alum Dustin Jamboretz MAT, ATC (MAT Class of 2016), and current students Madeleine Hauck (MAT Class of 2017) and Mike Milek (MAT Class of 2018).  All three of these students also attended Jesuit High Schools.

August 24, 2016

Clinical Exchange Student from Spain Enjoys Athletic Training Experience in the USA

My (American) Football Experience in the United States
By: Jaime Pomar (Clinical Exchange Student - UCJC, Madrid)

I came to the USA and Saint Louis University for clinical experience as a part of the Masters of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Sport program at the University Camilo Jose Cela. I decided to set out on this adventure when I enrolled in the Masters last year because he knew the options I had to come here and I could not refuse that opportunity. I have been getting Athletic Training experience at Webster Groves High School in an agreement with Saint Louis University under the tutelage of Anthony Breitbach ATC (SLU) and Sean Wright ATC (WGHS).

An Athletic Trainer could compare in Spain as a sports physiotherapist and who have similar skills and knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, taping techniques and test valuation among others.

My day to day routine was to be attending the High School students but more specifically the football (not soccer) team players because they were still on holiday but the football team conducted their preseason training and workouts. Our work began looking after players in the athletic training room for who need a specific stretching or warming up and to perform preventive tapping. After preparing the coolers and bottles with water and ice and went to training camp to observe and take care for the players because the weather conditions were extreme with averages of 35 Celsius degrees (95 Fahrenheit) but with the humidity, the wind chill exceeded 40 degrees (105 Fahrenheit). I have had the opportunity to interact with two students from the SLU with whom I have been working with Sean. We talked about the similarities and differences, and we could learn from each other on how to make different tapping and ways of working.

I also took the trip to visit different cities and learn more about American culture and traditions and to live closely the world of football in his homeland. I was with the Athletic Trainer of the Green Bay Packers (professional football team) and visited all the facilities and knew how they worked. I also did the same with the professional baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. And I have witnessed a preseason NFL Tennessee Titans game on my visit to Nashville.

In short it has been a great experience that I will remember the rest of my life and allowed me to compare my professional skills in the country that someday, I hope to return to implement them.
Personally thanks to Alvaro García-Romero (University Camilo Jose Cela), Dr. Anthony Breitbach and Dr. Timothy Howell (University of St Louis), Sean Wright (Webster Groves High School) and SLU students Morgan Jasperson and Alex Hubbs for this wonderful experience and the opportunity to make this trip.

See you soon USA!!!

Mi experiencia con el fútbol (americano) en los Estados Unidos
Por: Jaime Pomar ( Clínica del Estudiante de Intercambio - UCJC , Madrid)

Fui a  EEUU para realizar las prácticas del máster de fisioterapia deportiva y readaptación de la Universidad Camilo José Cela. Decidí emprender esta aventura cuando me inscribí en el máster el año pasado porque conocía las opciones que había para venir aquí y no podía rechazar esa oportunidad. He estado trabajando como athletic trainer para el High School Webster Groves en un convenio con la universidad de St Louis bajo la tutela de Anthony Breitbach (SLU) y Sean Wright (WGHS). 

Un Athletic Trainer se podría comparar en España como un fisioterapeuta deportivo ya que tienen competencias similares como conocimientos en anatomía, fisiología y biomecánica, técnicas de vendaje y test de valoración entre otras.
Mi día a día era estar atendiendo a los estudiantes del High School pero mas concretamente a los jugadores del equipo de football (que no soccer) ya que todavía estaban en vacaciones pero el equipo de football realizaba sus entrenamientos de pretemporada. Nuestro trabajo comenzaba atendiendo a los jugadores en la sala de athletic training para los jugadores que necesitaran estiramientos o un calentamiento específico y para realizar vendajes preventivos. Después preparábamos los coolers y botellines con agua y hielo e íbamos al campo de entrenamiento para observar y cuidar de los jugadores ya que las condiciones eran extremas con medias de 35 grados Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) pero que con la humedad, la sensación térmica superaba los 40 grados (105 Fahrenheit). He tenido la oportunidad de interactuar con dos estudiantes de la universidad de St Louis con los que he estado trabajando con Sean. Hemos hablado de las similitudes y diferencias, y hemos podido aprender unos de otros sobre cómo hacer distintos vendajes y formas de trabajar. 

También aproveché el viaje para visitar distintas ciudades y conocer mejor la cultura y tradiciones americanas, así como poder vivir de cerca el mundo del fútbol americano en su tierra natal. Estuve con el Athletic Trainer de los Green Bay Packers (equipo profesional de fútbol americano) y visité todas las instalaciones y conocí como trabajaban. También hice lo mismo con el equipo profesional de baseball, los St Louis Cardinals. Y he podido presenciar un partido de pretemporada de la NFL de los Tennessee Titans en mi visita a Nashville. 

En definitiva ha sido una gran experiencia que recordaré el resto de mi vida y que me ha permitido comparar mis habilidades profesionales en el país en el que algún día, espero volver para ponerlas en práctica.

Agradecer personalmente a Alvaro García-Romero (Universidad Camilo José Cela), Anthony Breitbach y Timothy Howell (Universidad de St Louis), Sean Wright (Webster Groves High School) y a Morgan y Alex por esta magnífica experiencia y por la oportunidad de realizar este viaje. 

See you soon USA!!!

August 17, 2016

SLU AT Alum Kemba Noel-London Returns to SLU to Pursue Doctorate

I'm Back!!!!
By: Kemba Noel-London MAT, ATC, CES (SLU MAT Class of 2012)

I am a Certified Athletic Trainer originally from the country of Trinidad and Tobago. I completed my BS in Exercise Science and Master of Athletic Training degrees at Saint Louis University in 2011 and 2012 respectively

After graduation, I went on to an internship at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. There, I was the Head Athletic Trainer for Swansea High School, Freshman Academy and Sandhills Middle School.  I also taught Sports Medicine at the high school as well as aided in the instruction of Musculoskeletal Evaluation courses at USC.

I returned to my twin island home in August 2013 and have been working at the international level with multiple national teams, including rugby and Women’s Soccer. I have also been a part of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee’s medical staff at the Commonwealth Games, Central American and Caribbean Games and PanAmerican Games. During my time at home, I joined the staff of Academy of Sport at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and was also the Athletic Trainer in residence at Movement Mechanics, a high performance facility.

I am excited to be returning to SLU to pursue a PhD in Public Health while also working with SLU and the school-based Mercy Clinic to care for all the students at Roosevelt High School.  I will also be a lab instructor for MAT classes at SLU.

Go Billikens!

August 02, 2016

SLU AT Student Experiences Collaborative Healthcare Provided at the Professional Level with Saint Louis FC

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Saint Louis Football Club, St. Louis, MO
By: Morgan Jasperson (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

For the past two months I have been gaining clinical experience at Saint Louis FC, the professional soccer club based in Fenton, MO. It has been an incredible experience to work with both the high level athletes and the Mercy Sports Medicine Team that provides coverage to the them. 
Brian Bounds, ATC, the club's Head Athletic Trainer and my preceptor, has been working with soccer at all levels for over a decade. After earning a bachelors’ degree in kinesiology from Michigan State and a masters in Physical Therapy from Missouri State, Bounds founded a youth soccer camp before leaving to work with the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) of the MLS. He has also worked with collegiate soccer at Northwestern University and Missouri State, and most recently at Indian Hills Community College where he built their athletic training program from the ground up. 

On a daily basis, Bounds and I go through a variety of treatments with the athletes, from massage and soft tissue mobilizations to ultrasound and e-stim. That being said, Bounds places a great deal of emphasis on manual therapies and getting ‘hands on’ with the athletes, which has allowed me to further my knowledge and skillset in this area. I have also become responsible for a lot of communication between the medical staff, coaching staff, the other interns, and the players. At first this was quite daunting, but as the summer has gone along I have become incredibly appreciative for the opportunity to practice my professional communication skills. Furthermore, because the medical coverage is provided through Mercy Sports Medicine, I have been able to work with a vast range of health professionals in my time with the club, including orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, and our CSCS. 
Overall, this has been an incredibly rewarding summer field experience. Having the ability to work with a new club, with young guys, and an incredibly experienced AT has really challenged me to grow and advance my own knowledge and abilities. I look forward to finishing out the summer strong!


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.

August 01, 2016

SLU AT Student Builds Clinical Skills and Cultural Competence Internationally at Athlone Institute of Technology

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

The draw to spend our summer in Ireland at Athlone Institute of Technology may seem obvious. Being able to work with novel sports such as Gaelic football and hurling while learning new methods adopted by other parts of the world was hardly what any of us imagined before this opportunity presented itself. Our preceptor, Dr. Siobhan O’Connor did a wonderful job facilitating our experience by including not only clinical placements but also providing guest lectures on topics that are relevant to the profession. 
Time at our clinical site was spent between AIT athletics, county level Gaelic football and hurling, and researching fundamental movement skills in adolescents. Throughout these clinical experiences we were given all the freedom we wanted in the evaluation and treatment of athletes, often practicing new techniques on uninvolved limbs while athletic trainers within the program at AIT performed treatments on the injured extremity. Needless to say we were busy. 
Despite all of the time spent working on practical skills, we all agree that our biggest take away was from the cultural experiences in athletic training and healthcare as a whole. Operating in a rural country with a much different healthcare infrastructure has created a need for accessible healthcare professionals. Working in this environment truly helped develop the bond between patient and professional, something we all hope to bring to our athletes back home. 
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.

July 25, 2016

SLU AT Student Focuses on Function at Mercy Sports Medicine

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Mercy Sports Medicine, St. Louis, MO
By: Katie Love (MAT Class of 2017)

For my summer field experience, I had the opportunity to work at Mercy Sports Medicine Clinic.  I was very eager for my first day because I had experienced clinical work in the high school and college settings but never a clinic setting.  There are three athletic trainers that work in the clinic and one athletic trainer/physical therapist.
The clinic is fairly new and has a lot to offer.  They see a wide range of patients of different activity levels, ages, and experience with the rehabilitation. I have really been able to learn a lot about functional movement patterns and fascial lines.  They place a large focus on these two things.  If there is not a structural issue, its most likely caused by a functional deficiency and there are a lot of dysfunctions that can be observed in the clinic by FMS (functional movement screen), SFMA (selective functional movement assessment), range of motion, and other tests.  The SFMA allows the clinician to asses seven specific fundamental movement patterns that are common causes of musculoskeletal pain.  The FMA focuses on movement qualities, limitations or asymmetries in a functional movement pattern.  This helps identify where an individual’s mobility or motor control is not being used properly.  
I have been able to see tremendous progress in the patient’s abilities and attitudes in their rehabilitation while being at Mercy.  Everyone I have gotten to work with at Mercy has been very helpful and explains what they are doing and why.  They focus on manual therapy as well more than relying on modalities.  I think that it is a very important component to therapy and have learned a lot of techniques from them.  Another thing that I have not had the opportunity to work with before were kettlebells.  I have read a text book and watch videos provided by Mercy of Pavel Tsatsouline and his approach to kettlebell training.  

I look forward to the rest of my time at Mercy Sports Medicine Clinic and cant wait to learn new approaches to therapy and continuing my education as an athletic training student at Saint Louis University.

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.

July 24, 2016

SLU AT Student Gets an Authentic Experience as an Outreach Athletic Trainer at Athletico

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Fenwick High School and Athletico, Oak Park, IL
By: Nick Kellerhals (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

This summer for my clinical internship class MAT 5900 I had the privilege of working with Tony McCormick ATC and Athletico Physical Therapy. Tony is the head Athletic Trainer for Fenwick High School. Fenwick High School is a selective private college preparatory school located in Oak Park, Illinois, and was founded in 1929 as part of the Province of St. Albert the Great. Tony also does outreach services for Athletico in Oak Park.  
While at Athletico I was able to observe an evaluation done by a physical therapist and was able to compare and discuss our SOAP notes. Observing the eval gave me more insight on how to do a fast but thorough evaluation. The most interesting things I observed were an Athlete who had torn his ACL, LCL, PCL and Meniscus as well as another individual who had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome from her hand up to her shoulder. This summer has allowed me to see what it would be like in a outreach clinic setting as well as a High School. At Fenwick I was able to implement injury prevention and proper hydration techniques with the athletes as well as taping and injury eval. 
I was able to observe Tony and some PT’s at Athletico as well as assisting with the patient rehab. One of the coolest opportunities I was able to observe this summer through working with Tony was seeing a K-Vest screening. K-Vest is a human motion learning system. It is an all-in-one wireless system that instantaneously measures players’ power signatures and 3D data. It also provides one with an extensive library of pre-built training programs and drills customized to the patients categories that need work on. I observed this demonstration at the Athletico in Oak Brook. The K-vest at the Athletico’s golf center performance facility was introduced 4-6 months ago and it is the only Athletico that has it. 

I definitely learned a lot from Tony this summer and am glad I had the opportunity.

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.

July 23, 2016

SLU AT Student Benefits from Varied Perspectives at Multiple Sites through Unstoppable Athletics

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Unstoppable Athletics, St. Louis, MO
By: Bailey Draheim (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

My summer field experience is with Dr. Matt Leonard at Unstoppable Athletics. Fellow students Ali Graham and Mada Hauck are also at the site this summer. It has been a great site so far with many different experiences and locations.  At one site, we work mainly with high school and college baseball and softball players. 
We see a variety of rehab and strengthening programs for individuals and teams. It is a great learning environment where Matt is very open to questions and allows us to be as hands on as possible. Because Matt is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Chiropractic, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he provides us with different ways to do things that we may not have known. This allows us to be exposed to a unique learning experience that we don’t get to see at the high schools and colleges we are placed at during the year. 
The other sites we get to visit during our clinical experience are a chiropractic office in Troy, MO and a diet clinic that is run by Melissa Leonard. The chiropractic office allowed us to see the different steps that are taken in rehab depending on the profession. At the diet clinic, you sit through different client evaluations to see how the past week has been and how they have improved since the prior week. Everyone is given meals and a diet plan to follow for a certain amount of time. 
Overall, this is a great and educational summer experience that has allows students to see the other sides of health care and rehab. 

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.

July 22, 2016

SLU AT Student has Varied Experiences at Mercy's Sports Medicine and Post Concussion Clinics

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight- Mercy Sports Medicine and Mercy Children’s Post Concussion Clinic, St. Louis, MO
By: Olivia Robinson (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

I have had an awesome experience working with two Mercy clinics this summer. I have learned so many new things that I will be able to take into my PY2 year and future career as an Athletic Trainer. 
I have been working with Amanda Keenan, ATC, under Sarah W. Alander, MD, at Mercy Children’s Post Concussion Clinic. At the clinic we work with kids under 18, who have sustained head injuries. Most of the patients we see have had multiple concussions, or have symptoms lasting for long periods of time. We track the patients with ImPACT testing, BESS testing, and keep up with them regularly. We treat some of the patients for post concussion migraines, but we have also been able to treat them with therapy as well. I love working under Dr. Alander. She has taught me so much about concussions and has let me become very involved in the clinic. 
I have also been at Mercy Sports Medicine Clinic working with Amanda Keenan, ATC, Maghan Mulloy, ATC, and Katie Mazzaferro, ATC, DPT. At this clinic we work with athletes of all ages. We take a whole body approach to treatment. We use Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to take a look at how the body works. These can point out issues the athlete might have that could make them prone to injury. We focus strongly on manual therapy and functional movement to alleviate pain. I have been able to make my own plans with some of the athletes and have learned so many new techniques from my preceptors.
I have loved working at both of these Mercy clinics. I will always use what they have taught me, and I’m so glad I got to spend the summer with them all!

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.

July 21, 2016

SLU AT Student Gets Hands-on Experience in a Physician Office at Blue Tail Medical Group

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Blue Tail Medical Group, St. Louis, MO
By: Brianna LaBarbera (MAT Class of 2017)

I have been very fortunate to be able to spend my summer field experience at Blue Tail Medical Group with Matt Bayes, MD, and Devon Guckes, ATC. Dr. Bayes specializes in treating all sports medicine injuries and non-operative orthopedics, with a special interest in treating sports concussions and post-concussive syndrome. Using ultrasound guidance, Dr. Bayes utilizes stem cell therapy in his treatments for patients suffering from degenerative conditions.
Devon serves as an Athletic Trainer in this physician clinic, something I am very interested in pursing for my future career. She has been an awesome mentor to me and everyday teaches me new techniques and skills in order to improve my patient evaluations. She has given me the opportunity to individually practice my skills and patient interaction, which I have found to be most beneficial. Not only have I been independently evaluating patients and gathering their history, I have been assisting during procedures, which has been an exciting component of my experience. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of healthcare team with Dr. Bayes, Devon, and the Medical Assistant at Blue Tail Medical Group. Since the first day, I have been very impressed by their patient care efficiency and passion for improving their patient’s health. 

This experience has truly aided in my growth and development as an athletic training student.  It has exposed me to patient care I do not always see in the traditional athletic training setting. I look very forward to the rest of my summer field experience at Bluetail Medical Group, and will take my acquired skills into my future practice! 

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.

July 17, 2016

SLU AT Student Experiences Collaborative Patient-Centered Health Care at Mercy Sports Medicine

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Mercy Sports Medicine, St. Louis, MO
By: Danny Smith (MAT Class of 2017)

This summer, I have had the opportunity to work in the Mercy Sports Medicine Clinic. In this experience I have been able to observe Dr. Brian Mahaffey and Dr. Julienne Lippe perform their daily office duties. Dr. Mahaffey’s training in family medicine allows him to aid patients using non-surgical methods and Dr. Lippe is able to provide surgical options to patients when they are necessary. Often, Dr. Mahaffey may see a patient first and then refer the patient to Dr. Lippe when surgical consultation is needed.  Their close interaction allows them to communicate easily and improve patient outcomes.  
Another benefit of this clinic is that the therapy clinic is directly attached to it. The therapy clinic is staffed by certified athletic trainers that work closely with the physicians. This close interaction allows the athletic trainers to easily update the physicians about a patient’s progress.  Therefore, adjustments can easily be made to rehabilitation plans when a patient is recovering faster or slower than expected.  The athletic trainers use a therapeutic process that assesses the patient’s whole body, and not just the structure that is painful or bothersome.  This allows them to detect defects in other areas of the body that may be contributing to the particular pathology or may lead to issues further down the road.  Through this approach, patients are able to not just return to their prior level of activity, but to an even greater level of activity.  
While observing Dr. Lippe, I have been able to learn about many surgical techniques as well as post-operative stages of recovery.  She does a wonderful job of presenting patients with all of the treatment options and putting off surgery until it is necessary.  This conservative approach allows many patients to achieve success without having to undergo an operation. For the patients that do receive surgery, she does a great job of explaining each procedure and what the recovery will entail.  I believe that this information helps patients to feel more comfortable before and after surgery.  

In my observations with Dr. Mahaffey, I have been able to see a wide variety of pathologies and treatments.  I have seen both acute and chronic injuries affecting patients of all ages. This experience has allowed me to see patients with conditions such as arthritis that I do not normally see in my athletic training clinicals with younger patients.  I have gained a broader knowledge of anti-inflammatory medications and have been able to witness injection and wound care procedures.  I have enjoyed getting to learn how different comorbidities affect what treatment option is best for a patient.  For example, an anti-inflammatory medication may work great for a condition, but may not be a viable option due to a certain disease a patient may have. I really admire Dr. Mahaffey’s ability to understand each patient’s unique situation and use the optimal treatment for the situation.  He has shown and explained to me how the same orthopedic condition can have different causes in different patients. The athletic trainers in the therapy clinic use their whole body approach to pinpoint these causes and to strengthen them.
I have really enjoyed this summer clinical experience and all that it has taught me. I believe that the knowledge that I have gained by looking at MRI and x-ray images will greatly benefit me in the future.  I have also been able to see the nurses, athletic trainers, and physicians use sterile techniques when performing procedures.  These experiences have broadened my clinical knowledge, and given me a great example of how the sports medicine team should work to provide optimal patient centered care.  

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.

July 13, 2016

SLU AT Student Benefits from a Variety of Experiences at Performance Orthopedic and Sports Therapy

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Performance Orthopedic and Sports Therapy, St. Louis, MO
By: Ali Graham (MAT Class of 2017)

For my summer field experience, I was fortunate enough to spend time at Performance Orthopedic and Sports Therapy. Dr. Matt Leonard, my preceptor, is a physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and chiropractor. Matt has two sides to his practice, the performance side and the clinical side. With each patient he sees, he decides whether the condition is acute or chronic. Matt uses two forms of evaluation: the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), mostly used for an insidious onset of pain, or the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), used to sports specific testing. I was able to see how he uses these evaluations and then identify areas that could potentially be causing the patient’s pain or areas that could be prone to injury. At POST, we worked primarily with athletes that play baseball and softball. Working with these overhead athletes, we saw many patients that needed treatment for injured shoulders, elbow, and low back pain. 

Matt also performs strength training using a variety of Olympic lifts. I was able to learn the Olympic lifts and how each movement pattern will benefit the athletes when performing their sports. He uses a lot of functional strengthening techniques that are sports specific to baseball and softball players. He also incorporates strength training into his rehabilitation protocols. I was fortunate enough to perform my own rehabilitation with an athlete. This was an awesome experience for me that instilled confidence in my rehabilitation skills. I was also able to help with the weight training for multiple athletes. 

At POST I was also exposed to chiropractic manual therapy and able to observe a couple days at Matt’s Ideal Protein Nutrition clinic. At the chiropractic clinic I was able to observe DNS which is a technique used to recruit the internal stabilizer muscles of the neck, abdomen, and pelvic regions. At the nutrition clinic, I learned the benefits of starting a weight loss program that follows a ketogenic diet. This diet puts your body into ketosis, fat burning, in order to lose weight. 

I was also fortunate enough to observe Matt’s transition from POST to Unstoppable Athletics, his new clinic in Pacific, MO. I was able to help him move most of his weight training and rehabilitation equipment to the new clinic. At Unstoppable, Matt will continue his chiropractic treatment, physical therapy and strength training. 

POST has been such a great experience for me this summer. I enjoyed every day there. I learned so much about how essential evidence based practice is, new evaluation and rehabilitation techniques, more about Olympic lifting and weight training and I was even able to workout in some of the sessions! My time at POST was definitely worthwhile. 

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 28, 2016

AT Students Get Unique Experiences from the Special Events on the SLU Campus this Summer

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Nike Elite 100 Basketball Camp and USA Gymnastics Olympic Trials, St. Louis, MO
By: Danny Smith (MAT Class of 2017)

This summer, I have had the opportunity to work at a few athletic events outside of my summer field experience.  I have been fortunate enough to work alongside my classmates, professors, and other health professionals at the Nike Elite 100 basketball camp and the USA Gymnastics Olympic Trials. Both of these events were held on the campus of Saint Louis University and the SLU Athletic Training Program played an integral role in providing health care at these events.

At the Nike Elite 100 camp, I was fortunate to get to work with many of my fellow classmates. Through this experience, we were able to put many of the skills we have learned in the classroom into actual practice.  It’s amazing to see how far we all have come in the past year.  Just last year we were learning about the body’s structures in gross anatomy, and now we are able to use our knowledge to provide treatment and care to injured athletes.

At the camp, we took player measurements such as weight, height, wingspan, and reach.  We also were available to tape players before each playing session.  When the players were on the court, we stood courtside in case an injury occurred and when one did, we used our injury assessment skills while under the supervision of our professors.  Getting to work alongside all of our professors was one of the best aspects of this experience.  Over the past four years we have been able to learn from their expertise, but through this camp we were allowed to see them use their skills in real life situations.  

I was lucky enough to spend a few days at the USA Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chaifetz Arena. At this event, our program played a supportive role to the USA Olympic Medical Staff.  It was a joy to get to see the techniques used by the medical staff to help the hopeful Olympians to compete at their best.  This experience also gave me the opportunity to network with athletic trainers and physicians from across the country.  I was able to ask about how they became involved with the USA Gymnastics Team Medical Staff and the journey it took to get to such a position. Additionally, this opportunity gave me experience with a sport that I do not get to cover in my typical clinical rotations.

Through both the Nike Elite 100 camp and the USA Gymnastic Olympic Trials I have been able to assist elite level athletes.  I have gotten a glimpse of the athletic training services these athletes need in order to achieve success.  

It is experiences like these that help the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program stand out as one of the best in the country.       

June 27, 2016

SLU AT Student Enjoys Learning from an Excellent Preceptor at Palatine HS

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Palatine High School, Palatine, IL
By: Stephanie Uhrich (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

I have really enjoyed my experience at Palatine High School so far.  I feel welcomed by the staff and trusted by the athletes at Palatine.  So far I have had the opportunity to work with numerous sports including football, basketball, cross country, gymnastics and many other sports.  My preceptor Katie O'Keefe ATC has been such a great teacher to me.  She gives me feedback on my evaluations and really pushes me to think outside the box.  She is helping me expand my knowledge about rehab and is also teaching me about some of the “behind the scenes” of athletic training.  

My experience at Palatine will definitely impact my future because it has helped me realize that I really enjoy working with high school athletes.  I can see myself working in an environment similar to Palatine after I graduate.  I am looking forward to the rest of the summer, and I plan on soaking up as much as I can from this experience.  I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from Katie and the staff at Palatine High School.  

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 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.