September 14, 2017

UCJC Clinical Exchange Students Have Memorable American Experience at SLU and Bishop DuBourg HS

Our Experience in the United States
By: Pablo Merino and Juan Miguel Rodríguez Pérez

Our trip to USA more than worthwhile. We experienced what being an athletic trainer is, which similarities and differences exist between physical therapist and athletic trainers, and how important both are. As main differences, we can say that as an athletic trainer, you’ll have the opportunity to manage as well emergency and first aid. We were lucky enough (sadly, not the athletes) to experience problems that ranged from simple bruises to fractures or concussions that cerebral edema complications. We also had the opportunity to learn how to put on stiches and knots on…bananas!


Athletic trainers are very different from anything we know in Spain. They take care from first aid to return to play as well as prevention and counselling, also spotting psychological issues that that players may be withstanding, using very different approach to what we know in Spain. You’ll be surprised in the way injuries are managed here, not better or worse, just different. Just make sure you have your taping, stretching and functional exercise notes handy!

It is also a great opportunity to practice your English, to laugh about each other’s funny accents and weird words spoken. As travel-lovers, we enjoyed spending our weekends and some holydays visiting some of the most emblematic USA places such as Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, Las Vegas, Yosemite Park, Grand Canyon, San Francisco or Los Angeles. We had the chance to enjoy sports we don’t have back in Spain such as Football (American, not the true one though) and Baseball. But, spoiler Alert! Sadly, as far as we got to know, you won’t be allowed to visit any stadium offseason. 
We were able to share knowledge across east to west and vice versa. 


This experience was so enriching not only professionally but personally. We had the very luck to meet Nate Jarman, Severyn Jarman, C.J Butler and Cat Chua. This people here were not only happy to teach and learn with an open mind, but embraced us both with open hearts. 

This experience has taught us far beyond what physical therapy and athletic training is, showing us what a great country and people the USA can harbor. I can assure this experience would’ve been so very different (in a bad way) if these people hadn’t been there, inside and/or outside the professional environment. I would like to cash in on this words to thank Tammy Pastor for taking care of us in SLU no matter it wasn’t her job at all, and drove us around college Athletic Trainer experience. And last but not least, thanks Dr. Tony Breitbach and Alvaro García-Romero for making this experience come true!

Nuestra experiencia en los Estados Unidos
Por: Pablo Merino y Juan Miguel Rodríguez Pérez

Nuestro viaje a Estados Unidos ha merecido mucho la pena. Hemos experimentado lo que es ser un Athletic Trainer, pudiendo comprobar las similitudes y diferencias que existen entre el fisioterapeuta y el Athletic Trainer, así como cuál es su papel en el deporte y lo importantes que son. Como principales diferencias, podemos decir que un Athletic Trainer tiene la posibilidad de manejar situaciones de emergencia y primeros auxilios. Tuvimos la suerte (no se puede decir lo mismo de los atletas) de ver situaciones que van desde pequeños hematomas a fracturas y conmociones cerebrales con las complicaciones del edema cerebral. También tuvimos la oportunidad de aprender cómo coser y grapar heridas abiertas… en plátanos!!!

Los Athletics Trainers son muy diferentes a lo que tenemos entendido en España. No solo se encargan de la asistencia de primeros auxilios durante el partido, para la vuelta al terreno de juego, sino que además realizan la prevención y el asesoramiento individual de cada atleta, detectando también los problemas psicológicos que les pueden afectar y utilizando un enfoque muy diferente de lo que sabemos en España para solucionarlo. Uno se sorprende de la forma en que las lesiones se manejan en EEUU, no mejor ni peor, sólo diferente. Solo hay que asegurarse de tener a mano todos los conocimientos y apuntes sobre estiramientos, ejercicio funcional y propiocepción.
También es una gran oportunidad para practicar el inglés, para reírse de los acentos divertidos y las palabras extrañas que puede llegar a decir cada uno, con la correspondiente risa de los americanos. Como amantes de los viajes, cada fin de semana, y algunos días de vacaciones después, hemos disfrutado de multitud de aventuras visitando algunos de los lugares más emblemáticos de los Estados Unidos como Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, Las Vegas, Yosemite Park, El Gran Cañón, San Francisco o Los Ángeles. Tuvimos la oportunidad de disfrutar de deportes que no tenemos en España, como el fútbol (el americano, no el verdadero) y el béisbol. Pero una cosa más (Alerta), lamentablemente no se permite visitar cualquier estadio de estos deportes fuera de la temporada. 

Esta experiencia no solo fue enriquecedora profesionalmente, pudiendo compartir multitud de conocimientos, sino también personalmente. Tuvimos la suerte de conocer a Nate Jarman, Severyn Jarman ATC, C.J. Butler y Cat Chua, a los que agradecemos muchas cosas. Esta gente no solo nos enseñó cada día cosas nuevas, siempre con una sonrisa, sino que nos acogió desde el principio y nos trataron siempre como a uno más.  Además de la fisioterapia y el Athletic Trainer, nos han dado la oportunidad de conocer como es ese gran país y la gente de EEUU.
Puedo asegurar que esta experiencia hubiera sido muy diferente (peor), si estas personas no hubieran estado allí con nosotros, dentro y/o fuera del ambiente profesional. Me gustaría sacar provecho de estas palabras para agradecer también a Tammy Pastor ATC su trabajo y por acogernos y cuidar de nosotros en SLU.  A pesar de que no era su trabajo ni su obligación en absoluto, nos llevó por la universidad para que pudiéramos experimentar lo que es ser un Athletic Trainer. 

Por último, y no menos importante, dar las gracias a Dr. Tony Breitbach y Álvaro García Romero por hacer realizad esta gran experiencia. 

September 09, 2017

UCJC Clinical Exchange Students Live and Learn in the USA at SLU and Webster Groves High School

Our Experience in Saint Louis
By: Kike Aranda Lopez and Jorge Atienza Gomez

We are spanish physiotherapists from the Master in Physical Therapy in the Sport program at Camilo Jose Cela University of Madrid, and thanks that we had the opportunity to do clinical training at Saint Louis University, in the USA.
Our experience started at 28th July, when we arrived in St. Louis. It was a good chance for us to improve our knowledge, a good life and professional experience.

We spent the Month of August at Webster Groves High School as Athletic Training Students, with our preceptor and friend Sean Wright ATC. Sean is an excellent professional who taught us a lot of things. Moreover, we were also with Paul and Dimitri, two SLU AT students with a brilliant future. At WGHS we prepared to the athletes for their practice, taping and stretching; watched their practices and games; and rehab in the Athletic Training Room.

In that time we could see some concussions, traumatic injuries like ankle and knee sprains and muscular injuries. We had to wait in the AT room until the athletes finished their classes. It was a good experience, because we had to speak in English with all the people, and that was a very good choice to improve it.


Because of our schedule, we only had the chance to be at one football high school game. We were with Sean at the field, with the players and coaches, helping in all that we could. Was an amazing atmosphere with the band and the cheerleaders also. Webster Groves HS won, let’s go Statesmen!

Also we had the lucky to be with the college athletes, in the soccer and volleyball teams, with Ben Heimos ATC and Tammy Pastor ATC at SLU. They worked with us, and we assisted with them with rehab.

In only one month, we have made a lot of friends in the USA, we have met great people, and all of them have been very nice with us. It has felt like in home, and we were very sad when we left.

We want to say thank you to Paul and Dimitri to be awesome with us, to all the AT's that have been with us for all the help, specially Sean, SLU faculty member Dr. Tony Breitbach, who took care to us these month, and to UCJC faculty member Álvaro García-Romero to give us this opportunity to go to USA.


Nuestra experiencia en Saint Louis
Por: Kike Aranda López y Jorge Atienza Gómez

Somos dos chicos españoles que estudiamos un máster en la universidad UCJC de Madrid, y gracias a ello tuvimos la oportunidad de realizar las prácticas clínicas en la Universidad de St. Louis de USA. 

Nuestra experiencia comenzó el 28 de julio, cuando llegamos a St. Louis. Una oportunidad que sabíamos que iba a ser muy enriquecedora en cuanto a conocimientos, experiencia de vida y profesional, y así ha sido.


Estuvimos trabajando todo el mes de agosto en el Webster Groves High School (WGHS) como Athletic Trainers junto con nuestro tutor y amigo Sean Wright ATC, todo un profesional del cual hemos aprendido muchas cosas. Además, estuvimos junto con Paul y Dimitri, dos alumnos de SLU con un futuro brillante.

Nuestro trabajo en el WGHS consistió en preparar a los deportistas para sus entrenamientos, mediante vendajes y estiramientos, observar los entrenamientos, sobre todo de football, por si había alguna lesión, además de tratar a los deportistas de la escuela lesionados.

En este periodo tuvimos que enfrentarnos a conmociones, lesiones traumáticas como esguinces de tobillo, rodilla y dedos, además de otras lesiones musculares.

Las lesiones las tratábamos en la sala de Athletic Trainer, en la cual, los deportistas llegaban al finalizar las clases. Fue una buena experiencia, ya que tuvimos que interactuar con todo el mundo en una lengua diferente a la nuestra, lo que nos sirvió para mejorar nuestro inglés.

Por desgracia solo pudimos estar en un partido de Football en el High School. Estuvimos con Sean a pie de campo, con los jugadores y técnicos, dando asistencia al que lo necesitase, a la vez que observábamos cada jugada del encuentro. Fue increíble el ambiente con la banda y las cheerleades incluídas. Por suerte ganaron los Websters ¡Vamos Websters!


Además de la experiencia en el High School, tuvimos la suerte de poder estar con el deporte universitario en SLU en el equipo de Soccer y de Volleyball con Ben Heimos ATC y Tammy Pastor ATC de Athletic Trainers. Se portaron muy bien con nosotros y nos hicieron partícipes el poco tiempo que pudimos estar con ellos.

Para terminar, queremos decir que nos llevamos grandes amigos de Estados Unidos, hemos conocido grandes personas y todo el mundo nos ha tratado muy bien, nos hemos sentido como en casa, y nos dio mucha pena cuando todo esto acabó. Agradecer a Paul y a Dimitri por el trato que nos dieron desde el primer día, a todos los profesionales con los que hemos estado por todo lo que nos han ayudado, sobre todo a Sean Wright, a Dr. Tony Breitbach por preocuparse tanto por nosotros y hacer que todo esto sea posible y a Álvaro García- Romero, el director de nuestro máster, por darnos la oportunidad de poder haber ido a Estados Unidos.

September 07, 2017

SLU AT students Jenna Ginsberg and Alex Hubbs named as 2017 honorees of SLU's Bauman Scholarship in Athletic Training


Athletic Training Program Announces Recipients of Prestigious Bauman Scholarship

By: Corey Mauer, SLU Doisy College of Health Sciences

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program recently named two students – Alex Hubbs and Jenna Ginsberg (MAT Class of 2018) – as recipients of the Clarence “Bob” Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training. The scholarship is granted to two outstanding Athletic Training students and provides a grant applied toward tuition in the final year (Professional Year 2) of study.

Hubbs, who hails from Liberty, MO, thought it was a great privilege to be awarded the SLU Athletic Training program’s prestigious graduate-level scholarship.

 “It was an honor to learn I had received the Bob Bauman Endowed Scholarship,” Hubbs said. “Bauman did so much for the athletic training profession in the St. Louis area and his legacy lives on through this scholarship opportunity for athletic training students.”

 Ginsberg is a native of Geneva, IL, serves as the social media chair for the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Society (SLATS) and, during her undergraduate years, was a pole vaulter for the SLU track and field team. When she found out she would be a recipient of the Bauman Scholarship, Ginsberg was thrilled.

 “I was incredibly happy to learn I had received the scholarship,” Ginsberg said. “I have worked very hard at my studies and it feels good to have that hard work pay off.”

 Bob Bauman, for whom the scholarship is named, passed away in 1999 after helping take care of Saint Louis University athletes for more than 50 years (1928 - 1979); his hard work and dedication earned him a place in the Billiken Hall of Fame. Bauman's work was not limited to Saint Louis University; however, he also served as an athletic trainer for the St. Louis Cardinals for nearly 50 years.



Bauman passed away nearly two decades ago, but his influence and legacy is still felt by the university’s athletic training students today.

 “Bob Bauman was at the forefront of exceptional patient care provided by athletic trainers and he is held in high regard among our program and other athletic trainers in the area,” Hubbs said. “His work providing medical care for the athletes of SLU and the St. Louis Cardinals solidified him in the Billikens Hall of Fame, and I hope to emulate his great characteristics in my own practice some day.”

 “After reading about the work that Bob Bauman did and the way he made such a positive impact on the lives of those he worked with, I feel very honored to have been awarded a scholarship based on the traits he represented,” Ginsberg said.

 Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, believes that Hubbs and Ginsberg will go on to be tremendous assets to the Athletic Training community.

 “We are proud to recognize excellent students such as Alex and Jenna with this scholarship,” Dr. Breitbach said. “Their outstanding performance in the classroom and their dedication to the profession of Athletic Training provides a living legacy to the tradition began by ‘Doc’ Bauman at Saint Louis University.”

View story on SLU website: https://www.slu.edu/doisy/doisy-news/at-bob-bauman-scholarship-2017.php

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

August 14, 2017

SLU AT Student Gets International Rugby Experience through Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Athlone, Ireland
By: Pat O'Neill (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

This summer, I sought out a field experience over the pond in Ireland to work with rugby. Playing a couple years of rugby in college myself has me interested in pursuing a career covering rugby. Currently, I am affiliated with Connacht Rugby, a member of the Guinness Pro 12 League, covering their U17, U18, and U19 squads as well as, Buccaneers Rugby Football Club, a member of the Ulster Bank League. 

I have had the pleasure to collaborate and learn from Michael Donohoe M.Sc ARTC.  This is Michael’s second year working with Connacht Rugby’s sub-academy teams and his fifth year working with the Buccaneers. On top of his job as an Athletic & Rehab Therapist, he is also an assistant lecturer at Athlone Institute of Technology. He is always willing to answer the many questions I have and goes above any beyond his role as a preceptor to make sure I am getting the most out of this experience. 
Being with the Connacht Rugby sub-academy teams has been an incredible experience to say the least. There are just under 100 athletes ranging between 15 and 18. I am working with and treating the some of the best rugby players under the age of nineteen in the country. 

Connacht’s multifaceted approach to developing their athletes has given me the opportunity to collaborate with physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, sports psychologists, and sports nutritionists. With the help of Michael, I have really refined my manual therapy techniques and gained a greater appreciation for them. I have also been exposed to many new rugby specific rehab and return to play protocols. 

I have also enjoyed my experience with Buccaneers Rugby Football Club. There are about 40 athletes on the team ranging between early twenties to mid-thirties in age. Currently the squad just started their pre-season training so our focus is on injury prevention and managing the volume of training. The athletes are great to work with and they are sure that there is never a dull moment in the clubhouse. I look forward to covering their matches, which begin mid-August.

I am very appreciative of this experience to work with these athletes and staff. My time working with both Connacht and the Buccs has already had an immense impact on developing my skills as an athletic training student and on my education. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 09, 2017

SLU AT Student Builds Clinical Skills and More through Immersive Clinical Experience in Madrid, Spain

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Madrid, Spain
By: Jenna Ginsberg (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

This summer I did the majority of my clinical experience at a physiotherapy clinic in Madrid, Spain. The clinic is part of the High-performance Centre-Consejo Superior de Deportes, Madrid; a vast government-sponsored facility that houses training centers, dormitories, doctors’ offices, and other sports medicine professionals that serve the elite athletes who live and train there. 


I had the privilege to work with physiotherapist Elena Martínez Martínez and her staff, and I learned a great deal from them. Studying abroad was something I always wanted to do, and it was an incredible experience getting to work with so many different athletes that compete in sports at a very high level, especially those that are not as popular in the United States. 


This experience brought me out of my comfort zone, as I had to work hard to communicate with my patients and preceptors in a language that I am far from fluent in. My manual therapy skills improved greatly, as did my knowledge of diathermy, which was used on a daily basis in the clinic, unlike in the U.S. where it is less common. I also got to observe a great deal of dry needling and acupuncture (and see what it felt like!). 


My favorite thing about this experience was that for all the differences between Athletic Training and Physiotherapy, evidence-based practice and hard work to ensure the best outcome for the patient remain at the center of both. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

SLU AT Student Blends a Wide Variety of Clinical Experiences in the USA and Scotland


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Ayr, Scotland and NutriFormance/Athletic Republic 
By: Caitlin Gibson (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

A few days after graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, I flew to Scotland to join Michelle Pollock a physiotherapist for part one of my summer field experience. Michelle works with Irvine Rugby Team, Ayr United Football Club and a badminton club team. Since the teams practice in the evening Michelle sees a variety of patients during the day. 


One of the most interesting parts of the health care system over in the United Kingdom is that a physiotherapist can see patients in a variety of places. Michelle saw patients in a standard clinic setting like the clinics in the United States. However; she also had people come over to her house for a session and she went to the patient’s home if that was more convenient. While with Michelle, I saw different techniques than I have seen in the United States. She performed manual therapy techniques, osteopathic techniques, physiotherapy, acupuncture and dry needling. For the most part I performed different types of massage, which made me more mindful of my body mechanics and gave me the opportunity to refine my technique. I helped Ayr United Football Club with their youth conditioning testing to establish a baseline, which will be used to determine an individual plan for the players as their bodies mature. This is an on-going project that will take years to develop with the goal to reduce injuries. 


After returning from Scotland, I started part two of my summer field experience at NutriFormance/ Athletic Republic located in Saint Louis, MO. NutriFormance’s motto is “if you have a body you are an athlete”. Similar to my experience in Scotland I worked with a variety of patients ranging in age. My preceptors used different exercises than I have seen before. For example, Heidi Frey ATC introduced me to postural restoration and opened my eyes to different balancing exercises. With Randy Leonardo, I was able to practice my evaluations on FMS screenings as a patient joined NutriFormance. This screening was used to see what the best placement would be such as an individual training session, a small class or a hybrid class.  


NutriFormance gave me an opportunity to blend the skills that I had learned in Scotland and exercises from NutriFormance to make me a more well rounded Athletic Training student. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 08, 2017

SLU AT Student Experiences Patient-Centered Care Both In the Clinic and On the Sideline at Athletico


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Athletico
By: Wyatt Whitegoat (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

When it came to finding a summer field experience I knew that I wanted an opportunity that emphasized on two aspects I enjoy: injury evaluation and rehabilitation. At Athletico, my preceptors, Mathew Peterson, ATC, and Courtney Martin, DPT, made the opportunity available to me. My experience at Athletico varies throughout the week; some days I am on the sideline with Mathew assessing and taping football injuries and on other days I am in the clinic with Courtney observing and assisting a diverse group of patients with rehab exercises. Mathew and Courtney’s willingness to instruct and apply various techniques for preventing, assessing, and rehabilitating injuries has been phenomenon and a great component to my learning experience.

Throughout my summer field experience, I gained a lot of confidence and exposure of lectured-based components to a clinical setting, especially with evaluation skills. Both Mathew and Courtney are hands-on, well-rounded, and interactive preceptors that made the exploration of assessment and treatment a remarkable experience. Through observation, discussion, and application of assessments, I have adopted and incorporated numerous skills that I will use as a future clinician.

Moreover, through observation and their interaction with patients, Mathew and Courtney displayed the importance of patient-centered care. It was remarkable to witness the level of dedication and passion that Mathew and Courtney established with their patient because it made the environment informative, inspiring, and meaningful for both me and the patient. 

At Athletico, I learned a vast amount of knowledge and inspiration that I hope to carry forward in my educational career and as a future athletic trainer. I am very grateful for the experience I gained from two incredible preceptors and a diverse patient population. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 07, 2017

SLU AT Student Enjoys Preceptor's Approach to Clinical Teaching at Christian Brothers College High School


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Ryan Dale (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

Summer Camps at Christian Brother College (CBC) High School have been a great hands-on experience. My preceptor, Kristen Jeans ATC, LMT, at CBC through Mercy Sports Medicine has years of experience and enjoys sharing it with her Athletic Training Students. She allows me to work with the athletes on my own, but is also happy to teach me when I am faced with a situation I am unable to solve. Due to the wide variety of sports being played and the numerous athletes that attend the camps, there are many opportunities to further advance my proficiencies as an Athletic Trainer. 
I have especially enjoyed Kristen’s approach to evaluations. She is able to quickly evaluate her athletes and determine what they need to return to play. I think her Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) certification is very helpful, because she is advanced in manual therapy techniques. I believe strongly in the use of massage and other manual techniques for both pre and post treatments of athletes to ensure optimal function. 
Lastly I was excited to learn more about rehab, because this is an area I am highly interested in. In the high school setting there is not much time to spend on rehab, so an athletic trainer working in this setting needs to be proficient in developing home rehab programs and properly communicating them to his or her athletes. Kristen is great at prescribing the appropriate exercises, and making sure her athletes are strengthening weak muscles that would otherwise lead to injury. 

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 05, 2017

SLU AT Student Improves the Patient Experience with Healthcare at SSM Health/Cardinal Glennon SportsCare


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - SSM Health/Cardinal Glennon SportsCare
By: Killian Hollo (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

SportsCare at SSM Health/Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is a unique company which connects Cardinal Glennon physicians through community outreach techniques. Here with preceptor Katie Smith ATC, We form partnerships with youth organizations around the greater Saint Louis and west Illinois areas and then try to acquire referrals for the Cardinal Glennon Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Doctors. This has shown to be an interesting business technique by the hospital as well as an untraditional role for an Athletic Trainer to work in. My experience with SportsCare has not only exposed me to interprofessional practice in the hospital, but also the value an Athletic Trainer’s skillsets could have outside of a traditional work setting.

Every day is different. In the morning we might be in the office handling referral logistics or creating outreach education tools. In the afternoon we may visit youth athletic organizations such as a gymnastics gym or a peewee football camp. Varying weekly schedules have kept me on my toes and taught me to keep an open mind to any task in any situation. It is important to have an Athletic Trainer for this job for a few reasons. We can do the necessary assessments on individuals to determine the proper healthcare steps needed. Also, we can educate individuals on things like CPR/AED/First Aid and can educate other healthcare professionals on sports related injury care such as equipment removal, splinting, and concussion protocol. Moments like these remind me of how valuable the Athletic Training education is and give me pride to be in an internship which allows opportunities of interprofessional exposure.

Building relationships with people can go a long way with SportsCare. Sometimes just talking to a parent for a few minutes makes all the difference. They may never know they would have needed our service, but by chance when their child suffers an unforeseen injury, the family has our phone number on the free giveaway we gave them. It’s not the hospitals phone number, but one of the outreach liaison’s personal numbers. The family knows us already from that previous conversation and now they can feel comfortable as they are guided through the healthcare system.  

Through this experience I have really begun to see the greater picture of the healthcare industry. Whether it was in the clinic with Dr. Kaar or a conversation at a soccer tournament preceding that physician appointment, Cardinal Glennon SportsCare puts the autonomy of the family first at the greatest convenience to that family as possible. As the intern I strive to be as malleable as possible in whatever role facilitates that goal.  

I’ve learned it’s the little things that go a long way with healthcare. If I can listen intently, present myself respectfully, and stay humble I can be an integral part in any patient’s experience for the better.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 04, 2017

SLU AT Student Appreciates Well-Rounded Experience in DC at Georgetown University


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Georgetown University
By: Donielle Francis (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

This summer, I had the opportunity to complete my summer field experience in Washington DC with Georgetown University. I was able to split my time working with both the football team and the women’s basketball team while they are in the middle of their summer conditioning and lifting programs. I also observed the interprofessional care and interaction between the athletic trainers, coaches, team physicians, and strength and conditioning staff as it pertains to the health and wellbeing of the athletes.


While working with football, I was under the direction of Associate Athletic Trainer Travis McCormack MA, ATC. I was able to assist and/or observe team physicals, rehab programs, inventory, insurance and purchasing of supplies. I was also able to participate in reviewing emergency care and spine boarding with the GU staff.

The second half of my summer was spent with women’s basketball, under the guidance of Associate Athletic Trainer Shannon O’Donnell MS, ATC. With Shannon, I have been able to gain more experience in different modes of therapy such as cupping, ultrasound, microcurrent and manual therapies. Getting time to just  sit down and chat with both Travis and Shannon during the summer about the life of an athletic trainer and all their different roles and responsibilities was all invaluable information to me. They both always made sure to talk me through their roles and tasks and the reasoning behind why and how they do the things that they do.

I truly had a very well rounded experience here at Georgetown. I appreciate the sports medicine staff and athletes at Georgetown for being welcoming and allowing me to ask questions, observe and improve my overall skills.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 03, 2017

SLU AT Student Gets Experience with Performance Enhancement at Nutriformance/Athletic Republic


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Nutriformance/Athletic Republic
By: Mike Milek (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

This summer I have the opportunity to have my summer field experience with Heidi Frey, MA, ATC, CSCS and Randy Leopando, BS, FMS, CSCS at Nutriformance/Athletic Republic here in St. Louis. So far, it has been a great experience, as this is the setting I see myself in once I graduate.



Throughout my day at Nutriformance/Athletic Republic, I get a variety of experiences. On the Athletic Republic side of things, I have the opportunity to shadow many of the performance trainers as the they take athletes through the variable classes that are offered throughout the day including agility, speed, and functional strengthening. Along with shadowing, I help with dynamic warm ups before classes and with active recovery during the sessions. On the Nutriformance side, I have been able to shadow personal training sessions and have been able to help Heidi in evaluating athletes.


I have learned a lot so far at Nutriformance/ Athletic Republic and it has given me an inside look at a setting I am seriously considering going into. It has been an awesome experience so far.


Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.

August 02, 2017

SLU AT Student Benefits from Multidisciplinary Approach at Mercy Sports Medicine


SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Mercy Sports Medicine
By: C.J. Butler (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

This summer I’ve have been lucky enough to work with Dr. Brian Mahaffey and the Mercy Sports Medicine team. Dr. Mahaffey is a primary care sports medicine physician who sees athletes varying in age, sport and skillset. He uses his knowledge and expertise to avoid surgery as much as possible and by using functional movement screening and the full body approach find “the why” for an injury. This has taught me a lot about rehabilitation for injuries and how important it is to find the underlying cause of the problem and fix it so it won’t continue to come back.


One of my main goals for this summer was to learn the clinical side of sports medicine and what I, as a future athletic trainer, could do to increase the efficiency of patient care. I have been able to see how Dr. Mahaffey uses the multidisciplinary team around him, including athletic trainers, physical therapists and other specialists. Since the clinic is directly attached to a rehabilitation center there is constant communication between the team to insure that the patients are on the right track at all times. This patient centered approach not only gets the athletes physically and emotionally back to where they were before, but the ability to be even better.

Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.