May 20, 2018

SLU AT Program Celebrates 2018 Graduates


The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program celebrated its 2018 graduating students in the Doisy College of Health Sciences Precommencement Ceremony on May 18th and University Commencement on May 19th at Chaifetz Arena.


An additional highlight of the Doisy College Precommencement was 2018 Master of Athletic graduate Killian Hollo outstanding performance of the national anthem!


Congratulations to SLU's 2018 Master of Athletic Training graduates:
  • Adam Beck
  • Madeleine Bresnahan
  • Bridget Bushong
  • CJ Butler
  • Ryan Dale
  • Donielle Francis
  • Caitlin Gibson
  • Jenna Ginsberg
  • Killian Hollo
  • Alex Hubbs
  • Michael Milek
  • Patrick O'Neill
  • Wyatt Whitegoat
  • Benjamin Wildman

Congratulations to students in the SLU's 3+2 program track from the MAT Class of 2019; who received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Degree in 2018:
  • Juan Calero Alonso
  • Catherine Chua
  • Rory Cusack
  • Matthew Eifert
  • Erin Fabbri
  • Ryan Frantz
  • Grant Hollander
  • Cody Hutson
  • Danielle Jabczynski
  • Paul Lamb
  • Brian Leach
  • Chase Long
  • Christopher Mecherle
  • Sarah Menzuber
  • Matt Murphy
  • Maggie Rowell
  • Justin Ullom

May 17, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student from Japan Learns About the Importance of Professional Communication in Health Care


New AT Student Blog Post - Haruka Ikeda (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

My first experience of Directed Observation (DO) hours was at John Burroughs High School with Dean Tiffany ATC, Caitlin Gibson (PY2), Danielle Jabczynski (PY1). It was also my first experience to look around a high school in the United States, and actually I am so lucky to have John Burroughs School as my first one. They have clean, orderly AT room and every student athlete respects Dean and also PY students.

The most impressed DO experience for me is a Spring Soccer Tournament at Lou Fusz Rams Park and Fenton Soccer Park. That was the largest soccer tournament for young athletes at St. Louis and there were more than 5 soccer fields inside and outside. At Fenton Soccer Park, SLU Alum Kelly DeGreeff MAT, ATC was with me telling me the importance to have communication with not just athletes or patients, but also coaches and referee, who relates to a game. Young athletes are more sensitive and emotionally unstable than grown athletes, so that’s why ATs need to be more careful and keep an eye out for them. The communication makes us easier to understand athletes condition or a background that should be considered when ATs treat patients.


To be honest, I was quite nervous to do DO hours because of the language barrier, but at the same time I was excited that I got an opportunity to feel the reality of ATs in sports field in my bones. Since I was a student athletic trainer when I was in japan, which was 2 years ago, one of the reasons why I came to the US is to feel the difference between the countries. All of my DO experiences including John Burroughs HS, SEC Gymnastics Championships, Washington University, Track meet at SLU, and the Spring Soccer Tournament were absolutely great opportunities for me to feel and understand the difference.

Thank you all the preceptors and older students, and I also want to thank all of my friendly classmates.

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.

May 15, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Appreciates Trust Between Preceptor and Students at Chaminade College Prep

New AT Student Blog Post - Marissa Burch (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

When I think back to my days as a high school student, I think of all those who made an impact on my experience. Teachers, friends, coaches, anyone who helped to shape the person I became at graduation. Some of my favorite moments came from the sidelines during football games with the Athletic Trainer. Although my high school does not have a full-time Athletic Trainer, we were able to bring an AT in to do game coverage. Even in the short amount of time I was able to spend with him, I learned a lot about the profession and what it entails. I felt this same excitement as I observed in high schools this semester, particularly with Scott Kugler ATC at Chaminade College Preparatory. 

Having the opportunity to observe Scott was an absolute honor. He has been an Athletic Trainer at Chaminade for over 10 years, which has allowed him to gain the trust of the athletes he treats and the coaches with which he interacts. One of my favorite things about Scott’s relationship with the athletes is when one also happens to be a student in his Anatomy course. He is constantly trying to teach and encourage these athletes. If one of his students comes in with an injury, he quizzes the student on what could possibly be affected, depending on the area that is injured. Pushing these athletes and others to be the best version of themselves, building a relationship with the athletes seems to come naturally. 

Learning the importance of a developed relationship with those you treat and interact with was definitely one of the most important things I observed. However, it was not the only thing I was able to learn while at Chaminade. Scott made sure to always explain what he was doing and why. He ensured that I knew what was going on, even if I may not understand everything about it. Observing in Athletic Training rooms these past several months brought me great humility, as it reminded me that we, both as individuals and the profession as a whole, are always growing and learning. Our work as Athletic Trainers is exciting and can make a huge difference in the lives of the athletes we treat.  

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.

May 14, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Excited to be Back Home at Webster Groves High School

New AT Student Blog Post - Abby Hoffman (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

I am a junior in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program and I am thankful to say I have had the opportunity to observe at a few different places this semester, as well as watch different sports. Coming from St. Louis, I was very excited to go back to my high school, Webster Groves, to observe in the AT room just as I did as a senior. It was different being back as just an observer when I was once an athlete and a student. As I watched athletes get helped, I realized that I had much more knowledge than I did. I felt like I learned a lot by listening to how my preceptors asked questions. I have always found it difficult to ask the right background questions and take history. Observing this was a great way for me to practice taking history in my head. 
In February, I had the opportunity to observe a hockey tournament game between Iowa State and McKendree University. The tournament was held at the Webster Groves rink, which is place I grew up skating at and watching my friends play at in high school. Hockey is a sport that I enjoy watching and would like to work with in the future, so I was very excited for this opportunity. Nothing too crazy happened while I was there, but I did get to see how AT's prepare for the game. I was happy to experience how an athletic trainer's typical day would go at a hockey tournament. Whether that meant standing for hours or being really cold, I was happy nonetheless. 

As I look ahead at the next two years in the AT program, I am excited and ready to start my journey working at a clinical site instead of observing. I feel as though the places I observed have helped me prepare for what it'll be like when I am at my own site. I am excited to use the knowledge I have gained over the past few years and put my skills to practice. Although I am nervous to start the professional phase of the program, I am excited to be that much closer to my goal of becoming 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.

May 13, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Gains Confidence Through Directed Observation Experiences

New AT Student Blog Post - Conner Mongoven (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

As a Junior in the SLU AT program, I am getting ready to transition into the professional phase of the program. It is hard to look ahead and know exactly what to expect and what it will be like starting with Gross Anatomy this summer, but throughout MAT 3000 and direct observation hours, I have gotten a much better grasp as to what I will experience these next two years.

I got to experience a lot of different settings in my Directed Observation (DO) hours, including the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament at the Scottrade Center, SLU Club Hockey at Webster Groves, SLU Track and Field at the Medical Campus track, and both the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championships and NCAA gymnastics championships at Chaifetz Arena. My favorite experiences were at hockey and gymnastics. I enjoyed the fast pace of hockey and witnessing PY2 student Pat O’Neill and Dr. Timothy Howell discuss their opinions of a shoulder injury of one of the opposing players, and hearing their thoughts of how that team’s athletic trainer was handling the situation and the injury. At gymnastics, which I had never before seen in person, it was cool to see the amount of team morale and crowd support, and the constant cheering as each event took place simultaneously. I got a lot of insight from PY1 students Adam Long and Jazmon Carroll at the SEC Championships about their clinical experiences and what to expect as I move on to the professional phase of the program.

After learning some basic skills in MAT 3000 and doing direct observation hours, I am really excited to begin the next phase of the program and work towards the Master of Athletic Training Degree and AT certification. Hearing from current students above me has given me the confidence to know that no matter how hard anything seems now, that I will be able to excel in the program. I can’t wait to move forward and continue this journey in the SLU AT 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.

May 12, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Finds Clarity Observing Current Students Learning at Clinical Site


New AT Student Blog Post - Carmen Roberson (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

This semester I spent most of my directed observation hours at John Burroughs High School. On my very first day I was a little skeptical because I simply didn’t know what to expect. All of my skepticism melted away by the time I entered the athletic training room. I was welcomed by Danielle Jabczynski and Caitlin Gibson and introduced to preceptor, Dean Tiffany ATC. I automatically felt a positive presence and that it would be a great learning atmosphere. John Burroughs has an awesome Athletic Training room too, so I was able to see new tools and equipment used that I had never seen before.

As the weeks went on at John Burroughs, I became more acclimated to the flow of what it means to be an athletic trainer and the many services and skillsets that one acquires. I saw all of the taping demonstrations, learned how an electrical stimulation machine works, and learned certain modalities used to help decrease pain. One of my favorite things to witness was how Dean, Caitlin, and Danielle analyzed injuries, tested range of motion, and created fitness tests. This was a really cool part of athletic training that I am excited to learn more about in the future. 

Overall, I am looking forward to becoming more acclimated within my profession, and I am very thankful for the time I was able to spend at John Burroughs. 

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.

May 11, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student is Excited for the Next Step in Her Unique Path to Athletic Training


New AT Student Blog Post - Alejandra Chavez-Hernandez (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

I entered the Athletic Training program in Fall 2016 as a transfer student, and it’s crazy to think I will be a PY1 this upcoming Fall!

I did not take the traditional path to college, but that has not stopped me from having amazing opportunities as an AT student at SLU. Some of the highlights of my time in the AT program have been through the directed observation opportunities. I had really great experiences being a DO student, but two of my favorites were observing at Harris Stowe State University and attending the SEC Gymnastics event.

Attending the SEC Gymnastics was a fun experience because it was the first time I had ever seen gymnastics in person and I was amazed at the skill and dedication the gymnasts had for the sport. Two PY1 students and I were there, Adam Long and Matt Eifert. They were both really great to work with that day! Despite the busy environment at this event, I paid close attention to how the athletic trainers from the different colleges there that day treated their athletes. Being at the SEC Gymnastics event gave me the opportunity to see how athletic trainers work in a much larger setting, which was a really unique experience that I am really grateful to have had as a pre-professional AT student. It was awesome seeing how close of a relationship the athletic trainers had with their athletes, and it was clear to me that the athletes were very thankful for all that their athletic trainers were doing for them. I am really looking forward to one day having that type of relationship with the athletes I work with as I enter the professional phase of the program.

Another great observation opportunity was when I went to Harris Stowe State University. Killian Hollo, who is a PY2 student, and the head Athletic Trainer Tim Herlihy ATC were very welcoming and really made me feel involved in the few hours that I was there observing. I learned a lot that day and I even got to see a chiropractor work with the student athletes! That was a really cool experience and it was great talking to the chiropractors and learn more about their profession.

I am so happy and grateful for all the amazing opportunities I have had at SLU. I can’t wait to see the amazing opportunities to come.

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.

May 09, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Reflects on Spring Experiences as She Looks Forward to the Future

New AT Student Blog Post - Claire Ditman (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

As I am wrapping up my third year in the SLU Athletic Training program and looking ahead to what will come next, I am reflecting on the experiences I have had so far within the program.

This year I was able to participate in Directed Observation hours in order to get a better understanding of what my future would look like as an athletic trainer. I also was a great opportunity to get to know older students in the program and get their advice on how to best succeed in the program. While at the sites, I was able to meet many of the preceptors that I could potentially be working under next year. This was awesome to get to know them before hand and get a grasp on what my clinical experiences will be like next year. 

A few of the sites I was able to attend were Fontbonne University with PY1 Chase Long, WashU with PY2 Jenna Ginsberg, the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, and SLU Club Hockey games. Fontbonne and WashU were great experiences to see how a college athletic training room functions as at this point in my education, I am interested in college athletic training. They also were great about explain what they were doing and telling me in which class I would get to learn more about it. The MVC tournament was a fun experience in which I got to see how a large-scale event works in terms of taking care of the athletes, as well as, it was cool to be on the sidelines of a Bradley University game as I grew up watching their games. Finally, SLU hockey was an eye open experience to see the difference that occur when treating athletes in a ice rink. 

This semester has made me excited to enter the professional phase of the program and begin getting hands on experience. It has prepared me a great deal for the fall and I know this summer will prepare me even more. Although I am slightly nervous for Gross Anatomy this summer, I am more excited for the experience and feel it will benefit me greatly. Plus I will get to spend the summer getting to know my classmates that I will be spending a lot of time with the next two years!

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.

May 08, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Appreciates Learning from Current Students During Transition to Next Phase of Program

New AT Student Blog Post - Becca McGrail (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

As my third year in the pre-professional phase of SLU’s Athletic Training program comes to an end, I am left with a sense of pride for everything accomplished up until this point, along with feelings of anxiousness for what is to come during the ever-encroaching professional phase starting this summer with Gross Anatomy.

During my junior year, I was given the opportunity to attend the MOATA Conference as well as engage in directed observation hours at multiple locations. Both of these opportunities gave me better incite at what I will one day be doing in my future career as an Athletic Training and the various types of settings there are to work in. One of the most unique experiences I participated in this semester was being able to attend the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. I had the opportunity to observe our program’s PY students and certified Athletic Trainers from across the country.


Another location I fortunate to be able to have directed observation hours at was John Burroughs School. While there, I got to experience the high influx of athletes coming and going for rehab, injury evaluations, taping, and precautionary care. The head Athletic Trainer, Dean, was very welcoming and insightful with any questions I had about the profession. The PY students at JBS, Danielle (PY1) and Caitlin (PY2), were also very helpful with any inquiries I had about the program. They both told me about their prior experiences up until this point and what their plans are for the future. 

With all of the opportunities and experiences I have been granted by being a student in SLU’s Athletic Training program, I feel that I am going into the professional phase well prepared and excited for whatever my future holds. 

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.

May 07, 2018

SLU AT Students Grow Through Preceptor's Trust in a Comprehensive Approach at Harris-Stowe


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Harris-Stowe State University
By: Killian Hollo (SLU MAT Class of 2018) and Juan Calero Alonso (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

The experience at HSSU this spring of 2018 has been one of great value. Progressing through the semester, Tim, the Athletic Department, and the athletes have trusted us with comprehensive patient care. This care sometimes means managing an immediate situation. This care sometimes involves a more scholarly task like documenting in sportswear for 45 minutes. Though not always glamorous, each of these angles of patient management has shown their value to mold Athletic Training master level students into groomed healthcare professionals.
Each day builds more trust with the Hornet family. As the relationship builds, we see more about our patients and Athletic Department than just the visible. What was once black and white is replaced by the brown and gold color of unique trends and quirky natures that only Harris Stowe could bring out. And that in essence becomes part of an Athletic Trainer of the university. The role not only provides medical care to student athletes, but also yields another outlying personality to keep the hornet family functioning at its interesting self. Graduation from SLU comes soon. We don’t know what it will bring. A job might take us overseas or keep us close to home. What we do know is that the experience at HSSU will travel with us, with the lessons from friends made along the way.

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.

May 06, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Sees Multiple Sides of the Profession Through a Variety of Experiences


New AT Student Blog Post - Rachel Wilhelm (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

Being a 3rd year undergraduate Athletic Training student, I am excited to be finishing up my pre-professional education so I can go on to the professional phase, do clinicals and take classes directly related to the job field. The excitement has been gradually building up over this last semester, due to our requirement of doing Directed Observation (DO) hours. In order to start acclimating into the mindset of being an Athletic Trainer, the 3rd years were all required to put in a certain number of hours joining the PY students at their clinical sites to do observation. I have completed hours at SLU club hockey, the MVC Basketball tournament, Webster Groves High School, Washington University, NCAA Bowling, NCAA Gymnastics, and John Burroughs School. 


Two of the sites that I believe I gained a lot from were the NCAA Gymnastics tournament and Washington University. I was able to experience the Gymnastics tournament with other DO students, PY students, and some certified Athletic Trainers. With high school gymnastics season being over and SLU not having a team, there weren’t many opportunities to observe the sport, so I was beyond excited to have this opportunity. Some of the certified ATs and PY students were even gymnasts in the past, so it was amazing to be able to get my questions answered by people who had direct experience with the sport. I was also able to observe the physicians and massage therapists that some teams brought with them. 

I went to do DO hours at Wash U with Jenna Ginsberg. She went out of her way to show me how everything there worked, from how to set the athletes up for stim to writing the reports for each athlete she interacted with. She also answered many of my questions regarding the curriculum in my upcoming PY years. It was a completely different experience from the NCAA Gymnastics tournament, so it was great to be able to see multiple sides of Athletic Training. I’m excited to see when it takes me in the future. 

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.

May 04, 2018

SLU AT Program Recognizes 2018 Graduates with Program Awards at MAT Capstone Day


The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program hosted its Annual Master of Athletic Training Capstone Day on May 4, 2018 in the Allied Health Building.  Students in the SLU MAT Class of 2018 publicly presented their Capstone Projects to SLU faculty, students and other stakeholders.

The SLU AT Program also recognized several 2018 MAT graduates with its annual program awards.


Pat O'Neill and Alex Hubbs were presented with Clinical Excellence Awards (pictured with Doisy College of Health Sciences Dean Dr. Mardell Wilson and AT program Director Dr. Anthony Breitbach)


Caitlin Gibson was also recognized for Excellence in Professional Service.

Another award, for Academic Excellence, will be presented once final grades are posted prior to graduation.

May 03, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Appreciates Directed Observation Experiences in Preparation for the Next Stage of the Program

New AT Student Blog Post - Mitchell Buerck (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

Going into Junior year, I was a bit nervous with Directed Observation (DO) hours and the last year before becoming a Professional Year (PY) student. It all changed going to my first DO experience with PY2 student Caitlyn Gibson, PY1 student Danielle Jabczynski, and Dean Tiffany ATC, the athletic trainer at John Burroughs. The AT room there was so different than anything I’d ever seen. Going there was definitely an eye opener and I’m very thankful for the experience.

What really got me excited for going into professional phase was the NCAA Gymnastics championship. I’ve never had experience with gymnastics before and I didn’t know much about it and thought that I wouldn’t enjoy it all too much, but doing DO hours there really changed my mind. It was very fast paced with everything going on and a different atmosphere that I’d never seen before. It was nice having PY1 student Jazmon Carroll to explain how everything worked and AT faculty member Dr. Timothy Howell make me feel welcomed and talk about the next two years of the program. It was a great experience that I’ll never forget and would love to do more events like that again.

I think doing DO hours really helped me with what I will be doing the next two years and what I need to learn to become the AT I want to be. Talking with the older students about gross anatomy really made me feel better knowing that if they can do it, so can I. The DO hours gave me a head start for my PY years and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

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.

May 01, 2018

SLU Athletic Training Program Announces Brandi Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training program recently announced the creation of the Brandi Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship. The scholarship, for which any student entering their second professional year in the Athletic Training program is eligible to apply, will be awarded for the first time for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
Brandi Burgett, MAT, preparing for her day when she was an Athletic Training student at SLU.
The scholarship was created in memory of Brandi Burgett, MAT – a 2017 graduate of the SLU Athletic Training program. A native of Temecula, CA, Brandi came to SLU to study Athletic Training despite living with the pain and other symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. While living with Crohn’s disease, Burgett still brought a passion for her studies and for life that was inspiring among her peers as she was involved in a variety of activities across campus.

The scholarship was created, in large part, by generous gifts made by Brandi’s parents - Bob and Marnie Burgett – family and friends. In addition, the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Society (SLATS) dedicated all of the proceeds from its annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser to the scholarship fund. Bob and Marnie Burgett saw creating the scholarship as a fitting way to honor their daughter’s legacy, preserve her story and help students that have the same passion for helping others that Brandi possessed. Any Athletic Training student entering their second professional year can apply for the scholarship. The recipient will be a student that has demonstrated the ability to approach Athletic Training with the same passion shown by Brandi and is involved in activities within the program. Also, preference will be give to applicants who have had to overcome adversity in their pursuit of graduating.
The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Society (SLATS) presenting a check from the group's annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser to DCHS Dean Mardell Wilson, EdD, RD, LDN. SLATS dedicated all of the proceeds from this year's fundraiser to the Brandi Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship fund. 
Bob and Marnie knew that this scholarship would be a great way to complement the passion that Brandi had for helping others.

“Our hope is that we can make a difference in a young person’s life. Brandi was challenged her entire life with a debilitating disease. We want to help make a difference and help another student with some funds that will get them through a rough time. The student can look to [SLU Athletic Training Program Director] Dr. Anthony Breitbach and learn about how Brandi overcame her challenges to get her Master of Athletic Training degree,” Bob and Marnie said.

DCHS Dean Mardell Wilson, Ed.D, RD, LDN, was hopeful that future students could be inspired by Brandi’s story.

"In the Doisy College of Health Sciences, we are a family. Whenever we lose someone from our family, it is heartbreaking,” Dr. Wilson said. “However, the creation of this scholarship allows us to focus on Brandi's inspirational journey through life. In the face of true adversity, Brandi excelled. Now, her mission to help others will live on through her legacy as this scholarship will support students in realizing their dreams and carry on Brandi’s passion for the profession of Athletic Training."

Each spring at Commencement, graduates hear the president say that, though their time on this campus may be over, the individuals that have walked these halls remain sons and daughters of SLU forever. The passion for this university and the sense of home that so many of the students here feel was as strong with Brandi as it was with anyone.

“Brandi was proud to be a Billiken and wholeheartedly supported her program and all of those who made it possible,” Bob and Marnie said. “She gained forever friendships and fell in love at SLU. We are forever grateful for all of the opportunities that SLU provided for Brandi and she will always remain a Billiken in our hearts.”

To learn how to contribute to the Brandi Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship, contact DCHS Development Director Michelle Cohen at michelle.cohen@slu.edu.

This original news release on the SLU Doisy College of Health Sciences website:  https://www.slu.edu/doisy/doisy-news/2018/at-announces-burgett-memorial-scholarship.php

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Saint Louis University Master of Athletic Training Capstone Day to be held on Friday, May 4th

The Athletic Training Program in Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences is hosting its Annual Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Capstone Day on Friday, May 4, 2018. The MAT Capstone Day will take place in room 2030 of the Allied Health Professions Building on SLU's South Campus.

Students in the SLU MAT Class of 2018 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 Program Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

The event 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 MAT Capstone Day, call 314-977-8561 or email atep@health.slu.edu.

April 30, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Finds Inspiration from AT's at her Alma Mater - Stagg HS in Chicago

New AT Student Blog Post - Allison Stefan (SLU MAT Class of 2020) 

I am a junior student in the SLU AT Program from Chicago. As time is winding down in my pre-professional portion of the program and the professional phase fast approaches, I am looking forward to my future endeavors. In the past three years I have gained valuable knowledge from the great opportunities I have experienced in our program. From direct observation hours at Track Meets here at SLU to touring the Cardinals Athletic Training room, I feel I am prepared to take on the professional phase starting this summer. 

One memory that has motivated me to keep pushing through, is over spring break I returned to my high school to observe Certified Athletic Trainers, Kat Hermanas ATC, Reggie Castillo ATC, and Sharon West ATC at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. It was such an amazing feeling coming back to the Athletic Training room I once was treated at as a student-athlete and where I realized what I wanted to do with my life. The rush of student-athletes crowding the Athletic Training room when the sound of the last bell rang brought back a flood of meaningful memories.


Over the course of the week, Reggie, Kat and Sharon enlightened me of new techniques that they implement in practice. From observing multiple ankle and knee tapings for the girls’ soccer team, to icing sore shoulders of the baseball players, and rehab/ strengthening program for an ACL tear recovery, I got to witness multiple tasks I will be doing in the future at my clinical sites.  Kat, Reggie, and Sharon demonstrated great practice by having the student-athlete repeat back the instructions they provided them, taking good SOAP notes for documentation, and having the injured student-athletes complete rehab notes pages logging the exercises they were doing. 

I had a wonderful time spending a full week in an Athletic Training setting which was a promising feeling that I chose the right path for a career. I got to play around with different types of tape/ equipment, observe strengthening and stretching techniques, and ask questions about how the AT got to where they were today, all things we have been practicing these past three years. My favorite was when the student-athletes would come up to me and ask me about their injury. Even though I couldn’t help the student-athletes at that point, knowing that I will be able to assist in the near future was encouraging. 

Overall, I could not have asked to observe better AT’s during my direct observation week at Stagg High School. I am both eager and nervous starting the professional phase in a few short weeks, but look forward to continuing down the path to reach my career goal as 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 29, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Gets Eye-Opening Look into Her Future as an Athletic Trainer

New AT Student Blog Post - Caitlyn Thomas (SLU MAT Class of 2020)  

I am wrapping up my third year in the SLU Athletic Training program, and this year has been eye-opening in terms of my future as an Athletic Trainer.

I was able to participate in Direct Observation hours, which was super helpful in gaining a little bit of a better understanding of what I am about to get myself into next year with Clinical Practicum, and potentially what my future career could look like. I was fortunate enough to get hours at Fontbonne University, John Burroughs School, a SLU club hockey event, the NCAA and SEC Gymnastics Championships, and the NCAA Bowling Championships.

My favorite places that I went and got direct observation hours at were John Burroughs Scool, and the Gymnastics Championships. At JBS, Caitlin Gibson (PY2) and Danielle Jabczynski (PY1) offered me so much advice on how to approach my upcoming classes, they walked me through why they did what they did when treating an athlete, and they told me about their different experiences at other clinical sites. During the Gymnastics Championships, I was able to hangout in the Athletic Training tent and observe our SLU PY students, as well as different team’s Athletic Trainers, provide care to the gymnasts. I loved the atmosphere of the gymnastics events, and would potentially be interested in working with gymnasts in my future.

I am anxious/excited/nervous about the upcoming semesters in the SLU AT program. So far, I feel like my classes have prepared me to succeed, but it’s going to be a whole new experience to be starting clinical in the fall and finally getting some hands-on experience. First off, however, I have to take the so-called “hardest class” of our program: Gross Anatomy. I’m nervous and excited at the same time for that class. I know I won’t have much of a Summer, but at least I’ll be putting in work along with my fellow classmates.

Here’s to the future!

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 27, 2018

SLU Pre-Professional AT Student Reunites with her High School AT's to Prepare for Professional Coursework


New AT Student Blog Post - Hannah Daily (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

I am a current junior in the SLU Athletic Training program. Throughout my past three years of the program I have engaged in numerous science courses including: organic chemistry, physics and exercise physiology. This program has allowed me to explore much of what SLU has to offer through sciences as well as elective courses in which I have been able to obtain a minor in Spanish and concentration in IPE. Before enduring the upcoming professional years of the program, I have also been able to enjoy the city of St. Louis in my spare time by going to countless festivals, tourist attractions and local eateries near campus. I have also been able to experience the MoATA conference and be a part of the SLATS executive board as class representative. Thus far this program has been challenging yet rewarding and this semester I have been able to get a taste of what the upcoming years have to offer.

During this spring semester I have been lucky enough to observe a few different clinical sites including: Webster Groves High School, NCAA Bowling and SLU Track and Field. These sites have helped to gear my idea as to what type of athlete I want to work with later on in life. In particular, over my spring break I was able to meet with Central Illinois athletic trainers Matt Munjoy ATC and Brie Cimino ATC who let me tag along during the week. Brie is the head athletic trainer at Central A&M high school where she has been able to form close relationships with her athletes as well as the great administrative staff and team coaches. She showed me the ropes of what it is like to be a certified athletic trainer and work with high school athletes during the after-school rush and long evenings at sporting events. Through this experience I formed great connections with Matt and Brie while learning about the small town high school experience. 

This was a great opportunity and I am looking forward to my last two years as a professional phase student in the SLU AT 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.

April 05, 2018

SLU AT Program Advisory Board Plays an Important Role in Strategic Planning

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program has a Program Advisory Board of 12 external community stakeholders that has a valuable role in program improvement.  Currently the SLU Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, the Athletic Training Program and the Program in Physical Therapy are engaging in department and program level strategic planning facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Giancola.

On the evening of April 4, 2018, the AT Program Advisory Board participated in this process and provided valuable feedback through a SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) Analysis activity.


2017-2018 SLU AT Program Advisory Board

Matt Bayes, M.D. - Bluetail Medical Group (community & clinical partner)
Jonathan Burch, ATC - Saint Louis University - Department of Athletics (clinical partner)
Julie Davitz, MHS, PT, ATC  - SSM (alum & community partner)
Scott Kaar, M.D. - Saint Louis University – SSM/SLUCare Sports Medicine (community partner)
Rick Larsen, MS, ATC - Washington University (community & clinical partner)
Aaron McBride, MPT, ATC - Apex Network Physical Therapy (community partner)
Jason Muchow, MHA, ATC - Mercy Sports Medicine (community & clinical partner)
Paul Nativi, DMD - Nikodem Dental & Saint Louis University, Team Dentist  (community partner)
Laura O’Connor, MPT, OCS - Athletico (alum & community partner)
Mike Overturf, ATC, PES - Athletico (community & clinical partner)
Fred Shinn, MS, PT - ATI Physical Therapy (community & clinical partner)
Becky Stigen MS, ATC - Affton High School (community & clinical partner)
L. Tyler Wadsworth, M.D. - SLU Athletic Training Program Medical Director

April 04, 2018

SLU AT Students Enjoy Contributing to a Championship Season at Webster Groves HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster Groves High School
By:  Matt Eifert and Sarah Menzuber (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Webster Groves High School is filled with a variety of competitive athletes and a supportive community behind them. The basketball team’s success over the last decade has paved a road for future champions and opened the gym doors to a growing fanbase.  Our preceptor Sean Wright ATC ensures that these high schoolers perform to their fullest extent.

Most times the athletic training room can be cramped with athletes of all shapes, sizes, and levels of competition.  Working with WGHS students is a rewarding experience, the AT Room is always filled with injured athletes and their entourage after school. The players adhere to rehab plans; knowing that the AT staff is looking out for their best interests. The  men’s basketball team started districts at the beginning of March, and repeated as state champions!

All while enjoying the excitement of districts, spring sports just started up as well.  We are excited to meet new athletes and watch their programs succeed.  We have been working with a lot of athletes on preseason injury prevention and treatment, so they can be well conditioned to produce optimal performance.  These high school athletes have been amazing to work with and create relationships with.  They are all very motivated to rehab their injuries and return to play as soon as possible, which makes our job exciting and well worth the time put in.

Learning from Sean has also been a great experience, and we know we will leave Webster Groves at the end of the semester with new skills and perspectives to help us grow in our knowledge and confidence as Athletic Training students.

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

March 28, 2018

SLU AT Student Enhances Clinical and Communication Skills at Parkway South HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway South High School
By:  Madeleine Bresnahan (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

I am in my last semester at Saint Louis University and will be receiving a Master of Athletic Training degree in May. I have been fortunate to spend this entire year at Parkway South High School with Mike Tzianos, M Ed, ATC, from Mercy Sports Medicine. Mike has been an awesome mentor to me. He has given me a lot of freedom this year to evaluate and treat athletes under his supervision. This freedom has helped me to develop my skills and is preparing me for after graduation.
Along with developing and perfecting my skills Mike has taught me a lot. He is always teaching me techniques and skills that are unfamiliar to me. One of the major skills Mike has helped me develop this year is communication with athletes and with parents. Specifically talking with parents had been something I hadn’t done until coming to Parkway South.  I have learned a lot from just watching Mike on how to educate parents on their child’s injury. I have been able to talk to parents myself to improve my communication skills. I also have enjoyed interacting with Ashley, an undergraduate AT student at Lindenwood University.

Overall, my experience at Parkway South and with Mike has been awesome! I am getting great clinical experience and learning at lot. 

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 27, 2018

SLU AT Students Benefit from a Wide Range of Clinical Opportunities at Lindenwood-Belleville

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lindenwood University -Belleville
By: Ben Wildman (SLU MAT Class of 2018), Jazmon Carroll, Cody Hutson, and Chris Mecherle (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

The college experience at Lindenwood University - Belleville has been an amazing experience thus far. Shifting from a high school to a college has been an adjustment, but the plethora of modalities, staff, and diligent, hard-working student athletes has been a pleasure to be around. Life in a larger athletic training room has its challenges such as: staying organized, staying clean, and addressing less than full functioning appliances. However, it also has its perks including: more space for rehab, extra plinths, increased storage space, a more inviting atmosphere for student-athletes, and much more. The benefits outweigh the inconveniences by far, and we have never had a problem performing treatments before and after practices due to lack of space. The staff, athletes, and AT students have definitely appreciated its utility.


One of the main differences between being a athletic training student at a high school compared to a college is the number of sports teams you are assigned to. In a college setting, you typically are given one, maybe two or three sports, while you are the athletic trainer for all teams at a high school setting. At Lindenwood, we were all assigned to one sport. One of us is with wrestling, one with rugby, another is with baseball, and one with Men and Women’s ice hockey. By being with different sports, this is giving us the opportunity to have different experiences despite being at the same clinical site. This also provides us with opportunities to learn from our peers as we share techniques and teachable moments when we are all together. We are grateful to be given the chance to share a learning environment with our peers in the Lindenwood-Belleville Athletic Training Education Program. We are very lucky to have opportunities to mentor and learn alongside them.


Ben Wildman (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

As a PY2, I continued my clinical experience at LU-B after football season by joining the men and women’s ice hockey teams under the mentorship of Tim Woodstock, MS, ATC/LAT. Tim and I spend our afternoons at the Meramec Shark Tank where the teams practice and provide Athletic Training services for games on Friday and Saturday nights. Both of our teams have successfully secured bids to their respective National Championship Tournaments, which are played over spring break. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of their trip and their quest for the title of National
Champions. I really enjoy being around the student-athletes as they all have very diverse backgrounds. We have student-athletes that hail from Europe, Canada, and Australia. Each student-athlete brings unique experiences and talents to their teams. Being at the ice rink has forced Tim and I to become creative with our intervention strategies as well as our equipment and space. There is never a bad day at the rink as we are always having fun and learning every single day.


Jazmon Carroll (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Going into my second clinical rotation at LU-B, I have been placed under the mentorship of Lauren Randazzo, MA, ATC, CSCS. Everyday during the week, Lauren and I, along with another AT student at Lindenwood, facilitate rehabilitations, prepare athletes for practice, and then head up to both men and women’s wrestling practices. Being a part of the wrestling team at LU-B has been an unexpectedly great experience. Coming in, I was not familiar with wrestling in the slightest bit, but now I have gotten really into the sport. On February 17th, LU-B hosted the Men’s Wrestling AMC Conference Championships. Despite it being a fifteen-hour day, it ended up being an amazing opportunity where I was able to learn a lot. At the end of the day, three of our wrestlers placed second, while one of them advanced to Nationals. Not only is there success on the men’s team, but one of the athletes on the female team recently became the National Champion. As previously stated, this experience has been a great one, and everyday I am learning and having fun. I am so grateful.


Cody Hutson (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Never would I think that I would be helping out a sport such as men’s rugby. It is such an aggressive sport that I was honestly intimidated by. But I have had the opportunity to get to know a couple of the athletes and they treat me with respect and like part of their close-knit family. While I have had the ability to work with good athletes, I have been even luckier to have Sarah Hayden MAT, ATC as my preceptor. She is always available to answer any questions I may have and has enough confidence in me to wait until I ask for guidance or consider my answer as a possible option even if it isn’t her first choice. I am not always confident in myself but having someone behind me as a guide towards on hand learning is definitely the most beneficial way for me to learn. I am having a great amount of fun with the people that surround me at this clinical site and I cannot wait to see what else this semester has in store for me there. 


Chris Mecherle (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

Experience with the baseball team at LU-B began as a slow recovery for many injured players at the start of the season. Under the guidance of Stephen (Curtis) Wilkerson MS, ATC we have been able to successfully rehabilitate many of the previously injured players back to their full potential. We have spent more time this year at baseball practices than spent in previous years, and it has given us the chance to get to know the guys more and examine what makes some individuals more prone to injury. Being around Curtis, the other Lindenwood students, and the members of the baseball team has been a very rewarding experience, since we can all put forth our knowledge to keep the team healthy. Be it at double headers, practices, or in the AT room, injury prevention and rehabilitation are always being performed.

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 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

March 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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