November 22, 2010

Medical Campus Construction Projects Making Great Progress

Thanks to the great weather, the SLU Medical Campus construction projects are making great progress.  The Education Union and the Recreation Center/Track are taking shape as is evident in the attached photos.
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The Education Union will provide a gateway to the Medical Campus.

Walls are going up steadily for the new 250 seat auditorium in the Education Union.

View at daybreak from the Multipurpose Room in the Allied Health Building of the Recreation Center/Track construction.

Recreation Center/Track will include a full intercollegiate 400 meter 8-lane track with an intramural soccer field in the center on a beautiful location overlooking the city of St. Louis.

November 11, 2010

SLU Allied Health Honor Society Welcomes New Members

The Saint Louis University chapter of Alpha Eta, the National Scholastic Honor Society for Allied Health Professions, held its annual induction ceremony on November 11, 2010.
The Society is named for the Greek letters equivalent to the first letters of Allied Health (AH), which are Alpha Eta.  The purpose of the Society is the promotion and recognition of significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the allied health professions.

Dr. Anthony Breitbach, Director of the SLU Athletic Training Education Program, and J.J. Hannigan, Athletic Training Student, were inducted into the Society at this year's ceremony.  Athletic Training Student Emily Monahan was inducted into Alpha Eta last year.

Dr. Breitbach and J.J. Hannigan pictured wearing the green Alpha Eta cords.

November 10, 2010

SLU AT Students get Interactive Kinesiology Taping Experience

On November 10, 2010, SLU Staff Athletic Trainer Miya Sullivan conducted a hands-on kinesiology taping lab for the SLU Athletic Training students.  She is a Level 1 SpiderTech Kinesiology Taping Therapist and she presented multiple techniques used in kinesiology taping.  She is the primary athletic trainer for Billiken Women's Soccer; Men's and Women's Tennis; and Softball teams.

November 08, 2010

Welcome to our New Faculty Member - Tim Howell

The SLU Athletic Training Education Program Welcomes Tim Howell as the new Clinical Education Coordinator.
He will start in January 2011.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you, the readers of the SLU ATEP blog. My name is Tim Howell and I am excited to be joining the faculty of Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences. I look forward to beginning my position as the Clinical Education Coordinator for your Athletic Training Education Program.
I am originally from South Dakota where I attended Augustana College, in Sioux Falls. My undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Exercise Science, with a minor in Athletic Training (1989). I furthered my athletic training education through my attendance at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. There I earned my M.A. in Health, Physical Education & Recreation with a concentration in Athletic Training (1996).
Upon the completion of my Masters degree, I began my professional athletic training career. I was working out of the Orthopedic Institute and Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls SD,to provide athletic training services to Washington High School. Washington High School was actually the high school I attended as a a student. While working at the high school, I created the first recognized student athletic training program in the state of South Dakota. It was during my hours working at the high school, interacting with and mentoring students that I realized how special the opportunity to teach the skills of athletic training to young people really is.

Also during my time in South Dakota, I spent two summers working in professional baseball. I was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Sioux Falls Canaries of the Independent Northern League. After my second season in baseball, and all the travel, I realized that even though I enjoyed working with athletes, I really loved teaching athletic training skills to others. I strongly believe that if a person is passionate about their career choice, they need to share that passion with others. Hence, I began working on my Doctorate in Education Administration with an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education in hopes of becoming a Program Director. I graduated with my Doctorate in July of 2004 from the University of South Dakota. A month after receiving my doctoral degree I was working in New York the at Alfred University as the Program Director.

I am passionate about the profession of athletic training. Athletic training is a profession that has been absolutely fabulous to myself. I view my role as an athletic training educator as sharing some of my professional experiences with students, mentoring students into becoming outstanding, and successful athletic training professionals. I hope to help students raise their expectations of their own abilities, and to develop an awareness of things such as emotional intelligence and professional ethos.

Personally, I have an awesome wife (Michele) and two kids (Ethan (7) and Wyatt (4). I do not drink Pepsi and I am allergic to PC’s, and am addicted to Starbucks Coffee. In my spare time I attempt to golf, play on the Wii (with my kids), and cheer fanatically for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Green Bay Packers.

I am very excited to be joining the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program in January!

November 04, 2010

Local Expert Mark Frank Conducts Hands-on Lab for SLU Athletic Training Students

Mark Frank LMT, owner of the St. Louis Insititute for Rehabilitative and Sports Massage (, conducted a lab for SLU Athletic Training Students on Thursday, November 4, 2010.  He is an expert in Structural Integration, a type of manual therapy which he uses on a wide variety of professional, collegiate, high school and recreational athletes.  Mark also has worked with the Cirque de Soliel and the British Olympic Team.  Assisting him with the hands-on lab experience was Lori Khazen, ATC, CSCS, owner of Khazen Athletikare ( 

We truly appreciate Mark and Lori taking their time to help give our students a valuable tool to use as an athletic trainer.

 Mark Frank LMT demonstrates a fascial spreading technique for SLU AT student Kacey Morrison.

The lab provided an excellent hands-on experience.

November 03, 2010

SLU Athletic Training Students Get a Look at the "New" Rams Park

The St. Louis Rams are have a new quarterback and are having an exciting season.  They also have a new Head Athletic Trainer, Reggie Scott, who has come to the Rams from the Carolina Panthers.  Reggie and his staff have made significant changes at Rams Park and our students were excited to see them on our visit on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  Rams Assistant Athletic Trainer James Lomax served as our host, but the entire Rams staff was there for our visit.  It is great to have such an accessible resource available here in St. Louis!

 The Rams Athletic Training Room is efficiently designed to serve the unique needs of an NFL team.

The SLU Athletic Training group that attended the tour in the Rams Locker Room.

SLU Athletic Training Students Meghan Gehrs, Jacob Blasingame and Laura Gosewisch.  Jacob served as an intern with the Rams during the summer.

Jacob is shown demonstrating the "Rams Stretch Matrix".

Our tour wrapped up in the Indoor Practice Facility.