The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program in the Doisy College of Health Sciences is a graduate professional program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. In accordance with the Jesuit mission, which recognizes the dignity of all persons, the program seeks to develop competent practitioners who act for the good of the public, recognize the value of interprofessional practice, and who seek opportunities to serve the disadvantaged.
SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lutheran High School South
This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis
University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their
clinical instructor. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction
is a major asset for the SLU AT education program.
Lutheran High School South
By: Ryan Vallo (MAT Class of 2013)
Home of the Lancers!
My first clinical experience is working with certified
athletic trainer Nikki Duncan at Lutheran High School South. I assist her in covering every sport from
field hockey to wrestling. Working with
so many sports allows me to see multiple injuries that may be due to sport
specific activities. Nikki helps me
assess these injuries, develop a plan of action, and progress the athlete back
to return to play. This clinical
experience has allowed me to be hands on with athletes and further my
professional skills. Not only is this
experience about educational improvement, but it has allowed me to develop a
great relationship with Nikki. She is
always there to critique me when it comes to my professional skills such as
prophylactic taping techniques, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Nikki shows me that their is always way to
improve upon something. Nikki always
wants me to push myself past what I knew before and continue to learn and grow.
Nikki Duncan ATC (left) pictured with SLU AT student Ryan Vallo (right)
During our down time in the athletic training room, Nikki
helps me prepare for classes such as musculoskeletal assessment and therapeutic modalities. We try to take what I am learning in the
classroom and translate the material to a clinical practicum setting. The correlation between the two allows me to
take skills I have learned and fine tune them.
I really enjoy working at the high school setting and developing a
relationship with Nikki. I will not
forget the skills she has taught me as I progress through the professional
phases of this program and my career.