November 02, 2011

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Vianney High School

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.

St. John Vianney High School
By: Sarah Schaefer (MAT Class of 2013)

Home of the Griffins!
I currently am assigned to St. John Vianney High School with their athletic trainer Kacey Chamness ATC. Working with Kacey, all the coaches, and their athletes has been nothing but an enjoyable educational experience. From day one I was welcomed and treated as if I had been there for years. The coaches and athletes at Vianney are some of the most respectable people I have ever met, and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with them. This fall, Kacey and I have most closely worked with the soccer and football teams, yet we also routinely see cross-country, swimming and diving athletes in the training room, and basketball and wrestling will be starting shortly. The best part about working with Kacey is how much I get to help out. I personally am a very hands-on learner, and Kacey is more than willing to let me do as much as I feel comfortable doing. She is an amazing ACI, and I truly have learned a great deal in the short amount of time I have been with her. 
SLU AT student Sarah Schaefer (left) examining an athlete's knee while getting feedback from Kacey Chamness ATC (right)
She has really helped shape my knowledge on the high school aspect of athletic training, and I could really see myself working with high school athletics in the near future. Every day holds a new and exciting challenge, which makes going each day that much more worthwhile. As much as I am very excited to see another aspect to the field of athletic training, I am also going to miss Kacey and everyone over at Vianney once this semester comes to an end. Kacey is a very knowledgeable athletic trainer, and she is well liked by all the coaches and athletes at Vianney. I just hope one day I can be as great of an athletic trainer and person as she is! 

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