Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program have a required internship in the summer between their two professional years in the program. The following blog post details a student's reflection on their internship experience.
By: Ryan Vallo (SLU MAT Class of 2013)
My name is Ryan Vallo and I am a Master of Athletic Training student at Saint Louis University. This summer, I am completing an athletic training internship with the St. Louis Rams’ organization. As an athletic training intern with a professional sports team, there are high expectations and I feel blessed to receive this opportunity. In this position, I will assist in preparing the field for daily practices, prophylactic taping of players before practice, and assisting with rehabilitation. Most importantly, I see this as a learning opportunity where I can gain hands on experience at an elite level where complete healthcare is provided.
|SLU AT Student Ryan Vallo on the practice field at Rams Park in Earth City, MO.|
The Rams’ currently have four full time certified athletic trainers and a year long athletic training intern. This gives me the opportunity to interact with five other professionals in my field and utilize their knowledge and experiences. Thus far, I have assisted with two mini camps and a few organized team activities (OTA). Next week we have our final veteran and rookie mini camp. I will be reporting to training camp July 23rd and will continue with the team through the end of preseason (August 30th). I look forward to working with and learning from the athletic training staff of the St. Louis Rams. I hope to leave a lasting impression on them and represent myself, Saint Louis University, and the athletic training profession in a positive fashion.