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.
This summer I’ve had the privilege of working at the
University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I’ve been
under the supervision of Football Athletic Trainer Ryan Callahan, and two of
his Graduate Assistants, Keri Sotak and Emily Link. The summer has primarily consisted of working
camps and rehabs with injured football players.
UNI’s athletic training facility was built about five years ago, with
easy access to their indoor football field, the Hydroworx, and abundant space
for treatments and functional rehab.
Katie Herington poses in the hydrotherapy area.
While expanding my knowledge about functional rehabilitation
for multiple injuries, I’ve also learned how to use a variety of different
modalities like InterX, BioWave, and GSO.
One thing I’ve truly loved about this experience is that in a Division 1
setting where lack of equipment is not an issue, it’s all about how creative
you are. Every day a rehab can be
totally different if you want it to be, which helps keep the athletes engaged
on a day to day basis.
Being at the University of Northern Iowa has given me a
better insight into all the behind the scenes work that goes on, even in the
off season. The entire summer has been
dedicated to preparing those in rehab for in-season football and maintaining
the rest of the players throughout summer training. The staff here has been very supportive in
helping me learn, and have also does their best to challenge me on a daily
basis so that every day is a learning opportunity. I can’t believe this is my last week!
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. This blog post details a student's reflection on their