July 18, 2012

SLU AT Student Gets Summer Football Experience

My Summer at UNI.  Go Panthers!
By: Katie Mae Herington (SLU MAT Class of 2013)

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. 

Hydrotherapy area.
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!
Rehabilitation Facility
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 internship experience.

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