July 12, 2012

SLU AT Student "Goes Home" for an Internship

Summertime with the Tigers
By: Sarah Hall (SLU MAT Class of 2013)

This summer I had the opportunity to complete my internship at the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Being a Columbia native is was very exciting to be helping out with my hometown teams.  The award winning staff at Mizzou really has created such a great learning atmosphere and a ‘doors always open’ athletic training room where athlete care is always #1 priority.  With so many great resources at their disposal I was able to experience many new ways of treatment and rehabilitation.  Head Athletic Trainer Rex Sharp ATC is very easy to work with, and you can see the athletes really trust him.  He has a very streamlined rehabilitation process in place which is helpful for the athletes, as well as interns and graduate assistants.  
SLU AT Student Sarah Hall (3rd from left) pictured with Mizzou Sports Medicine Staff members including Head Athletic Rex Sharp (far left) 
I also was able to meet and work with Dr. Laney Nelson a faculty member who comes once a week from Logan School of Chiropractic Medicine in St. Louis Missouri.  His excitement about teaching and treating athletes was contagious and I am glad to have met him while I was at Mizzou. My internship with Mizzou has given me the opportunity to help with football early morning workouts, as well as the Gatorade high school football camp hosted at Mizzou.  I also helped with high school basketball camp, athlete rehabilitation, preseason strength testing, and general athletic training duties.  I am glad to have had the experiences I have had over the last couple of weeks, they will help better my future practice as an athletic trainer.  

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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