December 18, 2012

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs High School

John Burroughs High School – Home of the Bombers!
By:  Sarah Reifsteck (SLU MAT Class of 2013) and Dan Herrin (SLU MAT Class of 2014)

We currently have our clinical education practicum at John Burroughs High School in Ladue with their athletic trainer Dean Tiffany ATC. Working with Dean, all the coaches, and their athletes has been nothing but an enjoyable educational experience for us. From day one we were welcomed and treated as vital members of the sports medicine team. The coaches and athletes at John Burroughs are extremely respectable, and we feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with them. This fall we worked with football, boys soccer, field hockey, cross country, girls tennis and boys swimming. We even had the opportunity to travel with the boy’s football team all the way to the state championship game at the Edward Jones Dome! This winter we have been working with girls and boys basketball, wrestling, and girls swimming.

John Burroughs Athletic Trainer Dean Tiffany ATC (center) on the field at the Edward Jones Dome before the MSHSAA     State Championship with SLU AT students Sarah Reifsteck (left) and Dan Herrin (right)
The best part about working with Dean is how much we truly get to help out. Dean is a great teacher who is very passionate about the field of athletic training, and we are fortunate to have him as our preceptor. He lets us do as much as our comfort levels allow, and we are very grateful for this. Dean has been the athletic trainer at John Burroughs for 13 years, and you can tell how much his help is appreciated by all the coaches, athletes and their parents. They put their trust in him with their athletes, and everyone benefits greatly from all his hard work. Dean has given us great guidance over this past semester, and his guidance has really helped to shape us into the knowledgeable athletic training students we are today. We only hope to be as trusted and appreciated as Dean is in our futures as certified athletic trainers. 

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their preceptors. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU AT Program.

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