By: Kelley DeGreeff (SLU MAT Class of 2014)
It seems like yesterday I was nervously walking up to Parkway South High School not having a clue what I was getting myself into. I was the first SLU athletic training student to be placed at the clinical site. Was Dr. Howell crazy for sending me? Would I be a good representative of SLU? Who is Kyle Boyce? However, I learned quickly that I had nothing to worry about. I enjoyed an amazing semester of learning while meeting some awesome people.
|SLU AT Student Kelley DeGreeff (MAT Class of 2014) with Kyle Boyce ATC|
Like I mentioned earlier, I was the first athletic training student at PSH, so the coaches, staff, and athletes were not used to another person in the AT room. However, they all quickly warmed up to me and let me be a part of their teams. Whether we were giving concussion evaluations to the football players or helping a softball girl with a laceration, the student athletes always trusted and allowed me to help them out. Having about 2,000 students enrolled at PSH, there was always an opportunity for me to learn. The coaches were also so great in letting me a part of their practices and games, allowing me to see what sideline and on field evaluations entailed.
|Kelley "using the force" to practice taping blindfolded.|
The third thing I loved about the clinical experience was putting what I learned in the classroom to use. Every day I brought my books and was able to apply special tests, modalities, or muscle assessments into evaluations. This not only helped me remember the tests for class, but also gave me a chance to be watched when doing them. Kyle was able to correct and give suggestions as I was learning instead of just practicing blindly.
South was such a great place to experience my first taste of athletic training.
I cannot believe how attached I became to the Patriots. When the football team
lost their first game, I could not believe how upset I was. (Thankfully this
happened the same night the Cardinals beat the Braves in the Wild Card game, so
I was not upset for long.) The point is that I am so happy to have had such a
wonderful experience with some amazing people. Being a part of such a great
community really helped me explore and learn so I could become a more confident
athletic training student.
|Kyle & Kelley poised and ready at a basketball game.|
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.