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.
SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Rockwood Summit High School
Rockwood Summit High School - Home of the Falcons!
By: Rachel Cocek (SLU MAT Class of 2013) and Cat Costello (SLU MAT Class of 2014)
Rachel Cocek, Haley O'Neal ATC and Cat Costello.
We started our clinical experience
with football two-a-days in August. We were assigned to Rockwood Summit High School, a
large high school located about 30 minutes west of SLU in Fenton, MO. We were
the first students to be placed at Summit and had no idea what to expect from
our new preceptor and clinical site. Our preceptor is Haley O’Neal ATC, a certified
athletic trainer employed by PRORehab who is a HUGE fan of the University of
Kansas, where she received her undergraduate degree.After graduating from KU, she had a graduate
assistant position at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, where she worked
with cheerleading and track and field.
Haley O'Neal ATC and Rachel Cocek at the MSHSAA State Wrestling Meet.
She has taught us so much by both allowing us to observe and apply what
we’ve learned in our classes this semester and by telling us countless stories
of injuries she has had to deal with in her athletes throughout her
career.She always encouraged us to ask
questions and be hands-on so we could learn as much as we can about providing
the appropriate medical care to our athletes.
We’ve gotten to work with a variety of different sports,
including football, soccer, volleyball, cross country, field hockey, tennis,
swimming, softball, wrestling, and basketball.We got to see what the “after school rush” was really all about when the
bell rang at 3:05 and a stampede occurred as every athlete was trying to get in
to get taped or evaluated before they were late for practice or the warm-up for
a game.We experienced Friday night
football from a completely different perspective, as the ones who kept the
football players happy and healthy throughout the week by applying the
evaluation and assessment skills learned in class whenever the athletes were
We got to see how Haley has to
make the rounds on her Gator to each team’s practice every day and how
difficult it can be to work at such a large school with so many athletes,
coaches, and teams. In working with so
many different sports, we were able to improve our taping techniques, develop
our evaluation skills, and work on building confidence in creating
rehabilitation programs for injured athletes.
We also got to experience what it’s like to work with coaches and
parents when their athletes need to take some time off in order to recover
fully from an injury to come back better than they were before.
Rockwood Summit is a wonderful site for athletic training
students to gain clinical experience and enhance confidence in the skills
learned during class as there is such a huge variety of athletes and sports. Each day was something new and we had no idea
who or what would come walking through the Athletic Training room doors next.
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.