May 23, 2013

2013 MoATA Annual Meeting at Saint Louis University - May 31st and June 1st

Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association

Annual Meeting 2013

The MoATA Annual Symposium and Meeting will be held May 31st and June 1st, 2013 on the campus of Saint Louis University.  

We hope to see you there!

Registration: Members $20; Non-members $50; Student Members $10; Student Non-members $15

Housing at Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel (Downtown) for $89.

Student Schedule (view or print a copy)

Friday, May 31 (print a copy) (need a map)
Saint Louis University, Practical Anatomy & Surgical Education Center
3839 Lindell Blvd, St Louis, 63108

Hip Pathology in Sport
Sponsored by Saint Louis University Hospital and SLUCare with support from Stryker Medical
2:00 am—5:00 pm
Cadaver Dissection Demonstration (3-D presentation)
Examination and Surgical Approach to Hip Pathology
Rehabilitation of the Hip in the Active Patient

Political Action Committee Fundraiser / Social (Download the Flyer)
Join fellow ATs for fun and festivities while supporting the PAC!
6:00 pm — ?
Tailgate Party—Downtown St. Louis
St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants
(tickets for tailgate and ballgame available for purchase)
Tailgate $20/members   $15/Students  
Baseball $30
Baseball + Tailgate $45 / 40

Saturday, June 1   (need a Map)
Saint Louis University, Allied Health Professions Building, Medical Center Campus

7:00 am
Breakfast available for purchase— student fundraiser
Round table discussions— An opportunity for discussions regarding the mission and direction of MoATA and to be more involved in MoATA activities


8:00 am         
Welcome / Opening Remarks

8:10-9:00 am
Emergency Action Plans: Preparing for Natural Disasters OR
Examination Techniques for Medical Conditions (Lab)

9:00-9:50 am
Emergency Care Competencies in the New Role Delineation Study OR
Addressing Muscle Imbalance to Prevent Injury (Lab)

9:50 - 10:10 am

10:15-11:20 am
Current Legal Issues Facing the Athletic Trainer:  Protecting the athlete and the athletic trainer
Issues for Secondary Schools—Developing and Implementing Protocols in Youth Sports

11:30 am -12:45 pm  

12:45-2:15 pm

2:30– 3:20 pm  
Critical Incident Stress Management: The Ohio Model
The Southwest Ohio CISM Team provides debriefing following critical incidents for any Public Safety Service Worker and/or Critical Care Provider requesting assistance

3:30-4:45 pm
Emergency Care Skills Lab OR
Case Reports : Three unique cases presented by MoATA members

4:45 pm      
Closing remarks 

May 22, 2013

Welcome to the SLU MAT Class of 2015!

Each year, the Saint Louis University Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training welcomes its newest cohorts to the professional phase of their programs with a welcome luncheon in the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building on SLU's Medical Center Campus.  After the large group luncheon, the MAT and DPT students have separate program-specific orientation sessions.

The SLU MAT Class of 2015 participated in the luncheon and orientation along with AT Program faculty and MAT Class of 2014 students Kelly Peck and Tyler Wood.

SLU AT students Eldon Reid, Kathleen McGovern, Angelina Vitale, Tyler Wood and Josh Harris with SLU AT Administrative Assistant Jennifer Baine.

SLU AT Students Kayla Kelley, Emily Costabile, Ju Kim, Hannah Soltys and Christian Ahlstrom

SLU AT faculty member Kitty Newsham with students Andrew Gomez, Andria Lampe, Hilary Stepansky, Chris Miller and Stuart Plamp.

SLU AT students Mike Griffith, Neal Ryan, Jose Mendez, Shannon Kane, Michael Aaron and Kelly Peck with faculty member Mike Markee.

SLU AT students Tony Mosello, Tori Lycett and Will Rath, faculty member Tim Howell and students Connor Doherty and Brittany Koops.

May 21, 2013

SLU AT Students Celebrate Graduation Day


Graduation day for students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program is a very special celebration.  Graduates are recognized at the Doisy College of Health Sciences Pre-Commencement which occurs on Thursday of graduation week.  What makes it so special is, because most SLU AT students receive both a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Athletic Training degree, that there are 2 cohorts of students graduating at one time.

SLU MAT Class of 2013 graduates: Sarah Hall, Vince Di Renzo, Derrick Neuner, Sarah Reifsteck, Rachel Cocek, Katie Schneebeck, Mary Finkenkeller, Lizzy Kienstra, Hilary Orf, Adriana Black, Janese' Evans, Katie Herington, Alex Sawyer and Bridget Quirk (Not pictured: Ryan Vallo)
A tradition of the SLU AT Program is to have an MAT Celebration at a local restaurant after pre-commencement.  This year's celebration took place at John D. McGurk's Restaurant in Soulard.

First Freshman Class in SLU AT History: Adriana Black, Janese' Evans, Rachel Cocek, Lizzy Kienstra, Hilary Orf and Mary Finkenkeller.
This year's graduation marked the first freshmen class in SLU AT program history receiving their MAT degrees.  The Doisy Alumni Board recognized those six students, who were the first to enter SLU as a freshman in 2008 and go through all 5 years of the program.  Meghan Gehrs ATC (SLU MAT Class of 2011), Doisy Alumni Board member, recognized Adriana Black, Rachel Cocek, Janese' Evans, Mary Finkenkeller, Lizzy Kienstra and Hilary Orf with a special gift and certificate.

SLU AT Alum Meghan Gehrs (center) with faculty members Tim Howell & Mike Markee (left); Kitty Newsham & Lori Khazen (right)

SLU AT Student Bridget Quirk Named College's Post-Baccalaureate Graduating Student of the Year

Saint Louis University Athletic Training Graduate Bridget Quirk (MAT Class of 2013) was named the Post-Baccalaureate Graduating Student of the Year by the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Board.  The award was announced at the College Pre-Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Chaifetz Arena.

Bridget, the daughter of Tim and Margaret Quirk, is from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.  She entered into the AT Program at SLU after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011.  She also has a sister, Kelsey, in the Nursing program at SLU.

Her accomplishments at SLU included:
  • 4.0 cumulative GPA
  • 2012 NATA Foundation Scholarship winner (first in SLU history)
  • 2013 SLU Graduate Research Symposium presenter (first in AT program history)
  • Member of Alpha Eta, Alpha Sigma Nu and Iota Tau Alpha honor societies
  • Tutor for Basic Anatomy and Gross Anatomy courses
  • Peer teacher for MAT 501 - Principles of Athletic Training
Congratulations Bridget!

May 13, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster Groves High School

Springtime with the Statesmen!
By: Adriana Black (MAT Class of 2013) and Angelo Bongiorno (MAT Class of 2014)

As the school year wraps up for us as Saint Louis University students, the school year is also coming to an end for all of our high school athletes at Webster Groves High School (WGHS). It leaves behind such a bittersweet feeling for us. We do not know how an experience could get any better than our experience here at WGHS: winning sport teams, supportive faculty and staff, obedient students, involved parents, and above everything an influential leader in our clinical preceptor.

Over the spring semester, we have had a diverse number of experiences while covering a handful of sports. Our semester began primarily covering boys’ basketball and wrestling. Both teams went on to have longer seasons due to their successes. With those being our primary sport focuses, during the winter months, we were able to put our rehabilitation techniques to use and practice. Whenever we were not covering the at-home basketball games and wrestling meets, we were in the athletic training room rehabbing the injured athletes. Because the fall season sports had just ended, we were able to help rehab athletes that had just finished their season, as well. This consisted of a lot of chronic injuries that the athletes had played with throughout the season.

March was a transition month for the athletics program at WGHS. The winter sports had ended and the spring sports were beginning their training regimen. The spring sports at WGHS consist of the following: baseball, boys’ golf, boys’ tennis, boys’ volleyball, girls’ lacrosse, and girls’ soccer.  After being inside for the winter sports and rehab, it was definitely a breath of fresh air, literally, to get back outside. It was also particularly exciting due to the fact that the spring sports kept winning. Even with us done with our clinical rotations, some of our sports are still playing because they moved past districts. Girls’ soccer has had their best season in history and claimed the conference championship. The Boys’ volleyball team advance to the state championship for the fourth time in five years. Working with high school sports of this caliber has been exciting; from watching the games to seeing the athletes succeed. It has also been challenging, as so many athletes have been plagued with injury in some way; ranging from concussions, to fractures, to chronic injuries they have faced for years. With their teams’ winning streaks, we are tested on rehabbing the athletes’ musculoskeletal injuries and returning them to play as soon as possible.

All in all, it has been the best possible experience for us at Webster Groves High School. We recommend it to all future SLU athletic training students. It is an ideal middle ground where although it is a high school setting, the intensity and focus on sports is powerful and exhilarating. Most importantly, the mentorship that our preceptor gave us throughout our time at WGHS has been pivotal to our development as future healthcare providers.

Thanks for a great season, Statesmen! 

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.

May 08, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lindenwood University-Belleville

Lindenwood University-Belleville, Home of the Lynx!
By: Nick Gastorf, Dan Herrin, Abby Breseman (SLU MAT Class of 2014) and Katie Herington (SLU MAT Class of 2013)

To say that Lindenwood University – Belleville has been busy this spring would be an understatement.  The Lynx are an NAIA University with many Varsity and Junior Varsity sports, all overseen by Head Athletic Trainer Bill Dill ATC.  For this past Spring, us SLU students were lucky enough to cover Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Wrestling, Men’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Football (spring practices), and Softball.  In addition, we were also privileged enough to host the Men’s and Women’s National NAIA Lacrosse Tournaments.  Our men’s team was lucky enough to make the tournament as a #5 seed, however, lost a heartbreaker in overtime to DePaul as was eliminated this past weekend.

Our typical day at LU-B consisted of preparing for practices by setting up the practice fields and getting the athletes ready for practice by taping and utilizing multiple modalities to help prevent injuries. We then covered practices and games on a daily basis. Over our time, we were lucky enough to cover highly competitive teams, including, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Wrestling, and Men’s and Women’s Basketball, all of whom qualified for their respected National Tournaments.

With so many sports going on, you can imagine the experience and knowledge we have gained throughout our time there. We would not have been able to gain such wonderful knowledge without the help and mentoring from the entire Athletic Training Staff.  Everyone at LU-B could not have been more helpful, including the Graduate Assistants of LJ, Craig, Amy, and Dani to the full time staff of Stephen, Curtis, and Bill.  Now our time is done here, we all feel honored to not only know all of these individuals in a professional sense, but also at the same, have developed a bond and friendship that will carry on over time.

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.

May 07, 2013

April Showered with Beautiful Surprises

Last month was crazy, beautiful.  Let me explain.  April 24th was Administrative Professional’s Day.  It also happened to be my birthday.  These occurrences don’t always fall on the same day of the year, but this year they did.  I was showered with gifts showing various forms of encouragement and praise.

Whether it was the balloons and gift cards that the AT faculty members gave me, or the nice, small flower arrangement from a student, or being treated to lunch out with the other administrative assistants from the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at a restaurant named Plush, I felt like a queen.   

But what was probably the best part of the day came when I arrived back at the office after lunch.  I entered the office to see a large piece of poster board lying on my desk.  It said “Happy Administrative Professional’s Day” in colorful lettering and was signed—often with a personal message—by each of the students in the professional phase of the program.  I really did have to wipe a few tears from my eyes.

Jennifer Baine pictured with SLU AT students Cat Costello and Emily Grace with the "big  check" from the Bowl-a-thon.  Jennifer was instrumental in the Bowl-a-thon's success!
We administrative assistants take ownership of our programs.  This includes taking ownership of the students.  Those are “my” students who did that for me.   I may not be their instructor.  I may not be their academic advisor.   I may not be their faculty mentor, but those are my kids.  I know that no twenty-ish year old wants to be called a kid.   

Nevertheless, they are my kids.  And I am proud of each of them!  

"News From the Front Desk" by Jennifer Baine is a regular column that features a look inside the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program.  Jennifer greets all of the program's visitors and works with the faculty to make sure our students have the best possible experience.

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway Central High School

Parkway Central - Home of the Colts!
By: Sarah Hall, SLU MAT Class of 2013

At Parkway Central High School this year I have been able to interact with coaches, athletes, the athletic director, administrators, and parents.  Parkway Central hosts many Basketball and Soccer tournaments every year because they have such a big beautiful campus.  Matt Markelz is the athletic trainer, he is contracted through PRORehab to provide services to the school.   Matt has been at PCH for 8 years.  

Matt Markelz ATC and SLU AT student Sarah Hall on the sidelines at Parkway Central.
I have been able to experiences some unique opportunities during my time here. First I was able to observe surgery for a day at City Place with Dr. Ramus.  I was able to watch 2 knee arthroscopic surgeries, 2 shoulder arthroscopic surgeries and an ACL Replacement of one of our own PCH athletes.  I have also been able to work with water polo, a sport I have not yet ever watched.  I got the opportunity to travel with the football team to Camdenton for the quarter finals where we won.  

We have recently had a pre-professional SLU AT student, Shannon Kane with us observing, it has been nice sharing my experiences with her and helping her prepare for her time in the professional phases of the AT program.  I have enjoyed my time at PCH, it has been a good learning environment for my final year.  

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.

May 06, 2013

SLU AT Student Association Makes $5000 Donation to Scholarship Fund

Saint Louis University’s Athletic Training Society (SLATS) hosted a Bowl-a-thon fundraiser on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, where over thirty students were supported by 114 sponsors, and raised over $5,000 dollars. 

Cat Costello, Bowl-a-thon chair, and Emily Grace, SLATS president, presented a "big check" to Dr. Lisa Dorsey, Interim Dean of Doisy College of Health Sciences, which will go towards SLU’s Bob Bauman Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training. 

Students came out to show their support during the presentation and congratulate SLATS on a job well done!

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - SLU Athletics

Spring in full swing at Saint Louis University!

Spring is in full swing at Saint Louis University and all of the athletic training students and preceptors are wrapping up winter sports and jumping into full spring season play.  Last semester (fall) there were two athletic training students working with the four athletic trainers and four in season sports.  This semester we gained more students and now have three PY1 students and two PY2 students working with the winter and spring sports!! 

Women’s basketball just wrapped up their season with the A10 conference tournament in early March,  AT students Janese’ Evans and Mary Rhatigan, along with Miya Sullivan, ATC had a great season working with the women’s team, and can’t wait to see what their season will be like next year!  Men’s basketball won their 1st place A10 conference title.  SLU fans were excited to keep cheering on our Billikens on while they made it two rounds in the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. Working with the Men’s basketball team and Jonathan Burch, ATC this season was a new and fun experience for AT student Lizzy Kienstra who was placed at SLU as a clinical site for the entire 2012-2013 year. 

For PY1 Mary Rhatigan, SLU has been a great place so far for her spring rotation. Coming from the fall semester at Mehlville High School SLU has provided a new atmosphere and change of pace that she has found incredibly valuable. From the ages of athletes, available tools and therapeutic modalities, and the general mind set, the collegiate level is a different experience and Mary is very appreciative of the opportunity to learn from Miya and Janese’. Joining a team that had already started and developed their routine, it was a huge help to have Janese’ (PY2) there to help show her the ropes and act as a peer mentor throughout the season, finishing this semester working with men’s and women’s spring soccer.  

Men’s baseball has a reputation to keep up with winning the A10 conference tournament last year, with a current overall season record of 31-16 and a conference record of 13-5.  This week they continue their conference games with three game stint against St. Joseph’s University, hopefully adding wins to their record, keeping them in a good seat for the A10 conference in late May.  Angie Wills, ATC, along with AT students Michelle Cybulski and Cat Costello have worked hard all season through weather rescheduling and game cancellations to keep everyone in good health, while the students learn a lot from Angie about sport and position specific baseball injury prevention, injury evaluation, rehabilitation and much more.

SLU AT students Candie Hill, Janese' Evans, Haylie Dehm, Brandi Burgett and Mary Rhatigan in the Medical  Tent at  a chilly SLU Track Meet.
Tammy Pastor, ATC has also been working with PY2 student Lizzy Kienstra with the track and field and women’s softball team.  Men’s and women’s track and field finished up their season with their conference tournament in Charlotte, NC last week.  Billikens softball currently grabbed a number 5 spot for their A10 conference tournament that starts this week.  These girls have worked so hard this season; we are excited to see how well they will do in Amherst. 

The second semester at SLU flew by for all PY athletic training students!  We all learned so much working with various sports and AT’s all semester.  Saint Louis University sports medicine team had such a great year with their athletics, it was a great experience for all of us to work with everyone that helps keep the athletes healthy and playing from the AT’s to SLUCare team physicians, physical therapists and so much more. 

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.

May 04, 2013

SLU MAT Class of 2013 Presents Capstone Projects

Saint Louis University students pursuing a Master of Athletic Training degree engage in a scholarly project during their second professional year.  This culminates with a public presentation at the SLU AT Capstone Day where they make a public presentation of their Capstone Projects to their classmates and other interested parties.  

This year the SLU MAT Class of 2013 had their Capstone Day on May 3rd in the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.  Definitions of scholarship varied greatly among the students from traditional research to case studies to critically appraised topics to creative works such as a book and a video.

Special thanks go out to Dr. Bill Siler, AT Capstone Course Coordinator and Jennifer Baine, SLU AT Administrative Assistant, for their hard work to make this successful day happen.

May 03, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University - Home of the Spartans!
By:  Heather Koch and Dre Auclair (SLU MAT Class of 2014)

Here at Missouri Baptist University something is always going on. MBU, home of the Spartans, is an NAIA Division I school with 3 full time Athletic Trainers, 2 graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers, 2 student workers, and 6 Saint Louis University students this semester. With such a large staff,  when you are in need of some assistance there is no doubt someone can help you in the Athletic Training room.

Missouri Baptist University Athletic Trainers, who serve as preceptors for the SLU AT program.
Missouri Baptist University is constantly growing and changing. The Student Recreation Center was finished in October of 2012 which houses the new and improved Athletic Training room, fitness center, coaches and sports information offices, as well as the gym and indoor track. In the fall of 2013, they will implement their first ever football program. There is so much construction at MBU to accompany this growth. They are building an additional dorm and bookstore to accommodate future students. Each SLU AT student has had a varying, fulfilling experience as a result of the ever changing environment and work load.

Each student’s experience has been a result of the preceptor. Every preceptor at Missouri Baptist University has had a different experience and varying knowledge to offer each student. With so many preceptors, hours vary and schedules are flexible to ensure students get the exact experience they desire.The setting also has multiple modalities and a vast supply of rehabilitation equipment to help expand each student’s knowledge and skill set.    

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.