May 06, 2013

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.

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