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.