November 22, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway South High School

Parkway South High School - Home of the Patriots!
By: Cat Costello (MAT Class of 2014) and Josh Harris (MAT Class of 2015)

Parkway South High School is the home of the Patriots and largest of the four Parkway schools, nestled on the border of Ballwin, Missouri. Kyle Boyce, ATC has been with the high school since he graduated from SEMO 7 years ago! Needless to say, he has a strong rapport and great relationships with both staff and students after all this time. Throughout the year, Kyle works with an average of 400 athletes between the three seasons. He certainly has his hands full!

Walking around the school in the first few months it seemed as though Kyle was at the center of it all and knew everyone. The athletes would update him on their injuries, or season as they passed in the halls, and the staff, a majority of them being coaches as well would do the same, (or ask for a Cardinals update!).  The relationship that Kyle shares with the coaches is both strong and effective. They each trust Kyle with every one of their athletes and ask his advice for even the smallest injuries; while Kyle understands the importance of returning the athletes to play in an efficient and safe manner. The atmosphere in the athletic training room is upbeat and laid back. The athletes know that they will get no non-sense treatment every time, though the jokes seem to fly no matter the student.
Josh Harris
Josh Harris, PY1 and I have both enjoyed our rotation and learned something new every single day. We were integrated into the school community almost immediately and were given a great deal of responsibility. They range from performing our evaluations and implementing treatment plans to practicing blind-folded taping in our free time. With so many years of experience, especially with Parkway South itself, Kyle understands the ins and outs of every sport and how best to treat each athlete individually. He offers guidance on special techniques while offering tips from his own experience that have proven invaluable.

Cat Costello

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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