Lindenwood University – Belleville, Home of the Lynx!
By: Mary Rhatigan (MAT Class of 2014) Ju Kim, Hillary Stepansky, and Tori Lycett (MAT Class of 2015)
Lindenwood University-Belleville has become the second home to 4 SLU students this year. Ju Kim, Hillary Stepansky, and Tori Lycett are the PY1's stationed here for the Fall semester and this is their first real taste of athletic training. Mary Rhatigan, PY2, will be with the Lynx for the entire year.
It has been a great experience and we have all been exposed to so many new injuries, situations, clinical opportunities. It has been an exciting and busy semester that has just seemed to fly by. This is only the second season for the football program so routine is still in development and it is cool to watch it unfold.
Working with the football team offers us as students, a TON of practice opportunities. Every day we go through the big "waves" of athletes needing treatments, taping, rehab, and evaluations, and it has been incredibly beneficial because repetition and exposure are key steps to mastering the tricks of the trade.
The athletes are fun very receptive to what we have to offer. It has been great building the professional relationships and watching the team progress as both a group and individuals.
One of the best aspects of LU-B as a clinical site is the great staff and energetic atmosphere that is created in and around the athletic training room. There is a great sense of teamwork that helps everybody take care of their responsibilities and collaborate in a fun, friendly, and comfortable professional environment.
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.