The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program in the Doisy College of Health Sciences is a graduate professional program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. In accordance with the Jesuit mission, which recognizes the dignity of all persons, the program seeks to develop competent practitioners who act for the good of the public, recognize the value of interprofessional practice, and who seek opportunities to serve the disadvantaged.
SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Oakville High School
Oakville High School – Home of the Tigers!
By: Stuart Plamp and Chris Miller (MAT Class of 2015)
This fall semester we have had the privilege to have our
clinical rotation at Oakville High School under the supervision of their
athletic trainer, Kevin Buckhaulter ATC, from PRORehab. Oakville is a moderately sized high school
about 25 minutes from SLU’s campus.
Under the observation of Kevin, we have spent the past four months
working with athletes and coaches from all fall and winter sports including
football, men’s soccer, softball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s
basketball. There has never been a dull
moment because of the constant flow of athletes into the athletic training room
from so many sports teams.
Everyone at Oakville, from students to staff, has treated us
wonderfully. The athletes have always
been respectful and willing to be patient as we learn how to become faster and
more proficient at helping them. The
coaches and faculty enjoy seeing us and have always made Oakville feel like our
own high school. Coaches and athletes
are always willing to talk and have fun, but also see us as a member of the
medical staff and will help us in any way they can so we can assure the
athletes stay as healthy as possible.
The Fall sports season at Oakville was exciting as
always. Unfortunately, strong regular
season performances by the soccer, football, and softball teams did not
fruition into post season success.
Thankfully, many of the athletes at Oakville play multiple sports, so we
have had the pleasure of working with many of them in basketball and wrestling
this winter as well.
Kevin has done a fantastic job working with faculty,
coaches, and athletes to set a foundation for success when it comes to managing
athlete care. In doing so, he has been a
great example to us on how to be prepared for any medical issue regardless of
the severity. We have gotten an
opportunity to learn so much through Oakville athletics that we could not have
received in the classroom. As our time
at Oakville this semester ends, we are truly thankful for the 4 months we have
been able to spend with Kevin and all of Oakville athletics.
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.