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.