December 17, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Belleville Althoff Catholic High School

Althoff Catholic High School – Home of the Crusaders!
By: Andria Lampe (MAT Class of 2015)

At Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, Illinois I have had many memorable experiences. My preceptor, Meghan Gehrs ATC (SLU MAT Class of 2011), and I have treated athletes, coaches and referees for a wide variety of injuries. Every day we see something new and different from the day before. From football linebackers to volleyball hitters to wrestlers; our patients vary in shape, size and injury. 

Meghan Gehrs ATC and Andria Lampe
My knowledge of treating athletes has grown immensely over the past four months. I have seen emergency situations requiring EMS care that taught me more than simply reading about it ever could. I have wrapped more ankles, wrists, thumbs and fingers than I can count, and my confidence has grown tremendously since my first day at Althoff.

I am excited to experience another athletic training room setting and to learn even more, but forming my foundation at Althoff has been very rewarding. Watching Meghan run her athletic training room has taught me what it takes to be successful in this field and there is so much left to learn. With the pleasant staff and students of Althoff it has been a great place to get hands-on experience that I will carry with me throughout my career.

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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