December 09, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lafayette High School

Lafayette High School – Home of the Lancers!
By: Angie Vitale (MAT Class of 2015)

This past semester I was given the opportunity to be at Lafayette High School with athletic trainer Heather Carroll ATC from PRORehab.  Located in Wildwood, MO, Lafayette is home to the fighting Lancers.  Under Heather’s supervision, I was able to experience a wide variety of sports, and was able to work with sport related injuries in football, cross country, soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, and field hockey.  As the only athletic trainer for such a large number of athletes, Heather never has a dull moment at school.  With all sports practicing at once, Heather and I spend most of our afternoons running from one practice to another, always anticipating the next radio call.

My first week at Lafayette, I was welcomed by both coaches and athletes, alike, and was immediately thrown into the hustle and bustle of Lancer nation.  From pregame taping and heating to on field first aid and evaluation, I learned that I had to adapt quickly.  Everyone was very encouraging and offered very helpful feedback in the learning process.

Angie Vitale
The fighting Lancers have excelled in many sports this season.  Girl’s Varsity volleyball won State, Cross Country placed third in State, and Varsity football had a very impressive season throughout.  Since the season has slowed, I have been able to focus more on rehab and other therapeutic techniques.  With the semester coming to a close, I can happily say that this experience has changed my entire outlook on Athletic Training and I will be forever grateful for the experience Heather and the Lancers have given me this fall.

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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