SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
By: Josh Harris & Eldon Reid (SLU MAT Class of 2015)
This semester, we have had the privilege of getting clinical experience at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIU-E), a university in the Ohio Valley Conference (NCAA Division I). We have mainly worked with Gerry Schlemer, ATC, during our semester. We spent one week each with assistant James Mays, ATC, who works with the softball team. During this time, we have been able to strengthen and practice our athletic training skills. We have learned how much work it is to actually be the head athletic trainer at a college, and it is a lot more work than one would expect.
We have been working with the athletes and athletic training staff of SIU-E since early January of this year. During the spring season, we have spent most of our time working with track & field and softball athletes, also getting some experience with men’s basketball. We have been able to see a wide variety of injuries to the hips, foot, ankles, and knees.
As PY1’s in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training program, we have thoroughly enjoyed our time at SIU-E. We would both agree that our athletic training skillset has grown immensely since starting our rotation here. Gerry and his staff have been absolutely incredible with teaching us new athletic training skills and also helping us improve upon the skills we have already learned inside the classroom. It is undoubtedly an experience that both of us will cherish as we move further into our careers as athletic training students and future professionals. Go Cougars!