By: Adam Beck (SLU MAT Class of 2018)
I am currently at Triad High School in Troy, Illinois and have the honor of having Jack Edgar, ATC, as my preceptor there. He is a very knowledgeable man and has a great passion for athletic training. He is usually in before lunch starts to see all his athletes that have rehab needs, and is usually the one to close up at night. I look forward to coming into the athletic training room everyday to a new challenge. If the AT room is slower than usual Jack will try and give me certain situations to consider and ask how I would handle the situation. He likes to use any possible time to be better.
Jack has shown me how much work an athletic trainer can possibly do in one day. I usually get into the AT room after their lunch and homeroom period is over, but on occasion I make it during that time and help with athletes’ rehab. Jack has injured athletes in his room during this time to get some extra rehab completed. Triad HS has an electrical stimulation/ultrasound machine, whirlpool, and other rehab tools. With it being football season, everyday is filled with things to do. Whether it’s getting ready for practice, setting up for game day, or taking care of injured athletes we are always doing something.
Jack is very good about letting me get hands on in every situation I can. He allows me to help with rehabs of ACL repairs, diagnose injuries, and how to treat those injuries. He is always there during these processes in case I need some assistance. This fall we covered football, soccer, and cross-country. Yet, I think one of my favorite things about Triad is the feeling in the training room on a Friday afternoon into the night. We don’t seem to stop until well after the game is over and I have to be on top of my game to help Jack make everything go smoothly throughout the night.
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.