May 01, 2017

Pre-professional AT Student Gains Experience from Faculty Member with SLU Billikens Athletics

New AT Student Blog Post - Grant Hollander (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

I observed many hours at the SLU Athletic Training Facility in Chaifetz Arena under preceptor Michael Markee PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, ATC. There I saw many student athletes come in for rehabilitation exercises whether it was post injury or prevention of future injuries. Student athletes had to complete a warm-up before jumping straight into their exercises. Athletes then used therapeutic bands or their own body weight to strengthen the muscles surrounding their injuries in order to prevent further injuries to that area. Other exercises helped recruit more muscles surrounding the area that way more muscles would fire strengthening the area for future use.
Massages to help ease the tension on bones or muscles was also observed and many student athletes left admiring how good they felt after the massages. Also many people came in to be taped or had ice wrapped around certain extremities. Overall, this experience has helped me better understand what an Athletic Trainer does and I look forward to performing such activities in the future.

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

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