SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Cerner Corporation - Kansas City, MO
By: Matt Murphy (SLU MAT Class of 2019)
Going into my summer field experience at Cerner, I knew that I would encounter a population that I had yet to see: the recreational athlete, primarily ages 25+. In a clinic based setting, we will collaborate with fitness specialists, chiropractors, and physicians. Additionally, with Cerner being a Health IT company, we also communicate with software engineers, hardware engineers, businessmen and women, and many other professions in order to help the company.
While here, I have learned an incredible amount about joint based solutions for acute and chronic injuries. My preceptors, Rebekah Grube ATC, David Albers III ATC, Drew Parker ATC, and Shelby Barrett ATC, do not use any modalities, so I have been fortunate enough to learn new exercises for patients’ home exercise programs. I have also been able to sit in and partake in the use of Cerner’s motion health analysis. In short, they use motion capture technology to assess functional movements of their patients in order to help educate the patient on where they can improve their body’s movements.
Being at Cerner has shed light and given me an appreciation of an Athletic Trainer’s role in a workplace clinic setting. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been given and l look forward to being able to take the knowledge I have learned and apply it in my future practice.
Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.