SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Sarah Menzuber (SLU MAT Class of 2019)
This August I began a new clinical experience at Westminster Christian Academy. I am an athletic training student in my second professional year in the Master of Athletic Training program at Saint Louis University. At Westminster Christian Academy, I am gaining clinical experience with the supervision of Katherine Love. A recent SLU grad, Katherine Love MAT, ATC, is the Athletic Trainer at Westminster through Mercy Sports Medicine and is my preceptor for the 2018-2019 school year. Katherine and I oversee all high school sports and keep busy with our always crowded athletic training room after school. At Westminster Christian Academy, there is outstanding communication between Katherine, the coaching staff of all teams, the athletic director, the nurse, and other school administrators to ensure the best care for all students’ health and well-being.
So far, we have been fortunate enough to not have had any life-threatening injuries or have had the need to call EMS. However, a Varsity Football player suffered an ACL tear and just had surgery, so Katherine and I will be working with him on his rehab. I have seen a variety of injuries this year, including many ankle sprains, muscle strains, shoulder impingement syndrome, and patellofemoral pain. We work with each athlete individually and design a rehab protocol for them to do after school and at home. I love the hands-on experience I am getting and working with Katherine and the Westminster athletes. I am beyond grateful and excited to be here for the entire school year!
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.