By: Emma Yonkers (MAT Class of 2020)
At my first clinical site, there was just one athletic trainer so it was easy to keep progress and rehab plans very routine and always consistent. With two athletic trainers at Webster University, communication is super important. Communication is always key, but when only one of two ATs is there at a time, they have to document and communicate really well in order to not repeat or miss aspects of the injury and rehab process. Even though my preceptors, Martin Fields ATC and Jenni Popken ATC, have very different ways of doing things, they communicate with each other really well. They are always up-to-date with each other on athletes’ progression, as well as those with new injuries. Since they split the time pretty evenly and work with all the sports, most of the athletes know their different styles. This is helpful when they see Jenni in the morning for rehab, and Martin for treatment before practice, or vice versa. They know how well Martin and Jenni communicate, but they know they need to communicate with their ATs as well.
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.