April 03, 2019

SLU AT Student Appreciates Opportunity to Practice Clinical Assessment Skills at Chaminade College Prep

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Chaminade College Preparatory School
By: Justin Durham (MAT Class of 2020) 

Chaminade College Prep has been a great experience and has given me the opportunity to further my skills. Scott Kugler ATC is my preceptor at Chaminade and has helped me whenever I need it and explains his thought process on certain situations as well as his process on evaluations.

I have had multiple opportunities to practice evaluations and well as help athletes in their rehab programs. Starting my clinical rotation at Chaminade I did not have much experience going through evaluations start to finish so my experience so far has really helped.

Most evaluations I have performed were on the lower extremities and only a couple for upper extremities. One of the biggest things I have learned from going through the evaluations is to really think about the questions you want to ask in the history so you can get a whole picture of what happened and what may be wrong.

My experience so far is that some athletes will come in and immediately tell you anything and everything about what happened while others are really quiet and you have to ask multiple questions to get a glimpse at what is going on. Another thing I have really tried to work on with my evaluations is being systematic and knowing what I want to do so that I do not forget anything. 

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.

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