April 12, 2019

SLU AT Students Enjoy Immersive and Engaging Clinical Environment at Lindenwood University - Belleville

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lindenwood University – Belleville
By: Hannah Daily and Becca McGrail (MAT Class of 2020); and Adam Long and Justin Ullom (MAT Class of 2019) 

This semester we have gotten the opportunity to experience NAIA collegiate level athletics at Lindenwood University – Belleville. We are helping provide care for all sports including but not limited to: Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Baseball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Track and Field and Wrestling.

We have gotten the chance to learn together in an engaging environment with each other as well as with the LUB athletic training students and amazing AT staff. Our preceptors, Stephen Slone MS, ATC, LAT, Curtis Wilkerson MS, ATC, LAT, Timothy Woodstock MS, ATC, LAT have been incredibly helpful by showing us new treatment techniques as well as other ways to help the athletes.

The entire Lynx AT staff is extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions we may have. It is obvious that they want us to reach our full potential, so they are constantly there to encourage us and make sure that we are confident in our abilities. Some of our responsibilities include developing and implementing rehabilitation programs for individualized athletes, writing SOAP notes, preventative care such as taping and stretching, use of modalities, and performing evaluations. Lindenwood University – Belleville offers an immersive environment that has been very rewarding since we are able to really get to know some many different athletes along with being able to witness multiple athletes progress in their rehabilitation post-injury.
Adam and Justin, the PY2's, have gotten to primarily assist with pre-, in-game, and post-game responsibilities for both men’s and women’s hockey; along with practice coverage. Their main role as of now is to help prepare the team and gear up for their national tournaments in Nashville and Texas for men/women respectively. PY1's Hannah and Becca have been helping out with mainly baseball as well as other duties in the athletic training room. We are really getting to see how different the collegiate level is from the high school setting considering we were both placed at different high schools last semester. Every day we continue to improve our skills as well as learn how to connect with our athletes and peers to provide the best patient centered care.

Overall, we are all looking forward to what the rest of the semester has in store for us!

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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