By: Courtney Nall (MAT Class of 2020)
My time at the University of Louisville had been very fun and immersive. I am able to get experience with many athletic trainers that are here, so I am able to get a good sense of how everyone works. My preceptor, SLU alum Stuart Plamp MAT, ATC, does a great job of keeping me engaged every day and keeping me on my toes. He asks me my opinions on what I think we should do with a particular athlete, how I think we should progress a rehab and much more. I am able to use my knowledge and skills that I already have as well as learn new things every day. I feel that I am included in every step of an athletes’ care and that is really helping build my confidence as I move closer to becoming a professional in this field.
It was also refreshing to see the athletic training staff and the sport performance staff work well and close with each other. They both have the best interest of the athlete at heart and easily are able to modify things of a specific athlete on an as needed basis. I also like to see that the athletic trainers have a good working relationship with their respective coaches because I have not always witnessed that in my personal experience. It makes me feel at ease to know that those good relationships are attainable at this level of competition. I am very thankful for all the different opportunities that I have been given here and the things that I have been able to learn along the way.
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.