October 13, 2019

SLU AT Students Gain NCAA Division I Clinical Experience in Multiple Contexts at SIU-Edwardsville

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
By: Conner Mongoven and  Rachel Wilhelm (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

Coming into our last year in the professional program for Athletic Training at SLU, the two of us chose to spend last year’s clinical experience at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUE is a Division 1 school and thus is a great opportunity for athletic training students who are interested in going into the college setting. We are able to learn from many different people, such as the Head Athletic Trainer Gerald Schlemer, ATC, as well as the Assistant Athletic Trainers and Graduate Assistants. Each member of the staff is in charge of their own sports. Because of this, at each sport season transition, the two of us will not only be changing the team that we work with, but also the Athletic Trainer we are learning under. Our first expected change is scheduled for the beginning of October. Both of us had an interest in volleyball and soccer, so we will be switching team assignments halfway through the season to be able to get the experience we really wanted in our last year. While we’re both enjoying working with our current teams, we’re looking forward to the new experiences as the year progresses.
Rachel: Beginning in August, my first sport rotation I began with is with the women’s volleyball team. The Athletic Trainer I am learning under is Katlin Grapes, ATC. She is a first year Graduate Assistant working to obtain her master’s degree in sports psychology. Katlin’s class schedule will sometimes conflict with practice times, so the Assistant Athletic Trainer that worked with the team over the summer, Kristin Weller, ATC, will step in to help. The volleyball team has no shortage of injured athletes, which has turned into a great learning opportunity for me. There are even many conditions I wasn’t expecting to see in this setting. Both Katlin and Kristin put their full trust in me when it comes to doing evaluations, using therapeutic modalities, and creating and teaching rehab protocols to athletes. Under them, I am able to learn a lot and actively practice my skills every day. This rotation is something I have been looking forward to, due to my having played volleyball through high school myself. I am really excited to be able to take my knowledge of the sport and work to incorporate that into developing sport specific treatment and rehabilitation plans. I am enjoying my time with volleyball, but I am looking forward to my future experiences the rest of the year.

Conner: To begin my clinical experience at SIUE, I have started out being with Mary McKee, ATC, and the women’s soccer team. In my time I have gotten to get to know the players and the coaches and learn about Athletic Training in the Division 1 Athletics setting, which I have not experienced yet before. In this setting, I have gained exposure to how the communication works between ATs, coaches and strength and conditioning specialist. I have gotten to understand more about the planning that goes into trainings and workouts for the athletes and how it is geared towards minimizing and preventing injury risks. I have learned new ways to implement rehab and therapeutic exercise as an addition to treatment with therapeutic modalities in order to further provide injury care and injury prevention for the athletes. After a great start to my experience with the soccer team, I am excited to continue on and to get exposure with other sports and their Athletic Trainers.

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.

October 09, 2019

SLU AT Student Values Support from Preceptor and Community at Rockwood Summit HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Rockwood Summit High School
By: Emma Yonkers (MAT Class of 2020)

So far, PY2 year has been a very challenging and rewarding experience. Having a year of clinical experience, as well as my summer field experience, has been proven invaluable to how I’ve approached this year. In only a month, Rockwood Summit High School has already helped me grow and learn so much. My preceptor from Mercy Sports Medicine, Tony Mosello, ATC, is a graduate of the SLU Athletic Training Program and he has been in my shoes. He knows the caliber of the program and what he got out of it, which has helped foster a trusting professional relationship.

Everyone at Summit is incredibly kind and welcoming so it was easy to feel like I was meant to be there right off the bat. The athletes, coaches, parents, and everyone in between trust Tony. It is really cool to see the community he has built in the athletic training room in just four years at Summit. Having a role model like that as a preceptor motivates me to be the best I can be.
With the clinical experience I have thus far, I have become much more confident in my knowledge and my ability to apply it to the everyday routine. This confidence has made it easier for me to step out of my comfort zone because I know I am capable of learning something new every day. The fact that I will be at Summit for the whole year is really exciting because the environment is so welcoming and I can really be myself, which will help my figure out the kind of AT I want to be in the future. Getting to know the athletes in their fall sport and I’ll be there to help if they play a spring sport is rewarding in itself.

I like the high school environment because to get to see the athletes grow as people and figure out who they are. I am really excited to see what this year brings.

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.

October 08, 2019

SLU AT Student Enjoys Returning to Alma Mater for Clinical Experience at Webster Groves HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster Groves High School
By: Abigail Hoffman (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

Being at Webster Groves High School for my PY2 year is an opportunity that I wanted to have, but wasn’t sure if I could have it. Since I graduated from Webster, this experience is very different for me. It’s pretty much like coming full circle. Sean Wright ATC, my former teacher and inspiration to become an athletic trainer is now my preceptor. I couldn’t be more grateful. I am treated as an equal there and I have the freedom and trust from my preceptor to provide athletes with evaluations and plans for treatment. One thing that I appreciate about my time at Webster so far is that I was fully immersed in athletic training duties straight away. Normally that situation would scare me, but I felt comfortable enough to jump in because I have the support. As a PY2, I think being treated as a certified athletic trainer (with supervision) is necessary to prepare me for my future career.
I have been able to dive deeper into rehabilitation techniques so far and learn from my preceptor as well as teach myself along the way. Being handed the task of finding rehab for an athlete on my own time is intimidating, but it helps me in the end to make my own decisions and be confident in them. I enjoy my role in the AT room because the athletes trust me and know that I have the knowledge to help them. I’ve managed to create a good rapport with the athletes and coaches, which is an important skill to master before graduating with this degree because of the need for communication and tactfulness.

I look forward to new experiences with different sports as the year advances. I have already been able to be put in situations that make me think on the spot, which is something I didn’t experience as much at my other clinical placements. My ability to make tough decisions will continue to grow because my preceptor allows me to make mistakes and learn from them. As my experience at Webster continues, I know I will become a more resourceful and critical thinker.

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.

October 07, 2019

SLU AT Students Enjoy Learning in Dynamic Clinical Environment with Washington University Athletics

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Washington University Athletics
By: Mitchell Buerck, Maria Lingardo, Allison Stefan (MAT Class of 2020) and  
Maddie Bozych, Kaylla Juarez, Allison Stefan, Joey Wenzl (MAT Class of 2021)

At Washington University, we are fortunate to learn from four highly experienced athletic trainers while having access to amazing facilities and equipment. The semester there are three PY1’s, Maddie Bozych, Kaylla Juarez, and Joey Wenzl , and three PY2’s, Allison Stefan, Mitchell Buerck, and Maria Lingardo. The six of us have the opportunity to cover a well-respected Division 3 football program that is composed of great athletes who are appreciative of our help. Each day brings new learning opportunities in the fast paced world of football. Each week brings new injuries which we get to evaluate and treat with a multitude of modalities, and create rehab programs to get them back to play.
To prepare for practices and games, we use modalities such as electrical stim, laser, game ready, alter-G, and an underwater treadmill to treat and rehab our athletes to ensure they can play at their fullest potential. During games we are able to efficiently and effectively use the skills we have learned from Grant Rohrig, MAT, ATC, (our preceptor) and through our SLU AT program to help evaluate and treat our athletes to assist them to quickly get back to the game. During our clinical rotation we all get the opportunity to travel with the football team. During travel trips we get more exposure of what it may be like to have a career in a college or professional sports team setting. These trips present us a chance to use our skills in an environment that is different than our usual AT room that doesn’t have all the great modalities. It forces us to adapt to use what we have at our disposal.

As stated earlier, at WashU we get to learn and observe from four different certified athletic trainers who all come from unique backgrounds and levels of experience. Rick Larsen, MS, ATC, Jim Anderson, BS, ATC, Mary Collins, MAT, ATC and Grant Rohrig, MAT, ATC  give four perspectives on taping techniques, injury evaluations, and rehabilitation programs. There is a great balance between teaching by example, and letting us learn on our own. By letting us learn on our own, while they are overseeing, they challenge us to use the knowledge we’ve learned to make rehab and treatment decisions for our athletes. We all are looking forward to the rest of the semester and seeing how our skills improve.

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.

October 06, 2019

SLU AT Student Appreciates Preceptor's Role in Clinical Experience at Westminster Christian Academy

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Alejandra Chavez (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

For my PY2 clinical rotation, I am at Westminster Christian Academy. I have been enjoying my time a lot at WCA and have enjoyed learning from my preceptor and SLU alum Katherine Love MAT, ATC, from Mercy Sports Medicine. Katherine and everyone at WCA have been very welcoming and have made me feel like a very valuable member of the team. Getting to know and be around the athletes has also been a lot of fun. I am happy to be back at the high school setting for my final clinical rotation.

I am surprised as to how much I have grown to like being at the high school setting. Prior to entering the professional phase of the program, I was not too sure I was going to like being in this type of setting, but I have had great experiences that have made me really enjoy being in this environment. Although it can be chaotic at times, it is a fun environment because every day is a different day and you never really know what to expect. Since the beginning of my clinical rotation at WCA, I have had so much hands-on experience and I have grown a lot more confidence in my clinical skills because of how much I have been able to practice them on a daily basis. Every day at WCA is a busy day full of opportunities to grow as an athletic training student.

My preceptor Katherine always makes sure I am very involved and is continuously providing me with opportunities to learn and practice my skills. I appreciate her trust in my clinical skills and how encouraging she is. I am excited to continue learning from Katherine and from my experience at WCA and I look forward to the rest of my year here.

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.