September 08, 2020

SLU AT Student Focuses on Athlete Safety in Clinical Experience at Christian Brothers College HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Gabby Herod (MAT Class of 2021)

During this summer at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School, Kristen Jeans ATC, LMT, from Mercy Sports Medicine, has again given me a unique experience.  During this COVID-19 pandemic, the typical athletic training experience was not possible.  But Kristen made sure that I saw the side of athletic training that isn’t shown on a typical day. 
Being the summer in St. Louis, it can get very hot and dangerous for athletes. I gained more experience in using a wet bulb and cold water tank and what it really means to make the right decision for the safety of everyone. Demonstrating interpersonal communication with the coaches, athletic director, and parents with this information is very important.

While at CBC, we also discussed COVID and what was needed for the sports teams to operate safely. Dealing with safety policies that will provide the best experience for everyone involved has been a challenge. The work that Kristen has shown me that is necessary to have everything in order hopefully run smoothly during the school year happens during this time. Administration is a part of this profession that should be greatly praised for everything that has to happen. 

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.

September 07, 2020

SLU AT Students Enjoy Summer Clinical Experience with the Billikens

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Saint Louis University Billiken Athletics
By: Maddie Bozych and Kaylla Juarez (MAT Class of 2021)

Saint Louis University Athletic Training Students have made adjustments to the changing conditions during the Summer of 2020.  Maddie Bozych and Kaylla Juarez discuss their common, but separate and socially distanced, immersive clinical experience with SLU Billiken Athletics.

Maddie Bozych 

I had a great summer experience getting to be involved with the SLU Men’s basketball team! While it was a different type of summer, it was just as interesting! I got to learn from Jonathan Burch, ATC, who not only has great expertise on being a Division 1 basketball athletic trainer, but also as the director of sports medicine. It was a great experience to see all the conversations that went into making a safe summer for the basketball team among a pandemic. Some of the Covid precautions I was a part of were figuring out how to reconfigure the athletic training room to make it as safe and distances as a possible, and taking temperatures. 

My daily routine consisted of getting all the supplies ready for weight training, and once we progressed to practices, taping. Once the players were taken care of, I got a look into all of the paperwork it is important for athletes to have at the start of every year, and practice logging it into the software.  

Aside from seeing some of the behind the scenes of what a director of sports medicine and AT does during a pandemic, I did get to do some rehabbing! I was fortune to also get to learn from Mike Markee, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, ATC and be a part of the post-op rehabs of one of our athletes. It was great interprofessional experience as I got to go to physical therapy session and learn the exercises, and then take the athlete through them on off days. Having this bridge role was a great experience for a PY2. I learned a lot in a short time! 

Kaylla Juarez

This summer I was able to get clinical experience with SLU’s Men’s Basketball team with my preceptor Jonathan Burch ATC (JB), Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine.  During my time at SLU, I was able to get back into practicing taping skills that I have not been able to do in a few months.  I was able to learn new taping skills through JB and get a better understanding of why we tape our basketball players the way we do.  

I also got to look at the administration side of athletic training that I did not get a lot of experience with at my other clinical sites.  With us still being in a pandemic, there was a lot of paperwork that had to be done before the rest of the student athletes returned back to campus. It was nice to understand all aspects of athletic training and administration work is something I often forget comes along with this career. SLU will be my clinical site for the 2020-2021 school year, and I am excited to see what else I can learn from my preceptor JB and other preceptors I come across in the SLU athletic training room. 

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.

September 05, 2020

SLU AT Student Integrates Prior Learning with Immersive Clinical Experience at Bayless HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Bayless High School
By: Josh Hicks (MAT Class of 2021)

During this very abnormal Summer field experience of 2020 I was at Bayless High School. My preceptor was Adam Krueger ATC, CSCS, SSM Health Sports Medicine. This was Adam’s first year at Bayless and he did awesome. With all of the uncertainty of having a new job and a pandemic, Adam still made my learning experience a priority. I learned from many discussions, demonstrations, and practice.

Outside of screening for COVID, a majority of Adam’s and my time was spent discussing topics and practices in athletic training. These discussions often led to demonstrations and new knowledge and practice. For example, I have learned about joint mobilizations and stretching through classes, but Adam showed me how to combine the two properly. Bayless had few injuries. I was able to do the initial assessment of each injury and Adam would monitor. I was also included in coming up with the rehab programs and I took the student athletes through them. 

At Bayless High School I felt like an athletic trainer. I was part of the team and treated as such. 

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.

September 04, 2020

SLU AT Student Returns to a Familiar Place to Adapt and Learn New Skills

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Cardinal Ritter College Prep
By: Jose Blanco (MAT Class of 2021)

This summer I had the opportunity to return to Cardinal Ritter College Prep. I had my first clinical experience on Fall 2019 and now our paths crossed again in summer, which consisted of a different dynamic compared to the regular year. My preceptor was Cara Bowton, MAT, LAT, ATC, SSM Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer and SLU alum, and she gladly helped me achieve the best possible experience for about two months.

Living while a worldwide pandemic is happening made us adjust to necessary changes to follow a required protocol to provide care to these athletes. I had to understand the importance of following these protocols since the first day, since ensuring the safety of the athletes was our primary goal. However, I still had the opportunity to treat athletes as they needed it. From screening for COVID-19 every player before letting them play to treat them after a practice.

Although at first I had a lot of doubts and concern about this summer, we manage to deliver the best preventative measurements and treatment to athletes that were preparing for their summer. This opportunity taught me interventions to prevent the spread of diseases which is an area that I never thought I would find myself in. It also taught me that health care professionals should keep trying to deliver the best care to overcome this pandemic so that hopefully in our early future we can find ourselves in our normal practice duties.

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.

September 02, 2020

SLU AT Student Gets Unique Learning Experiences with Preceptor's Support at Bishop DuBourg HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Bishop DuBourg High School
By: Kate Perko (MAT Class of 2021)

My immersive field experience this summer was spent with Nathan Jarman, MS, CSCS, ATC at Bishop Dubourg High Schools morning sports camps. Though it was not the summer I had anticipated, I am appreciative of the opportunity to learn from Nate. He has so much knowledge to share and kept me on my toes. The administration of Bishop Dubourg were wonderful and immediately treated me as if I was one of their own. 

Nate is an Athletic Trainer with SSM Health Sports Medicine and a key member to the schools COVID-19 response team. On my second or third day at the high school I was invited to sit in on a COVID-19 task force meeting with Nate. It was impressive to see and be part of the “can do” attitude. Instead of focusing on how normal policies are not going to work, administration had to brainstorm new policies that could work instead. I was pleased to be able to offer my two cents into the problem solving. 

Bishop Dubourg is a great clinical site and Nate is an awesome preceptor and mentor. The students at Bishop Dubourg were respectful and receptive to having a SLU AT student. 

I wish the best for the students and teachers as they navigate this new normal. Go Cavaliers!

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.

September 01, 2020

SLU AT Student Appreciates the Benefit of Multiple Immersive Clinical Experiences

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Orchard Farm High School and the Young Athlete Center/Lou Fusz Athletic
By: Iris Herrera (MAT Class of 2021)

This summer I had the privilege of having both Olivia Robinson, MAT, LAT, ATC and Tom McGowan, MEd, LAT, ATC as preceptors. I was able to have a well-rounded experience, where I learned about all of the domains of athletic training. In the mornings I would screen athletes for COVID at Orchard Farm High School with Olivia. While there I was able to create, edit, and implement an emergency action plan. I had exposure to pre-participation documents, physicals, and even inventory. 

With preceptor Tom McGowan I was able to have experiences at the Young Athlete Center (YAC) and Lou Fusz Athletic. At the Young Athlete Center, located inside of the Children’s Specialty Care Center, I observed and assisted with ACL return to play testing. I was also able to observe a functional movement screen. Tom showed me how to use a BIODEX and motion sensors to analyze movement and even let me try them out! At Lou Fusz Athletic I was able to join Tom for soccer practices and a lacrosse tournament. Throughout the summer, Tom set up several evaluations for me to do on athletes. He also guided me through case study cases where he pretended to be my patient.

Overall, I loved my summer field experiences! In the morning I was able to gain more understanding about the administrative component of athletic training and in the afternoon, I was able to be more hands on with patients. I am appreciative of Olivia and Tom for giving me such amazing opportunities to learn from them. 

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.

May 12, 2020

Saint Louis University Recognizes 2020 Master of Athletic Training Graduates with Program Awards

Each year, the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program recognizes Master of Athletic Training graduates with awards recognizing service, academic and clinical excellence.  

The following members of the SLU MAT Class of 2020 were recognized with program awards:

Allison Stefan MAT
This recognition is awarded to the graduate who has the highest grade point average in professional phase courses.

Gwyneth Brown MAT
CLINICAL EXCELLENCE - Gwyneth Brown MAT and Maria Lingardo MAT
These graduates are nominated by faculty, staff or preceptors in recognition of outstanding achievement in their clinical practicum experiences.

Maria Lingardo MAT
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE - Allison Stefan MAT and Caitlyn Thomas MAT
These graduates are nominated by faculty or staff for significant participation in service to the profession through entire academic career. 

Caitlyn Thomas MAT
These graduates are nominated by students, faculty or staff for significant participation in community service through entire academic career. 

Congratulations to Allison, Gwyn, Maria, Caitlyn and all of our 2020 graduates!

May 04, 2020

SLU AT Students Present Scholarly Projects at University-wide Student Research Events

Saint Louis University sponsors several student research events each year.  In 2020, those events were converted to a virtual on-line format with abstracts published in a proceeding book.  SLU Athletic Training students presented a project at each of the events.

Graduate Student Association Research Symposium

The annual SLU Graduate Student Association Research Symposium is held each year during the spring semester and is an interdisciplinary forum open to all SLU graduate students.

SLU AT students Gwyneth Brown and Maria Lingardo (MAT Class of 2020) along with mentors Jonathan Burch ATC (SLU Assistant Athletic Director) and Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC, FASAHP (SLU AT Program Director) presented: "Key Player on the Team: The Role of The Athletic Trainer in the Assessment and Management of Mitochondrial Disease in an Intercollegiate Athlete".

Link to complete program: 

Senior Legacy Symposium

The Senior Legacy Symposium is SLU's  annual celebration of undergraduate scholarly and creative work. Since 2008, this event has provided a platform for distinguished students from all majors to share their culminating academic achievements with the campus community in the form of research posters, oral presentations, artistic exhibitions, and musical/dramatic performances.

SLU AT Student Katherine Perko (MAT Class of 2021) Honors Capstone Project "Perspectives on Athletic Training in the Performing Arts" along with mentor Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC, FASAHP (SLU AT Program Director).

Link to published abstract: 

April 24, 2020

SLU MAT Class of 2020 Hosts Virtual Capstone Day on Friday May 1st

Students in the Saint Louis University Master of Athletic Training Class of 2020 will be presenting their Capstone Projects virtually on-line on May 1, 2020 starting at 8:30 am via Zoom.  The event is open to the public, and presentation of these projects mark the completion of their experience as students in the SLU Athletic Training Program.


8:30 AM
Running on Greens: Vegan/Vegetarian vs Omnivorous Diet on Endurance Performance
8:40 AM
Plant-Based Dieting: The Effect on Athletic Performance
8:50 AM
Blood Flow Restriction: An Effective Alernative to Traditional Rehabilitation?
9:00 AM
Cut It Off: The Use of Blood Flow Restriction Training as a Post-Operative ACL Rehabilitation Tool
9:10 AM
Internal Bracing: What Role Does It Play on ACL Reconstruction
9:20 AM
“Russian” to the finish line - Blood Doping Enhancement and Harmful Effects for Endurance Athletes
9:30 AM
Vaping and the Adolescent Athlete: How is Perception Different From Reality?
9:40 AM
Nourish your brain, nourish your body: The role of nutrition in traumatic brain injury treatment
9:50 AM
What do you mean there’s a cream? Topical versus Oral NSAIDs for treatment of rheumatic diseases.
10:00 AM
10:10 AM
Midfoot Stiffness: What Role Does it Play in Injuries Up the Kinetic Chain
10:20 AM
Impact of athletic trainers on tactical athletes
10:30 AM
The Neglected Disease: Sickle Cell Anemia and it's Battle through the Political, Social, and Medical World
10:40 AM
Powerhouse of the Cell? Background, Diagnoses, & Treatment of Mitochondrial Disease in the Physically Active
10:50 AM
Mitochondrial Disease in Collegiate Athlete: A Case Study
11:00 AM
Psyched Out: The use of psychotherapy in treating PTSD and anxiety symptoms
11:10 AM
Burnout: What We Know and How We Can Help
11:20 AM
Tic Disorders and Their Effect on Mind and Body
11:30 AM
The Effects of Reduced or Disordered Sleep on Athletes’ Performance and Recovery
11:45 AM

Watch the presentations on-line: 

For more information email Dr. Anthony Breitbach, SLU AT Program Director at

April 21, 2020

SLU AT Student Appreciates Involvement with Interprofessional Community Service Grant Project

New AT Student Blog Post - Maddie Cavanaugh (SLU MAT Class of 2022)

One of my favorite events that I have participated in over the past couple of years is part of the SLU 1818 Community Engagement Grant Program.  Members of the Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Nutrition and Dietetics programs put on program to teach kids from Unleashing Potential about basic concepts on what the professions do and try to spark interest for their futures.

Some of the activities that we participate in were applying bandages, hand sanitization, relay races, agility testing and learning about healthy foods.  While many of the younger kids were harder to keep interest for the full period of time, it was very rewarding to create a connection with some of the kids and figure out different ways to engage them in the material to keep them active and attentive.  One of the kids that I was working with couldn’t find the attention span to do our activity so we went and played around the basketball court and he wanted to “swim” on the blue parts out of the court.  It was fun getting to interact with community members and get a good laugh with all the kids’ imaginations.

I loved being able to work with the kiddos of Unleashing Potential as they enhanced their skills with would care, injury prevention and balancing skills.  Combining communities and seeing the spark in the kiddos as they learn things about their health was really cool.  Even though some of the younger kids had a harder time being engaged the whole time, they stayed active and seemed like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Over the past two years, I’ve loved getting to participate in the SLU 1818 grant and I hope to be able to participate in this amazing cause in the future!

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

April 17, 2020

International Athletic Training Student Values Immersive Clinical and Academic Experience at Saint Louis University

International Clinical Experience at Saint Louis University 
By Alfredo Del Giudice (AT Student, Universidad Camilo Jose Cela)

If you are looking for a full-immersion authentic American experience and are willing to learn new skills in healthcare, rehabilitation and training this is the place for you! Saint Louis University was my place for a couple of months, a place where I really felt part of a community and had the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. The structure of the campus, the library, the gym and classes are full equipped with last generation material and allow the student to have a great didactic experience. Also the services that the university offers are top level, and in this regard I would like to give special thanks to the alumni service who helped us with the big amount of papers we had to fill in order to be part of the Athletic Training program. 
During this experience I had the opportunity to met great professional like Dr. Anthony Breitbach and Dr. Timothy Howell, who were totally involved in doing that the stay in the USA was the best and that were as much complete as possible. 

I really enjoyed receiving theoretical classes in Medical Conditions, Rehab Protocols, First Aid, Suture and also a simulation of how to deal with a job interview. This was thanks to the high quality of the lessons and its teachers but also because of the great group of students that surely will be talented professionals in future. When you can perceive an ambient where everyone is starving for learning and being better everyday you know that who has organized this program is doing a great job with his students.

The Athletic Training Room is a wide space very well organized and full equipped with plenty of rehabilitation material (they also have a rehab pool with an aquatic treadmill!) and by its side there’s a big gym, only for college athletes, also very well equipped. The ambient in the room is dynamic and active, full of students willing to learn and different healthcare professionals like AT, PT, Physician and Strength Coach willing to teach all of their knowledge. At the start of the clinical rotation the practices where mainly observational but day after day I had the opportunity to be involved more and more until finally having total freedom to treat and diagnose athlete. This helped me a lot with developing athletic training and therapy skills and gave a big boost to my English level. Also, I would like to mention the great experience we had at Webster Groves High School with another great professional like Sean Wright ATC, a skilled and proactive AT who was really involved in showing us his way of working and learning from us how we approach the patient; this was absolutely a place where we learn a lot and moreover where we were showed a different ambient from the college sports. 

How not to mention the Arch Madness at the Missouri Valley Conference! Unbelievable experience with many basketball teams from different universities. A show of talents in a real professional stadium such as the Enterpirse Center side by side with a lot of ATT and healthcare professional from all over the United States. A great moment where we had the opportunity to share ideas and our personal history and making friends!

In general, this is a totally recommendable experience for whoever is willing to learn from great professionals and bigger persons! I feel I have acquired new skills, learned a different approach and enriched my professional baggage. Thanks to you all friends, hope to see you soon again!

Experiencia clínica internacional en la Universidad de Saint Louis
By Alfredo Del Giudice (AT Student, Universidad Camilo Jose Cela)

Si está buscando una auténtica experiencia estadounidense de inmersión completa y está dispuesto a aprender nuevas habilidades en atención médica, rehabilitación y entrenamineto, ¡este es el lugar para usted! La Universidad de Saint Louis fue mi hogar durante un par de meses, un lugar donde realmente me sentí parte de una comunidad y tuve la oportunidad de crecer personal y profesionalmente. La estructura del campus, la biblioteca, el gimnasio y las clases están totalmente equipadas con material de última generación y permiten al estudiante tener una gran experiencia didáctica. Además, los servicios que ofrece la universidad son de primer nivel y, en este sentido, me gustaría agradecer especialmente al servicio de alumnos que nos ayudó con la gran cantidad de documentos que teníamos que llenar para formar parte del programa de ATT.

Durante esta experiencia tuve la oportunidad de conocer a grandes profesionales como Anthony Breitbach y Timothy Howell, quienes estuvieron totalmente involucrados en hacer que la estadía en los Estados Unidos fuera la mejor y que fuera lo más completa posible.

Realmente disfruté recibiendo clases teóricas en condiciones médicas, protocolos de rehabilitación, primeros auxilios, suturas y también una simulación de cómo lidiar con una entrevista de trabajo. Esto fue gracias a la alta calidad de las lecciones y sus profesores, pero también debido al gran grupo de estudiantes que seguramente serán profesionales talentosos en el futuro. Cuando puede percibir un ambiente donde todos se esfuerzan por aprender y mejorar cada día, sabe que quién ha organizado este programa está haciendo un gran trabajo con sus estudiantes.

La sala de entrenamiento atlético es un amplio espacio muy bien organizado y equipado con mucho material de rehabilitación (¡también tienen una piscina de rehabilitación con una cinta de correr acuática!) y a su lado hay un gran gimnasio, solo para atletas universitarios, también muy bien equipado. El ambiente en la sala es dinámico y activo, lleno de estudiantes dispuestos a aprender y diferentes profesionales de la salud como AT, PT, Physician y Strength Coach dispuestos a enseñar todo su conocimiento. Al comienzo de la rotación clínica, las prácticas eran principalmente de observación, pero día tras día tuve la oportunidad de involucrarme más y más hasta finalmente tener total libertad para tratar y diagnosticar al atleta. Esto me ayudó mucho con el desarrollo de las habilidades terapéuticas y dio un gran impulso a mi nivel de inglés. Además, me gustaría mencionar la gran experiencia que tuvimos en Webster High School con otro gran profesional como Sean Wright, un ATT experto y proactivo que realmente estuvo involucrado en mostrarnos su forma de trabajar y aprender de nosotros cómo nos acercamos al paciente; este fue absolutamente un lugar donde aprendemos mucho y, además, nos mostraron un ambiente diferente al de los deportes universitarios.

¡Cómo no mencionar el Arch Madness en la Missouri Valley Conference! Experiencia increíble con muchos equipos de baloncesto de diferentes universidades. Una muestra de talentos en un estadio profesional real, como el Enterpirse Center, junto con muchos ATT y profesionales de la salud de todo Estados Unidos. ¡Un gran momento donde tuvimos la oportunidad de compartir ideas y nuestra historia personal y hacer amigos!

En general, esta es una experiencia totalmente recomendable para quien esté dispuesto a aprender de grandes profesionales y personas más grandes. Siento que adquirí nuevas habilidades, aprendí un enfoque diferente y enriquecí mi equipaje profesional. ¡Gracias a todos ustedes amigos, espero verlos pronto de nuevo!