March 26, 2020

SLU AT Student's Confidence Grows through Clinical Experience at Webster Groves HS

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

The second half of my year-long clinical rotation has given me an immersive experience in basketball and wrestling, which are two sports I didn’t get much exposure to at my other clinical sites. I have enjoyed these two sports because I’ve learned more ways to create rehabilitation programs and return to play criteria that are more sports specific. I feel more confident in my abilities to help an athlete get stronger and return to their sport within an appropriate amount of time.

A year ago, I remember myself feeling incapable to create a relevant rehab program and assess whether or not an athlete was ready to return. Seeing where I am today with my skill level as well as seeing my growth makes me confident and excited for the future.

I look forward to going to Webster every day and gaining knowledge from new experiences while also doing the tasks I’ve done many times before to help perfect my practice. Of course, the biggest worry I have right now is taking the Board of Certification exam, however, I know that learninf from my preceptor Sean Wright ATC at Webster and practicing the skills I’ve learned throughout my education are helping me “study”.

There’s so much more than entry level information that a student can learn from their preceptor and clinical site. I am appreciative of the opportunity I have to acquire proficiency and competence.

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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