March 24, 2020

SLU AT Students from Multiple Levels Learn in an Interprofessional Context at John Burroughs School

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs School
By: Hannah Daily (SLU MAT Class of 2020) and Maddie Bozych (SLU MAT Class of 2021)

John Burroughs is such a fantastic place to be for an athletic training student. As a school, they are a 7th-12th grade institution that has a holistic approach to education with pride in their high rigor academics and extracurricular activities. The athletic mission at JBS is “to champion character through athletics so that we cultivate holistic growth in self and community” which shines through in their policy that the student must be in a sport every season, or be in a weight lifting program. 

The facilities at JBS cannot be beat for a secondary school. The athletic training room is connected to the nurses office, which cultivates a great opportunity for interprofessional work between the two, which is vital at the high school level. They have many modalities like heat, whirlpool, electrical stim and ultrasound. They also have many great tools for rehab as well. 

Dean Tiffany ATC is the head athletic trainer at John Burroughs. Dean has taught us great taping techniques, the importance of good evaluation and special test skills, and we even got to play around with cupping. Along with being the head AT, he is the wrestling coach and assistant athletic director. Dean has shown through all his responsibilities, what directions you can take in this profession and it is really exciting to see all the opportunities you could have if you work hard enough! 
The winter was quite busy at JBS with basketball, wrestling and swimming in full swing. Brian Bounds has filled in as AT throughout the winter while Dean has been coaching. He is an athletic trainer through Mercy and has experience with professional soccer. Brian has shown us a lot that he has learned throughout his career, especially manual techniques. There is a great relationship between PY1 and PY2 here. We have to work together on a lot of the athletes and put both of our knowledge together to find the best for the patient. JBS is a great place for the PY2 to step up and show their role as a mentor to the PY1. 

Dean has cultivated great relationships with everyone at the school, and there is a lot of respect for him and the athletic training students. Everyone I have encountered at JBS has been amazing. The Athletic director, Peter Tasker, is so welcoming and great towards us. The coaches are all amazing in giving us their full cooperation and trust while treating the athletes. The students are fantastic and are used to having SLU students, so they are quick to open up, very respectful, and will do any treatment or rehab we ask of them. Go Bombers! 

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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