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.