October 25, 2020

SLU AT Students Experience a Welcoming and Empowering Clinical Site at Webster Groves HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster Groves High School 
By: Iris Herrera (SLU MAT Class of 2021) and Michael Ryan (MAT Class of 2022)

We have been learning a lot at Webster Groves High School! Our preceptor Sean Wright ATC welcomed us with open arms and let us get hands on practice from the beginning. 

It’s been exciting to practice our clinical skills with the athletes that are allowed to practice and have games. This semester we have been doing a lot of evaluations and spending a lot of time planning and executing rehabilitation programs for injured athletes. we love being able to guide athletes from evaluations to return to play progressions. 

Being in the high school setting has been great! We've formed some great relationships with athletes. Hearing thank-you’s and even getting letters of appreciation has been heartwarming. Earning their trust and getting them to invest time into doing rehab has been really fulfilling.  Going into the rest of the semester we are excited to continue to practice evaluations, rehabilitation, and return to play decisions. 

Iris has also continued doing hours with Tom McGowan MEd, LAT, ATC at Children’s Hospital / Lou Fusz Soccer Club. At the soccer and lacrosse practices she's been able to evaluate athletes and make triage decisions. Since the summer, Tom has helped her become more and more confident in her skills. Towards the beginning of the semester she was able to join Tom in teaching the Lou Fusz coaches the FIFA11+ injury prevention warm up routine. Throughout the semester she has had practice in evaluating injuries, rehabilitating athletes, performing SCAT5’s, and talking to young athletes and their parents. 

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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