For the 2021 spring semester I was place at Triad High School under Jack Edgar ATC. It has been an experience like no other. There is always something to do. I never feel like I’m just waiting around to get hours. Jack told me that as a PY2 that he would treat me as if I were a certified AT so I could get the most realistic experience possible. This allows me to get much needed first-hand experience.
Being so active at my clinical site has allowed me to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to my practice. This allows the knowledge to be retained much better. I have been able to brush the dust off of skills that I had not used in a while. Since being at Triad I have been able to improve my initial evaluations and review my special tests.
Not only have I brushed up my practice, but I have learned many new things. Jack does not see one problem and isolate it. He tries to find the problem and eliminate the source. This means that I have been able to work on posture a lot. I have learned many techniques from releasing muscles with the massage gun to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization to work on the anatomy trains.
Overall it has been a great and beneficial clinical experience.
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.