April 10, 2021

SLU AT Student Builds Knowledge and Skills Through Interprofessional Collaboration at Harris Stowe State University


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Harris Stowe State University
By: Katie Wissing (MAT Class of 2022)

For over a year, I have adjusted to taking things day-by-day due to the seemingly daily altering COVID-19 guidelines. This has been a time of great change for most, and those who have been most successful are individuals who face adversity head on. My student clinical experience has been unorthodox with constant adjustments and abrupt switches. This semester, however, returning to Harris Stowe State University has allowed some normalcy and consistency. 



With almost every sport in season this semester, I have been able to not only develop athletic training skills, but also gain more on-field experience. I have enjoyed time on the sidelines of men’s and women's basketball as well as women’s soccer. This increased, valuable time with the athletes, as well as Tim Herlihy, ATC, has allowed for a more trust and a solid relationship with these individuals, which in turn has given me more confidence in my skillset. Additionally, weekly visits from chiropractors from Logan Chiropractic Health Center has given me an added perspective on the approach to evaluation and rehabilitation of athletes. Overall, this opportunity has allowed my interprofessional relationships to establish and grow throughout this semester. 

Although I must still approach each week with some uncertainty of what is to come next, I have learned to treat each day as an opportunity of which must be taken advantage. I am able to appreciate the work and modifications athletic trainers put in place to better the care for their athletes. It is evident athletic trainers do not face the normalcy of some jobs; through the world altering event of the global pandemic, I better understand how to handle whatever obstacles may come my way.

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.

April 09, 2021

SLU AT Student's Confidence Grows as Activities Return to "Normal" at Christian Brothers College HS


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Sydney Nash (MAT Class of 2022)

My clinical experience at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High Schoool has been nothing short of exciting! As spring sports are in full swing and the Athletic Training room is busy! As spring athletes are starting to come into the athletic training room, we are constantly trying to learn who they are due to the fact students who were freshman last year have likely not met the athletic trainer and my preceptor at CBC Kristen Jeans ATC, LMT, from Mercy Sports Medicine. All of the athletes who have not been able to play for at least 1 year having their spring  season taken from them last year are very excited to get back on the field for this season.  
As students start coming into the Athletic Training room, we have been doing a lot more rehab this semester compared to the first semester. I have been learning a lot in regard to post surgical rehab and strengthening. Our athletes have been diligent in coming in and doing their rehab so they can develop their strengths and get out there to safely play the sports they love.  
Throughout this semester I have been able to be hands on with our athletes and become more confident in my skills. Kristen has provided me with numerous tips and things to consider when evaluating patients. Being able to have Kristen as a preceptor has provided me with great knowledge and experience here at Christian Brothers College.

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.

April 01, 2021

SLU AT Students Enjoy Welcoming Clinical Learning Environment at Westminster Christian Academy


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Jose Blanco (MAT Class of 2021) and Brittany Risko (MAT Class of 2022)

This semester we have had the excellent opportunity of doing our clinical education together at Westminster Christian Academy. We have the pleasure of learning from Katherine Love, MAT, ATC, a SLU alum who works for Mercy Sports Medicine, and so far we have enjoyed our time here at Westminster. Westminster boasts high quality facilities, numerous sports and a welcoming community. Due to the sheer size of the campus we see a volume of athletes seeking help whether with prevention, rehab, or just to chat making the experience all the better. The staff are friendly, and the athletes are respectful and fun to be around. 


This semester Jose started with Brittany who had been at Westminster in the fall. This spring we have managed to become a good team and work efficiently every day. So far, this is the semester that Jose feels that he has learned the most and it has only been half of it. He is looking forward to keep learning for the rest of this semester through graduation. Being in her second semester at Westminster Christian Academy Brittany has enjoyed continuing her clinical education here. It is crazy that the spring semester is already halfway over. She has had a great time working with Jose and bringing him into the Westminster Community. 

Westminster and Katherine this semester have afforded some great opportunities. We have seen the women’s and men’s varsity basketball teams win the district champions this year and I had the opportunity to travel to the state championships with our men’s basketball team in Springfield MO where they placed 2nd at the State Championship. 

In all Westminster Christian Academy and Katherine have provide a great atmosphere for our clinical education. The faculty, students, athletes, and community together are supportive and provide plenty of opportunities to learn inside and outside of athletic training. 

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.