SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Pattonville High School
By: Emily Haley (MAT Class of 2023)
My first high school clinical assignment at Pattonville High School with preceptor and SLU grad Alex Hubbs MAT, ATC has been a wonderful and engaging experience so far. I have always known high schoolers are not my intended patient population, but I am learning a lot from this experience and truly look forward to going to clinical at Pattonville every day. The student athletes and coaches have been extremely welcoming and make each day lively and enjoyable. The environment is friendly and fun, but also super active and hands on. There are endless opportunities to practice my evaluation, diagnosing, and treatment skills. Alex is an amazing preceptor and pushes me to practice the things that I am most uncomfortable with and has helped me grow confidence in my skills immensely.
It has been a big switch from working with collegiate football players last fall at Washington University to high schoolers involved in multiple sports, but I appreciate the opportunity to gain exposure to different sports. I experienced a wrestling meet for the first time earlier in the semester which was exciting, and I gained experience with basketball, swimming, and dance athletes during the winter season. For the spring, I am looking forward to working with even more sports such as soccer, baseball, and lacrosse, and to continue enhancing my skills and finding my flows for evaluations.
It’s hard to believe that I am the first SLU student to ever be at Pattonville, and hopefully I won’t be the last as it is truly a top tier site for learning and clinical experience. Pattonville should always be considered for future clinical placements as Alex is an amazing teacher and mentor and the student athletes fully accept my role as a student and are interested in engaging with me clinically.
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.