March 13, 2022

SLU AT Student Values Connection with Preceptor at Fontbonne University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Fontbonne University
By: Lauren Swords (MAT Class of 2023)

This semester my clinical rotation has been at Fontbonne University with my preceptor Sammie Hochmuth ATC. Coming from my last rotation at Affton High School I was definitely nervous to enter the collegiate level, but it has been an amazing experience. 

Currently, Sammie is the only AT for Fontbonne, so I’ve had the opportunity to work with all sports that are in season. This includes the men’s and women’s basketball teams who I have been able to work with throughout their playoff season and going into championships. I am also working with baseball, softball, cheer, dance, and men’s volleyball as they start their seasons.

At Fontbonne I have been working with a lot of modalities such as electrical stim, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, and muscle cupping. Muscle cupping is something I had not used clinically prior to Fontbonne so its been really fun learning this new technique. My confidence in all of these modalities has grown exponentially so I’m super grateful for Sammie being patient when I still had a lot of questions.

One of my favorite things about Fontbonne is Sammie’s connection with the athletes. I have had multiple conversations with athletes and coaches telling me Sammie is the best AT they’ve had at Fontbonne. They feel their voice is heard and she works with the athletes to give them the best treatments. I hope in my future, my athletes will talk about me in this way, and I am learning from Sammie how to make that happen.

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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