SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster Groves High School
By: Alex Smith and Giovanna Charles (MAT Class of 2023)
Webster Groves High School has been an exciting experience for the both of us. We both enjoy learning from our preceptor, Sean Wright, ATC, as well as our fellow Spanish students from Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, Blanca Muntaner and Ramon Morales. Each member in the group brings unique traits and expertise in the clinical site. The historic high school brings lots of unique experiences while also more common experiences as well. Experiences that include dislocated teeth, common ankle sprains, and lots of bloody noses or epistaxis.
Upon our arrival at Webster Groves, we got right into the thick of it, covering wrestling and basketball games on our first days and weeks there. The plan for the rest of the year is to cover soccer and other sports that need our attention. We both get a chance to evaluate athletes, whether it be new material or old material from class, as well as tape athletes who need it. Then, once the after school rush ends, we help in the rehabilitation aspect for the athletes and provide on-field (or court) assistance to the team’s games.
Each day has brought new experiences and memories for us to remember for our future. As we have gotten more comfortable at Webster Groves, more athletes and coaches understand our role. Even when we get stuck at times, Sean is always there to help us in order to guide our thought process with each athlete. The experience has been exciting since our arrival, and it's only going to get even better throughout the rest of the semester from here.
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.