October 27, 2022

SLU AT Students Thrive in an Exciting Learning Environment at John Burroughs School

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs School
By: Giovanna Charles (MAT Class of 2023) and Brandon Pavon (MAT Class of 2024)

John Burroughs School, JBS, has been an exciting experience for the both of us. We both enjoy learning from our preceptor, Dean Tiffany, ATC, as well as other Certified Athletic Trainers that come every once in a while to help when we get busy. With the different levels of knowledge and years in Athletic Training, we all bring something very different yet special to the table. This prestigious high school brings a lot of unique experiences while also more common experiences. Those experiences include a dislocated elbow, an UCL injury, ACL and MCL instability injuries, concussions as well as the more common ankle sprains, Osgood Schlatter and a couple of bloody wounds from the turf. 

Upon our arrival at JBS, we got right in the midst of things covering football's preseason practices. We quickly went over helmet and shoulder pad removal as well as stabilizing the C spine, how to evaluate the ankle and knee in addition to being taught the “correct” JBS way to tape an ankle by our preceptor. We have also been covering the other fall sports such as Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Boy’s Soccer, Volleyball, Swim, Golf, and Tennis. We both get the opportunity to evaluate athletes as well as tape those that need it. Not only did we learn a new way to tape ankles, we were also taught by our preceptor how to tape the achilles, shin splints, turf toe, arch taping for plantar fasciitis, along with learning how to make an ankle cast with Elastikon. JBS is also fortunate enough to have a handful of modalities we get to use everyday. Once the after school rush ends, we help in the rehab aspect for the athletes and provide on-field and/or court assistance to the team’s games.

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. Everyday is new and has brought new experiences to us both to remember that we will be able to carry along with us for the future. As our time at JBS continues to grow, we have gotten more comfortable and involved which has allowed more athletes, their coaches and Dean to understand our role. We enjoy the countless opportunities and hours spent at JBS and can not wait to see how much we continue to grow throughout the process.

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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