My clinical assignment at Maryville University has been a positive learning experience. At Maryville, I practice many skills learned in the classroom including wound care, modalities, taping, and manual therapy. I also perform injury evaluations and assist my preceptor, Chris Donner, MEd, ATC, with rehabilitation. I have come to build strong relationships with the athletes that I treat every day. These relationships are one of my favorite parts of athletic training. My experience at Maryville has positively impacted my professional development. For instance, my preceptor allowed me to practice being in charge for a day.
From this experience, I learned the importance of making decisions, thinking critically, and multitasking as an AT. These skills are not always taught in the classroom. Instead, they are often best developed with practice in a clinical setting. I am grateful to Maryville and the SLU AT Program for providing me with this opportunity to develop my skills in a hands-on environment.
This is one of a series of posts authored by students enrolled in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program. The number of clinical sites, the quality and diversity of the clinical experience opportunities, and the contemporary expertise of our preceptors are strengths of the CAATE Accredited SLU AT Program.