April 05, 2023

SLU AT Student returns to alma mater for athletic training clinical experience at Fontbonne University

By: Lauren Smith (MAT Class of 2024)

My clinical experience at Fontbonne University has been going very well so far. I have enjoyed being able to come back to my alma mater and help provide the care that I once received as a former student athlete myself. It is also nice to see friends and familiar faces around although my role is different now.

Within the past couple months, I have already learned so much and built upon my skillset. I have done countless evals, treatments, and carried out multiple rehab plans. I have gotten to experience and do so many different things like E-stim, ultrasound, cupping, Graston, and GameReady. It’s been great to apply prior knowledge and skills that I learned in labs and also get the opportunity to learn new skills at the same time.

Although there is a lot more to improve on, I have noticed a huge change in my confidence level. I attribute a lot of that to my preceptors Samantha Hochmuth, MAT, LAT, ATC and Clay Thebeau, MAT, LAT, ATC. They always give me the go to look at an athlete who comes into the AT room with an injury and I jump at the opportunity. It’s been fun learning from Sammy and Clay, and I’m looking forward to even more learning experiences as the semester goes on.

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.

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