July 25, 2023

SLU AT Student has amazing field experience with MLS club, Sporting Kansas City

By Justin Epperly (MAT Class of 2024)

This summer I have had the opportunity to support the MLS club Sporting Kansas City. I
spend my time with Eric Schawrtz MAT, LAT, ATC helping with rehab programs, training, and
game day setup and breakdown. I also support the Sporting’s second team with Rene
Arroyo-Cano MAT, LAT, ATC where I help with pre and post game treatment, training, and
game day operations. While there are no other SLU students with me, there are two athletic
training interns who are alongside me, both of which are also between their first and second year
of their program.

There is also an athletic training fellow who supports the first and second team.
During a typical day the athletic training staff will prepare waters and body armor for the team
before training and then do pre-training treatment on any of the athletes which ranges from ankle
and lower extremity taping to light flush massages and assisting in stretching. During training we
are there to keep the players hydrated and watch for injuries. Post training we do treatment on
any players who require it which is where I have had the chance to use new modalities such as
the Hivamat and Avazzia. Sporting Kansas City is partnered with the healthcare system
Children's Mercy Health.

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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