March 12, 2024

SLU AT Student gaining clinical experience with Division II athletes

By: Tori Connelly ( MAT Class of 2025)

This semester my clinical placement is at Maryville University with preceptor Austin DeBoer
MPA, ATC, LAT. Austin mainly helps with men’s wrestling, women’s soccer, and the swim and dive
team, however our main focus this semester has been with the wrestling team. Maryville being a NCAA
D2 university has helped expose me to more than just those three sports. Many student-athletes are
coming in at all times and every AT helps each other when it starts to get super busy. I think that the
college setting is great for building professional relationships with both student athletes and Athletic

I had the opportunity to be at the GLVC Wrestling Championships where Maryville took home a
share of the title. That was an amazing experience I was happy to be a part of. Along with that
opportunity I have been able to help with evaluations, treatment and rehab programs, this is something I
have really enjoyed developing my skills in. The college setting also has many more modalities available
to us such as STIM machines, cupping, and scraping. All of these I have been exposed to previously but
being able to do them regularly helps develop my skills even more.
Overall this has been an amazing experience and I am very excited for the rest of this semester to
continue learning from Austin!

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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