By Brandon Pavon (MAT Class of 2024)
August 23, 2023
By Grace Golembiewski (MAT Class of 2024)
August 05, 2023
By Claire Love (MAT Class of 2024)
Being in such a high profile and high paced environment has helped me to gain confidence in my clinical decision making and clinical reasoning skills while also challenging me to be more innovative and more creative with the vast amount of resources I have available. It is forcing me to always be ready and focus on the things that are most important. I have truly loved my time here in Starkville and I am excited to watch my skills and confidence continue to grow.
July 25, 2023
July 24, 2023
By Marissa Uecker (MAT Class of 2024)
April 25, 2023
This semester, I returned back at Alton High School learning more from Andy Renner. So far, we have been covering basketball and wrestling, helping athletes through their rehab, and I have been studying for the BOC exam. This has been a great experience having Andy as one of my mentors. He is a great teacher and a great athletic trainer that does not get many SLU students due to the distance between the school and campus. These past few weeks have been exciting watching the girls’ basketball team work their way to sectionals and being able to help with the MVC tournament at Enterprise center last week with fellow SLU students.
This experience has helped me become better at all my skills as a future AT and it has been great getting to experience this with Andy. It is awesome getting to learn about how he came into the profession, and it is also a great to be with someone that is apart of an organization that I will so become a part of (IATA vice president). He has helped me study for the BOC exam and helped me understand what I need to do for licensure and gave me suggestions on where to get my continuing education credits after I graduate.
This has been a wonderful school year getting to learn from Andy and being with the athletes at Alton High School
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.
My name is Alex Smith, and I am a PY2 in the athletic training curriculum. My clinical site is at Saint Louis University. I am fortunate enough to collaborate alongside the preceptors in the athletic training facility at a division I collegiate level. My preceptor for this clinical experience is Elena Mellilo, ATC.
April 24, 2023
April 05, 2023
SLU AT Student returns to alma mater for athletic training clinical experience at Fontbonne University
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.
This semester I am completing my clinical rotation at Rockwood Summit High School with my preceptor and SLU alum Tony Mosello MAT, ATC, LAT. As a PY1 that transferred into SLU mid-year, Tony is phenomenal at not only fostering a learning environment but also making me feel welcome to the SLU family. While I have only been here a short amount of time, I can already see an improvement in my taping and evaluation skills.
Rockwood Summit boasts many MSHSAA spring sports such as water polo, baseball, boys’ volleyball, and girls’ lacrosse which provides numerous opportunities for me to improve my skills with both lower and upper body injuries while also witnessing new sports. My preceptor allows me to take the lead during patient interactions, but is always available to provide positive criticism and talk through different scenarios afterwards. This style of teaching has allowed me to gain more confidence in myself and has renewed my excitement for my future career as a certified athletic trainer. I’m grateful for the warm welcome I have received from everyone at Rockwood Summit and the patience the athletes show as we work through various learning moments. I am looking forward to the remainder of the semester and my continued growth under Tony’s direction.
March 31, 2023
SLU AT Student utilizes clinical placement at Maryville University to enhance professional development.
March 28, 2023
My name is Nia Callion and I am a Saint Louis University PY1 athletic training student. My clinical placement site this semester is Kirkwood High School. I was really excited to be placed at Kirkwood High School. I played on the women’s lacrosse team when I went to school here. It has been so nice to come full circle and see everything from the athletic training point of view. I have also enjoyed seeing coaches and faculty that knew me in high school when I first thought about athletic training see me actually accomplish those goals. I have learned and grown a lot in the past two months and I am so excited to see how much more I will accomplish before the semester is over. I have enjoyed my time at Kirkwood this semester and I am so grateful to be learning and growing in this environment, and have learned so much in such a short time. I came into the semester with high hopes and my expectations were exceeded.
This semester my preceptor is Kelsy Cunningham; She is a licensed athletic trainer ATC, LAT. Kelsey received her bachelors of athletic training at Truman State University. Kelsey is a member Athletico as one of their athletic trainers and she is contracted to be the head athletic trainer of Kirkwood High School. Kelsey has been at Kirkwood for a little over a year now and she works with every team on campus, so her days are typically busy but she loves it. She has really embraced me as a member of the athletic training room, and has pushed me out of my comfort zone making sure everything I do in the athletic training room has a purpose.
March 22, 2023
This semester at Washington University in St. Louis, there are two of us assigned to this site for our clinical experience. We are currently gain clinical experience alongside three full-time athletic trainers employed by Washington University, and our role is to assist them with any needs they may have with their respective teams. Once spring sports fully start up, we will begin to focus on athletes with specific sports more, rather than simply whoever comes into the athletic training room. It is somewhat more challenging to situate ourselves with the winter sports that are currently going on since we were not a part of a good majority of their season since they began late last semester and through winter break. That being said, all the athletes are very welcoming to us providing care for them.
So far this semester we have been mostly helping with men’s and women’s basketball as their seasons wrap up. We help with gameday setup and assist the head athletic trainer for each team with any treatments or athlete care that may take place. On non-gamedays, our roles consist of helping with anything in the athletic training room such as evaluating an athlete who comes in with a new injury, setting up modalities for treatments, assisting an athlete through their injury rehabilitation plans, or anything else that our preceptor and other athletic trainers may need assistance with. Most of the treatments we administer consist of GameReady, electrical stimulation, instrument-assisted soft tissue massage, and ultrasound. We will begin to see an increase in our responsibilities and time spent at our clinical site with the spring season inching closer. Since it hasn’t been too busy currently, we have been split up between days as there isn’t the need for both of us there at the same time. We’re looking forward to being a part of more home sporting events and getting to experience new and different sports. We have begun treating athletes who play spring sports as they prepare for their upcoming seasons, so there should be a very easy transition once those seasons begin.
We have been able to gain the trust of the athletes and the athletic trainers on staff and we are respected within the athletic training room. Our preceptor truly values the aspect of us learning the most that we can when we come in each day and giving us the opportunity to practice skills we have learned. We are provided with opportunities to not only learn from our preceptor, but also from physical therapists from an outreach clinic that some of the athletes are sent too, as well as the doctors that come into the athletic training room each week. Throughout the remainder of the semester, we will continue to grow with our skills and knowledge of athletic training, and it will shape us into being better professionals in the future.
March 08, 2023
Under JB’s supervision, we have multiple opportunities to work with patients on our own, handling treatments, doing rehab, or performing evals. We also had the opportunity to work alongside one of SLU’s team doctors, Dr. Kaar, MD, with various injuries such as concussions and working with the patient on their return to play. It has positively impacted our development into future ATs to be trusted by JB to work independently with our patients. We are always encouraged to think for ourselves and are reminded that “we will be doing this on our own in a few months”. It has been great to see our confidence in our practice grow.
We have learned so much on daily practice and how to carry ourselves as future health professionals. We have been so grateful to learn as much as we have under JB and are excited to see what the future holds.