The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program in the Doisy College of Health Sciences is a graduate professional program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
December 30, 2009
Winter Exercise Story from SLU Quoted Across the World
Here are some of the links:
First Coast News, WTLV NBC-12 and WJXX ABC-25 - Jacksonville, FL
WGBA NBC-26, Green Bay, WI
WCAX-TV 3, Burlington, VT
WGEM NBC-TV, Quincy, IL
KAIT ABC-8, Jonesboro, AR
WKRN ABC-2, Nashville, TN
WXIX FOX-19, Cincinnati, OH
WAVE NBC-3, Louisville, KY
WTOC CBS-11, Savannah, GA
KPAX CBS-8, Missoula, MT
WBTV CBS-3, Charlotte, NC
KTVN CBS-2, Reno, NV
The Times of India
December 23, 2009
December 17, 2009
Program Director Cited in SLU Newslink Article
December 16, 2009
By: Carrie Bebermeyer
Five Ways to Weather Winter Sports
SLU Expert Offers Tips to Avoid Exercise Hazards
Winter weather doesn't have to derail your exercise routine, says a Saint Louis University exercise expert. As you adjust to darker days, colder temperatures and slippery surfaces, however, it's important to be mindful of safety issues that come with the territory of winter workouts.
"A change in weather should bring a change to your mindset. As temperatures get colder, it's important for athletes to adjust their routines," says Tony Breitbach, Ph.D., director of athletic training education at Saint Louis University. "You need to have a winter sports strategy.
"If you plan well, you'll be able to keep up with your routine fairly easily. Being aware of winter's challenges is the best way to avoid injury."
Breitbach offers the following tips to avoid injury during winter months:
Watch what you wear
In mustering the will power you'll need to continue your workout in sub-zero weather, you'll make it easier if you dress for temperature extremes. Dress in layers for outside exercise. The layer closest to your skin should be made of breathable wicking material, avoiding cotton which retains sweat. Next, add a thermal layer of fleece or cotton to keep in heat, and use a third, outer layer as a cover. As you start to heat up you'll be able to peel off layers to manage your comfort level.
And, remember: your furthest extremities are the first to be affected by the cold, so watch for pain or tingling in your ears, fingers or toes as a signal that it's time to go inside to warm up.
Watch what you eat and drink
For many of us, the holidays bring temptations in the form of rich foods, holiday drinks and sugary desserts. If you over-indulge, you'll need to step up your workout just to maintain your current level of fitness.
Staying well-hydrated is another concern during cold winter months because of dry air and indoor heat. Drink plenty of fluids, though be sure to avoid caffeine and alcohol-based beverages which also lead to dehydration.
Watch for hazards
An after-work run in August is a chance to enjoy the long summer evenings of daylight. In winter, it's likely dark before you ever make it home from the office. Use caution when running after dark by wearing light-colored, reflective clothing so that drivers can see you.
Watch out for overuse
Because there are fewer exercise opportunities in winter, be careful to avoid over-doing it with one activity. Activities like running in the park, golfing and swimming may not be options in the winter; instead, you may find yourself working out on hard, unforgiving surfaces like gym floors or concrete, which can exacerbate over-use issues.
The bottom line? Think outside the gym. Be creative, trying ice-skating, cross-country skiing or a yoga class as your exercise.
Watch out for injuries
While you may be alert to obvious winter hazards, like icy sidewalks during a run, some more subtle dangers come from moving the game indoors.
If you play court sports like basketball and racquetball in winter months, for example, you may be sharing the space with more people, so be aware of the greater chance for falling or colliding.
Different activities require different shoes. Your summer running shoes don't work well on the basketball court. Be sure you switch to shoes with good traction to help avoid collisions and avoid ankle injuries.
For more information on SLU's athletic training education program go to http://www.slu.edu/x22340.xml.
Long a leader in educating health professionals, Saint Louis University offered its first degree in an allied health profession in 1929. Today the Doisy College of Health Sciences offers degrees in physical therapy, clinical laboratory science, nutrition and dietetics, health informatics and information management, medical imaging and radiation therapeutics, occupational science and occupational therapy, and physician assistant education. The college's unique curriculum prepares students to work with health professionals from all disciplines to ensure the best possible patient care.
December 10, 2009
Fall Semester Wrapping Up Briskly
Fall classes have wrapped up and finals are underway for our students. The cold spell in the midwest has made it easy to stay inside and prepare for exams. Fortunately we have avoiding the heavy snowfall in the upper midwest and western Missouri. But since many of our students live in those areas we hope all of them travel home safely.
We are excited for a restful holiday break and look forward hopefully to the spring. Spring activities include the final stages of program accreditation and the graduation of our first Master of Athletic Training class.
November 28, 2009
Congrats to the Webster Groves Statesmen!
Webster Groves is a clinical site for our program, where Head Athletic Trainer Sean Wright serves as an approved clinical instructor. Students Heather King and Ann Schmerbauch had a thrilling fall working with the Statesmen.
Read about the game here.
November 25, 2009
November 19, 2009
SLU Students Participate in Hall of Fame Showcase
November 06, 2009
Playing the Field (Trip)
Busy Time of the Year
In addition to that...our students have a full docket of classes, which are keeping them busy!
Some photos of the activities....
Athletic Training Students Named All-Atlantic 10
The meet was run on a muddy course at Central Fields in Forest Park. Both the men's and women's team finished 11th, with Orf leading the women and senior Neal Rodrigues leading the men' squad.
"Hilary claiming an All-Conference honor speaks volumes to the direction the program is headed," SLU head coach Jon Bell said. "It couldn't have happened to anyone more deserving. She has worked hard and is starting to mature as a runner.
See the article from the A-10 website
Saint Louis University field hockey sophomore Nicole Kent (Pewaukee, Wis. / Arrowhead) earned second-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors, and freshman athletic training major Lexie Lindblad (St. Louis, Mo. / Ursuline) was voted to the All-Rookie team after a vote of the league's head coaches.
Lindblad appeared in all 17 games and finished third on the team in scoring with four points. Her first collegiate goal proved to be the game winner against Robert Morris. Lindblad also tallied against No. 16 Massachusetts, her second score of the season. She was the only Billiken newcomer to score more than one goal on the year.
October 19, 2009
Autumn at SLU
October 12, 2009
CBS's 60 Minutes Features Concussions in Sports
September 27, 2009
SLATS Shows Homecoming Spirit!
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO OF EMILY'S CORONATION CEREMONY
New-elected officers of the SLU Athletic Training student association "SLATS" at the Homecoming Golf Cart Parade. Pictured from left are: Meghan Gehrs (activities co-coordinator), Emily Monahan (secretary-treasurer) and Jacob Blasingame (vice-president).
Kellie Black (president) and Laura Gosewisch (activities co-coordinator) were not pictured.
September 05, 2009
Friday Night Lights!
Ann Schmerbauch, Sean Wright and Heather King
The early season humidity kept the sports medicine team busy!
August 19, 2009
Welcome New Students!
Classes start on the 24th and there is a busy schedule of Welcome Week activities!
Click on the logo to learn more about those activities...
August 10, 2009
Beating the Heat
SEE THE VIDEO HERE
August 06, 2009
Rage Wins Conference Title, Playing for IFL Championship
Rage Athletic Trainer and SLU Faculty Member Jason Bennett hoists the Conference Championship Trophy.
For more info see: http://www.ragefootball.com/
July 12, 2009
St. Louis abuzz with the All-Star Game festivities
Having the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis is a great opportunity for a fan of any baseball team who lives in St. Louis! It is not just a game on a Tuesday night, its a weeklong showcase for the city! The Sheryl Crow concert under the Arch on Saturday night, the Celebrity and Futures Game on Sunday, the Home Run Derby on Monday, and the All-Star Game itself on Tuesday...even the rain can't ruin a good time!
NEWS! click here to go to the STLToday All-Star website
BASEBALL! click here to go to the MLB All-Star website
SOCIAL HAPPENINGS! click here to go to the Metromix All-Star website
July 02, 2009
AIMS Workshop Participants Get Hands-on Sports Medicine Experience
The AIMS Summer Workshop began in 1993 as an overview of anatomy and introduction to careers in the health care field. Graduates of this program are already at work in the field of medicine. Physicians and professionals from various medical specialties provide programs in their areas of expertise through 3-D presentations, hands-on laboratory experiences, case studies and group discussions, and patient interaction. All students have an opportunity to observe a live surgery during the AIMS Workshop.
The Athletic Training faculty and the Athletics staff gave the students hands-on Sports Medicine experience at Chaifetz Arena.
June 30, 2009
Program Director Quoted in St. Louis Newspaper Regarding Sickle Cell Trait Testing
By Stu Durando
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Jun. 30 2009
The NCAA is recommending that all member schools conduct the same screening for sickle cell trait that Missouri recently said it was putting into effect.
The recommendation released Monday was the result of a lawsuit resolved between the NCAA and the family of Dale Lloyd II, a former Rice football player who died in 2006 following a practice. Lloyd carried the sickle cell trait, which was ruled to have contributed to his death.
Approximately two-thirds of NCAA Division I schools already conduct the test. An estimated one in 12 African-Americans carry the trait, according to the American Sickle Cell Anemia Association.
"This is something that has to be not only on the athletic trainer's radar, but on the administration's and coach's radar,'' said Tony Breitbach, director of the athletic training education program at St. Louis University."We need to educate coaches on the symptoms and that they can kill. We have to allow athletes, without repercussion, to step out of an activity instead of feeling like they have to finish. When someone has been identified and becomes symptomatic, what looks like a lack of conditioning could be the beginning of a process that could cause their death.
''SLU does not routinely test, although an official said athletes are handled on a case-by-case basis. Illinois athletes have been tested for many years.Missouri agreed in March to pay O'Neal's parents $2 million. The family's lawsuit included claims that medical personnel were not familiar with symptoms related to exercise and the sickle cell trait.
The Associated Press reported recently that court depositions revealed medical officials at the voluntary workout where O'Neal died had little knowledge of warnings that signal a problem.
Missouri announced its plan to conduct tests before the NCAA made its recommendation. Tests in Columbia will be done even if someone claims to know of the trait's existence, according to athletic department spokesman Chad Moller."
It was decided collectively by our physicians and head (athletic) trainer that as part of our annual physicals — they're going to make this part of it automatically,'' he said. "Previously, our kids were given an option of being tested. Now it is going to be part of our regular process."
The National Athletic Trainers Association released a consensus statement regarding sickle cell trait in 2007, noting its role as the third-leading, non-traumatic cause of sports deaths in high school and college athletes.
The organization recommended at the time that colleges test athletes. The statement said that of 13 college football deaths related to the condition, nearly all occurred at schools "that did not screen for sickle cell trait or had a lapse in precautions for it.''
NATA referred to the condition as the least understood of the four most common non-traumatic causes of death.
"It's treated differently than heat stroke,'' Breitbach said. "Sometimes when someone has a sickle cell episode, all they're thinking of is cooling the person. The best treatment is to keep the person hydrated and really watch their symptoms and get them out of activity.
''As part of its resolution with Lloyd's family, the NCAA agreed to donate $50,000 to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and produce an educational video that will be available on the NCAA website and to all schools.
The family of Ereck Plancher has a lawsuit pending against the University of Central Florida following his sickle cell-related death after a football practice in March 2008.
June 21, 2009
Summer Internships Going Well
Kellie Black is affiliated with Jason Bennett PT, ATC, SCS as he serves as the Head Athletic Trainer for the River City Rage arena football team. She is making the most of this excellent opportunity. To read about the Rage go to: http://www.ragefootball.com/
Heather King is affiliated with Becky Eggers ATC of Athletico as she works at the Athletic Trainer at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, IL. She is getting real experience with the life of a high school athletic trainer. For more info about Athletico go to the Athletico website or also go to the Nazareth Academy website.
June 16, 2009
Hoops R Us
It took place at the Simon Recreation Center on the SLU campus and this partnership with Nike provides a great opportunity for our athletic training faculty and students.
June 06, 2009
MoATA Meeting Wraps Up with Great Participation
On-site registration pushed the attendance to unprecedented numbers.
Dr. Mark Reinking, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, greeted the group on Saturday.
The lectures took place in the well-equipped auditorium.
The labs at SLU created and excellent setting for the hands-on sessions.