December 31, 2010

Happy New Year from the SLU Athletic Training Education Program!

The faculty and staff of the SLU Athletic Training Education Program wishes you a Happy New Year!  Many remarkable new milestones took place in 2010 and we look forward to more special things happening in 2011.  One of the things we are most excited about is that the MAT Class of 2013.....the first freshman class we brought in our program, enters the professional phase of the program.  This will grow the professional phase of our program from 12 students in each of the past two years to 24 next year and almost 40 the year after that.  We are also excited to be adding Tim Howell as Clinical Education Coordinator to help manage this growth at our clinical sites!

Hoping you have a safe and Happy New Year!

December 19, 2010

Happy Holidays from SLU Athletic Training!

December 07, 2010

"Blackboard to Backboard" Alumni Event Features Doisy College Professions at Home Men's Basketball Game

The Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association invites Doisy College of Health Sciences alumni to an event on Saturday, January 15, at Chaifetz Arena for a look at how SLU is incorporates the latest trends in sports medicine to help prepare athletes for success, and then cheer on the Billikens as the men's basketball team takes on St. Joseph's University. This special event will include a private tour of the athletic training room and the strength and conditioning facility in the Arena, presentations by Doisy College of Health Sciences' faculty members, lunch, and a ticket to the game.
Returning to sport after injury: When is the athlete ready?
Jason Bennett, PT, SCS, ATC

"Wheezing": Is this exercise induced asthma or something else?
Kitty Newsham PhD, ATC

Fuel your sport: The importance of nutrition education for athletes.
Jamie Joyner, RD, LD

Tour and program begin at 10:30 a.m. Game begins at 1:00 p.m.

Cost $25 per person R.S.V.P. by January 7.

Register now. Limited spots are available for this event!
Register at:

Already have tickets for the game?
Register for the program and lunch portion of the event for $10 per person.

Sponsored by the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

Contact Information
Melissa Weaver
3525 Caroline Mall, SoN 5th Floor
St. Louis, MO 63104

December 05, 2010

Billiken Hockey Having a Great Year!

The SLU Billiken Ice Hockey Team is on a roll.  They currently have a 16-3-1-1 record and are ranked #6 in the Central Region of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The team has several links to the SLU Athletic Training Education Program.  AT students Adam Long (junior) and Neal Ryan (freshman) play on the team and Program Director Dr. Tony Breitbach covers their home games and acts as a medical consultant to the team.  They play at the Webster Groves Ice Rink and are coached by former St. Louis Blues player Coach Todd Ewen.  Congrats to Billiken Hockey....good luck the rest of the way!

Adam Long, Dr. Tony Breitbach, Neal Ryan

Action at the Webster Groves Ice Rink.

November 22, 2010

Medical Campus Construction Projects Making Great Progress

Thanks to the great weather, the SLU Medical Campus construction projects are making great progress.  The Education Union and the Recreation Center/Track are taking shape as is evident in the attached photos.
For more information on the project go to:

The Education Union will provide a gateway to the Medical Campus.

Walls are going up steadily for the new 250 seat auditorium in the Education Union.

View at daybreak from the Multipurpose Room in the Allied Health Building of the Recreation Center/Track construction.

Recreation Center/Track will include a full intercollegiate 400 meter 8-lane track with an intramural soccer field in the center on a beautiful location overlooking the city of St. Louis.

November 11, 2010

SLU Allied Health Honor Society Welcomes New Members

The Saint Louis University chapter of Alpha Eta, the National Scholastic Honor Society for Allied Health Professions, held its annual induction ceremony on November 11, 2010.
The Society is named for the Greek letters equivalent to the first letters of Allied Health (AH), which are Alpha Eta.  The purpose of the Society is the promotion and recognition of significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the allied health professions.

Dr. Anthony Breitbach, Director of the SLU Athletic Training Education Program, and J.J. Hannigan, Athletic Training Student, were inducted into the Society at this year's ceremony.  Athletic Training Student Emily Monahan was inducted into Alpha Eta last year.

Dr. Breitbach and J.J. Hannigan pictured wearing the green Alpha Eta cords.

November 10, 2010

SLU AT Students get Interactive Kinesiology Taping Experience

On November 10, 2010, SLU Staff Athletic Trainer Miya Sullivan conducted a hands-on kinesiology taping lab for the SLU Athletic Training students.  She is a Level 1 SpiderTech Kinesiology Taping Therapist and she presented multiple techniques used in kinesiology taping.  She is the primary athletic trainer for Billiken Women's Soccer; Men's and Women's Tennis; and Softball teams.

November 08, 2010

Welcome to our New Faculty Member - Tim Howell

The SLU Athletic Training Education Program Welcomes Tim Howell as the new Clinical Education Coordinator.
He will start in January 2011.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you, the readers of the SLU ATEP blog. My name is Tim Howell and I am excited to be joining the faculty of Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences. I look forward to beginning my position as the Clinical Education Coordinator for your Athletic Training Education Program.
I am originally from South Dakota where I attended Augustana College, in Sioux Falls. My undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Exercise Science, with a minor in Athletic Training (1989). I furthered my athletic training education through my attendance at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. There I earned my M.A. in Health, Physical Education & Recreation with a concentration in Athletic Training (1996).
Upon the completion of my Masters degree, I began my professional athletic training career. I was working out of the Orthopedic Institute and Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls SD,to provide athletic training services to Washington High School. Washington High School was actually the high school I attended as a a student. While working at the high school, I created the first recognized student athletic training program in the state of South Dakota. It was during my hours working at the high school, interacting with and mentoring students that I realized how special the opportunity to teach the skills of athletic training to young people really is.

Also during my time in South Dakota, I spent two summers working in professional baseball. I was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Sioux Falls Canaries of the Independent Northern League. After my second season in baseball, and all the travel, I realized that even though I enjoyed working with athletes, I really loved teaching athletic training skills to others. I strongly believe that if a person is passionate about their career choice, they need to share that passion with others. Hence, I began working on my Doctorate in Education Administration with an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education in hopes of becoming a Program Director. I graduated with my Doctorate in July of 2004 from the University of South Dakota. A month after receiving my doctoral degree I was working in New York the at Alfred University as the Program Director.

I am passionate about the profession of athletic training. Athletic training is a profession that has been absolutely fabulous to myself. I view my role as an athletic training educator as sharing some of my professional experiences with students, mentoring students into becoming outstanding, and successful athletic training professionals. I hope to help students raise their expectations of their own abilities, and to develop an awareness of things such as emotional intelligence and professional ethos.

Personally, I have an awesome wife (Michele) and two kids (Ethan (7) and Wyatt (4). I do not drink Pepsi and I am allergic to PC’s, and am addicted to Starbucks Coffee. In my spare time I attempt to golf, play on the Wii (with my kids), and cheer fanatically for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Green Bay Packers.

I am very excited to be joining the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program in January!

November 04, 2010

Local Expert Mark Frank Conducts Hands-on Lab for SLU Athletic Training Students

Mark Frank LMT, owner of the St. Louis Insititute for Rehabilitative and Sports Massage (, conducted a lab for SLU Athletic Training Students on Thursday, November 4, 2010.  He is an expert in Structural Integration, a type of manual therapy which he uses on a wide variety of professional, collegiate, high school and recreational athletes.  Mark also has worked with the Cirque de Soliel and the British Olympic Team.  Assisting him with the hands-on lab experience was Lori Khazen, ATC, CSCS, owner of Khazen Athletikare ( 

We truly appreciate Mark and Lori taking their time to help give our students a valuable tool to use as an athletic trainer.

 Mark Frank LMT demonstrates a fascial spreading technique for SLU AT student Kacey Morrison.

The lab provided an excellent hands-on experience.

November 03, 2010

SLU Athletic Training Students Get a Look at the "New" Rams Park

The St. Louis Rams are have a new quarterback and are having an exciting season.  They also have a new Head Athletic Trainer, Reggie Scott, who has come to the Rams from the Carolina Panthers.  Reggie and his staff have made significant changes at Rams Park and our students were excited to see them on our visit on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  Rams Assistant Athletic Trainer James Lomax served as our host, but the entire Rams staff was there for our visit.  It is great to have such an accessible resource available here in St. Louis!

 The Rams Athletic Training Room is efficiently designed to serve the unique needs of an NFL team.

The SLU Athletic Training group that attended the tour in the Rams Locker Room.

SLU Athletic Training Students Meghan Gehrs, Jacob Blasingame and Laura Gosewisch.  Jacob served as an intern with the Rams during the summer.

Jacob is shown demonstrating the "Rams Stretch Matrix".

Our tour wrapped up in the Indoor Practice Facility.

September 16, 2010

SLU Night with the Cardinals

Thursday September 16th was "SLU Night with the Cardinals" at Busch Stadium.  Many of the Athletic Training students enjoyed the festivities!  Attending college in a city like St. Louis gives our students many exciting opportunities like this one.

Students Attending the Cards Game with Dr. Tony Breitbach, AT Program Director
Back Row: (from left) Hannah Love, Shannon Kane, Stephanie Riedy, Erin Eisenhard, Jessica Girdler, Tim Clohisy
Front Row: (from left) Jack Hogan, Dr. Breitbach

September 03, 2010

Welcome Back Students!

It is great to have the students back on campus!
Seeing the students return causes me to reflect on how our program's memorable acheivements.
We have grown by leaps and bounds since the program was first approved by the Board of Trustees in 2007.

In three short years the following has occured:
  • Three full-time faculty members and one shared faculty member hired. (one each in 2007-2010)
  • Administrative Secretary position hired in 2008.
  • Admitted first freshman class and first professional class in 2008.
  • Enrollment grew from 30 students in fall 2008 to 74 students in fall 2010.
  • Clinical sites grew from 2 clinical sites in fall 2008 to 10 in fall 2010.
  • Chartered the Alpha Iota Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honor Society at SLU in 2009.
  • Hosted the Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association State Meeting on our campus in 2009.
  • Sucessfully gained full CAATE accreditation in spring 2010 for a 5 year maximum initial accreditation.
  • Graduated first Master of Athletic Training class in May 2010.
  • Every SLU student who attempted to take the Board of Certification Examination in Summer 2010 passed on first their attempt.
We look forward to even more growth in the future!

Our next milestone is that our first group of freshmen, the MAT Class of 2013, enters the professional phase of our program this summer.

We have been truly blessed!


Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC
Director, SLU Athletic Training Education Program

August 11, 2010

Program Director Quoted in Post-Dispatch Article Featuring High School Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainer Kacey Chamness wraps junior Joey Lux’s injured ankle early Monday morning at soccer practice at Vianney High School in Kirkwood. Chamness, an athletic trainer with PRORehab, works on site with Vianney to treat athletes and watch for signs of injury and heat exhaustion. (Erik M. Lunsford/P-D)

Kacey Chamness was watching Vianney High School's varsity football team practice when her cell phone rang.
A soccer player, one field over, had gone up for a head ball and landed on his ankle.
Chamness, a certified athletic trainer, pulled supplies from her medical bag and headed to a nearby training room.
"Whooo, that's swollen," she said as Joey Lux, 16, a junior, hobbled over to an examination table. He had a lemon-size bulge just above his right foot.
She pushed on the bottom of his foot to determine if his ankle was broken (it wasn't), then wrapped it with several layers of tape to stabilize it.
"I'll give you exercises to strengthen it," she said. "Come see me later."
In sports, playing through pain has gone the way of the public pay phone. You rarely see it.
Fatigue, stiff muscles, even oxygen deficits are all part of getting faster, stronger and more explosive. But pain is not. It means you're injured or over-trained. Athletic trainers have played a large role in changing that mind set.
They assess players' aches and pains, treat what needs to be treated, then determine when it's safe for them to return to the field. They also help with rehabilitation and prevent problems like heat stroke.
Most of what they do concerns musculoskeletal injuries such as ankle sprains and muscle pulls, said Nathan Wilmes, athletic trainer with Excel Sports Physical Therapy in St. Charles. But they also things like treat bee stings and heat illness and make judgment calls on concussions.
Professional and college teams were the first to have athletic trainers on staff. But in recent years, a growing number of high schools began hiring them, first for games, then full-time for practices.
Some high schools hire their own athletic trainers, but two local companies contract out certified trainers to schools. PRORehab, a physical and sports therapy company headquartered in Ballwin, has athletic trainers working at 15 area high schools. Excel Sports has trainers at 16 high schools.
They arrive at the schools at about 2 p.m. each day, when practices start and leave when the last practice has ended. That often includes theater, cheerleading and band practices.
The demand for athletic trainers has increased enough that St. Louis University started an Athletic Training Education Program two years ago and graduated its first three students in May. Come fall, the program will have 80 students on its rolls.
"Anyone who coached football 30 years ago and who coaches now, realizes that athletes are bigger and faster," said Tony Breitbach, associate professor and director of the SLU program. "And each time they're out there, they're exposed to injury and not just catastrophic injury but overuse injuries."
PRORehab athletic trainers have been working during games at Mehlville and Oakville high schools for about 15 years. Now they only contract their trainers out full-time, said Kim Belcher, sports medicine director for the company.
"And we don't single out any sport as more important than another," she said. "The contact sports sustain more serious injuries but all athletes can get hurt."
Athletic trainers can give injured players immediate attention and follow up with rehabilitation later. They're also a lynch-pin when it comes to knowing what's happening with the bodies of multisport athletes.
"Coaches (from different sports) aren't really talking to each other, but an athletic trainer would know that," Breitbach said. "I'm not saying we can solve all problems, but at least someone has a relationship with the student athlete who can deal with them."
He compares not having an athletic trainer on hand during practices and games to driving home recklessly night after night.
"Playing sports, especially collision ones, is inherently risky," he said. "There's a certain amount of risk students claim when they sign up to play. But in reality, when you put someone in a position like that, why not provide them with the best possible care."
Coaches and athletic directors welcome the help.
Jon Gibbs, activities coordinator at Fort Zumwalt North High School, likes that certified athletic trainers, who must have at least an undergraduate degree, are better prepared to treat injuries than coaches.
"When I was coaching, we put ice on it, called the parents and said you need to take your kid to the doctor," he said.
Dan Borkowski, athletic director at Vianney, remembers similar scenarios fueled by high doses of testosterone and sarcasm.
"Coaches used to put a Bufferin tablet (aspirin) on your leg, wrap it up and tell you to keep it there overnight," he said. "The next day, you'd be back on the field practicing."
An insurance policy
Now macho attitudes like that can lead to liability issues. Having an athletic trainer on hand is like an insurance policy, Borkowski said. And besides, coaches don't have time to tend to injured players.
"Gosh only knows number of items on a coach's check list," he said. "If they have a football team with 120 kids on their roster and a dozen assistant coaches, they don't need to be taping ankles. Athletic trainers lighten the load for them."
Not all high schools have athletic trainers. For some schools, Breitbach said, it's either not a priority, doesn't fit into their budget, or both.
"I would think every football coach would want an athletic trainer, but it's often not their decision," he said. "They don't hold the purse strings for the schools."
And there are times when coaches, athletes and parents don't want to hear what the athletic trainer has to say. Especially, when it comes to sidelining star players.
Wilmes said he's had to tell the harried coach or the overly competitive parent that no one wants the player in the game more than he does.
"But If they go in too soon, it can cause worse injuries later that are really debilitating," he said.
He emphasizes this point when it involves a head injury. Not too long ago, he said, coaches referred to a hard knock on the head as a ding, and they'd have the kid sit out for 20 minutes. Now, they don't let them go back in, because it can take 24 hours for symptoms to show.
"There's no brain injury that's minor," he said. "Most varsity football games are on Friday nights. If an athlete suffers any type of concussion, it's unlikely they'll be able to play again the following Friday. They need to go through seven days activity without medication for the pain."
In the end, he said, most coaches understand and appreciate what they're trying to do.
"They know we're not there to take their job or control an athlete," Wilmes said. "We don't offer advice on, 'Hey run this play' or 'Try this to score a goal.' But when they need us, we're there."

August 02, 2010

SLU Physician and AT Student appear on FOX2 morning show

Dr. Scott Kaar and SLU AT student Lizzy Kienstra appeared on the FOX2 morning show on Friday, July 30, 2010.  The topic was "Preventing Sports Injuries".

View the video here:

July 20, 2010

Welcome Jason Bennett !

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jason Bennett Joins Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Department as a Full-Time Faculty Member

Jason Bennett MPT, SCS, ATC joins Saint Louis University’s Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training this month. He will serve as a faculty member in both the Athletic Training Education Program and the Program in Physical Therapy.  He will serve as course coordinator for MAT 524/525: Musculoskeletal Assessment and Management I/II in the Athletic Training Education Program.

Mr. Bennett is finishing work on his doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Clarke College and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin—Platteville after studying athletic training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Bennett comes to SLU with a wide-range of experiences in athletic training and physical therapy. He has worked with a number of St. Louis area sports organizations, including a stint with the River City Rage Arena Football Team in 2009. . He has practiced as a physical therapist for PRORehab and currently practices at the SLU Student Health & Counseling PT clinic.

Jason has been an adjunct instructor in both the athletic training and physical therapy programs, and his role in both programs with be expanded in this new position. His experience, knowledge, and skill as an dual credentialed practitioner will be a great asset in the education of athletic trainers and physical therapists.

“Jason has served as an adjunct instructor in our program and we look forward to expanding his teaching role,” said Dr Mark Reinking, SLU Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Department Chair. “He is also a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner who has stayed active as both an athletic trainer and physical therapist.”

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 and athletic training, clinical laboratory science and cytotechnology, 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.

July 14, 2010

Kellie Black Accepts Position at Washington University

Kellie Black MAT, ATC, one of SLU's first athletic training gradustes has accepted a position at Washington University, which is also one our clinical sites.

Congrats Kellie!

Kellie Black enters her first year as an assistant athletic trainer at Washington University in St. Louis.

Black comes to Washington University after earning her master's degree in athletic training from Saint Louis University in 2010. She also received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from SLU in 2008.

Black spent the two years as an athletic training student for the Washington University football team (August-December 2008, August 2009-May 2010), and also completed stints as athletic training student at SLU (January-May 2009) and athletic training intern for the RiverCity Rage of the Indoor Arena Football League (April-July 2009).

Black also worked for Rehab 1 Network Physical Therapy Clinic for one year, and had student athletic trainer mini rotations at Webster Groves High School, Khazen Athletickare and The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis. She is assigned to women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field.
Quick Facts About Black
Years at WU: First
Previous Athletic Training Experience:
2008-2010: Athletic Training student, Washington University
2009: Athletic Training Student, Saint Louis University
2009: Athletic Training Intern, RiverCity Rage
College Education:
Bachelor's degree in exercise science from Saint Louis University, 2008; Master's degree in athletic training from Saint Louis University, 2010.
Family: Single

July 11, 2010

Hey, Hey, It’s True! There’s been another addition to the SLU ATEP!

By: Jennifer Baine

Hello everyone! I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Jennifer Baine and, as of July 22, I am the new ATEP administrative secretary. I have plenty of administrative experience, but I am new to SLU, so please bear with me as I settle in to the new position. I promise to give 110% to make things go efficiently and effectively for students and faculty. My goal is to have a program that runs as seamlessly as possible so that those within it are proud to be a part and those outside can see the cohesiveness of our program which makes it run so smoothly.
Please know that you can always contact me whatever you may need that falls within my realm-- setting up meetings with faculty, general questions I may be able to help with (or direct to the correct person), clothing orders, forms, etc… My door is always open to you…….as long as it is during normal business hours. 

Jennifer’s Bio:
Raised: North Judson, Indiana (nearest large town: Valparaiso, IN—Chicago, IL within a 2 hour drive)

Married with two daughters. One daughter is currently entering her freshman year at Oklahoma Christian University ( and the other in her junior year in high school. We are a homeschool family. The one entering college graduated from homeschooling and the one in high school is still homeschooled. We use a DVD based curriculum, which allows her father and I to work during the day and I go home and grade papers and give tests/quizzes in the evening. It is a very good program and both of our kids have excelled in it.

June 30, 2010

Adventures in Sports Medicine

The faculty of the SLU Athletic Training Education Program and the Billiken Athletic Staff hosted a program in Sports Medicine for the Adventures In Medicine and Science (AIMS) Program at Chaifetz Arena.  The students received hands-on instruction in techniques to learn more about athletic training and sports medicine.

AIMS students observe as SLU Athletic Trainer Jonathan Burch conducts a Swim-Ex workout with Men's Basketball Student-Athlete Brian Conklin.

The AIMS Program is an outreach program of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  For more than 20 years, AIMS has offered summer workshops for high-achieving students who have an interest in becoming medical professionals.  These experiential programs feature observations of live surgery, extensive study of human anatomy, and exposure to multiple facets of careers in medicine.  The workshops are an outstanding way to help young people determine their future plans for study in college and beyond.

Faculty for the programs include surgeons and medical professionals from across the community who conduct laboratories, lectures, tours and dissections.  Students eligible for admission are entering their junior or senior year of high school, or freshman year of college in fall, 2010. 

June 29, 2010

Improvements Underway on Medical Center Campus

June 28, 2010

New Improvements Build a Closer Community
Construction Will Change the Face of the Medical Center
Construction is underway on a new Education Union and recreation center at Saint Louis University Medical Center -- two improvements that will make the campus that houses SLU's health sciences programs even more vibrant.

The campus is home to the schools of medicine, nursing and public health; Doisy College of Health Sciences; Center for Advanced Dental Education; Center for Health Care Ethics; and Center for Outcomes Research.
The Education Union will beautify the streetscape of the Medical Center.
Expected to open in 2011, the facilities will add to the dramatic changes to the campus' landscape that began in 2007 with the opening of the Edward A. Doisy Research Center, a 10-story glass and steel soaring testament to the University's dedication to biomedical research.

Located in the heart of the medical center, the brick and glass 30,000-square foot Education Union promises to be the hub of activity at the Medical Center, and will serve as a new sleek and welcoming front door for the campus known for its pioneering education for future health care professionals. A new addition will double the size of the building that used to belong to Tenet, which is being refurbished.
The Education Union will be for both relaxation and education. It will include a 225-seat, state-of-the art auditorium for large lecture classes as well as areas for study.

The building also will house the new teaching space for SLU's standardized patient simulation education program, which offers students a learning opportunity to practice new diagnostic and communication skills on "patients" who really are actors feigning illnesses. The building will include a café-style restaurant and student lounges, and will be the new home of SLU's Interprofessional Education Center, an innovative program that teaches collaboration and teamwork to tomorrow's health professionals.

A short walk from the Education Union, SLU literally is leveling the playing field of a new athletic complex that is expected to be complete next spring. The facility will contain an NCAA-regulation, eight-lane running track, which rings a full-sized soccer field. The athletic center will expand opportunities for all students to participate on intramural and club sports teams, and will be a convenient oasis for the Saint Louis University Medical Center family to enjoy informal opportunities for exercise. In addition, it will be the home field of SLU's Division I track team, pumping additional energy into the Saint Louis University Medical Center.

"Having these central congregating places will cement the sense of community among students, faculty and staff at Saint Louis University Medical Center," said Philip Alderson, SLU's vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. "Along with the Doisy Research Center, both projects will change the face of Saint Louis University Medical Center to make it an even more inviting place."

June 24, 2010

SLU Faculty Participate in NATA Annual Meeting

The 2010 National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Annual Meeting and Symposium was held in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Tuesday June 22-Friday June 26.
SLU faculty members participated in the symposium. Dr. Kitty Newsham presented a Case Study: "Recurrent Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in an Intercollegiate Athlete with SSRI" and Dr. Tony Breitbach serve as the moderator for a Feature Presentation: " Navigating the Emerging Student-Athlete 'Perfect Storm': Managing Mental Health Problems and Responses at the Collegiate Setting."

In addition to the educational presentations, the annual meeting provide faculty and students opportunities to network with colleagues and learn about new products and innovations from exhibitors.

June 15, 2010

SLU Athletic Training Students and Faculty Cover Nike Hoop Jamboree

The Nike Hoop Jamboree has been held for the 12th year at Saint Louis University, hosted by the St. Louis Eagles Basketball Club.  The Hoop Jam brings in over 100 top basketball players aged 15 and under for basketball instruction and leadership development.  Many athletes from this camp have went on to play in the NBA.  The SLU Athletic Training Education Program has worked with Nike and the Eagles to provide for the camp. 
Hoop Jamboree Medical Staff: (back row) Tony Breitbach, Ann Schmerbauch, Jason Bennett (front row) Diane Schlesselman, Meghan Gehrs, Emily Monahan (not pictured) Darcy Downey, Kitty Newsham, Kellie Black, Jacob Blasingame, Ilene Chambers

St. Louis native and New York Knicks player David Lee addresses the participants at the Hoop Jam.

June 03, 2010

Summer Internships Underway for SLU AT Students

SLU athletic training students take MAT 590 Athletic Training Field Experience during the summer between their two years in the professional phase of the program.
The course is based in a summer internship experience and this year's internships are very exciting:

Jacob Blasingame - St. Louis Rams Football Club, St. Louis, MO
Geanie Butts - Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL
Mollie Cole - University of Missouri Baseball, Columbia, MO
Meghan Gehrs - Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Club, Sauget, IL
Laura Gosewisch - Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, IL
Emily Monahan - AC St. Louis Soccer Club, St. Louis, MO
Diane Schlesselman - KC Explorers Professional Tennis, Kansas City
Ann Schmerbauch - River City Rascals Baseball Club, O'Fallon, MO