Busy Summer with the Billikens
By: Alexandria Sawyer (SLU MAT Class of 2013)
This summer I am completing my athletic training internship at Saint Louis University (SLU). I have always known that I wanted to work with Division I athletics in my professional career. So, naturally, working at SLU was ideal for me. It did not take long for me to realize that working at SLU this summer could open up doors for other learning opportunities. On my second day, I assisted head athletic trainer, Jonathan “JB” Burch ATC, LAT, with welcoming the staff of USA Gymnastics for the Visa Championships. The USA-G medical staff was very friendly and such great teachers. Working with past, present, and future Olympians was no doubt an awesome experience.
|Alex Sawyer in the mouthguard lab at SLU's Center for Advanced Dental Education.|
|Alex Sawyer trimming the mouthguard with a heated knife.|
In addition to these experiences, I have been working closely with each SLU athletic trainer (JB, Theresa, Miya Sullivan, MS, ATC, LAT, and Angie Wills, MS, ATC, LAT) to monitor and treat the men’s and women’s basketball and soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams during summer workouts. I have also been working to get the Simtrak injury monitoring software up and running. So far this summer had been very busy yet rewarding. I am looking forward to what is left to come.
Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program have a required internship in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their internship experience.