October 17, 2012

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lindenwood University-Belleville

Life at Lindenwood-Belleville University
By: Alex Sawyer & Katie Mae Herington (SLU MAT Class of 2013)

Our first few days at Lindenwood-Belleville University were early ones.  Preseason football started July 28th at 5:00 a.m. and it took some getting used to.  Lindenwood-Belleville has been a unique experience.  Not only did we have to adapt to early mornings and long hours, but the football team was starting its inaugural season.  Therefore we had over one hundred new athletes to get to know as well as learning how a new program gets on its feet.  With five SLU AT students (two PY2, three PY1) at LBU we quickly got into a routine.  Three of us have ended up covering football full-time and every day is a learning experience.
Blake Hudspeth and Emily Grace (SLU MAT Class of 2014) with Katie Herington and Alex Sawyer (SLU MAT Class of 2013)
As PY2’s we’ve gotten a lot of hands on experience assisting with football.  We’ve spent almost everyday for three months with the football team, covering every practice and every game, home or away.  Some trips have been longer then others, like the twelve hour bus ride to Oklahoma Panhandle State University.  Or the shorter but more interesting ride to Lawrence, KS that involved leaking bus windows, no wi-fi, broken tvs, and our bus losing a mirror to a tree. 

William Dill ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, told us from the beginning to make this place our own, and in a way we have.  We’ve become a weird little family.  Once football season wraps up, we’ll be assisting in covering men’s and women’s basketball as well as men’s and women’s wrestling.  LBU has twenty-three sports so there’s always someone in the athletic training room that needs help. 

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training students featuring their clinical site and their preceptors. The number, quality and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU AT Program.

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