December 25, 2012

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Lutheran High School South

Lutheran High School South – Home of the Lancers!
By: Nick Gastorf (SLU MAT Class of 2014) and Mary Finkenkeller (SLU MAT Class of 2013)

For the fall semester, we had our clinical rotation at Lutheran High School South under Nikki Duncan, ATC.  Working with Nikki has been a great experience.  She has been working at South for many years, and is well connected with the community and families at the school.  Everyone who works at the school was very accepting of the two of us, and expressed their gratitude and appreciation for all of our help. 

SLU AT student Nick Gastorf (MAT Class of 2014) taping an athlete's foot at Lutheran South.
South has extensive facilities, which keeps us busy with multiple games and practices happening all at once.  This fall, the football, boys’ soccer, and volleyball teams all made it to playoffs.  The soccer team even made it all the way to state!  It was great to work with such great talent at the high school level. 

We have really enjoyed the experiences that we have had at South.  It has been very different from the Division 1 college experiences that we have had prior to this semester.  We have seen how to give the best care for an athlete on a much smaller budget.  We have also had the opportunity to see what it is like to work with all sports at a school at the same time, rather than focusing on just one.  We are thankful for this great experience, and grateful for the warm welcome that every day at South brings. 

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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