May 07, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway Central High School

Parkway Central - Home of the Colts!
By: Sarah Hall, SLU MAT Class of 2013

At Parkway Central High School this year I have been able to interact with coaches, athletes, the athletic director, administrators, and parents.  Parkway Central hosts many Basketball and Soccer tournaments every year because they have such a big beautiful campus.  Matt Markelz is the athletic trainer, he is contracted through PRORehab to provide services to the school.   Matt has been at PCH for 8 years.  

Matt Markelz ATC and SLU AT student Sarah Hall on the sidelines at Parkway Central.
I have been able to experiences some unique opportunities during my time here. First I was able to observe surgery for a day at City Place with Dr. Ramus.  I was able to watch 2 knee arthroscopic surgeries, 2 shoulder arthroscopic surgeries and an ACL Replacement of one of our own PCH athletes.  I have also been able to work with water polo, a sport I have not yet ever watched.  I got the opportunity to travel with the football team to Camdenton for the quarter finals where we won.  

We have recently had a pre-professional SLU AT student, Shannon Kane with us observing, it has been nice sharing my experiences with her and helping her prepare for her time in the professional phases of the AT program.  I have enjoyed my time at PCH, it has been a good learning environment for my final year.  

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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