Kirkwood High School - Home of the Pioneers!By: Abby Breseman (MAT Class of 2014) and Will Rath (MAT Class or 2015)
This semester we have had the opportunity to serve as athletic training students at Kirkwood High School, a Class 5A high school about 25 minutes outside the city of St. Louis. The head athletic trainer, Denise Grider ATC, makes sure we have a fun, educational work environment and each day is filled with chances to expand our knowledge and further prepare us for a career in the field of athletic training.
Our days at Kirkwood begin as soon as school gets out and the athletes come to the athletic training room for treatment or to get taped in preparation for practice or games. We are responsible for care at home games and if there are none, we rotate between practices in case an injury may occur.
Having a large high school as our clinical site has been a great learning experience because we are able to experience all in-season sports instead of being assigned to just one team, which is common in a college setting. Being able to provide athletic health care for a large football team has been one of our favorite opportunities thus far. With a high-contact sport like football, comes a high chance of injuries, and being able to evaluate those injuries and then help the athletes return to play was an incredible learning experience. Working with a competitive and passionate team like Kirkwood, it was great interacting with players that are eager to get back on the field after injury.
All of the athletes, coaches and staff members at Kirkwood have been so welcoming and we would like to thank all of them for being a part of our clinical experience.
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.