November 21, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - SIU-Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Home of the Cougars!
By: Emily Grace and Blake Hudspeth (MAT Class of 2014)

SLU AT students Blake Hudspeth, Kelley DeGreeff and Emily Grace with Ben Heimos ATC & Miya Sullivan ATC at SIUe-SLU Women's Soccer game.
For the 2013-14 school year, we have the luxury of working with the athletic training staff at a NCAA Division I institution at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Under the guidance of head athletic trainer Gerry Schlemer ATC, assistants James Mays ATC and Ben Heimos ATC, and graduate assistants MacKenzie Liko ATC, Brittany Lowell ATC, and Kaitlin Adams ATC, we have been able to practice and strengthen our skills in the field of athletic training.  Each of these individuals have been very helpful and supportive in our learning process, answering any questions that we have and allowing us to work with their athletes one on one in the athletic training room.

During the fall season we have spent most of our time working with James, Ben, and the men’s and women’s soccer teams.  We saw a number of injuries involving the hip, knee, ankle, and foot. It was fun working with these athletes throughout their seasons and assisting in the various rehab activities that they performed in order to get healthy and back onto the field. From the typical ice and e-stim treatments to the range of motion and strengthening exercises, it has been a long and fun ride in the athletic training room at Korte Stadium. Now that soccer has come to an end, we are looking forward to working with the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the wrestling team for the upcoming winter season. Gerry and his staff have done a wonderful job in making us feel welcome and we are very thankful for this opportunity to work with all of them at SIUE. Go Cougars!

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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