December 03, 2013

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway Central High School

Parkway Central High School – Home of the Colts!
By: Claire Botting (MAT Class of 2014)

This fall and spring semester I get to spend my second professional year at Parkway Central High School with athletic trainer Matt Markelz ATC from PRORehab. Located on a big and beautiful campus in Chesterfield, MO, I get the opportunity to practice and hone my skills I have learned in the classroom and at my past clinical sites. Working alongside Matt, the athletes, and the coaches has been a positive and rewarding experience. I have felt welcomed since day one and am grateful for them allowing me the opportunity to grow as a professional.

Matt Markelz ATC and Claire Botting
This fall I got to work with many different sports including football, boys’ soccer, boys swimming, girls’ volleyball, softball and cross country. It was really exciting football season as the team made it all the way to the Edwards Jones Dome for the Class 5 MSHSAA State Championship. While the outcome wasn't in our favor, it was still a fun and enjoyable season that I’m glad I got to be a part of.   I also got the unique opportunity to cover multiple cross country events since PCHS has a course right on campus.

When Matt and I aren’t covering games or practices, the athletes are keeping us busy in the athletic training room. Between taping, rehab and doing injury evaluations, there is always an opportunity to learn something new. With the busy fall season finally finished, we are beginning to transition into winter sports. Winter sports at PCHS include boys and girls basketball, girls swimming and wrestling. The athletic training room is a little less hectic but there still is always something do! I’m looking forward to what this winter season has in store for us! Go Colts!

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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