October 06, 2014

Family Atmosphere and Busy Schedule at John Burroughs Creates a Great Clinical Site for SLU AT Students

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - John Burroughs School
By: Shannon Kane (MAT Class of 2015) and Dustin Jamboretz (MAT Class of 2016)

John Burroughs School is a 7-12th grade school, and only has 600 students, but every student is required to play a sport.  The small nature of the school makes it feel like a family.  Everyone looks out for each other, and they are very welcoming to new “family members.”  I have felt more than welcome at this school, and look forward to spending the entire year here!  Already, we have kids that can’t wait to see us every day, and ask where we are when one of us is not there.  The kids are the reason I love to go everyday.  They can make my day better (or worse…) just by coming into the AT room.  

Dustin Jamboretz, Dean Tiffany ATC and Shannon Kane
Dean Tiffany ATC is the Athletic Trainer, as well as the Assistant Athletic Director, and the wrestling coach.  Things get very busy from time to time, but that is where we AT students come in. Dean takes time out to teach us, and makes the most out of any learning opportunity. So far we have seen everything from ankle sprains, to a mid-shaft femur fracture.  We have also dealt with heat stroke, a radial fracture, a combination tibia and fibula fracture, and a few concussions, among other things.  Needless to say, we are never bored, there is always something going on.  And even if there is no one at that moment for us to take care of or assess, we are usually talking or learning about something.  

In season right now are football, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, field hockey, women’s tennis, cross country, and swimming.  The field hockey team has been doing quite well, and our football team has a 4-1 record!  There is some talent on the team, and the head coach is one of the best football coaches I have seen at this level.  

We hope to learn a lot from Dean this semester, and while we never hope that anyone gets injured, we are eager to see what the rest of this already eventful semester has in store for us! 

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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