SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School, St. Louis, Missouri
By: Andrew Gomez (SLU MAT Class of 2016)
This summer I am doing my summer field experience at Christian Brothers College High School, also known as CBC. CBC is an all-boys LaSallian Catholic college prep school 20 minutes west of Saint Louis. My experience so far has been fun, and my preceptor, Kristen Jeans ATC, just adds to the fun.
CBC is home to many sports as well as many district and state championships. Coming off of 3 state championships in football, hockey, and baseball this year it’s easy to say they strive for excellence on the field year in and year out. Also, they have been named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch program of the year. It’s great to have the opportunity to be around great coaches, staff, and even parents who welcomed me in with open arms.
Summer on the other hand is a different story. There are a lot of kid’s camps going on both through each individual sport program, and also as part of summer classes. It’s really cool to see how such great programs train and teach these kids that range from age 5 to 13. These camps include basketball, football, and soccer. Another camp that I have the privilege to be a part of is a soccer camp called Dutch Touch, run by the head coach who brings in international coaches as well to teach all these kids.
Although the days are long, I’m learning a lot about myself as well as how to work with kids of different ages. I’m learning a lot not only from getting hands on experience, but also from their AT Kristen who has been nothing but encouraging and supportive. I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer here.
Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have a required field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.