SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Peak Sport and Spine, Crestwood, Missouri
By: Andrea Strebler (SLU MAT Class of 2016)
For my summer field experience I chose to do a clinic-based athletic training setting. I am working with Ted Yemm PT, ATC and the staff of Crestwood Peak Sport and Spine in a Physical Therapy rehabilitation clinic. Ted Yemm, a Saint Louis University alum, is dual-credentialed as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. We see a wide range of patients; from age to diagnosis.
The clinic is fully equipped and extremely functional for the wide variety of rehab plans that are fulfilled daily. In the clinic we use more physical activity as a warm up rather than modalities, although there is a Hydrocollator and moist heat packs available. There is an arm bike and treadmill that are used very often as warm up techniques.
Ted has a balanced mixture of manual, assisted and active techniques that work together to make enhanced rehab plans. The patients seem to enjoy the many different techniques during their rehab sessions; it keeps them engaged and motivated to continue on their rehab course. The patients have expressed to me their feeling of support and enthusiasm from the physical therapist at the Peak Sport and Spine rehab center Crestwood. One patient stated, “I feel as if you care about my progress and how I am doing all together”. I am about half way through my summer professional experience, I feel as if my knowledge and skills of rehabilitation techniques have already improved significantly.
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.