July 13, 2015

SLU AT Student Discovers Dynamic and Fun Learning Experience with Saint Louis FC

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Saint Louis Football Club, St. Louis, Missouri
By: Lauren Scalise (SLU MAT Class of 2016)

I’ve been playing soccer since I was 3 years old and to have the opportunity to intern with Saint Louis’ newest professional soccer team is an amazing opportunity. There’s nothing like walking into an athletic training room where everyone welcomes you with arms wide open. The atmosphere in the athletic training room with Saint Louis Football Club is filled with great opportunities and new learning experiences.  

Working with the head athletic trainer, Nathan Burney ATC has been a blast so far! A few times a month, I am given mini homework assignments. This includes rehab plans for injured athletes, SOAP notes, and reviewing certain special test for assessment.  He has provided me with multiple learning opportunities, and under his guidance I have been able to assess some of the athletes for injuries as well as provide my own rehab plan for them. Given the responsibility to look after and assess these athletes has allowed me to gain a great amount of confidence in the athletic training room. 

The approach with rehab at this site is not focused on modalities such as stim and ultrasound, but rather manual techniques, such as muscle release, massage, and simple rehab exercises, which allow the athletic trainer to spend one on one time with the injured athletes. I think that this provides for a greater sense of care and communication between the athlete and the athletic trainer. I can honestly say that getting up early in the morning to come here is no hassle and I’m always excited to see what the day will bring.  I can’t wait to continue at this site for the rest of the summer and see what other learning opportunities this experience has to offer!

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.

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