October 24, 2015

Individualized Hands-On Experience Helps SLU AT Student Learn at Westminster Christian Academy

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Bailey Draheim (SLU MAT Class of 2017)

I have learned so much being at Westminster Christian Academy this semester. Being the only student at my site, I have been able to see and perform many of the tests and examinations that we have done. So far this semester, we have seen an array of things, but ankle injuries have been the most common. After watching for the first few months, my preceptor (SLU Alum Hilary Orf MAT, ATC) has now let me perform the exercises and stretches on the athletes and I have gotten to do some of the initial examinations with her. I am becoming much more confident in my ability to assess the ankle. 
I get to be very hands-on at my clinical site, which I feel has taught me so much. I tape ankles and wrists almost every day that I am there so I have become very comfortable and more confident in my taping abilities. We have also experienced many concussions so far this semester that have been very interesting to learn about. I have seen many athletes go from initial concussion through the progression and back to playing. The progression process for every athlete can be a little different based on his or her sport. I never knew how common concussions were, especially in high school athletes, and how long it takes for them to get back to playing. I am very excited to see what else I get to experience while at Westminster for the rest of the semester! 

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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