November 08, 2015

Empowered SLU AT Student Grows Clinical Skills at Webster University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster University
By: Ryan Lilly (SLU MAT Class of 2016)
This year I am at Webster University.  Webster is a small private college located in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis.  Webster has a variety of sports including women’s volleyball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, tennis, baseball, softball, cross country and track and field. The athletic trainers at Webster, Jenny Popken ATC and Martin Fields ATC, are my preceptors. I have been able to work with and learn from the both of them. 

Webster has provided me with many learning opportunities. So far this year the main thing I have been able to work on is my evaluation process. I have been able to perform a lot of evaluations from head to toe while at Webster, and Jenny and Martin have helped me improve my evaluations a great deal. Another thing that I have learned a lot about is rehabilitation. Jenny and Martin have worked with me on creating rehabilitation programs for injured athletes for a wide range of injuries. Other things that I have had a good deal of exposure include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, taping, managing hemorrhaging, managing concussions, and covering, cleaning and dressing wounds and much more. Martin and Jenny are always taking the time to teach me new things and always ask what I want to learn about. They have helped me work on my competencies and have even thought of other things to teach me that they think would be useful in my future. 

I have enjoyed my time at Webster and I am looking forward to the rest of the time that I get spend there. I have been able to get more of hands on experience than I could’ve hoped for. Martin and Jenny are great teachers and I am excited to see what I am going to learn from them next. 

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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