SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Unstoppable Athletics, St. Louis, MO
By: Bailey Draheim (SLU MAT Class of 2017)
My summer field experience is with Dr. Matt Leonard at Unstoppable Athletics. Fellow students Ali Graham and Mada Hauck are also at the site this summer. It has been a great site so far with many different experiences and locations. At one site, we work mainly with high school and college baseball and softball players.
We see a variety of rehab and strengthening programs for individuals and teams. It is a great learning environment where Matt is very open to questions and allows us to be as hands on as possible. Because Matt is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Chiropractic, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he provides us with different ways to do things that we may not have known. This allows us to be exposed to a unique learning experience that we don’t get to see at the high schools and colleges we are placed at during the year.
The other sites we get to visit during our clinical experience are a chiropractic office in Troy, MO and a diet clinic that is run by Melissa Leonard. The chiropractic office allowed us to see the different steps that are taken in rehab depending on the profession. At the diet clinic, you sit through different client evaluations to see how the past week has been and how they have improved since the prior week. Everyone is given meals and a diet plan to follow for a certain amount of time.
Overall, this is a great and educational summer experience that has allows students to see the other sides of health care and rehab.
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.