March 13, 2017

SLU AT Student Benefits from Dedicated Preceptors and Diverse Experiences at Fontbonne University

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Fontbonne University
By: Jenna Ginsberg (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

Working as an Athletic Training Student at Fontbonne University has been a great experience so far. The unique organization of their athletic training facilities and staff has allowed me to work with multiple men and women’s teams, thus allowing me to interact with a large number of students who have a wide variety of injuries and needs. This diverse student athlete population is constantly challenging me to think in new ways, as different sports have different types of commonly seen injuries.
Working in the university setting has also given me the opportunity to practice the application of various therapeutic modalities that were not commonly used in the high school setting. Electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and laser therapy, when combined with well-­planned rehabilitation and strengthening programs are very well received and helpful to the athletes. Practicing these techniques on a day-­to-day basis has made me a more well-rounded care provider, and I look forward to becoming more skilled at writing rehabilitation plans for athletes coming back from injury in the future.

My preceptors at Fontbonne are incredibly dedicated to helping their athletes, and equally dedicated to making sure I get a great experience in the process. They are always excited to share their knowledge and ask me questions about what I have been learning in class. Ann Schmerbach MAT, ATC (2011 alum of SLU’s AT Program) and Jaci Clauson ATC work hard each day to make sure their athletes are receiving good care, and to make sure I am gaining new competencies in the field each day.

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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