SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Ryan Dale (SLU MAT Class of 2018)
Summer Camps at Christian Brother College (CBC) High School have been a great hands-on experience. My preceptor, Kristen Jeans ATC, LMT, at CBC through Mercy Sports Medicine has years of experience and enjoys sharing it with her Athletic Training Students. She allows me to work with the athletes on my own, but is also happy to teach me when I am faced with a situation I am unable to solve. Due to the wide variety of sports being played and the numerous athletes that attend the camps, there are many opportunities to further advance my proficiencies as an Athletic Trainer.
I have especially enjoyed Kristen’s approach to evaluations. She is able to quickly evaluate her athletes and determine what they need to return to play. I think her Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) certification is very helpful, because she is advanced in manual therapy techniques. I believe strongly in the use of massage and other manual techniques for both pre and post treatments of athletes to ensure optimal function.
Lastly I was excited to learn more about rehab, because this is an area I am highly interested in. In the high school setting there is not much time to spend on rehab, so an athletic trainer working in this setting needs to be proficient in developing home rehab programs and properly communicating them to his or her athletes. Kristen is great at prescribing the appropriate exercises, and making sure her athletes are strengthening weak muscles that would otherwise lead to injury.
Students in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have an immersive field experience in the summer between their two professional years in the program. This blog post details a student's reflection on their experience.