March 28, 2018

SLU AT Student Enhances Clinical and Communication Skills at Parkway South HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway South High School
By:  Madeleine Bresnahan (SLU MAT Class of 2018)

I am in my last semester at Saint Louis University and will be receiving a Master of Athletic Training degree in May. I have been fortunate to spend this entire year at Parkway South High School with Mike Tzianos, M Ed, ATC, from Mercy Sports Medicine. Mike has been an awesome mentor to me. He has given me a lot of freedom this year to evaluate and treat athletes under his supervision. This freedom has helped me to develop my skills and is preparing me for after graduation.
Along with developing and perfecting my skills Mike has taught me a lot. He is always teaching me techniques and skills that are unfamiliar to me. One of the major skills Mike has helped me develop this year is communication with athletes and with parents. Specifically talking with parents had been something I hadn’t done until coming to Parkway South.  I have learned a lot from just watching Mike on how to educate parents on their child’s injury. I have been able to talk to parents myself to improve my communication skills. I also have enjoyed interacting with Ashley, an undergraduate AT student at Lindenwood University.

Overall, my experience at Parkway South and with Mike has been awesome! I am getting great clinical experience and learning at lot. 

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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