May 12, 2018

SLU Pre-professional AT Student Finds Clarity Observing Current Students Learning at Clinical Site

New AT Student Blog Post - Carmen Roberson (SLU MAT Class of 2020)

This semester I spent most of my directed observation hours at John Burroughs High School. On my very first day I was a little skeptical because I simply didn’t know what to expect. All of my skepticism melted away by the time I entered the athletic training room. I was welcomed by Danielle Jabczynski and Caitlin Gibson and introduced to preceptor, Dean Tiffany ATC. I automatically felt a positive presence and that it would be a great learning atmosphere. John Burroughs has an awesome Athletic Training room too, so I was able to see new tools and equipment used that I had never seen before.

As the weeks went on at John Burroughs, I became more acclimated to the flow of what it means to be an athletic trainer and the many services and skillsets that one acquires. I saw all of the taping demonstrations, learned how an electrical stimulation machine works, and learned certain modalities used to help decrease pain. One of my favorite things to witness was how Dean, Caitlin, and Danielle analyzed injuries, tested range of motion, and created fitness tests. This was a really cool part of athletic training that I am excited to learn more about in the future. 

Overall, I am looking forward to becoming more acclimated within my profession, and I am very thankful for the time I was able to spend at John Burroughs. 

This is one of a series of blog posts written by students entering the professional phase of the SLU AT Program as a part of MAT 3000 - AT Student Development II.

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