July 07, 2018

SLU AT Student Gets Hands-on Experience in Professional Baseball with the Schaumburg Boomers

SLU AT Summer Field Experience Spotlight - Schaumburg Boomers Baseball Club
By: Rory Cusack (SLU MAT Class of 2019)

This summer I have the amazing opportunity to be with the Schaumburg Boomers, a minor league baseball team in the Frontier League. My preceptor, Mylie Leatherman ATC, has been teaching me so much since the first day and she helps my clinical skills grow every day. This has been a great experience especially since I have not had an opportunity to be with baseball before. 

The team has games 6 days a week, so it’s game day every day. Before each game, the players come for treatment where we provide rehabilitation and pre-game treatment to get them ready for batting practice. So far, I have seen many different injuries from post-surgical to wound care. During rehab, the players perform functional exercises and we work to get them back to full strength as soon as possible due to the amount of games each week. I am getting a lot of experience with rehab and am learning more and more exercises with each new injury. The players are motivated to get better and come prepared each day for rehab and for the game. 

This summer has been so fun so far with the Schaumburg Boomers and Mylie, and I look forward to what the rest of the summer has for me. 

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.

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