April 07, 2019

SLU AT Student Builds Clinical Skills and Acquires New "Tools" at Parkway West HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Parkway West High School 
By: Courtney Nall (MAT Class of 2020) 

I have the pleasure of being at Parkway West High School for my Spring clinical site with preceptor Matt Berning MAT, ATC from Mercy Sports Medicine. Coming from a university setting, things are a bit different at the high school setting. Parkway West does not have as many modalities as my previous clinical site. I have enjoyed learning how to care for and manage injuries with the resources that are at our disposal. I have also learned some new taping techniques that Matt likes to use. I like learning new techniques that I am able to keep in my “tool kit”.

Every day starts with taking care of the kids that come into the training room after school. We tape ankles and wrists, monitor kids who are doing their exercises as well as determine what injured athletes are going to be able to do that day. After everyone goes out to practice, we head outside and make our rounds in the golf cart. We stop by each of the teams that are practicing, checking to see how everyone is doing. If there is someone that needs to seen, we will head right over to where they are. Matt makes it a fun and easy learning environment where I feel comfortable getting critiqued and asking questions. I look forward to learning from him every day.

Being the only SLU student at West has allowed many more opportunities for me to practice what I know. I appreciate that Matt lets me do evaluations on my own first. These are chances for me to put my knowledge and skills to the test as well as build up my confidence. Spring sports have recently started, and we are already much busier in the training room. I am excited for the many learning opportunities ahead. I am eager to see what the rest of the semester has in store for me.

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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