By: Carmen Roberson (SLU MAT Class of 2020) and Gabby Herod (SLU MAT Class of 2021)
Our experience at Fontbonne University has been very rewarding. We have had the pleasure of learning from my preceptor, SLU Alum Ann Schmerbauch MAT, ATC, and two graduate assistant Athletic Trainers who completed their Athletic Training programs at Mizzou. Since Ann is the only full-time AT at Fontbonne, We have been able to engage in clinical practice with a variety of sports teams.
This has granted us the opportunity to learn and take on new challenges from different athletes. We have learned how to do a lot with a little in terms of AT resources and I have learned the importance of gaining positive relationships with athletes. At Fontbonne, we are provided with a lot of hands-on time with athletes implementing rehab protocols, using therapeutic modalities, and practicing manual techniques.
My experience at Fontbonne has been awesome. I feel very confident in my skillsets at this point of my journey as an Athletic Training Student. Being at Fontbonne has given me the opportunity to learn and grow even more in preparation for the BOC exam. Ann provides me with a lot of hands-on time with athletes and is always encouraging me to take on new challenges.
During my time at Fontbonne so far, I have treated athletes from Women’s and Men’s basketball, Men’s volleyball, Track, and Softball. Being at a NCAA Division III university has given me the chance to have close relationships with each athlete. I primarily assess new injuries and design rehabilitation programs for different and pre-existing issues.
I believe that being at Fontbonne University gives me the necessary time to give quality care to each athlete and that is why I love it so much. Carmen is also at Fontbonne for her year clinical rotation. I love having a PY2 with me this semester. She gives me so much great advice that I have been really needing lately. Ann has also given me so much insight on how to demonstrate my skills in the best way each day.
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.