New AT Student Blog Post - Maddie Cavanaugh (SLU MAT Class of 2022)
One of my favorite events that I have participated in over the past couple of years is part of the SLU 1818 Community Engagement Grant Program. Members of the Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Nutrition and Dietetics programs put on program to teach kids from Unleashing Potential about basic concepts on what the professions do and try to spark interest for their futures.
Some of the activities that we participate in were applying bandages, hand sanitization, relay races, agility testing and learning about healthy foods. While many of the younger kids were harder to keep interest for the full period of time, it was very rewarding to create a connection with some of the kids and figure out different ways to engage them in the material to keep them active and attentive. One of the kids that I was working with couldn’t find the attention span to do our activity so we went and played around the basketball court and he wanted to “swim” on the blue parts out of the court. It was fun getting to interact with community members and get a good laugh with all the kids’ imaginations.
I loved being able to work with the kiddos of Unleashing Potential as they enhanced their skills with would care, injury prevention and balancing skills. Combining communities and seeing the spark in the kiddos as they learn things about their health was really cool. Even though some of the younger kids had a harder time being engaged the whole time, they stayed active and seemed like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Over the past two years, I’ve loved getting to participate in the SLU 1818 grant and I hope to be able to participate in this amazing cause in the future!
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.