September 08, 2020

SLU AT Student Focuses on Athlete Safety in Clinical Experience at Christian Brothers College HS

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Gabby Herod (MAT Class of 2021)

During this summer at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School, Kristen Jeans ATC, LMT, from Mercy Sports Medicine, has again given me a unique experience.  During this COVID-19 pandemic, the typical athletic training experience was not possible.  But Kristen made sure that I saw the side of athletic training that isn’t shown on a typical day. 
Being the summer in St. Louis, it can get very hot and dangerous for athletes. I gained more experience in using a wet bulb and cold water tank and what it really means to make the right decision for the safety of everyone. Demonstrating interpersonal communication with the coaches, athletic director, and parents with this information is very important.

While at CBC, we also discussed COVID and what was needed for the sports teams to operate safely. Dealing with safety policies that will provide the best experience for everyone involved has been a challenge. The work that Kristen has shown me that is necessary to have everything in order hopefully run smoothly during the school year happens during this time. Administration is a part of this profession that should be greatly praised for everything that has to happen. 

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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