Our preceptor Dean Tiffany, ATC is John Burroughs' athletic trainer, assistant athletic director, and wrestling coach. It has been eye opening to see how he balances his commitments and responsibilities effectively. With that, he has given us every opportunity, under his supervision, to step in and evaluate injuries, assign rehab, and determine return to play. During the first weeks of the semester, before contests were allowed, we used our time to practice taping techniques, modalities, lower extremity evaluations, and manual therapy techniques.
The community that John Burroughs has established among its students and athletes shines through after spending just one day with the people there. All of the staff and students are incredibly welcoming not only to us, but to each other as well. The amount of support and encouragement there is in the athletic training room among athletes creates a very positive environment that is essential for successful healing.
Even with a slow start to the semester, we have gotten to see quite a few interesting injuries, including a patellar dislocation and an ACL tear. As sports contests are starting to get back to “normal” we are excited to see how the rest of the semester will play out. We look forward to getting more opportunities to use our skills and being able to help the students play and feel their best!
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.