May 08, 2021

Students in the SLU MAT Class of 2021 Celebrate Excellence and Scholarship

On Friday, May 7, 2021 students in the Saint Louis University Master of Athletic Training Class of 2021 presented their Capstone Project presentations virtually to the Doisy College of Health Sciences from the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.


The SLU MAT Capstone Project is the culminating scholarly product that our students develop to meet the requirements of the Master of Athletic Training Degree.  


Video of the entire event is posted on YouTube: https://youtu.be/x-S71vzJoz4

The SLU AT Program's Excellence in Professional Service Award and Clinical Excellence Award were presented to graduating students at the event.  The Academic Excellence Award will be presented after the final grades are posted at the end of the spring semester. 

Excellence in Professional Service
Kate Perko 

Clinical Excellence
Maddie Bozych

May 04, 2021

SLU AT Student Finds "New Normal" Provides Opportunity to Build Relationships at Bishop DuBourg HS


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Bishop DuBourg High School
By: Mason Cotterel (MAT Class of 2022)

Coming back to Bishop DuBourg High School for my second semester was something I was very much looking forward to and very rewarding. Not only was I already accustomed to the school, my preceptor, and the athletic culture, but with public health guidelines being well established, we were able to get used to a “new normal”. This new normal allowed all spring sports to start on schedule and gave me a plethora of new and returning athletes to help. From a much larger load of evaluations, rehabs, return to play protocols, and functional progressions to help with I feel like I was finally able to put into practice things I have been learning in courses. All the amazing and fun things that made me fall in love with the Athletic Training profession I was finally able to start doing to some extent. 

One very memorable experience I will never forget is the relationship I developed with the Boys’ Volleyball team. My preceptor, SSM Health/Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Nathan Jarman MAT, ATC, was instrumental in making happen, as when we would cover boys’ volleyball, he allowed me the opportunity to be the first response if any player had concerns or might have an injury. Nate allowed for me to have more autonomy when it came to helping this team, allowing me to take a much more active role in all aspects surrounding their care. 


This very exciting, and sometimes challenging experience allowed for me to better understand what providing coverage for an athletic team looks like.  It got to a point in the season where if someone on the volleyball team had a problem and saw Nate, they would ask where I was as they trusted me and wanted me to help address their concerns. The patient-athletic training student relationships I formed with this team  is something I will never forget. 

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.

April 21, 2021

SLU MAT Class of 2021 Hosts Virtual Capstone Day on Friday May 7th


Students in the Saint Louis University Master of Athletic Training Class of 2021 will be presenting their Capstone Projects virtually on-line on May 7, 2021 starting at 1:00 pm via Zoom. 


The event is open to the public, and presentation of these projects mark the completion of their experience as students in the SLU Athletic Training Program.

2021 SLU MAT CAPSTONE DAY SCHEDULE


Access via Zoom: 

Password: 141036

For more information email Dr. Anthony Breitbach, SLU AT Program Director at anthony.breitbach@health.slu.edu.

April 10, 2021

SLU AT Student Builds Knowledge and Skills Through Interprofessional Collaboration at Harris Stowe State University


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Harris Stowe State University
By: Katie Wissing (MAT Class of 2022)

For over a year, I have adjusted to taking things day-by-day due to the seemingly daily altering COVID-19 guidelines. This has been a time of great change for most, and those who have been most successful are individuals who face adversity head on. My student clinical experience has been unorthodox with constant adjustments and abrupt switches. This semester, however, returning to Harris Stowe State University has allowed some normalcy and consistency. 



With almost every sport in season this semester, I have been able to not only develop athletic training skills, but also gain more on-field experience. I have enjoyed time on the sidelines of men’s and women's basketball as well as women’s soccer. This increased, valuable time with the athletes, as well as Tim Herlihy, ATC, has allowed for a more trust and a solid relationship with these individuals, which in turn has given me more confidence in my skillset. Additionally, weekly visits from chiropractors from Logan Chiropractic Health Center has given me an added perspective on the approach to evaluation and rehabilitation of athletes. Overall, this opportunity has allowed my interprofessional relationships to establish and grow throughout this semester. 

Although I must still approach each week with some uncertainty of what is to come next, I have learned to treat each day as an opportunity of which must be taken advantage. I am able to appreciate the work and modifications athletic trainers put in place to better the care for their athletes. It is evident athletic trainers do not face the normalcy of some jobs; through the world altering event of the global pandemic, I better understand how to handle whatever obstacles may come my way.

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.

April 09, 2021

SLU AT Student's Confidence Grows as Activities Return to "Normal" at Christian Brothers College HS


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Christian Brothers College High School
By: Sydney Nash (MAT Class of 2022)

My clinical experience at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High Schoool has been nothing short of exciting! As spring sports are in full swing and the Athletic Training room is busy! As spring athletes are starting to come into the athletic training room, we are constantly trying to learn who they are due to the fact students who were freshman last year have likely not met the athletic trainer and my preceptor at CBC Kristen Jeans ATC, LMT, from Mercy Sports Medicine. All of the athletes who have not been able to play for at least 1 year having their spring  season taken from them last year are very excited to get back on the field for this season.  
As students start coming into the Athletic Training room, we have been doing a lot more rehab this semester compared to the first semester. I have been learning a lot in regard to post surgical rehab and strengthening. Our athletes have been diligent in coming in and doing their rehab so they can develop their strengths and get out there to safely play the sports they love.  
Throughout this semester I have been able to be hands on with our athletes and become more confident in my skills. Kristen has provided me with numerous tips and things to consider when evaluating patients. Being able to have Kristen as a preceptor has provided me with great knowledge and experience here at Christian Brothers College.

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.

April 01, 2021

SLU AT Students Enjoy Welcoming Clinical Learning Environment at Westminster Christian Academy


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Westminster Christian Academy
By: Jose Blanco (MAT Class of 2021) and Brittany Risko (MAT Class of 2022)

This semester we have had the excellent opportunity of doing our clinical education together at Westminster Christian Academy. We have the pleasure of learning from Katherine Love, MAT, ATC, a SLU alum who works for Mercy Sports Medicine, and so far we have enjoyed our time here at Westminster. Westminster boasts high quality facilities, numerous sports and a welcoming community. Due to the sheer size of the campus we see a volume of athletes seeking help whether with prevention, rehab, or just to chat making the experience all the better. The staff are friendly, and the athletes are respectful and fun to be around. 


This semester Jose started with Brittany who had been at Westminster in the fall. This spring we have managed to become a good team and work efficiently every day. So far, this is the semester that Jose feels that he has learned the most and it has only been half of it. He is looking forward to keep learning for the rest of this semester through graduation. Being in her second semester at Westminster Christian Academy Brittany has enjoyed continuing her clinical education here. It is crazy that the spring semester is already halfway over. She has had a great time working with Jose and bringing him into the Westminster Community. 

Westminster and Katherine this semester have afforded some great opportunities. We have seen the women’s and men’s varsity basketball teams win the district champions this year and I had the opportunity to travel to the state championships with our men’s basketball team in Springfield MO where they placed 2nd at the State Championship. 

In all Westminster Christian Academy and Katherine have provide a great atmosphere for our clinical education. The faculty, students, athletes, and community together are supportive and provide plenty of opportunities to learn inside and outside of athletic training. 

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.

March 30, 2021

SLU AT Students Collaborate Together with Preceptor for an Outstanding Clinical Experience at Webster Groves HS


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Webster Groves High School
By: Iris Herrera (MAT Class of 2021) and Michael Ryan (MAT Class of 2022)

Our clinical experience at Webster Groves High School has been an extremely valuable and unique one. We have been constantly adapting to school and sports in a pandemic. In some ways, the athletic training room has changed. We have set limits on how many athletes can be in the athletic training room at once, we have put down “X’s” six feet apart, and we have new COVID protocols we have to closely follow. 

Although things may be different, we are fortunate to have an environment where we can get hands-on experience. We have been evaluating, managing, and rehabilitating a variety of injuries daily. We have gained some experience with identifying and managing dermatological conditions. In addition, we have taken some time to go through pre-participation examinations and have learned about conditions like Aquagenic urticaria (allergic reaction to water). 
Throughout the semester we have become more and more confident with our skills. Our preceptor Sean Wright, ATC has created an environment where we have thrived as athletic training students. He provides constructive feedback along with prompting questions and useful things to try and consider. He is an incredible advocate for the Athletic Training profession through his work as a preceptor for the Saint Louis University Athletic Training program. We are incredibly lucky to have him as our preceptor at Webster Groves.

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.

March 29, 2021

SLU AT Student Adapts Through Unique Winter and Spring Seasons at DeSmet Jesuit HS


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - DeSmet Jesuit High School
By: Joey Wenzl (MAT Class of 2021) 

This semester has not been as full of surprises as last semester was when it comes to whether or not games will be played. All of the games that we had on the schedule were  played. There weren’t any major COVID scares for us either during the winter sports season.  The only issue we had was when one of our basketball players got exposed during a playoff game. He ended up testing positive and had to miss our next games, but the team was still able  to play and played well without him in. Spring sports are starting up now so we will wait and  see what happens with that, but since those are mainly outside, I don’t expect much of a  problem with any of them. The only issue I can see running into would be is that a couple of the athletes get lazy and don’t take the necessary precautions that they need to and end up exposing the team that way. 


Injury-wise everybody has been pretty healthy thus far. Recently, there has been an  influx with the beginning of spring sports and the people not being conditioned enough when  starting out, but nothing serious. These are easy to evaluate and form a diagnosis on which is  good for me. Everyone that I do is a confidence booster and makes me ready for another one.  These evaluations are the one thing I feel like I was still lacking in when the semester started out and not having any injuries during the winter sports, while good for the teams, did not help  me to progress at all. However, with all of these simple injuries, I feel like I am getting to a point where I am confident in myself and my abilities as I start to look for a job and do this for real.  


Since there wasn’t that much happening in the winter season, and spring sports just now getting underway, there was plenty of downtime while I was at my clinical. This time was not wasted though, instead it was used to study and ask questions since the BOC is fast approaching. I have used this time to sure up the things I didn’t quite understand that well. My preceptor from Mercy Sports Medicine SLU alum Dan Herrin MAT, ATC has been a huge help in this process in giving me the resources and knowledge to help me  succeed. When I have questions for him he gives me an answer that makes sense and doesn’t overexplain a concept to the point where I have no idea what he’s talking about, while still  explaining it enough to help me fully understand it. 

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.

March 28, 2021

SLU AT Student Appreciates Preceptor's Approach in Busy Clinical Site at Triad HS


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Triad High School
By: Joshua Hicks (MAT Class of 2021)

For the 2021 spring semester I was place at Triad High School under Jack Edgar ATC. It has been an experience like no other. There is always something to do. I never feel like I’m just waiting around to get hours. Jack told me that as a PY2 that he would treat me as if I were a certified AT so I could get the most realistic experience possible. This allows me to get much needed first-hand experience. 

Being so active at my clinical site has allowed me to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to my practice. This allows the knowledge to be retained much better. I have been able to brush the dust off of skills that I had not used in a while. Since being at Triad I have been able to improve my initial evaluations and review my special tests.  

Not only have I brushed up my practice, but I have learned many new things. Jack does not see one problem and isolate it. He tries to find the problem and eliminate the source. This means that I have been able to work on posture a lot. I have learned many techniques from  releasing muscles with the massage gun to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization to work on the anatomy trains. 

Overall it has been a great and beneficial clinical experience.

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.

March 24, 2021

SLU AT Student Sees the Importance of Persistence Through Pandemic-Impacted Clinical Experience at Rockwood Summit HS



SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Rockwood Summit High School
By: Maddie Cavanaugh (MAT Class of 2022)

As the spring semester moves into full swing and spring sports pick up at high schools, the energy within the athletic training room is nothing short of exciting.  The athletes that are coming in for their sports haven’t been on the field with this group of people since the spring of 2019 and both athletes and coaches are thrilled.  For my spring 2021 clinical experience, I am placed at Rockwood Summit High School with Mercy Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Tony Mosello MAT, ATC, LAT.  This semester, I have felt so much more confident in my abilities as an athletic training student when working with the athletes.  Tony has provided such a welcoming environment that has allowed me to grow in my clinical skills over the past year.  I am eager to take these skills to my summer field experience. 

As students start to become annoyed with persistent COVID-19 protocols, now would be the worst time to ease up on things.  As the vaccines are becoming more readily available to the masses, everyone is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and wanting to relax protocols that have been in place for the past year.  The athletes that we are seeing now haven’t been able to play these sports for almost two years now, and the last thing I want to see for them is a season being put on hold or shut down.  In a time where we can finally see hope at some sort of normalcy, now is the time to work through the protocols and come out of the spring season with eyes on a more hopeful summer and fall of sports.

One major thing that I’ve learned while at Summit is that persistence is key.  As teams kept getting shut down due to COVID-19 protocols during the winter season, it felt like winter sports were never going to end.  Our athletes persisted and came back stronger after their brief shut downs.  Our coaching staff persisted and coached the athletes online to make sure they stayed conditioned.  I stayed persistent by continually practicing my clinical evaluation skills and ensuring I stayed on top of new materials and cases.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Summit and I can’t wait for the spring sports season to get into full swing.

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.

March 22, 2021

SLU AT Student Grows Through Preceptor's Trust and Support with Billiken Athletics


SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Saint Louis University Athletics
By: Gabrielle Herod (MAT Class of 2021)

This Spring semester I am still at Saint Louis University with Petra, Knight MS, ATC, CES. I am mainly with Women’s Basketball, where most of the time I am assisting them with practices, games, treatments, and continuing injury prevention. I see the difference on how more intense Division 1 sports are and still find the time to treat each athlete but at times it is rushed depending on the day. Covid-19 screening has given me a great new skill that I am sure we will be doing for at least the next year. 


I primarily assist with new injuries and design rehabilitation programs for different and pre-existing issues. All of our sports are in season right now so I am heavy on the treatments for the athletes which is great because it continues to give me great practice on different modalities. Petra has been the best preceptor I’ve had. She not only trust and gives me the freedom to go with my gut and treat how I deem fit, but she teaches me so much that will prepare me for this profession. 

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.

February 17, 2021

SLU AT Program Speaker Series Addressed Finding Opportunity and Creating Value as a Health Professional

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program hosted its 10th Annual Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony virtually via Zoom on Monday, February 15, 2021.

The annual event was presented by the Saint Louis University chapter of Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training Honor Society and supported by the SLU Student Government Association. The evening began with the 2021 initiation ceremony for the SLU Alpha Iota Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honor Society.


Alpha Iota Chapter - Iota Tau Alpha - 2021 Honorees
Anastasia M. Galo
Grace A. Golembiewski
Claire M. Love
Juliana M. Martinez
Corinne Papes
Mark D. Romero
Ryan T. Shanahan
Marissa K. Uecker

SLU faculty member Dr. Michael Rozier S.J. gave an invocation and Doisy College of Health Sciences Interim Dean Dr. Tricia Austin and Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Interim Chair Dr. Lisa Dorsey made introductory remarks and welcomed attendees.

The Brandi Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship was awarded, with Brandi's parents Robert and Marnie Burgett making remarks and recognizing the scholarship honorees Kate Perko and Jose Blanco, who were also awarded the Bauman Scholarship.



The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Kathy Dieringer, President-Elect of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and owner of D&D Sports Med. The title of her presentation was: “Emerging Opportunities: Creating Value in an Evolving Health Care Paradigm” 


Following the keynote presentation, there was a panel discussion which included Dr. Dieringer; along with SLU Associate Professor in Athletic Training Dr. Kitty Newsham; SSM Health Sports Medicine Outreach Manager Katie Smith; and SLU Assistant Professor in Health Management and Policy Dr. Michael Rozier, SJ.

Though it was held virtually this year, it was a memorable evening of inspiring discussion and special recognition of SLU AT students!

Link to video of the event: https://youtu.be/KyOebc6lzCc
Link to video of the Iota Tau Alpha ceremony: https://youtu.be/1hGDWVIVJT8

February 08, 2021

Team of SLU AT Students Finish First in MoATA Quiz Bowl


Three athletic training students from Saint Louis University finished first in the Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association (MoATA) Quiz Bowl competition to qualify for the district competition in March 2021.  This year's event was conducted virtually, as will the district's event.


MoATA holds a Quiz Bowl competition yearly to determine Missouri's representatives for the Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (MAATA) Quiz Bowl competition.  The winners of the district Quiz Bowls qualify for the national competition at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in June.  These Jeopardy-style competitions require teams of 3 to answer questions on all of the Domains of Athletic Training.

SLU's Quiz Bowl team is comprised of second-year professional students Jose Blanco, Kate Perko and Joey Wenzl. They will graduating with a Master of Athletic Training degree in May of 2021.

Jose Blanco

Kate Perko

Joey Wenzl