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.