John Burroughs School (JBS) has been an incredibly insightful, fast paced, and hands-on experience under the guidance of our preceptor, Dean Tiffany, ATC. No stranger to the word “busy,” Dean is the head athletic trainer, assistant athletic director, and wrestling coach at John Burroughs. This may seem like a full plate to have, but we have quickly learned that the staff at JBS have this strong work ethic and take on this challenge head on, fully committing to their role.
The pride and joy of the fall season, football has been an excellent opportunity for us to heighten our emergency care skills, such as c-spine stabilization and equipment removal, in a highly competitive environment. With the hot St. Louis summers lingering through September, heat illness simulations are another necessary practice. We always make sure to have a rectal thermometer and the ice bath on hand!
One of Dean’s strong suits as a preceptor, all of this preparation has made us confident in our ability to provide optimal care to our athletes. There are numerous new special tests, taping techniques, rehab exercises, therapeutic modalities, etc. that we have learned in just our first month at this site. Under Dean’s supervision and with his trust, we have had numerous opportunities to take the lead and demonstrate our newly learned skills. We know that in the weeks to come there is so much to be absorbed and expand our scope of practice. We look forward to an electric semester ahead.