December 16, 2022

SLU AT Students Value Autonomy and Support Provided by Preceptor with Billiken Athletics

SLU AT Clinical Site Spotlight - Saint Louis University Athletics 
By: Olivia Mani and Muharem Komic (MAT Class of 2023)

We are with preceptor Ben Heimos ATC at Saint Louis University with Men's Soccer and Baseball. We have really been honing our skills that we already know with Ben and have been learning more with our conversations with him. One thing that we both enjoy working with Ben is the amount of autonomy we have. We get to be on our own while Ben is there in case we need anything, but it is very nice that he lets us go on our own and helps us when we ask him to. Other than that we are in control of treatment for the athletes unless something specific needs to be done from Ben. 

Our hands-on experience has grown exponentially with working with athletes every day doing some type of soft tissue work, manual assistance, or just rehabilitation exercises that are needed. One big take is taping, everyday we are taping ankles and wrists. Some athletes require specific taping jobs due to certain injuries and being able to do them is a learning curve, but we are handling everything really well.

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.

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