March 28, 2023

SLU AT Student gaining valuable clinical experience at Kirkwood High School

By: Nia Callion(MAT Class of 2024)

    My name is Nia Callion and I am a Saint Louis University PY1 athletic training student. My clinical placement site this semester is Kirkwood High School. I was really excited to be placed at Kirkwood High School. I played on the women’s lacrosse team when I went to school here. It has been so nice to come full circle and see everything from the athletic training point of view. I have also enjoyed seeing coaches and faculty that knew me in high school when I first thought about athletic training see me actually accomplish those goals. I have learned and grown a lot in the past two months and I am so excited to see how much more I will accomplish before the semester is over. I have enjoyed my time at Kirkwood this semester and I am so grateful to be learning and growing in this environment, and have learned so much in such a short time. I came into the semester with high hopes and my expectations were exceeded. 

            This semester my preceptor is Kelsy Cunningham; She is a licensed athletic trainer ATC, LAT. Kelsey received her bachelors of athletic training at Truman State University. Kelsey is a member Athletico as one of their athletic trainers and she is contracted to be the head athletic trainer of Kirkwood High School. Kelsey has been at Kirkwood for a little over a year now and she works with every team on campus, so her days are typically busy but she loves it. She has really embraced me as a member of the athletic training room, and has pushed me out of my comfort zone making sure everything I do in the athletic training room has a purpose. 

This is one of a series of posts authored by students enrolled in the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program. The number of clinical sites, the quality and diversity of the clinical experience opportunities, and the contemporary expertise of our preceptors are strengths of the CAATE Accredited SLU AT Program.

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