October 11, 2023

SLU AT Student gains amazing immersive clinical experience with the Gateway Grizzlies

By Yu-Heng Hu (MAT Class of 2024)

My summer experience with the Gateway Grizzlies has been an extraordinary and unparalleled opportunity, undoubtedly the coolest I have ever had. Working alongside my experienced and dedicated preceptor, Geof Manzo, who boasts an impressive fifteen-year tenure with the Grizzlies, has been nothing short of inspiring.

Each day, from 2 o'clock in the afternoon until 6:45pm, I found myself immersed in a world of learning and skill development. Manzo's guidance and support not only allowed me numerous opportunities to practice and refine my scraping, cupping, and massage techniques but also provided me with invaluable insights into the world of athletic training.

I cannot express enough gratitude to both my preceptor and the esteemed SLU athletic training program for bestowing upon me this incredibly valuable experience. This opportunity has not only broadened my knowledge and skill set but has also ignited a deep passion within me for sports medicine and athletic training. As I move forward in my career, I am confident that the lessons and experiences from this summer will remain an integral part of my journey toward becoming a skilled and compassionate healthcare professional.

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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