|By: Jacob Kidwell (MAT Class of 2025)|
My name is Jacob Kidwell and my clinical site for the fall semester is St. John Vianney High School. At Vianney, I have been working alongside Tim Trupiano in my first rotation of clinicals. One of my favorite things about being at Vianney is the learning environment. Tim has challenged me to think differently and is allowing me to use the skills I am learning in the classroom to further myself in a professional environment. One of my other favorite things is the faculty/staff that I am around. They are thrilled to have an extra set of eyes and hands helping the athletes, and I am sure Tim is happy too.
One thing I have experienced at Vianney is the management of an athlete with a dislocated shoulder. He was in immense pain and very uncormfortable. My role in the situation was to help keep the athlete calm alert and responsive while Tim attempted to reduce the athlete’s shoulder. As the shoulder was not goin to reduce on-site we activated the emergency action plan and called EMS.
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.