March 12, 2024

SLU AT Student share collaborative clinical experience at Missouri Baptist University

By: Jeremy Gries and Olivia Hiscox (Class of 2025)

Our clinical placement at Missouri Baptist University has truly been an enriching experience. Here, we have had the opportunity to put into action a diverse array of skills acquired in the classroom, ranging from wound care and modalities to rehabilitation techniques, taping, and manual therapy. Working alongside our preceptor, Ceckia Blevins, MS, LAT, ATC, We have actively participated in injury evaluations and the rehabilitation process, contributing to a dynamic learning environment.

The bonds we have forged with the athletes, especially Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, as well as Baseball and Softball have been immensely rewarding. It's these personal connections that make the practice of athletic training so fulfilling. Through our time at Missouri Baptist, we have witnessed significant growth both personally and professionally.

This experience has underscored the importance of quick decision-making, adaptability, and multitasking in the role of an athletic trainer. While not always explicitly taught in the classroom, these skills are finely honed through hands-on experience in a clinical setting. We are profoundly grateful to Missouri Baptist and the SLU AT Program for affording us the opportunity to refine these essential skills in such a supportive environment.

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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