Saint Louis University

PT students interact with high school visitors.
SLU PT students Taylor Streid and Elena Gray demonstrate how to find a muscle motor point for students from Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School. Submitted photo

Saint Louis University's Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training hosted a hands-on workshop for Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School students interested in physical therapy and athletic training Nov. 30.

The workshop's goal was to explain what a physical therapist and athletic trainer does and what their respective jobs entail. Department faculty presented on health-care careers and what students can do with a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) or master of athletic training (MAT) degree. Students were taken on a tour of Doisy College of Health Sciences on SLU's Medical Center and were able to view practice labs that each program utilizes.

The high school students also participated in several activities, one which entailed using electrical stimulation to find muscle motor points. Current physical therapy students Elena Gray and Taylor Streid and athletic training students Andrea Auclair, Mary Rhatigan and Heather Koch were on hand to walk students through a therapeutic modalities lab and discuss why they chose their programs.

Workshop presenters included Sue Ratz, recruitment specialist; Mark Reinking, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training; Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Athletic Training Program.

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