EKU AT Program Gets a Close Look At Knee Surgical Techniques
EKU's AT Program's Medical Director, Dr. Mary Lloyd Ireland, led 16 athletic training students, consisting of MS in AT and BS in AT students, through an exploratory wet lab including arthroscopy and an ACL revision. This opportunity was set up by Dr. Ireland as part of an in-service series to expand on our athletic training students' knowledge, experiences and networks. Dr. Ireland is an internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon and has served as the team physician for EKU in the past in addition to her current role as the program's Medical Director.
During this opportunity, students were able to use models and cadaver models to conduct arthroscopic techniques, assist with a dissection and participate in several surgical techniques. This experience was used to re-inforce content learned in evaluation and rehabilitation courses. Though performing surgical techniques is not often performed by athletic trainers, assisting a physician in surgery is an aspect of some athletic training settings. Furthermore, this opportunity provided students with a unique view of what patients endure during the surgical process, how surgical techniques can impact rehabilitation procedures and outcomes, and a greater understanding of the anatomy of the knee.
Matthew J Sabin
Published on April 01, 2018