It is important that students face problems where they can use their knowledge. Northeastern University understands how crucial this is. They orchestrate real-life situations for their students. Above all, it will help them understand how to overcome their panic and offer their help.
Steve Clark is an assistant clinical professor at the University. He is often seen to be guiding groups in his lab on emergency care for spine and other injuries. Emergency aid is also provided to the bruised, as opposed to just the medical training. Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Science has a lab. What’s more, it always gives hands-on training while tending to injuries. Strapping the patient to a spine board is also taught here, and it poses to be of tremendous help!
The lab is a part of Clark’s sports medicine class. In addition, it helps the students in getting their degree in physical therapy. However, Clark also includes sports physical therapy residents, staff athletic trainers, among others. Firstly, from Boston Children’s hospital and secondly, from Boston University. Mike McKenney, director of sports medicine at Northeastern, also contributes to the lab.
“When situations like this happen, we need help, from anyone and everyone. Unpredictable surfaces like ice are dangerous. Hence, it is important to control the movement of the injured athlete as much as possible. Especially as a potential spine injury is present. So, the more people trained to help, the better.”
Clark has spent eight years of his life as an athletic trainer for the hockey players at the University. He has got a faculty position. He consequently works as the director of performance rehabilitation in the athletics department. “My physical therapy students should be familiar with the athletic training crowd. Moreover, I want them to build relationships there,” Clark says. “The students get exposure to things they can’t get anywhere else.”
Clark is very proud of his students. It is evident from the fact that he sings praises for them every time he gets to talk about it. “We have this big multidisciplinary team. It is always practicing this one event that hopefully nobody ever has to do.”