Missouri State University
Athletic Training Education Program
Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

The Supination Pronation Test

Working with an orthopedic surgeon, Kristin Tivener of the SMAT department developed the Supination Pronation test as a clinical assessment to diagnose distal bicep tendon ruptures. The initial study was published in the American Journal of Orthopedics in October, 2015. Tivener plans on continuing her research to include additional studies necessary to fully evaluate integration of this new diagnostic test into the clincial examination.

Kristin Tivener performing the Supination Pronation test on Allan Liggett of the SMAT department

At this point, the researchers suggested the Supination Pronation test to be integrated into the clinical assessment of distal bicep tendon ruptures along with other special tests in order to evaluate for this acute injury. Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students should understand how to perform this test and the indications for use to apply to their clinical practice.

The full article and test description may be reviewed here http://www.amjorthopedics.com/view-pdf.html?file=uploads%2Fmedia%2Fajo04410e361

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Breathing Lab

The first and second year Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) students participated in a breathing lab this week. Yes, a lab all on breathing. And yes, they are actually working on skills in the pictures below.


One point of distinctiveness of the MSAT program is rehabilitation. From this lab, students are learning the importance of breathing techniques and how this effects different treatment outcomes during rehabilitation.


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Athletic Training Student Leads L.E.A.L. Student Organization

Separate from her classroom and clinical experience responsibilities, 3rd year athletic training student Kennia Merlos is proud to be president of Missouri State University Student Organizational L.E.A.L.

Kennia Merlos displaying recent article in The Standard (center) with SMAT faculty Gary Ward (left) and Dr. Allan Liggett (right).

Leading in Education to Approach Latinos (L.E.A.L.) is an organization that promotes diversity and education in Latino culture. Kennia says ” we basically want individuals to embrace their culture as well as learn about other cultures, whatever they may be”. L.E.A.L. serves the community by assisting at Meals-A-Million and Convey-of-Hope. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, L.E.A.L. just hosted a Latino Dance Party in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. More information about this event can be found here http://www.the-standard.org/life/learning-latino-culture-through-dance-lessons/article_86b7d3ae-6642-11e5-9c91-13f11f837042.html.

The SMAT department at Missouri State University is proud to have students such as Kennia who maximize the opportunities they are presented with during their undergraduate education. Please join us in congratulating Kennia for a successful Latino Dance Party event.

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Dry Needling in ATC 632 Manual Therapies

The graduate Manual Therapies course (ATC 632) had a guest speaker, Dr. Katie Fails (Harman) today covering the topic of Dry Needling.  Second year MSAT graduate student, Tristan Taylor volunteered in class to have the technnique performanced on his upper traprezius muscle. Check out the video here!


For those of you unfamiliar with the technique please refer to the attached document. Dry-Needling-Systematic-Review

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SMAT Department Recent Scholarly Publications

Research contributions from faculty in the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) at Missouri State University dominated the content of the most recent edition of the Athletic Training Education Journal (ATEJ).

ATEJ is a scholarly journal that comes out quarterly. It serves to advance the field of athletic training pertaining to didactic and clinical education, design, and assessment. Faculty members in University positions are both required and encouraged to participate in scholarship activities. Simply defined, scholarship means the faculty member will research and study a particular topic(s) related to their field or professional interests. Then they will share their research through things such as peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

The following peer-reviewed original research articles were published in the most recent issue of ATEJ.

The Effects of an Electronic Audience Response System on Athletic Training Student Knowledge and Interactivity.
By Kristin Tivener and Tona Hetzler of the SMAT department.
View the full article here: http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1003212

Preceptor Understanding, Comfort, and Use Related to Evidence-Based Practice Competencies.
By David Carr of the SMAT department and Jennifer Volberding and Ben Timson.
View the full article here: http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1003236

Designing Simulations for Athletic Training Students Through Interprofessional Teaching Collaboration.
By Kristin Tivener of the SMAT department and Donna Gloe.
View the full article here: http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1003249


Please join the SMAT department in congratulating these faculty members for their research publications!

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3rd Year AT Students Spineboarding in the Water

3rd year athletic training students at Missouri State University took to the pool today to practice spineboarding techniques in the water. Spineboarding and cervical immobilization are both skills that athletic training students learn in order to prevent further damage to suspected cervical spine injuries in transport. This technique is commonly practiced on dry land but rarely do students get a chance to practice these skills in unusual environments that they may be covering such as in the pool.


As part of the Practicum course, 3rd year students participated in deep water spineboarding and safely removing patients from the water today. This is an interprofessional practice that combines athletic training responsibilities with the lifeguards on duty at swimming events.



Students had a great time today and enjoyed the unique experience. Well done to all!

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2015 ATSA Welcome Back BBQ

Missouri State University Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA) hosted their annual welcome back BBQ today at Phelps Grove Park.


The event was well-attended by first through fourth year athletic training students and SMAT department faculty.

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Many students brought both food and fun games to play at the park. Once again, Dr. Michael Hudson and Gary Ward did a great job as the ATSA grill masters.









Elected ATSA officers this year include: Adam Sparks (President), Brittany Kiefer (Vice-President) , Carson Powell (Treasurer) , and Anna Lynne Sheridan (Secretary). Well done ATSA officers in organizing this successful event!


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Friday Night Football

Fall sports are underway at Springfield high schools and athletic training students from Missouri State University have been gaining valuable clinical experience at these sites. Carson (4th year) and Alexa (2nd year) are seen here covering football practice with Preceptor Tim Brazeal as the Glendale High school team prepares for their game tomorrow. Thank you to all of our amazing Preceptors for supervising the AT students as they apply the skills they learn in the classroom in a real-world environment.



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Welcome Second Year AT Students Class of 2018

Congratulations and welcome to the group of 22 athletic training students that were formally admitted into the second year of the athletic training program at Missouri State University. As part of the program, this group of students now is included in the tradition of athletic training education at MSU which began in 1979.


These 22 second year athletic training students are enrolled in ATC 240 (Clinical Practicum I) and ATC 224 (Basic Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Techniques) in addition to other degree and general education requirements. Additionally, these students are actively participating in their first clinical assignment and learning how to utilize these experiences in order to apply what they are learning in the classroom in a real-world environment.


Please join the SMAT department in welcoming a great group of students to the AT program! #ClassOf2018

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Welcome MSAT First Year Graduate AT Students!

The Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department at Missouri State University is proud to welcome 13 Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) students from across the country. Students in the MSAT program are BOC certified athletic trainers or eligible to sit for the BOC exam. This post-professional master’s degree is focused on the areas of leadership and rehabilitation.


Over the course of the next two years, these students will become experts in these areas through a challenging curriculum and hands-on application of skills. They will use what they learn, combined with their own professional interests, to design and conduct a research study that they will share with the professional athletic training world either through a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed source or a thesis.

We are excited to have this group on campus and look forward to working with them during this phase of their professional preparation.

Classes began this week for the incoming MSAT students and the fall term includes:

ATC 610: Leadership Theory and Issues in Athletic Training

ATC 612: Human Movement

ATC 640: Evidence-Based Practice

ATC 732: Applied Research Methods in Health Care

Please join us in welcoming these graduate students!


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