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

Ozark Food Harvest

FoodHarvest2Last week a group of undergraduate athletic training students from Missouri State University volunteered their time at Ozark Food Harvest. This athletic training group helped to sort and package over 10,000 pounds of dry goods for distribution to agencies.



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Nice work students!


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Interprofessional Work From Dr. Hudson

HudsonNPClassFamily nurse practitioner students learn how to conduct a musculoskeletal injury assessment from Dr. Michael Hudson with assistance from MSAT graduate students Kenna Daugherty and Killian Flynn in a 6-hour section of their Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning course. These future nurse practitioners are developing their orthopedic assessment techniques and learning how to apply these procedures to the diagnosis and initial management of certain low back, upper extremity, and lower extremity injuries. Many of these students will be in rural practice settings, so the experiences they gain from this course will bring sports medicine care to patients who do not always have access to licensed athletic trainers.

Sharing expertise in our respective professions with groups in other professions is a great example of interprofessional education. Through this, professions learn from and with each other and as a result, respect for each group can grow.

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3rd Year AT Students Prepare for Simulations

In Practicum ATC 340 today, 3rd year athletic training students stocked their own kit to prepare for simulations which begin next week. The third year students were told to prepare for an event coverage and in doing so, would have to organize any tools and materials they would need to respond to emergency situations on the field.


Beginning next week, students will start high-fidelity simulations in the O’Reilly Clinical Health Center. The mannequins used for this realistic simulations are life-size, life-weight capable of physiological responses including pulses, heart rate, breathing, and heart, lung, and bowl sounds. Additionally, the mannequins can respond to the students verbally or make sounds to indicate distress. These simulations and subsequent instructor-led debriefings provide students with the experience of responding to high risk and low incidence events that may occur in the clinical setting.

These have been shown to be a great supplement to the regular clinical experiences AT students participate in.


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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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