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

2016 CHHS Student Research Symposium

Congratulations to all of our fourth year undergraduate athletic training students for their participation in the 20th annual College of Health and Human Services Student Research Symposium.

The event took place today, April 22, 2016 at Plaster Student Union on campus. As part of their research courses taught by Dr. Michael Hudson of the SMAT department, students participated in a year-long research project. Groups of students worked with faculty advisors in the department to design, conduct, analyze, and present research on a topic of their choice.

Their posters will be on display during the 2016-2017 academic year in the Professional Building Room #160 lab. Well done student researchers!






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Special Olympics of Missouri Volunteer Medical Team Sign-Up

Attention all athletic trainers and athletic training students….

Looking for a fun and rewarding way to kick off your summer? Consider volunteering as part of the medical team for the Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) State Summer Games in Springfield, Missouri. As the world’s largest sports organizations with nearly 4 million athletes in more than 170 countries, Special Olympics uses the power of sports to empower people with intellectual disabilities to discover new strengths, abilities, skills, and success (www.somo.org). More than 2,000 athletes along with coaches, family and friends from across Missouri will converge in Springfield May 20-22, 2016 for the SOMO State Summer Games. Volunteers play a crucial role in putting on these games for athletes. At events, medical personnel are responsible for evaluating the extent of an injury, applying ice, Band-Aids, or simply determining the proper course of action. All medical volunteers are required, at minimum, to be first aid/CPR certified.


If you would like more detailed information on the medical aspect or are interested in volunteering your time as part of the medical team for the SOMO State Summer Games, please contact Kristin Tivener, MET, ATC the volunteer medical coordinator at KTivener@MissouriState.edu

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Shannon Derricks Presents to ATC 241

Assistant director of Athletic Medical and Rehabilitation at Missouri State University and athletic trainer for women’s volleyball and men/womens swimming & diving Shannon Derricks presented kinesiology taping to the ATC 241 students yesterday. Shannon discussed basic differences between kinesiotaping and Rock Tape techniques, application, and indications. She also described limitation of the interventions and best practices for use.


This presentation included Shannon’s own perspectives which characteristically involves some humor. Best quote of the day was when Shannon stated “I got skillz with this tape!”

Thank you Shannon for your time!

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Capitol Day 2016

Today the graduating class of athletic training students for Missouri State University traveled to the Capitol in Jefferson City to speak with their legislators as part of their Contemporary Topics in Athletic Training course.  Dr. Michael Hudson, Sports Medicine Athletic Training (SMAT) department faculty and instructor for the Contemporary Topics course along with SMAT faculty Dr. David Carr led the group of students in educating members of the legislation about the profession.  The students learned how to advocate for their profession and support current legislative efforts for the health care needs of those individuals in Missouri who are served by athletic trainers.


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Congratulations Dr. Tona Hetzler

Please join the Missouri State University Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training in congratulating our leader, SMAT program director and department head, Dr. Tona Hetzler for her upcoming award.

Tona HTona will be awarded the 2016 MAATA Athletic Training Educator of the Year award at the upcoming conference. This award is given annually to an athletic training educator who exemplifies excellence in the field of athletic training education. The recipient will show excellence in promoting athletic training education by demonstrating significant contributions to the education of MAATA members, students in the classroom, clinical education of students, development of an educational program, or through academic presentations and published work that will enhance the field of athletic training.

Tona will receive this award on Friday, March 18th at the MAATA Honor and Awards Banquet. For those of you who are going to the conference, please plan on attending this banquet to support Tona!

Congratulations Dr. Tona Hetzler!

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Congratulations Dr. Allan Liggett!

BIG NEWS in the Sports Medicine Athletic Training Department this week! Pending Board of Governors approval, Dr. Allan Liggett has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. This promotion was in response to evidence of Dr. Liggett demonstrating outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarship. Allan has worked very hard and contributed to many aspects of the MSU AT program and Mercy Sports Medicine.


Please join us in congratulating Allan on his pending promotion!

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OFL Equipment Fitting 2016

Missouri State University SMAT faculty, MSAT students, and professional program AT students provided football equipment fitting for the Ozarks Football League last night. Approximately 700 middle school aged athletes attended the session for fitting of helmets and shoulder pads for the upcoming spring football league. In addition to the fitting of equipment, the SMAT Department provided literature to the parents and athletes regarding the profession of athletic training as a part of National Athletic Training Month #NATM2016.


Nice work everyone!

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2016 Golf Tournament

4th year Athletic Training Student Carson Powell  has taken a leadership role in assisting to organize the inaugural Missouri State Sports Medicine Athletic Training Scholarship Golf Tournament. This is a 2 man scramble at Horton Smith Golf Course here in Springfield on April 30th.  The purpose behind it is to hopefully generate funds for at least one other scholarship to be given out next year as well as get people together who care about the athletic training program and all it has done for us. For more information, please check out the FlyerandRules

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Brain Injury Association Conference

Dr. Allan Liggett of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training program presented at the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Conference in Springfield, Missouri yesterday. Allan has been actively involved in this organization as a committee member and presenter for several years. The conference was open to PE teachers, high school nurses, administrators, school board members, athletic trainers, and other medical providers. Information was provided on concussion prevention, care, and procedures.


Well done Allan! For more information on the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, please visit www.biamo.org AllanBIA.2


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Congratulations Dr. Carr

Good news alert!


Congratulations to Dr. David Carr of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department. Dr. Carr was just notified that he will be honored at the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) District 5 meeting this year with the 2016 MAATA Service Award.

The district meeting will be held in Springfield, Missouri this year (march 17th – 19th) at the University Plaza. If you have not already registered, please visit. http://www.maatad5.org/category/annual-meeting/

Congratulations Dr. Carr!

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