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

MSU AT Student Cam Deckett

In his time at Missouri State University, 4th year athletic training student, Cameron Deckett has participated in a series that follows his experiences at the University. In the latest video for this series, Cam discusses his connection to the university as well as his experiences within the athletic training program. Check out the short video in this link to hear Cam’s story.

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http://blogs.missouristate.edu/myplace/2015/05/28/become-whoever-you-want-to-be/

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Successful 2015 High School Athletic Training Camp

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2015 Bears High School Athletic Training camp this year!

22 high school students came to the campus of Missouri State University last week to learn more about the profession of athletic training. Along with a great deal of learning, students were able to put their skills into action, participate in a number of fun activities, and make long-lasting friendships. AT program undergraduate and graduate students along with faculty worked together to provide interesting AT-related sessions for the students and to lead them through an exciting week on campus.

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AT camp concluded on Saturday with the AT Olympics which was held on the new Field Hockey/Lacrosse field on campus. In front of their parents and family, students were able to show-off skills that they had learned through an exciting competition. The high school students were so enthused about the camp and their experience, they asked the staff if they could come back next summer for AT camp 2.0! This is the sixth year the AT department at MSU has held the camp and will now discuss the option of next summer hosting both a level 1 and a level 2 camp due to the expanding popularity of the experience.

THANK YOU all students and camp staff for a week of memorable experiences at AT camp!

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2015 High School Athletic Training Camp

The 2015 high school athletic training camp kicked off today! 21 high school students who are interested in learning more about the profession of athletic training traveled to the campus of Missouri State University today to participate in this 3-day camp. Campers will learn basic athletic training skills throughout their time at camp including taping, emergency care, rehabilitation screens and exercises, and MUCH MUCH more! Faculty and current students from the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department organized and will be leading sessions at the camp.

We look forward to a great 2015 camp!

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Athletic Training Coverage for Special Olympics

This past weekend, athletic trainers and athletic training students from all over Missouri volunteered their time to cover the 2015 Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) Summer Games. SOMO hosted the 3-day event on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO this year and it was attended by almost 2,000 athletes along with coaches, family, and friends from all over the state. Events included track and field, powerlifting, aquatics, and volleyball.

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Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of SOMO events and the support of the competing athletes. The SOMO administrative team acknowledged the athletic training volunteers at the event by stating they were a vital component to supporting the Mission of SOMO by allowing these children and adult athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate safely in the event and provide first aid medical services as necessary.

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The Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students who made up the SOMO Volunteer Medical Team along with their affiliates are listed below:

Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO
Alanna Dennison, AT

Evangel University/Cox Hospital, Springfield, MO
Jason Hall, AT
Kelsey Kapella, ATS
Kristen Moore, ATS

Missouri Baptist University, Saint Louis, MO
Chelsea Richardson, AT

Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO
Alex Jauregui-Dusseau, AT
Tarah Trokey, AT

Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Andrea Allison, ATS
Amber Asbury, ATS
Lyndsey Brooks, ATS
Courtney Dorrell, AT
Chris Enriquez, ATS
Bri Hayner, ATS
Tona Hetzler, AT
Lindsey Knapp, ATS
Julia Roundtree, ATS
Anna Lynne Sheridan, ATS
Adam Sparks, ATS
Kristin Tivener, AT

Ozark, MO
Gary Danielson, AT

Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
Phillip Stallings, ATS

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Thank you to the all of the athletic trainers and athletic training students who volunteered their time to be part of the Special Olympics Summer Games. The service-centered generosity each of these individuals displayed represented the profession of athletic training in Missouri very well. Great work!

If you would like more information about the event, or would like to volunteer as part of the medical team in the future, please contact Kristin Tivener, AT at Missouri State University at KTivener@MissouriState.edu.

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Congratulations Caryn Cook

Congratulations to Caryn Cook, administrative assistant for the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department who is the award recipient for the 2015 Athletic Training Student Appreciation Award.

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The Student Appreciation Award is one of the awards that the students of the athletic training program nominate candidates and then collectively agree on the recipient. This year students agreed that Caryn really deserved this award because of her hard work, assistance with their needs, and friendly welcoming demeanor towards everyone in the department. Typically this award is given out at the annual banquet, but this year, the athletic training students decided they wanted to have a celebration today in the department specifically for Caryn that included cards and treats.

Congratulations Caryn!

The annual Sports Medicine and Athletic Training banquet will be this Saturday, May 9th. At the banquet, the reminder of the departmental awards and scholarships will be awarded.

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USA Paralympic Track and Field Coverage at London Marathon

Dr. Tona Hetzler of the MSU Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department has returned from London, England where she was working with the USA Paralympic Track and Field team during the London Marathon. The London Marathon is a Paralympic World Championship event. Nine athletes represented the USA and participated in this event; 8 wheelchair athletes and 1 vision impaired athlete. The US brought home 4 medals from the event; three gold and one bronze.

Tona Hetzler and athletes of the USA Paralympic Track and Field Team in London.
Tona Hetzler and athletes of the USA Paralympic Track and Field Team in London.

One of the athletes who took home a gold medal was Tatayna McFadden who competes in the wheelchair division. Tona has worked with Tatayna in various events since her first competition in 2007. Since 2012, Tatayna has taken first place in every marathon she has competed in. Recently, she won the wheelchair division of the 2015 Boston marathon and then, less than a week later, she took home the win for the USA in the London Marathon world championships. For more information on this incredible athlete, visit her webpage at http://tatyanamcfadden.com/

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Tona explains that since her first encounter with Paralympic athletes in 2007, she has really enjoyed the opportunity to work with this amazing group of athletes.  She states “Not only has it given me a chance to improve my clinical skills, but also provides the opportunities to expose students in the MSU AT program to this setting. Also, having the opportunity to provide medical coverage for these athletes is extremely rewarding.”

For more information on USA Paralympic Track and Field please visit http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Track-and-Field

Tona’s next event with USA Track and Field Paralympics is May 13th-17th in Phoenix, Arizona for the Desert Challenge. http://www.desertchallengegames.com/

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Special Olympics of Missouri Call for Medical Volunteers

The Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) is hosting the annual Summer Games in Springfield, Missouri this year. Kristin Tivener of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department is working with SOMO to coordinate volunteer medical coverage for the Games.

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The Games run from Friday, May 29th – Sunday, May 31st across the campuses of Missouri State University and Drury University and SOMO is anticipating approximately 2,200 athletes from across the State to participate this year.

Events that require medical coverage include the opening ceremonies, volleyball, soccer, track and field, powerlifting, aquatics, and dance.

Any certified athletic trainers or athletic training students who are interested in participating as part of the volunteer medical staff should contact Kristin at KTivener@MissouriState.edu or may stop by her office (sign up sheet on the door – PROF 160B).

If you are interested in participating as a non-medical volunteer or would like more information about the SOMO Summer Games, visit http://somo.org/summergames.

 

 

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Gary Ward Work Day 2015

Last weekend athletic training students participated in the annual Gary Ward Work Day.

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In exchange for a day of assisting Gary with the Ward Farm chores, a donation is made to the Athletic Training Student Association. Nice job students!

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MAATA Student Leadership Council Spotlight on Nate Allgaier

The Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) just posted a spotlight on members of the Student Leadership Council (SLC). 4th year MSU AT Program student, Nate Allgaier was highlighted for his involvement in the MAATA SLC as the 2014-2015 Executive Director. Nate will be ending his term as Executive Director at the end of this academic year as he prepares for graduation from the AT program.

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Take a look at Nate’s spotlight here where you can learn about why he was interested in this position, what he found valuable about this experience, and where he will be going next year for his masters. http://www.maatad5.org/student-leadership-council-spotlight/

Great work Nate!

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2015 CHHS Student Research Symposium

Congratulations to all of our fourth year undergraduate athletic training students for their participation in the 19th annual College of Health and Human Services Student Research Symposium.

The event took place yesterday, April 23, 2015 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 2015-2016 academic year in the Professional Building Room #160 lab. Well done student researchers!

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