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

Make a Difference by Donating to SMAT Scholarships

We are proud in the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department to have a rich history in athletic training education. Since 1979, the AT program at Missouri State University and Southwest Missouri State University have provided a challenging program supported by the university and numerous clinical affiliation sites. We are proud of our graduates who have utilized their AT education to both make a difference in the profession as well as branch out to other healthcare areas.


Alumni, now is your chance to give back and make an impact on future athletic trainers who are making the journey through the MSU AT program. Consider donating to one of many AT program scholarships through the MSU Foundation. A list of the many athletic training departmental scholarships may be viewed by scrolling down to the bottom of the following page;http://sportsmed.missouristate.edu/Scholarships.htm.


When you donate through the link provided, you may designate what scholarship your money will go into. This ensures that you are in control of the impact you wish to make. Additionally, you can decide how much to donate…$5, $10, $20, ?!?

Please consider giving if you are able.

Ready to give to a scholarship for athletic training students at MSU/SMSU? Visit this link now!



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Kristin Tivener Published Twice in Summer of 2015

Job well done to Kristin Tivener, faculty member of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department at Missouri State University for being published twice this summer.

Kristin conducted a study on high-fidelity simulation effects in athletic training and wrote up the results in a peer-reviewed original research study that appeared in the April-June issue of the Athletic Training Education Journal. High-fidelity (or highly realistic mannequins capable of programmable physiologic responses) are now utilized by Tivener within the practicum courses in the athletic training program to give students a chance to practice skills such as CPR in a realistic scenario. Tivener states “this research study was important in athletic training education because it gives insight as to the outcomes using high-fidelity simulation to practice CPR skills may have on athletic training students”. The article may be viewed here; http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1002103.

Kristin Tivener (left) provides chest compressions to a high-fidelity mannequin with assistance with the AED from AT student Abby Ekert (2013 alumni).
Kristin Tivener (left) demonstrates a typical high-fidelity CPR scenario by providing chest compressions to a mannequin with assistance with the AED from AT student Abby Ekert (2013 alumni).

Tivener also was a contributor to a White Paper that was published in the Athletic Training Education Journal titled Interprofessional Education and Practice in Athletic Training. A White Paper is a report where a group of experts in a certain area (in this case interprofessional education and practice in AT) come together utilizing published literature and provide a written stance on the advocated best practice. “Two big names in Athletic Training and leaders in IPE, Anthony Breitbach and Russ Richardson lead this group and were the primary authors for the White Paper. It was really exciting to work under their direction with a group of about 25 others in athletic training to develop this report” says Tivener. The White Paper may be viewed here; http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1002170.

Please join the SMAT department in congratulating Kristin Tivener for these two publications.

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NATA Convention 2015

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) annual Clinical Symposia and AT Expo was held in Saint Louis, Missouri Tuesday, June 23 – Friday, June 26, 2015. This was the 66th annual convention for the NATA which is attended by certified athletic trainers, athletic training students, and allied medical professionals.

The selfie-stick makes an appearance at NATA!
2015 SMAT Alumni Pary


This was a busy year for Missouri State University at the NATA Convention. Many faculty from the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department (SMAT), AT students, and Preceptors all attended the conference.  SMAT faculty and AT program alumni got together on Thursday evening for a very well-attended alumni party.

Additionally, two SMAT faculty members received awards at the conference.

Congratulations to Gary Ward who was recognized for his outstanding service to the profession. Gary received the Athletic Trainer Service award which recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels.

Gary Ward (second from left) recognized with the Athletic Training Service Award.

Congratulation to Dr. David Carr who was recognized with the NAT Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers Award. The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer.

Dr. David Carr (second from left) recognized with the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.


Please join us in congratulating these individuals for their well-deserved awards!


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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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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.


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.




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.







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.


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/


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.


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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