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

Congratulations Dr. Carr!

Congratulations to Dr. David Carr of the SMAT department who was just notified that he will be receiving the 12th Annual Robert J. Moore AT Distinguished Alumnus Award from San Diego State University (SDSU). Dr. Carr graduated from SDSU in 1992 and will be traveling back out to San Diego this April to accept the award.

Congratulations and well-deserved Dr. Carr!


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OFL Equipment Fitting 2017

Missouri State University SMAT faculty, MSAT students, and professional program AT students provided football equipment fitting for the Ozarks Football League (OFL) this week. Approximately 700 middle school aged athletes attended the session for fitting of helmets and shoulder pads for the upcoming spring football league.

Nice work everyone!

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Capital Day 2017


Lead by Dr. Michael Hudson, 4th year athletic training students recently made the annual trip to Jefferson City for the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Capitol Day and ATC 425 Contemporary Topics in Athletic Training. For this trip, athletic training students and Missouri-licensed athletic trainers spoke with elected officials to educate them about athletic training and lobby for legislation supporting athletic training health care. This year, they discussed HB 882 and SB 454. These bills will update the Athletic Trainer Practice Act for Missouri so it is consistent with the practice of athletic training today.

Below is a picture with Representative Crystal Quade. Representative Quade is a graduate of the social work program at MSU.

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Recent Publication by Dr. Hudson

The Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training is proud to announce that Dr. Hudson has recently published an article in a special issue of the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training which focuses on the ethics of sports medicine.


Dr. Hudson explains, “Along with helping our athletic training students become health care professionals, I also serve the profession as the Chair of the Ethics and Professional Standards Committee for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and an Associate Editor for the Athletic Training Education Journal. In each of these roles, I continually learn how much of what we do as health care professionals is dependent on our personal and professional values. Society rightfully expects we practice ethically; however, we are also individuals with different perspectives on what is right and wrong. I was invited to write this article for this special issue of the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training because of my passion for athletic training being respected as a health care profession and because of my growing expertise in decision making. My hope is this article will help athletic trainers in any setting develop policies that will guide ethical decision making for their workplace.”

The full article may be viewed here:  http://journals.humankinetics.com/toc/ijatt/current

Congratulations Dr. Hudson on this recent publication!!

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2016 CHHS Multidisciplinary Forum

Last night over 300 Missouri State University College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) students, faculty, and community members meet in the Plaster Student Union ballroom for the 2016 CHHS Multidisciplinary Forum. The topic this year was Bugs of Prey: Emerging Infectious Diseases. This well-attended event included guest speaker Bert Malone, formerly of the CDC and the Kansas City Health Department, who discussed the latest trends in diseases and how they affect us. Following this, representatives from the infectious diseases units at Mercy Hospital and Cox Hospital in Springfield, MO provided table demonstrations on personal protective equipment and shared protocols they utilize in their settings.

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AT Coverage at SOMO Games

somo_coxThe September 2016 issue of Missouri State Magazine came out today and included a story from the 2016 Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) State Summer Games. This annual event held on the campus of Missouri State University in May includes numerous athletic events for SOMO athletes to compete in. The Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department is proud to have a strong presence at this SOMO event by coordinating the volunteer medical team. Faculty, current students, and alumni of the AT program have volunteered their services for this special event. The article in the Missouri State Magazine this month highlights ’14 (BSAT) and ’16 (MSAT) alumni, Mikel Cox as he provided volunteer medical coverage this past year. Check out the full story here!

Moments of triumph


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Special Olympics Flag Football

As part of her 4th year leadership project, Megan Won organized a group of volunteers to assist with the Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) flag football game yesterday at Missouri State University. Volunteers helped with everything such as field set-up, operating the scoreboard, officiating, and a special group who were the ‘fans in the stands’ and cheered on these special athletes! SOMO hosts multiple sporting events throughout the state each year with the goal of giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities an opportunity for physical fitness and a chance to develop friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.


If you live in the Springfield, MO area and would like to be involved in this event, you are in luck! There will be another flag football game this upcoming Sunday, Sept 25th beginning at 3:00pm on the MSU Betty and Bobby Allison Recreational Fields. All are welcome to stop by! Nice work organizing the volunteers, Megan!



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‘SMAT That’ Intramural Soccer Team

Some of the faculty from the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department enjoyed speaking with 4th year athletic training student Kennia Merlos this week about the SMAT That Intramural Soccer Team a group of the students organized. We wanted to share what Kennia said about the team with everyone so check it out here!


“Some of the girls from the class of 2017 decided to create an intramural soccer team to be able to play a sport that we all love, as well as get a break from our hectic schedules. The team was created in our second year fall, so this will be our 4th season playing together.  We enjoy playing together, hanging out, and becoming closer as friends, classmates, and as a department. We open the team to all SMAT students every season as we love to see new faces on the field and expand our SMAT That family. Our goal for this team is to continue for many years to come so that future students have the opportunity to join in a fellowship that creates a sense of belonging within our program. For the 2016 season we were given the title of Independent Women’s Team of the Year. This is based on sportsmanship, and games played/won, and overall rating of our team. We were very excited and honored to get this award and be able to see our team name on the banner inside the REC center.” Kennia Merlos, BSAT Class of 2017.


If any current AT student is interested in joining SMAT That, reach out to Kennia or swing by the department for more information.

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