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

Thank you Sheridans!

The Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska concluded yesterday with Certified ATs and AT students attending their respective State meeting.  The MAATA board reported this year’s attendance at the meeting was the largest in history!  Over 30 athletic training students and 4 faculty members from the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) at Missouri State University were present this year.


On the way home from the meeting, second year AT student, Anna Lynne Sheridan’s parent opens their home to the SMAT department and in turn, students and faculty opened their hearts to this gracious family.  Cynthia and John Sheridan along with Anna-Lynn’s grandmother hosted a wonderful dinner for the students and faculty.

AL4Mamma Cynthia had her home impeccably decorated with MSU bears and athletic-related table centerpieces for the group.

After dinner, Anna-Lynn’s dad John served up famous Sheridan’s frozen custard with all sorts of delicious toppings for the group.  AL2






John also addressed the group with an inspiring “Life Lesson by John” where he spoke about the responsibility this group of students has as future health care providers.

AL5Thank you to the Sheridan family for your hospitality!


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Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Conference

Over 30 MSU athletic training students and 4 faculty members from the department of sports medicine and athletic training are at the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association 36th annual meeting and symposium this weekend.  Students and faculty arrived last night in Omaha, Nebraska to participate in the conference.  Sessions kicked off early this morning and all were eager to listen to the latest presentations from experts in the athletic training profession.


Thanks to second year athletic training student, Anna-Lynne walking around the conference with her “selfie-stick“, we have some great pictures to share from Day 1!



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Ozarks Football League Equipment Fitting

Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department faculty Dr. Michael Hudson with students Brittany Keifer and Jon Price participated in equipment fitting with the Ozark Football League (OFL) last week.  OFL includes middle school ages athletes and this equipment fitting session included proper fitting of helmets and shoulder pads for their upcoming season.

Great work Dr. Hudson, Brittany, and Jon for your time and assistance with OFL!

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Graduate AT Student Jillian Burrows Defends Thesis

Master of Athletic Training (MSAT) student Jillian Burrows successfully defended her thesis in front of faculty, peers, and her committee.

JillianBurrowsThesisJillian’s thesis topic was titled ‘Reliability Testing for the Intercollaborative Practice Assessment for Athletic Training’.  To collect conduct reliability measures for her survey instrument, she collected responses from certified athletic trainers focused on intercollaborative practice experiences.  Jillian’s thesis committee included Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department faculty Dr. Tona Hetzler (thesis chair), Dr. David Carr, and psychology department faculty Dr. Erin Buchanan.

Please join the department in congratulating Jillian for a job well done!

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NATA Month 2015

March is National Athletic Training month.  

Each year the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) creates a theme for NATA month.  For 2015, the NATA month theme is ‘We Prepare.  You Perform’.



For those of you ATs and AT students who receive the monthly NATA News, the February issue had a free NATA month poster inside.  The Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department at MSU is challenging all of your to a poster contest from the NATA.  Send a snapshot on social media using the hashtag #NATM2015 to show how you’re displaying the poster.  Make sure to tag the SMAT department in your post so we can share and/or re-tweet your picture.  A copy of the poster can be downloaded here http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/national-athletic-training-month-poster.pdf.

Happy National Athletic Training Month!

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SMAT Faculty Travel to Dallas for the 2015 AT Educators’ Conference

This past weekend, Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) Department faculty Dr. David Carr, Dr. Tona Hetzler, Dr. Michael Hudson, and Dr. Allan Liggett braved the winter weather and traveled to Dallas, Texas for the 2015 Athletic Training Educators’ Conference (ATEC).  The ATEC is one of the largest conferences for athletic training educators, program directors, preceptors, and clinical coordinators.

ATEC_2015.2Two SMAT faculty members were invited to present at this year’s ATEC conference.

Dr. Michael Hudson was invited for an oral presentation which was designed to help attendees develop their writing skills and manuscript productivity.  Dr. Hudston states “attendees participated in some general writing activities as well as some editing activities consistent with current AMA Manual of Style guidelines.”  This presentation was sponsored by the Athletic Training Education Journal.

Dr. Tona Hetzler was invited to present a poster on her collaborative research study with SMAT faculty member Kristin Tivener.  The focus of this research study was the effects of clickers on athletic training student knowledge and interactivity.

All faculty members found the conference sessions valuable and have returned to campus with new ideas to integrate into their classes.


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Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Case Report Publication

Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department faculty Kristin Tivener and Dr. Allan Liggett along with fourth year athletic training student, Darryl Mitchell were just published in the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.  The three individuals worked together to write a case report on Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus that presented with diabetic ketoacidosis requiring hospitalization.

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The case report describes prevalence of diabetes, a case including medical history and diagnosis, and the clinical significance related to athletic training.

Kristin Tivener states ‘for me, one of the best parts about this case report was that Allan and I were able to work closely with an undergraduate AT student so he could be a part of the publication process.  I am thrilled that as an undergraduate student, he is now able to say that he has been published in a peer-review journal; what an accomplishment for Darryl!’.


The full article may be viewed at http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/Sitename/Documents/DocumentItem/06.IJATT_2014-0067_Tivener.pdf .


Join the SMAT department in congratulating Kristin, Allan, and Darryl on their publication!

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Rehabilitation and Fitness Program Designs in ATC 441

As part of a semester long project in Clinical Practicum VI, ATC 441, fourth year athletic training students are designing rehabilitation and fitness programs for their partners.  Course instructor, Dr. Allan Liggett designed this challenge in order to provide students with the experience of taking a patient from setting realistic goals though the design and completion of a workable plan.


Students meet at HealthTracks weekly to go through their program with their partner.  Allan states “in addition to designing rehabilitation and fitness programs, the semester long project also assesses other clinical proficiencies such as psychosocial, communication, and billing/administrative activities”.



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Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Update From Gary Ward

(Written by Gary Ward)

Gary2012Committee News Update from Gary Ward of the Sports Medicine Athletic Training (SMAT) Department:

I have decided to step down as the southwest Missouri representative on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Missouri State High School Activities (MSHSAA), a position I was selected for in 1986.  I have recommended that Jim Raynor, who is currently on the committee, become the sole  southwest region representative.  The purpose of the committee is to advise the board of directors for MSHSAA on matters related to the health and safety of high school athletes.  The committee is composed of members from throughout the state who are athletic trainers and physicians.  Link: http://www.mshsaa.org/SportsMedicine/

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