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

Publication by Dr. David Carr

Congratulations to Dr. David Carr of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department for his recent publication in the Athletic Training Education Journal.  In a collaborative study, Dr. Carr explored gender and self-efficacy rating of athletic training students over time.  A full-text version of this original article can be viewed at http://natajournals.org/doi/full/10.4085/0903127.

Well done, Dr. Carr!CarrWilliamDavid_2761

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Dr. Tona Hetzler Focuses on SMAT Faculty Public Image

Program Director and Departmental Head Dr. Tona Hetzler of the SMAT department recently met with faculty to discuss public image of the department.  Through the conversation, she recommended that several faculty update their professional pictures.  She compliments Dr. Allan Liggett and Kristin Tivener for recently updating their pictures and encourages other faculty to follow suit.

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Kristin Tivener earns Certificate of Leadership in NATA’s StarTRACKS program

Congratulations to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department faculty member, Kristin Tivener, MET, ATC/L for earning her Certificate of Leadership in the NATA’s StarTRACKS program!  The StarTRACKS program is a rigorous leadership development curriculum heavily including self-study materials.  Tivener explains that she feels the program provided her with valuable professional experience in a more dynamic understanding of leadership theory.  She will be utilizing this in her Committee Chair role of the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Committee on Professional Development as well as in continuing her studies in the Doctorate of Interdisciplinary Leadership program.  Congratulations Kristin!


For more information on the NATA’s StarTRACKS leadership development program, please visit www.nata.org/StarTRACKS.

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Parkview and Kickapoo High School Clinical Rotations

Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department clinical coordinator, Dr. Allan Liggett went out to both Parkview and Kickapoo high schools this past weekend to visit with the students as they covered Friday night football games.  Students at both sites are working well under the supervision of their Preceptors and are finding opportunities to utilize the skills they have learned in the classroom in a real-life clinical environment.

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Keep up the great work everyone!

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Fall Football Clinicals

The 2014 football season is underway and with that, the athletic training students (ATS) at Missouri State University (MSU) have been gaining valuable clinical experience working with these athletes for just over a month.

clinicals8Clinical coordinator, Dr. Allan Liggett recently made a site visit to check in with the ATS at Glendale High School.  The department is proud of all students as they use knowledge they learn in the classroom, and directly apply it to clinical events under the supervision of their amazing clinical Preceptors.  Second year ATS are doing an excellent job stepping into clinical challenges and as third and forth year ATS are continuing to apply what they are learning in the classroom, they are doing a nice job of stepping up as leaders at their sites to those younger students.  Keep up the great work students!

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ATSA Welcome Back BBQ 2014

The Missouri State University Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA) hosted their annual welcome back BBQ Sunday at Phelps Grove Park.bbq5

The event was attended by second, third, and forth year athletic training students.  In addition, most Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) faculty attended the event.

Dr. Michael Hudson and Gary Ward did an outstanding job as the grill masters and cooked up what could have been award-winning hamburgers and hotdogs!  Before lunch, students were active with many games including a pick-up game of football, Frisbee, and kicking around a soccer ball.  ATSA will begin regular meetings this month.



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CAATE Standard In Action Series

(Written by Dr. Allan Liggett)~LiggettAllan_3155

CAATE Standard In Action Series:  The purpose of this blog series is to provide a review of a specific Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Standards that apply to clinical education and demonstrate how the MSU AT Program is complying with each standard. The series concept was developed and will be written by Dr. Allan Liggett, Clinical Coordinator and it is designed as a review for preceptors, faculty/staff, and students.

The CAATE Standard we will focus on in this series reads as follows: The program must have a written policy that delineates a minimum and maximum requirement for clinical hours.

Program Compliance

At the beginning of each semester, students are to develop a weekly clinical schedule with their preceptor. Second, third, and fourth year students are to develop a schedule which allows for 14-18, 14-21, and 14-24 hours per week respectively. It is expected that students may not reach the minimum hour requirement during slow periods of the clinical experience. Likewise, a student might exceed the clinical hour maximum due to factors outside of their control such as over-time games, weather delays, etc. Students are given a two hour grace period (beyond the maximum weekly hours) for these unexpected events before they violate the hour policy. Students can request to exceed the weekly hour limit for special events such as tournaments, low credit hour loads, etc. Students are to meet with the program clinical coordinator for overload requests.

Students may volunteer for non-compulsory clinical experiences when classes are not in session. During non-compulsory experiences, students can accumulate a maximum of 40 hours per week.

The AT Program regularly reviews student hours logged on A-Track to ensure compliance with this standard.

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ATC 340 Practicum Class Test Their Communication Skills

The athletic training (AT) students in ATC 340 (Clinical Practicum III) are starting a unit focused on Emergency Action Plans (EAPs).   EAPs are first introduced to AT students in first year classes.  Now as third year students, they are provided the opportunity to review their understanding of the professional and legal need for EAPs and also advance their application.  Students will finish this unit by creating their own EAP over a real-life national event.

One important factor that is important in any emergency situation is communication.  Today students participated in a variety of communication rope exercises.  Through this, they learned the importance of working together, providing clarity in directions, and in listening to others.

340.4Students were challenged in a variety of ways including in two exercises, taking away the ability to communicate with vision (pointing at things, seeing, etc.)


In the debriefing that followed, students realized that there may be times in an emergency such as phone or radio calls where they will need use words alone to communicate.  Students discussed their reactions to these situations and applied this to considerations for implementation and evaluation of their own EAPs.


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Welcome Caryn Cook

We are so excited to welcome Caryn Cook as the new Academic Administrative Assistant for the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department.  Caryn currently lives in Republic, but is a Springfield, Missouri native.  She is married and has two daughters, currently studying at MSU.  In her free time she enjoys canoeing, spending time at the lake, and traveling with her husband on their Harley Davidson.

When asked what she is most excited about in her new position in the SMAT department, she states, “I’m really excited to meet all the students and help them to succeed in the program”.

Caryn can be reached at caryncook@missouristate.edu or 417-836-8553.  Next time you are in the Professional Building, stop by and say hello to our newest staff member.Caryn Cook Photo 2

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