Dr. Russ Richardson, Chair of the NATA Education Council spoke to the 2nd-year graduate students today about the Professional Degree Level White Paper. A very thoughtful discussion with great questions and answers followed Dr. Richardson’s presentation.
On January 21, the 2015 graduating class of athletic training students for Missouri State University traveled to the Capitol in Jefferson City to speak with their legislators as part of their Contemporary Topics in Athletic Training course. Dr. Michael Hudson, Sports Medicine Athletic Training (SMAT) department faculty and instructor for the Contemporary Topics course along with SMAT faculty Dr. David Carr led the group of students in educating members of the legislation about the profession.
The students meet with legislators to educate them about the practice of athletic training and lobby for the health care needs of those individuals in Missouri who are served by athletic trainers. To celebrate the success of the day, the group enjoyed a tasty pizza buffet for lunch at Arris’ Pizza just across the street from the Capitol.
Yesterday, the Brian Injury Association of Missouri held a seminar called ‘Sports Concussions: Fact, Fallacies, and New Frontiers’ on the campus of James River Church in Springfield, MO. Several athletic trainers presented sessions at this event. Dr. Allan Liggett, clinical coordinator of the Athletic Training (AT) Program at Missouri State University presented in a session titled ‘Concussion Care With a Licensed Athletic Trainer and Without’. Bert Boyd, Certified Athletic Trainer at Kickapoo High School and Preceptor for the AT Program, presented in a session titled ‘Screening Tool Options: Pros and Cons’. Finally, Jim Raynor, Administrative Director for Mercy Sports Medicine in Springfield and adjunct faculty for the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program presented in a session titled ‘Concussion Policy Development and Implementation’.
“Jim and I were on the planning committee for the seminar which is designed for physicians, coaches, athletic trainers, nurses, and parents. It is on current management and return to play guidelines on sports related concussions. This is the second annual seminar in Springfield and it was well-attended by a variety of individuals” Dr. Allan Liggett.
The Mission of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri is to reduce the incidences of brain injury; to promote acceptance, independence and productivity of persons with brain injury; and to support their families, caregivers and the community (Brain Injury of Missouri). For more information, visit www.biamo.org.
The 3rd annual Educator’s and Athletic Training Student Conference will be held on Saturday, January 31st at Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO from 9:00 am – 3:15 pm. This conference is open to ALL athletic training students (first year students, this INCLUDES YOU!!). Any Missouri State University athletic training students that are interested in attending, the faculty will be driving MSU vans to the conference and are happy to transport you. Registration for students is $8 and lunch will be provided at this one day conference.
Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department faculty Dr. Allan Liggett and Kristin Tivener will be speaking at this conference in a presentation on Networking and Conflict Resolution. There will be additional speakers on the topics of crisis response planning and the EAP, equipment removal and spineboarding protocols, apps for athletic training, and finding a job after graduation. The conference will wrap up with a quiz bowl which includes teams from each athletic training program in Missouri. Teams will compete against each other by answering athletic training-related questions. The winner will go on to compete in the District competition in March. The MSU team includes AT students Melanie Burkholder (Captain), Adam Sparks, Lindsey Knapp, and Brittany Kiefer (alternate).
The conference is a great chance for students to meet other faculty and AT students from around the State of Missouri, learn some interesting things, and spend the day with faculty and their peers outside of the classroom. For more information and to register, go to http://www.moata.net/events/educators-and-student-conference/
**For ALL students who are planning on attending, please sign your name on the sheet on Kristin Tivener’s office door (PROF 160B) no later than next Friday, January, 16th so we can plan for transportation.**
Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department faculty member Kristin Tivener recently wrote a literature review which was published in the latest issue of the Athletic Training Education Journal. The literature review was on high-fidelity simulation in athletic training. Kristin explains, “high-fidelity simulation is something that is still new in the athletic training world. I specifically wrote this literature review in order to provide athletic trainers and athletic training students with a basic understanding of this tool.”
The article answers ‘what is high-fidelity simulation?’ and then provides a detailed history of the evolution of this tool including its roots and progression in both medical and non-medical fields. The article concludes with an application to athletic training education and anticipated future trends.
Currently, all undergraduate SMAT students participate in high-fidelity simulation before they complete the athletic training program. For more information, contact Kristin Tivener at KTivener@MissouriState.edu
Several student from the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department volunteered their time a few weeks ago at Safe Kids Springfield. Safe Kids Springfield is a program designed to prevent accidental injuries to children through education, research, advocacy, environmental programs, safety device distribution and public awareness programs. The SMAT students collaborated with Daphne Greenlee, a coordinator from Mercy hospital’s – Mercy Injury Prevention Center to participate in this program. Each AT student had a separate station and the kids would come through in groups, so they had about 15 minutes to tell them about their specific demonstration. The goal of all of this was to teach the kids a basic understanding of common injuries and methods of injury prevention. Things covered included everything from proper hydration, demonstrating CPR, to head injuries. Student Jon Price states “the kids all seemed interested and had a lot of fun interacting with the demonstrations too”. For more information on the Safe Kids Springfield program, visit www.safekidsspringfield.org.
Sports Reporter and Producer of the Under the Helmet series on KOLR TV, Daniel Shedd aired a story on the program yesterday shedding light on the responsibilities athletic training students have with the Missouri State University football team. The story focused on the misconception that athletic trainers are on the sidelines to only give the players water and went on to educate viewers on the education and expertise that this profession offers. Great job to all of our students involved in the filming of this video!
We are starting a new tradition this year to celebrate the rich history of the athletic training program. Alumni coins will be issued to new graduates at the end of the year banquet. Existing alumni are encouraged to attend and participate in the coining ceremony during the banquet – only chance to get a free coin More information on the coining ceremony will be provided as we get closer to the banquet in May.
Third year athletic training students at MSU are beginning their simulation unit as part of their ATC 340 Clinical Practicum III course. In the simulation unit, students work through clinical scenarios with the high-fidelity mannequins in the simulation center on campus. High-fidelity simulation aims to imitate real patients or clinical tasks as they are capable of simulating human physiological responses. Some of the responses the mannequins simulate are realistic heart sounds, breathing patterns, lung sounds, bowel sounds, and also have palpable pulses and voice speakers so that the mannequins can respond during simulations. Lead by SMAT faculty member, Kristin Tivener, this will be the 3rd year athletic training students at MSU have participated in simulations.
In order to prepare for the simulation, students in ATC 340 stocked their own kit today in class. Students were required to gather any equipment they may anticipate using for coverage of an athletic event.