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

StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor Certification Course

(Written by Dr. Allan Liggett)  

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Mercy Sports Medicine sponsored a StrongFirst Level 1 kettlebell instructor certification course. SMAT Department faculty Tona Hetlzer and Allan Liggett attended the course as well as graduate assistant Alex Jauregui-Dusseau. Several clinical preceptors of the Missouri State University AT Program attended the conference. Clinical preceptor Gary Herman was an assistant instructor of the course and Brandon Hetzler coordinated the course and provided instruction as well. The certification course provides participants the knowledge and skills to properly teach the kettlebell double swing, get-up, double clean, double press, double front squat, and overhead snatch. Successful completion of the course requires participants to properly demonstrate the ability to perform the above skills and to teach proper progression of the skills for use in performance programs, general fitness programs, or rehabilitation.

For more information on StrongFirst, visit www.strongfirst.com .

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Medical Coverage for Special Olympics



Under the supervision of certified athletic trainers, several athletic training students from the MSU Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) provided medical coverage for the Special Olympics Bowling tournament last weekend.  Certified Athletic Trainers Amy Smith (second year graduate student in the MSAT program) and Kristin Tivener (SMAT faculty) organized and supervised medical coverage and services for this event.  Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization with nearly 4 million athletes in more than 170 countries.  The initiative of Special Olympics is to activate youth, engage kids with intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of participating athletes.  Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) has nearly 17,000 athletes and organizes a variety of events all over the State of Missouri throughout the year.  For more information on SOMO, visit www.somo.org.

The SMAT department plans on continuing their involvement in SOMO by providing medical coverage to a winter basketball tournament and the summer games.  If you would like to get involved as part of the medical team for these upcoming events, contact Kristin Tivener at KTivener@MissouriState.edu.

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2014 Homecoming 5K Run



This morning Missouri State University Homecoming Weekend events kicked off with the annual Bear Tracks 5K run on campus.  As part of her 4th year leadership project, athletic training student, Jessi Stewart organized a group of athletic training students and faculty to participate in the event.  This is the third year that athletic training students and faculty have participated in the Bear Tracks 5K in an effort to promote health and wellness among athletic training.  This year, Jessi also focused on raising support for the Breast Cancer Foundation as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  With a fundraising campaign of athletic training 5K shirt sales, over $100 was raised and will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of MSU athletic training.

Great job to everyone who participated in the fundraising as well as those who ran in this mornings’ 5K!  Happy #MSUHomecoming2014 everyone.

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AT Students Volunteer at Rally for Allie



Athletic training students volunteered today at a bone marrow drive on the Missouri State University campus called Rally For Allie.  Allie A. is a sophomore and softball player at MSU and was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia) in September, 2014.  Since then she has begun aggressive chemo treatments and doctors told her that she will need a bone marrow transplant.  Unfortunately, transplant matches are very difficult to find.  As a result, the MSU softball team organized a campus-wide bone marrow drive trying to find a match for Allie or any of the thousands of others in the country in need of bone marrow donations.


The athletic training students volunteered services to assist in registration, preparation, and swabbing to gather donor samples.  Once the mouth swabs are collected, the sample gets sent off to the Delete Blood Cancer Organization.  Once processed, the donor’s information gets put into the system and if there is a match with someone in need of a transfusion, the donor is contacted.  For more information on registration to become a bone marrow donor, please visit wwwAllieStrong6.deletebloodcancer.org.


The Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department is proud to have so many caring and compassionate students who volunteer for good causes such as this one throughout the year.

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AT and MOT Programs Earn Public Affairs Grant!

Congratulations to the athletic training and occupational therapy programs within the Sports Medicine Athletic Training (SMAT) department for both earning grants this week through the Office of the Provost at Missouri State University!  The grant was specifically for an assessment, planning, and curriculum innovation for public affairs.

Dr. Tona Hetzler, Program Director for the AT program received her grant for the proposal, “Integrating the Public Affairs Mission into the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Curriculum”.

Ms. Traci Garrison and Dr. Sapna Chakraborty of the occupational therapy program received their grant for the proposal, “Integrating the Public Affairs Mission into the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Curriculum.”

Congratulations to both programs and well done everyone!

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Hockey In-Service

Earlier this week, athletic training students in the department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) meet at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield, MO for an annual hockey in-service.  While there, students learned about hockey equipment, considerations for health care providers in the sport, and were able to practice spine boarding in this setting.  Members of the Athletic Training Students’ Association (ATSA) along with SMAT faculty were present at the event.


ATSA members provide coverage to Missouri State Hockey in the role of first air provider during home games in the season.  Additionally, SMAT affiliated certified athletic trainers provide coverage for MSU Hockey home games.  In order to provide the best care to athletes, it is important for these individuals to attend this event and become familiar with the facility and unique hockey equipment.  hockeyinservice2

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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.

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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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