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

2015 ATSA Welcome Back BBQ

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


The event was well-attended by first through fourth year athletic training students and SMAT department faculty.

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Many students brought both food and fun games to play at the park. Once again, Dr. Michael Hudson and Gary Ward did a great job as the ATSA grill masters.









Elected ATSA officers this year include: Adam Sparks (President), Brittany Kiefer (Vice-President) , Carson Powell (Treasurer) , and Anna Lynne Sheridan (Secretary). Well done ATSA officers in organizing this successful event!


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Friday Night Football

Fall sports are underway at Springfield high schools and athletic training students from Missouri State University have been gaining valuable clinical experience at these sites. Carson (4th year) and Alexa (2nd year) are seen here covering football practice with Preceptor Tim Brazeal as the Glendale High school team prepares for their game tomorrow. Thank you to all of our amazing Preceptors for supervising the AT students as they apply the skills they learn in the classroom in a real-world environment.



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Welcome Second Year AT Students Class of 2018

Congratulations and welcome to the group of 22 athletic training students that were formally admitted into the second year of the athletic training program at Missouri State University. As part of the program, this group of students now is included in the tradition of athletic training education at MSU which began in 1979.


These 22 second year athletic training students are enrolled in ATC 240 (Clinical Practicum I) and ATC 224 (Basic Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Techniques) in addition to other degree and general education requirements. Additionally, these students are actively participating in their first clinical assignment and learning how to utilize these experiences in order to apply what they are learning in the classroom in a real-world environment.


Please join the SMAT department in welcoming a great group of students to the AT program! #ClassOf2018

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Welcome MSAT First Year Graduate AT Students!

The Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department at Missouri State University is proud to welcome 13 Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) students from across the country. Students in the MSAT program are BOC certified athletic trainers or eligible to sit for the BOC exam. This post-professional master’s degree is focused on the areas of leadership and rehabilitation.


Over the course of the next two years, these students will become experts in these areas through a challenging curriculum and hands-on application of skills. They will use what they learn, combined with their own professional interests, to design and conduct a research study that they will share with the professional athletic training world either through a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed source or a thesis.

We are excited to have this group on campus and look forward to working with them during this phase of their professional preparation.

Classes began this week for the incoming MSAT students and the fall term includes:

ATC 610: Leadership Theory and Issues in Athletic Training

ATC 612: Human Movement

ATC 640: Evidence-Based Practice

ATC 732: Applied Research Methods in Health Care

Please join us in welcoming these graduate students!


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SMAT Faculty Are Excited to See Students Monday!

Yesterday, the faculty of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) Department took a break from preparing for classes and attended the annual Faculty Welcome Back Luncheon hosted by the Provost and the Office of the Provost in the MSU Plaster Student Union Ballroom.


The Fall 2015 semester begins on Monday. 22 undergraduate formally admitted second year students and 13 incoming graduate students will join the athletic training family this fall. The faculty of the SMAT department is excited to see everyone back in the classroom in a few short days!

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Kristin Tivener Discusses Simulaltion

Sports Medicine and Athletic Training faculty member Kristin Tivener was interviewed on Ozarks Public Radio KSMU yesterday where she was discussed simulation being used within the athletic training program at Missouri State University.

The high-fidelity simulation lab is being used by Tivener to supplement athletic training students’ clinical experiences in order to provide them with opportunities to respond to real-world high risk emergencies such as a victim who is pulseless and breathless.

Kristin Tivener, clinical instructor, in the high fidelity simulation lab
Kristin Tivener, clinical instructor, in the high fidelity simulation lab

To listen to the radio interview or watch a supplemental video that KSMU provided, check out this link.


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Make a Difference by Donating to SMAT Scholarships

We are proud in the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department to have a rich history in athletic training education. Since 1979, the AT program at Missouri State University and Southwest Missouri State University have provided a challenging program supported by the university and numerous clinical affiliation sites. We are proud of our graduates who have utilized their AT education to both make a difference in the profession as well as branch out to other healthcare areas.


Alumni, now is your chance to give back and make an impact on future athletic trainers who are making the journey through the MSU AT program. Consider donating to one of many AT program scholarships through the MSU Foundation. A list of the many athletic training departmental scholarships may be viewed by scrolling down to the bottom of the following page;http://sportsmed.missouristate.edu/Scholarships.htm.


When you donate through the link provided, you may designate what scholarship your money will go into. This ensures that you are in control of the impact you wish to make. Additionally, you can decide how much to donate…$5, $10, $20, ?!?

Please consider giving if you are able.

Ready to give to a scholarship for athletic training students at MSU/SMSU? Visit this link now!



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Kristin Tivener Published Twice in Summer of 2015

Job well done to Kristin Tivener, faculty member of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department at Missouri State University for being published twice this summer.

Kristin conducted a study on high-fidelity simulation effects in athletic training and wrote up the results in a peer-reviewed original research study that appeared in the April-June issue of the Athletic Training Education Journal. High-fidelity (or highly realistic mannequins capable of programmable physiologic responses) are now utilized by Tivener within the practicum courses in the athletic training program to give students a chance to practice skills such as CPR in a realistic scenario. Tivener states “this research study was important in athletic training education because it gives insight as to the outcomes using high-fidelity simulation to practice CPR skills may have on athletic training students”. The article may be viewed here; http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1002103.

Kristin Tivener (left) provides chest compressions to a high-fidelity mannequin with assistance with the AED from AT student Abby Ekert (2013 alumni).
Kristin Tivener (left) demonstrates a typical high-fidelity CPR scenario by providing chest compressions to a mannequin with assistance with the AED from AT student Abby Ekert (2013 alumni).

Tivener also was a contributor to a White Paper that was published in the Athletic Training Education Journal titled Interprofessional Education and Practice in Athletic Training. A White Paper is a report where a group of experts in a certain area (in this case interprofessional education and practice in AT) come together utilizing published literature and provide a written stance on the advocated best practice. “Two big names in Athletic Training and leaders in IPE, Anthony Breitbach and Russ Richardson lead this group and were the primary authors for the White Paper. It was really exciting to work under their direction with a group of about 25 others in athletic training to develop this report” says Tivener. The White Paper may be viewed here; http://natajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.4085/1002170.

Please join the SMAT department in congratulating Kristin Tivener for these two publications.

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NATA Convention 2015

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) annual Clinical Symposia and AT Expo was held in Saint Louis, Missouri Tuesday, June 23 – Friday, June 26, 2015. This was the 66th annual convention for the NATA which is attended by certified athletic trainers, athletic training students, and allied medical professionals.

The selfie-stick makes an appearance at NATA!
2015 SMAT Alumni Pary


This was a busy year for Missouri State University at the NATA Convention. Many faculty from the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department (SMAT), AT students, and Preceptors all attended the conference.  SMAT faculty and AT program alumni got together on Thursday evening for a very well-attended alumni party.

Additionally, two SMAT faculty members received awards at the conference.

Congratulations to Gary Ward who was recognized for his outstanding service to the profession. Gary received the Athletic Trainer Service award which recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels.

Gary Ward (second from left) recognized with the Athletic Training Service Award.

Congratulation to Dr. David Carr who was recognized with the NAT Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers Award. The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer.

Dr. David Carr (second from left) recognized with the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.


Please join us in congratulating these individuals for their well-deserved awards!


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MSU AT Student Cam Deckett

In his time at Missouri State University, 4th year athletic training student, Cameron Deckett has participated in a series that follows his experiences at the University. In the latest video for this series, Cam discusses his connection to the university as well as his experiences within the athletic training program. Check out the short video in this link to hear Cam’s story.



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