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

2016 CHHS Multidisciplinary Forum

Last night over 300 Missouri State University College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) students, faculty, and community members meet in the Plaster Student Union ballroom for the 2016 CHHS Multidisciplinary Forum. The topic this year was Bugs of Prey: Emerging Infectious Diseases. This well-attended event included guest speaker Bert Malone, formerly of the CDC and the Kansas City Health Department, who discussed the latest trends in diseases and how they affect us. Following this, representatives from the infectious diseases units at Mercy Hospital and Cox Hospital in Springfield, MO provided table demonstrations on personal protective equipment and shared protocols they utilize in their settings.

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AT Coverage at SOMO Games

somo_coxThe September 2016 issue of Missouri State Magazine came out today and included a story from the 2016 Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) State Summer Games. This annual event held on the campus of Missouri State University in May includes numerous athletic events for SOMO athletes to compete in. The Sports Medicine and Athletic Training department is proud to have a strong presence at this SOMO event by coordinating the volunteer medical team. Faculty, current students, and alumni of the AT program have volunteered their services for this special event. The article in the Missouri State Magazine this month highlights ’14 (BSAT) and ’16 (MSAT) alumni, Mikel Cox as he provided volunteer medical coverage this past year. Check out the full story here!

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Special Olympics Flag Football

As part of her 4th year leadership project, Megan Won organized a group of volunteers to assist with the Special Olympics of Missouri (SOMO) flag football game yesterday at Missouri State University. Volunteers helped with everything such as field set-up, operating the scoreboard, officiating, and a special group who were the ‘fans in the stands’ and cheered on these special athletes! SOMO hosts multiple sporting events throughout the state each year with the goal of giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities an opportunity for physical fitness and a chance to develop friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.

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If you live in the Springfield, MO area and would like to be involved in this event, you are in luck! There will be another flag football game this upcoming Sunday, Sept 25th beginning at 3:00pm on the MSU Betty and Bobby Allison Recreational Fields. All are welcome to stop by! Nice work organizing the volunteers, Megan!

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‘SMAT That’ Intramural Soccer Team

Some of the faculty from the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department enjoyed speaking with 4th year athletic training student Kennia Merlos this week about the SMAT That Intramural Soccer Team a group of the students organized. We wanted to share what Kennia said about the team with everyone so check it out here!

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“Some of the girls from the class of 2017 decided to create an intramural soccer team to be able to play a sport that we all love, as well as get a break from our hectic schedules. The team was created in our second year fall, so this will be our 4th season playing together.  We enjoy playing together, hanging out, and becoming closer as friends, classmates, and as a department. We open the team to all SMAT students every season as we love to see new faces on the field and expand our SMAT That family. Our goal for this team is to continue for many years to come so that future students have the opportunity to join in a fellowship that creates a sense of belonging within our program. For the 2016 season we were given the title of Independent Women’s Team of the Year. This is based on sportsmanship, and games played/won, and overall rating of our team. We were very excited and honored to get this award and be able to see our team name on the banner inside the REC center.” Kennia Merlos, BSAT Class of 2017.

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If any current AT student is interested in joining SMAT That, reach out to Kennia or swing by the department for more information.

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AT Student Jacob Briggs Interns with the Jacksonville Jaguars!

4th year athletic training student Jacob Briggs spent last summer in an internship position with the Jacksonville Jaguars professional football franchise. Most professional football teams offer summer internships for upper level athletic training students and this can be a great way to gain experience in this type of setting. The Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Department at MSU is proud to have had Jacob represent the athletic training program here as he spent the summer advancing his athletic training skills in the professional sports setting! Well done Briggs!

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My internship with the Jacksonville Jaguars was a staggering experience.  Not only did I get to apply the knowledge I have learned at Missouri State, but I also got to learn new techniques and theories of rehabilitation used everyday in the NFL.  Every member of the Jacksonville Jaguars Sports Medicine staff had different backgrounds with a multitude of knowledge.  I was very fortunate to learn many things that I may not have had the opportunity otherwise.  Between the hands on experience with professional athletes, the networking opportunities, and the overall behind-the-scenes of athletic training, I couldn’t have had a better experience with the NFL. 

Before the internship, I knew that I wanted to work with football either at the college level or professional level.  This experience almost solidified my thoughts on the idea of working for the National Football League as a certified athletic trainer.  I plan to continue to build my skills and knowledge in order to become a better athletic trainer in the future.  Whether my path leads me to the NFL again or not, it was a great experience that can open many more doors.

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Dr. Carr Presents Research Internationally

Dr. David Carr of the Sports Medicine Department (SMAT) at Missouri State University is in Barcelona, Spain this week presenting his research at the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) conference.

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Dr. Carr, with professional colleague Dr. Jennifer Volberding of OSU, presented research on alumni and employer opinions of new graduates in athletic training and what is missing. The opportunity to present this research to an international audience is vital to most effectively disseminating this research and also increasing the presence of SMAT and Missouri State University worldwide.

Well done Dr. Carr!

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Publication by Todd Daniel and Kristin Tivener

A big congratulations to faculty members Kristin Tivener of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (SMAT) department and Dr. Todd Daniel of the RStats Institute at Missouri State University for their recent international publication. Tivener and Daniel were published today in the Educational Technology and Society Journal with their research of the effects of sharing clickers in an active learning environment.

There is more to these two than being statistical research nerds...Here is a selfie of Todd and Kristin taken on set of The Weight, a feature film movie.
There is more to these two than being statistical research nerds…Here is a selfie of Todd and Kristin taken on set of The Weight, a feature film movie.

Tivener states ‘The RStats Institute is such a valuable resource for both students and faculty researchers at MSU to assist with the analysis and technical support for statistical-methods in research studies. Not only have I used RStats a great deal in my own research, but I send most of the students I advise in research here to utilize their expertise. This current article was a unique experience where Todd and I were able to team up and develop an original research study together. We certainly had a wonderful time collaborating together!”

The full article may be viewed here: http://www.ifets.info/journals/19_3/23.pdf

Please join the Department in congratulating these two faculty members!

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MSU at NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo

June 22-25th, thousands of athletic trainers from all over the country gathered in Baltimore, MD for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 67th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo. Not only were students, alumni, and faculty from Missouri State University’s AT program there, but many also presented! To become a presenter at NATA, these researchers submitted their studies and/or presentations to a review board where it underwent a process of assessing the content and strength of the submission. We are proud to have had the following SMAT-affiliated individuals present at this national conference! Well done!

Faculty:
Dr. David Carr: Identifying and Engaging Educational and Professional Stakeholders
Dr. Michael Hudson: Using Dual Reasoning to Advance Clinical Decision Making
Dr. Michael Hudson: (Second presentation!): Experiences and Perspectives of Athletic Training Interns and Their Employers

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research. *please note, the undergraduate student research was part of a research group, first authors are listed only through additional SMAT students participated – please tag yourself if this includes you! **also note, majority of these students are currently recent graduates though the research was done while they were students in their respective BSAT or MSAT programs. 

Megan Mulloy: Investigating the Functional Position of Field Hockey Players Using the FMS and the FHFPS
Alexandria Jauregui-Dusseau: Factors Affecting Anterior Knee Pain in Post-ACLR Comparing Patellar Tendon and Hamstring Tendon Autografts
Houston Freeman: Core Stability Program Provided No Significant Changes in Single Leg Broad Jump
Jon Spire: Lelli’s Test: An Examination of False Positive Rates
Daniel Almekinder: Non-Manual Trigger Point Therapy of the Hamstrings and Its Effect on Knee Extension
Nate Allgaier: Effects of Neurogliding and Foam Rolling Interventions on Active Knee Extension
Melanie Burkholder: Opposite-Gender Athlete-Athletic Trainer Relationships and Athlete Comfort
Kinsey Cook: Physician Knowledge of Athletic Training
Korey Brown: Athletic Trainers Prefer More Complex Definitions of Core and Core Stability When Compared To Coaches and Student-Athletes

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