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

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!

Moments of triumph


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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.


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!


“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.


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!

jax1Check out his reflection of his experience here…

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.


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!

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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MSAT Alumni Update: Yuichi Sasaki

YS2014 MSAT alumni Yuichi Sasaki has some big things going on in his professional life. We are so proud of “Sasaki” as he is now working with the Malaysian Olympic, Parlympic, and Non-Olympic sports teams. Check out Sasaki’s story here:

Life after graduated from MSU SMAT 2014 (the first and the best class ever in SMAT history!)

What have I been doing?

  • After graduated from MSAT 2014 as a very first class, I relocated to Houston for this rehab tech job, which I didn’t know was what it was. After relocating there, things did not go well between me and my supervisor, and I became unemployed in the beginning of November 2014. It was the scariest and most challenging moment in my life but what I learned at MSAT was valued by some people, all of who took this strange Japanese man into their wings. One of them was Haji Takashima, MSU graduate and my mentor. I met him during my time as an intern at University of Houston 2011-2012 season. Because of my connection with U of H, I started volunteering my time even before the period of the unemployment. And, another one was Lee Fiocchi, who is the strength & conditioning coach of U of H baseball and also runs his own company, Dynamic Sports Training. I went to those places back and forth in my spare time while employed and more while unemployed. Coach Lee usually works with MLB and MiLB players in winter for off-season training. As I started volunteering, he trusted in me and gave me the opportunity to work with some of the premier MLB players. Also, thanks to Haji, I was able to audit the physical therapist fellowship program, Institute for Athlete Regeneration, where I learned joint mobilization and manipulation in depth. (it is legal for athletic trainers to do grade 5 joint mob in Texas that time. Either way, it was valuable to learn. I still use joint mobilization within legal limit. Why? Because of JMD of SFMA break down!) Looking back, unemployment helped me to refine and even better my knowledge and skills than while I was at this clinic. In January 2015, I was employed at Lee University, Cleveland TN,and started working with their baseball team. It was this time that my education and experience in MSU and life in Houston made a difference right away. During 2015-2016 preseason, I FMSed all the pitchers and majority of the field players (a few of them did not show up just like you can imagine! haha) and prescribed the injury reduction program along with the one-on-one prehab session with me a few times a week during the 2015 Fall semester. This gave us only one small shoulder surgery during the pre-season. I believe this was the huge success for me as an athletic trainer, considering baseball players at this level always have some kind of existing injuries in some way or another. Also, from January 2016, I started volunteering as a strength coach for our women’s soccer team and women’s& men’s tennis teams. I loved it. During MSU, I always wanted to be a strength coach like Brandon and Mitch, and it was a dream come true for me. Of course, I FMSed all the players before the session started and that gave me the clear big picture of strength training.  🙂
What will I be doing with PODIUM program and Malaysian Olympic/Paralympic/National teams?
  • I will work with Malaysian Olympic, Paralympic and other national teams through PODIUM program.  In the easiest way to put, PODIUM program is the elite athlete program in which only the selected elite athletes in Malaysia can be in. Our goal is to win the gold medal in Tokyo Olympic 2020 and become #1 sports country in major Asian/Pacific international games.I already talked about my role in PODIUM program with my supervisor and I definitely will FMS all the players I am assigned to and will coordinate the necessary actions with physiotherapists, S&C coaches, and other sports therapists. I will create the FMS+ alpha screening and testing depending on the sport-specific biomechanical demands, which I already did with the pitchers of Lee University baseball team. For example, for overhead athletes, trunk/ hip flexions are the critical ability to have, since that will help them to decelerate their bodies after pitching, attacking and so on. So, I added SFMA’s multiflexion and sit-and-reach for my pitcher’s screening to have more in depth understanding of each pitcher’s body. I knew active straight leg raise can do the job but I wanted to be more precise and wanted to see if they can do it on seated and standing position. And, other than that, my role will be more like re-conditioning the injured athletes (the most fun part in Sports Medicine in my opinion :). Also, I will be the point guy to bridge the gaps among strength & conditioning coaches, team physicians and physiotherapists.  Since I can speak in both professional languages, strength& conditioning and sports medicine, thanks to the education I go from MSAT,this is the perfect opportunity for me to fully maximize my talent, knowledge, and educaiton.
How do I think my time in MSAT program has contributed to all of this?
  • I definitely became more logical and progressive (or too aggressive professionally in a way). What I mean by this is that, at MSAT, we didn’t learn any specific skills in depth at all (except a little bit more in depth in FMS, SFMA, and SFG, but you know what I am talking about if you are MSAT people), but we learned lots of valuable lessons/principles to fix human body as a sports medical clinician and to run the sports medical business/research, which help us to deliver the potential value to our patients and community. Of course, we learned how to do FMS, SFMA, ART, kettle bell and so on. But, in my opinion, none of them is nearly as important as the principles I learned from this program.  It was just a tip of iceberg. We cannot learn everything in this world, but we can guide ourselves correctly with the right principles, which we learned at MSU.  Mr. Raynor, Brandon and Karen always told us this is the program they wish they could have had when they were students. They were right. In my time at MSAT, I always wished I could have been 5 years younger, since I was one of  the oldest in the class (28 year old at the time of graduation.) I definitely felt that frustration because of my age since I wish I could have known those earlier. If asked what was the most important lesson I learned , then I would say it was Karen’s. She always taught us with “tough love” that “if you have a hammer in your hand, everything looks like a nail.” She was damn right. Once I learned new technique, I really wanted to try that out for my athlete, even though I was not sure whether that skill would help him/her or not. Once I learned SFMA, every injury looked like the one I can figure all out with it and fix it! haha In addition to principles, MSAT easily fueled the fire inside me, as they put more emphasis on the vision each student has to have as a clinician. I still remember the story Dr. Hetzler shared with us during the business/leadership class. It was about her vision and the frustration. I believe it was then that I started seeking and trying to create my own  concrete professional vision, nobody else’s. And, MSAT gave me the tools to do so, in other words, cultivate and realize that vision into the reality, no matter how hard it may seem (no matter how crazy it may sound.). The tools are, of course, “principles” and a little bit of skills/ techniques. Also, Karen and Brandon used the story of behavioral study in which one different monkey out of the crowd to get a banana to encourage us to be the “one” who can make the difference from day-to-day. If you are the kind of person who wants to have a quick fix or bandage approach, then this is not the program for you. This program, in my opinion, focus not on How/ What/ Where,but on “WHY”. And, this program gave me that “Why”. Once you know your “Why”, you do not have to deviate from your goal. Lastly,  everyone in this program wants each student to have a successful career and personal life. I got so many personal advice from Dr. Hudson and that helped me a lot. (Of course, I got so many advice from others too!) I would like to say thank you for everybody in MSAT and MSU AMR giving me  the opportunity and being patient with me. Well, thanks to you all, I am on my way to make my dream come true. Thank you.
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Congratulations Josh Bell

Congratulations to Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) student, Josh Bell for receiving an award for his poster presentation at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum (IDF)! MSAT students who have completed their research thesis or projects present their research each year at the IDF. This year, the 2016 IDF was held on April 23, 2016. Participants included 49 oral presentations and 111 poster presentations.


The IDF committee votes on oral and poster presentations and awards high-ranked submissions with multiple awards. Josh Bell was notified that his poster presentation received one of these awards.

Congratulations Josh!

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