This past Saturday, 2/1/14, SMAT faculty and athletic training students traveled to the campus of University of Central Missouri for the 2014 Educator’s and Student Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association (MoATA) Conference. This conference included athletic training programs from across the State of Missouri. The MSU AT program was well represented with 30 undergraduate students including first through forth year students! The morning combined session included a presentation by Dr. David Carr called “Evidence Based Medicine and Collection of Data”. Following the morning sessions, the Certified Athletic Trainers met for Educator sessions on Evidence based medicine and round table discussions. The athletic training students attended 3 afternoons sessions; Biomechanics, Functional Movement Screens, and Social Excellence. Dr. Tona Hetzler lead the Functional Movement System session where where she introduced AT students to the screen and concepts behind the system.
Kristin Tivener lead the Social Excellence session with a presentation entitled “Social Excellence and it’s application to Athletic Training”. Here she discussed the importance of networking and how simply using opportunities to shake someone’s hand can lead to a conversation, which can lead to collaboration, which can result in the accomplishment of goals and changes within athletic training.
The 2014 Quiz bowl originally scheduled for the late afternoon was postponed due to weather. Many other AT Programs were not able to attend the meeting due to road conditions. This event will be rescheduled.
Thank you to all faculty and AT students that took time to participate in this successful event!