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April 2014 - Health and Human Performance Department Spring Awards Banquet

 

The UTC HHP Department held it first Spring Awards Banquet in downtown Chattanooga at Miller Plaza.  Students from each of the different programs within the HHP Department were honored included students from the UTC GATP.  The faculty had a very difficult time selecting just one winner in each category because there were so many deserving students.  The following is a list of the nominees and winners form the GATP.

 

Outstanding Rising Senior (First-year student) - Hillary Mason (winner)

Outstanding Senior (Second-year student) - Nicholas Bianco, Sammantha Brockel, Erica Zabkar (winner)

Outstanding Graduate Research - Lynette Fitts, Meredith Piacentini (winner), Erica Zabkar

 

Congratulations to all of the winners from the HHP Department.

 

 

March 2014 - UTC Research Day 2014 is another big success

 

More than 150 faculty, staff members and students made poster and platform presentations and engaged in a symposia from across all UTC departments on March 28th.  The event was sponsored by Office of Partnerships and Sponsored Programs, Office of the Provost and the University Honors Program.  This year, the 20 GATP 2nd year students worked on their research projects in pairs and presented their posters as in the past.  The posters are a requirement of the GATP and was the conclusion of much hard work and long hours by both students and faculty.  The titles and authors of the posters are provided below: 

 

Bianco, Nicholas F.; Strunk, Kyle S.; Wilkerson, Gary B. Effect of Aerobic Capacity on Sprint Performance in College Football Lineman.

Brockel, Sammantha E.; Amanda J.; Cagle Colston, Marisa; Wilkerson, Gary B. Static Analysis of Lumbar Compression Load Imposed by Olympic-Style Weightlifting in Female College Athletes

Bruce, Scott L.; Crawford, Beth; Wilkerson, Gary B.; Rausch, David; Dale, R. Barry; Harris, Martina. Prediction Modeling for BOC Exam Success for Students from a Graduate Athletic Training Program.

Bruce, Scott L.; Crawford, Beth; Wilkerson, Gary B.; Rausch, David; Dale, R. Barry; Harris, Martina. Prediction Modeling for Graduate Athletic Training Education Program Success – Initial Model.

Bruce, Scott L.; Crawford, Beth; Wilkerson, Gary B.; Rausch, David; Dale, R. Barry; Harris, Martina. Prediction Modeling for Graduate Athletic Training Education Program Success – Alternate Model.

Clark, Ryan A.; Simpson, K. Andrew; Colston, Marisa; Wilkerson, Gary B. Potential for Improvement of Visuomotor Reaction Time among Collegiate Athletes.

Cope, Lindsay M.; Ivens, Joshua L.; Colston, Marisa; Wilkerson, Gary B. Effect of Sub-Occipital Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization on Visuomotor Reaction Time.

Ely, Kirsten; Morris, Brienna; Colston, Marisa; Wilkerson, Gary B. Prediction of Overuse Syndromes in College Athletes through Preseason Screening

Evink, Jade C.; Fitts, Lynette E.; Wilkerson, Gary B. Evaluation of a Survey Instrument for Assessment of Injury Risk Among Athletes.

Jones, Anna Marie; West, Sharon; Wilkerson, Gary B.; Colston, Marisa. Effect of Negative Life Events on Visuomotor Performance and Injury Incidence.

Littlefield, Jesse R.; Pryzbyl, Madeleine E.; Wilkerson, Gary B. Association of Metabolic Status to Performance Rates among Collegiate Football Lineman.

Mathis, Eric; Carruthers, Ian; Wilkerson, Gary B. Preseason Screening of Collegiate Football Players for Assessment of Injury Risk.

Piacentini, Meredith; Liguori, Gary. Changes in Anaerobic Power in ROTC Cadets.

Piacentini, Meredith; MacGowan, Sheena; Wilkerson, Gary B. Identification of Patellar Tendinopathy Risk Factors Combined with Ultrasonography.

Zabkar, Erica; Zinke, Timothy J.; Wilkerson, Gary B. Case-Control Analysis of Chronic Ankle Instability in Female College Athletes.

 

 

March 2014 - UTC GATP students awarded ESPN Summer Internship

 

Two first-year athletic training students will be spending their summer in Orlando, FL at the ESPN – Disney Wide World of Sports complex participating in a summer internship opportunity.  Stephanie Medina (Lexington, KY & University of Kentucky) and Lydia Wright (Marshall, VA & Clemson University) have been selected as the latest students from the UTC GATP to be given the opportunity to work various camps and sporting events at the ESPN – Disney Wide World of Sports complex.   Previous athletic training students who have worked at the ESPN facility include: Joe Baugham ('11), Crystal Clark ('11), and Lynette Fitts ('14).  Congratulations to Stephanie and Lydia!  And good luck this summer!

 

 

March 2014 - Annual SEATA Conference review


The 39th Annual Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting was recently held in Atlanta.  Scott Bruce participated in presentation with Amanda Caswell, Program Director for George Mason University and Candace S. Parham, Clinical Coordinator for George Mason University.  The title of their presentation "Developing Professionalism through Leadership: Applying Foundation Principles to Athletic Training Students Education".  The three presenters participated in a Education and Leadership Roundtable discussion with representatives from CAATE, Eric Sauers and Jolene Henning.

 

March 2014 - UTC GATP to host a conference on "Safeguarding Student-Athlete Health and Welfare"

On April 15 & 16, 2014, UTC, the UTC College of Medicine, and the NATA are sponsoring a free conference for the general public and medical personnel entitled Safeguarding Student-Athlete Health and Welfare.  The UTC GATP will act as hosts for this event.  The conference will be held at the University Center Auditorium.  Featured speakers will be:

  • Brian Hainline, MD – NCAA Chief Medical Officer
  • Ron Courson, ATC, PT – University of Georgia, Assoc. A.D. for Sports Medicine
  • Brooke de Lench, founder of the MomsTeam.com organization
  • Michael Goldenberg, Lawrenceville High School Athletic Director / Head Athletic Trainer
For more information regarding the conference and to register for the conference go to this web site: http://www.utc.edu/graduate-athletic-training/safeguard-conference.php
 
**Also CEUs will be offered for medical personnel that attend!
 
 

February 2014 - 2014 Student SEATA & Bi-Annual SEATA Educators' Conference wrap-up

 

This year was the 29th year for the Annual SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium in Atlanta.  All 34 graduate athletic training students attended the conference once again.  Highlights from the Student SEATA meeting include:

  • For the 15th consecutive year, Dr. Marisa Colston offered her customary excellent presentation on "Lumbosacral Spine" while Dr. Gary Wilkerson shared his insights about "The Knee." 
  • Scott L. Bruce co-presented with Dr. Johna Register-Mihalik from UNC - Chapel Hill on "A Head’s Up on Concussion in Sports"
    • He also assisted with three laboratory session: emergency medical procedures, joint mobilizations, and taping procedures.
  • The 6th Annual SEATA Quiz Bowl was another boisterous affair. There were 26 teams from every state in District 9/SEATA were represented along with Marietta College from Ohio. The UTC Quiz Bowl team of Nick Bianco, Sammantha Bronkel, Erica Zabkar & TJ Zinke led the whole night with the exception of about 4 questions.  It was a neck and neck battle throughout until Final Jeopardy.   There was more 

    controversy when it appeared Florida Gulf Coast University had won the contest, but Florida International University filed a protest over their response to Final Jeopardy.  The judges ruled in favor of FIU and when the numbers were recalculated, FIU was declared the champions.  Congratulations to Florida International University for their victory.  Their team will now represent District 9 at the NATA National Quiz Bowl in June in Indianapolis.  Good luck FIU in Indy!  Bring home the National Championship to District 9!

Check back later for a slide show of the Student SEATA conference.

Meanwhile at the Educators' Conference, Dr. Gary Wilkerson and Dr. Marisa Colston gave a presentation entitled "Patient Centered Outcomes - A New Paradigm in Education". 

In addition, the Educators' Conference held a research poster presentation.  We had four posters from last year's group of alums submitted and accepted for the session.  Those posters included:

Austin L, Lawson C, Wilkerson GB, Baker . Development of a Survey Instrument for Quantification of Sprain and Strain Injury Risk among College Athletes

Milburn T, Miller L, Colston M, Wilkerson GB. Static analysis of load on the lumbar spine during an Olympic-style lift performed by college football players

Steichen K, Presley H, Wilkerson GB. Assessment of the Quantity and Quality of ATEP Faculty Scholarship

 

Tucker KM, Mullis MA, Wilkerson GB, Bruce SL. Development of a Prediction Model for Identification of High-Cost Sports Injury Cases

 

Congratulations to  our alums and to all of our students for another round of successful meetings in Atlanta.

 

January 2014 - UTC GATP has a new family member

 

Dr. Carrie Baker, Clinical Coordinator for the UTC GATP, and her husband Ron welcomed a baby girl into the world.   Sadie, Mom and Dad are doing wonderfully.

 

January 2014 - New Semester, New Home!!!

 

Many of our alumni and friends have heard talk about a new home for the HHP Department and the GATP.  Most recently, those discussion revolved our a move to the Metro Building.  Some of  you might recall the Metro Building was where the Health Center used to be housed.  A few years ago half of the building was renovated and the Nursing Program was moved there.  About a year to a year and a half ago, renovations on the other half were begun.  First they told us the renovations would be done by Summer 2013, then in time for the 2013-2014 academic year, then October 2013.  Finally, in early December 2013 we got word that "The Big Move" was on.  It took us several days to go through almost 15 years of stuff, decide what to keep and what to throw away, pack up offices and the Athletic Training Lab.  It took the movers about an hour and a half to load everything up and move it to the Metro Building.

 

So we are in our new home.  Much like when you move to a new home you have boxes everywhere, the same is true here.  Once we get it all cleaned up and put away we will post pictures on the web site.  Meanwhile if you are in Chattanooga and want to see our new digs, the Metro Building is on the corner of McCallie and Douglas Streets, across from First Centenary Methodist Church.

 

 

January 2014 - Dr. Wilkerson present on Graduate Athletic Training Education

 

The Institute for Collegiate Sports Medicine invited athletic training program faculty and anyone else to a "Focus Group: Professional Education - Entry Level Masters, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The program was administered by the ICSM, but its main facilitator was our very own Dr. Gary Wilkerson.  The one-week long program featured a variety of topics with the idea of sharing ideas of best practices.  From the ICSM web site: "The program is designed to be a small group, moderated discussion on strategies to implement an Entry Level Masters Athletic Training Education Program.  Formal educational sessions as well as projects and meals that will focus on specific aspects and educational discussions."

The only problem is Dr. Wilkerson left  us during the 1st week of classes in the Spring semester, which coincided with some of the coldest winter weather in Chattanooga's history.  Although we are happy for him, we will get even with him for doing this do us!  Seriously, we are very happy for him and that our GATP is looked upon in such high regard. 

 

January 2014 - Executive Committee on Education comes forth with their recommendations in a white paper

A white paper summarizing the findings of the work group tasked with investigating the degree for eligibility to sit for the BOC exam.  The paper entitled: Professional Education in Athletic Training: An Examination of the Professional Degree Level, (here is the link to the paper), outlines 11 reasons for going to an entry-level masters (ELM).  The most significant statement is the group's recommendation, "Based on these findings, it is the conclusion of this group that professional education in athletic training should occur at the master’s degree level. To avoid confusion, we recommend that the clinical doctorate degree be reserved for post-professional education, and that this degree should signify advanced practice" (ECE, White Paper, 2014).

What does this mean to UTC's GATP?  In the short run, not much.  We will continue to do what we have always done - provide our students with high quality education and clinical experiences, preparing them to become contributing professionals in athletic training.  What it means in the long run remains to be seen, but the biggest obstacle we believe we may face is that as more and more athletic training education programs transition to the graduate level, the applicant pool from which we have selected our students previously will likely become more shallow and more competitive.  We are confident with our continued efforts to be a forward thinking program and leaders in the area of athletic training education we will continue to have the best GATP in the country!


 

October 2013 - Dr. Craig Denegar visits UTC

 

Dr. Craig Denegar, Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Athletic Training and Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut recently visited campus.  While on campus he spoke to the students from the GATP and PT programs on Tendinopathy and later spoke to the GATP Research Methods class regarding general research and publishing issues.

 

 

September 2013 - Football Means a Greater Focus on Concussions

 

With the start of football season at all level across the country the media's focus has intensified on the topic of concussions.  Mr. Scott Bruce, Lecture/Director of Recruitment for the UTC GATP and also the Founder of the Chattanooga Concussion Prevention Initiative receives more phone calls and e-mails during this time of year from a wide variety of individuals.  The local media has also taken notice too.  Scott was interviewed by WRCB, Channel 3 in Chattanooga regarding not only the focus on concussions, but the lack of athletic trainers in seven of the local public schools of Hamilton County.  You can view the interview if you click HERE.

 

 

August 2013 - Free Concussion Seminar

 

The Chattanooga Concussion Prevention Initiative (CCPI), led by UTC GATP instructor and founder Scott Bruce sponsored a Free Concussion Seminar in conjunction with Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center (VSCC) and Rawlings Sporting Goods.  Several speakers both from the CCPI and the VSCC presented on a variety of topics.  Local presenters were Dr. Danielle Mitchell and Scott Bruce.  From the VSCC, Dr. Gary Solomon and Dr. Jim Fiechtl spoke.  Finally, Robert Parrish, CEO for the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company also presented.  To view a story by WDEF, Channel 12 in Chattanooga, did on the seminar you can click HERE.

 

 

July 2013 - Class of 2015 begins

 

A new cohort of 14 students started classes in early July.  As with all recent classes, they will be taking the same three classes as previous cohorts and working with pre-season football until classes begin for the fall semester in mid-August.  Good luck to the Class of 2015!  We know you will do well!

 

 

June 2013 - NATA Convention Recap

 

The NATA Convention was in Las Vegas and it was a busy week.  All four faculty members attended the convention with Drs. Colston and Wilkerson both presenting at sessions and Dr. Baker presenting a poster.  Dr. Marisa Colston gave a presentation on A Collaborative Approach to Back Injury Prevention in the Weight Room.  Dr. Gary Wilkerson spoke on Interrelated Factors that Increase Susceptibility to Sport-Related Injury.  His presentation was in conjunction with an alum of the GATEP, John Faltus, DPT, SCS, ATC ('11).  John's presentation was entitled Training Techniques for Enhancement of Reactive Neuromuscular Control.  Dr. Carrie Baker regarding the Development of the Sef-Efficacy of Balance Scale SEBS for Young Active Individuals.

 

We had over 30 alums (and 50+ with spouses, family and significant others) and enjoyed a great time at Blondie's Sport Bar and Grill.  Watch for pictures to come soon.

 

 

May 2013 - Hannah Presley's (2013) aticle for TATS

Hannah Presley, (newly graduated athletic training professional ('13)), has an article in the May 8, 2013 TATS T-Blast News, about "the gap between the evidence taught in the didactic aspect of the (Athletic Training Education) Program and those skills demonstrated clinically continues to widen."  She makes several great points.  If you do not get the TATS T-Blast News you can read the article HERE.  (If you do get the TATS T-Blast News the article is toward the bottom of the document after the information about the Mental Health Symposium TATS is sponsoring.)

Great job Hannah!!!  We are all proud of you! This is yet another example why the UTC GATEP is #1!

 

May 2013 - A day of Great News!!!

All is the same day, we found out 11/12 (92%) students passed their BOC exams the 1st time (5 have opted to take the exam in June).  Additionally the UTC GATEP had three NATA Research and Education Foundation (NATAREF) scholarship winners (two graduate, one doctoral).  The winners include:

Graduate

  • Lynnette Fitts won the the David H Perrin Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) Scholarship sponsored by the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Erika Zabkar won the Katie Burke Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Tinactin/Merck (Shering-Plough).
  • T.J. Zinke won the Donald J. Fauls Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the NATAREF

Doctoral

  • Scott L. Bruce won Lindsy McLean Scholarship sponsored by Board of Certification, Inc.

Congratulations to everyone.  You have made the UTC GATEP proud!

 

April 2013 - Liz Walker announces her retirement

The first individual many students met when entering the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program (GATEP) office suite in the Arena was Liz Walker.  After 13+ years of hard work and dediction to the GATEP, Liz has announced her retirement effective May 1.  She has been the glue that held many parts of our family together through the years.  Liz was always had a comforting and sympathic ear to help reduce a student's fears or frustrations.  She has counseled many a student providing them with sage advice to help them in their personal and professional endeavors.  Liz's organizational skills have assisted the program navigate through two successful accreditation cycles.  We will miss her ability to a find a travel bargain, or knowing exactly who to call on campus to get an answer to a question or to solve a problem.  The UTC GATEP is a better program because of her time, dedication, and effforts.  Thank you is simply not enough to show our appreciation for her years of service.  We hope that she and her husband Jerry have a long and healthy retirement of travel and fun with the grandchildren!

 

April 2013 - Graduate Research Day 2013 is another big success

A record number of 124 research posters from across all UTC departments were presented on April 2nd.  The event was jointly sponsored by The Graduate School, Graduate Student Association, Office of Partnerships and Sponsored Programs, Office of the Provost and the University Honors Program.  This year, the 17 GATEP 2nd year students worked on their research projects in pairs and presented their posters as in the past.  The posters are a requirement of the GATEP and was the conclusion of much hard work and long hours by both students and faculty.  The titles and authors of the posters are provided below:  

 

  • Lindsay Austin, Cherell Lawson, Gary Wilkerson, Carrie Baker: Development of a Survey Instrument for Quantification of Sprain and Strain Injury Risk among College Athletes
  • Emily B. Davis, Misha A. Fanelli, Gary B. Wilkerson: Association of Dietary Habits with Cardiometabolic Status and Quadriceps Strength of College Football Linemen
  • Jennifer Dorman, John Gregorich, Scott L. Bruce: A Possible Alternative to Computerized Neurocognitive Testing for Quantification of Reaction Time
  • Aynsley Entrekin, Micah LaJoie, Dr. Gary Wilkerson: Quantification Of Ankle Function And Confidence Following Ankle Injury In High School And College Athletes
  • Arlene Larralade, Benjamin Stewart, Marisa Colston, John Louis: Change in Neurocognitive- Reaction Time Following Sub-Occipital Manual Therapy
  • Tara Milburn, Lauren Miller, Marisa Colston, Gary Wilkerson: Static analysis of load on the lumbar spine during an Olympic-style lift performed by college football players
  • Valerie Kay Snider, Daniel MacLean IV, Gary Wilkerson: Pre-participation Injury Risk Assessment and the Effectiveness of Programs for Risk Reduction in Female Collegiate Athletes
  • Keresa Steichen, Hannah Presley, Gary Wilkerson: Assessment of the Quantity and Quality of ATEP Faculty Scholarship
  • Kelly M. Tucker, Melody A. Mullis, Gary B. Wilkerson, Scott L. Bruce: Development of a Prediction Model for Identification of High-Cost Sports Injury Cases

 

March 2013 - March summary

The 38th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting was held in early March in Atlanta.  Drs. Colston, Wilkerson and Mitchell did a presentation entitled: "Patient Centered Issues and Roundtable"

Dr. Marisa Colston won the SEATA Education/Administration Award

Kathryn Bonecutter ('09) had a case presentation at the SEATA Meeting entitled “PRP after an Achilles Tendon Repair”

Scott Bruce attended the 2nd Matthew Gfeller Sport-related Neurotrauma Sympsium at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

February 2013 - Student SEATA wrap-up

All 37 UTC GATEP athletic training students attended the 28th Annual Student SEATA Conference held in Atlanta, GA. The main highlight for UTC was the first ever oral presentation given by UTC Students.  Keresa Steichen and Kelly Tucker presented on a research project they did with Dr. Brendon McDermott entitled: "The Use of the Core Cooler™ Cold"Air Inhalation Device during Exercise in the Heat"  To make their job that much tougher, they were the very first pair of presenters for the session.  The ladies did a great job and made UTC GATEP very proud.

Other highlights include:

  • For the 14th consecutive year, Dr. Marisa Colston offered her customary presentation on "Lumbosacral Spine" while Dr. Gary Wilkerson shared his insights about "The Knee." 
  • Scott L. Bruce assisted with two laboratory session: emergency medical procedures and joint mobilizations
  • Dr. Carrie Baker assisted with three laboratories: emergency medical procedures, kinesio-taping and orthotic fabrication.
  • The 5th Annual SEATA Quiz Bowl was another raucous affair. Teams from every state in District 9/SEATA were represented. The UTC Quiz Bowl team of Tara Milburn, Lauren Miller, Valerie Snider and Keresa Steichen, brought home 3rd place finish.  Congratulations to the University of Miami for being the only school to know the Final Jeopardy question and winning the overall event.   They will now represent District 9 at the NATA National Quiz Bowl in June in Las Vegas.  Good luck to "The U" in Las Vegas!

Check back later for a slide show of the Student SEATA conference.

January 2013 - Katelin Knox making a mark at Stanford University

Katelin Knox ('12) is working as an intern athletic trainer at Stanford Universiity, working with their football team.  The team finished the recently completed season with a PAC-12 Conference Championship, a victory in the Rose Bowl, and a #5 National Ranking.  She has recently been assigned to be the Host Athletic Trainer for the 1st and 2nd Rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament In March.  Stanford is hosting the weekend of March 23rd.

Good Luck Katelin!

January 2013 - A busy month for the UTC GATEP

January has been a very busy month for everyone in Chattanooga as we spread the gospel according to the UTC GATEP.  Here are the highlights of the month:

  • Bi-annual NATA Educators Conference
    • Dr. Gary Wilkerson (Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Athletic Training & Therapy) presented with Dr. Craig Denegar (Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Athletic Training and the Program Director of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Connecticut) entitled: " Bridging the Chasm between Athletic Training Research and Clinical Practice: A Discussion of Methods and Analyses"
    • Dr. Wilkerson along with Dr. Marisa Colston presented on "Patient-Centered Athletic Training: Issues in
      Clinical Practice, Research, and Education"  focusing on how athletic training should be under a medical model of care and supervision as opposed to the athletic model so many programs are currently engaged
  • Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association's Annual Meeting and Symposium
    • Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented on "Individualized injury risk assessment"
  • Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society State Meeting
    • Dr. Carrie Baker presented on "Upcoming Changes to Professional Standards"
    • Mr. Scott L. Bruce pinch-hit for a late cancellation on "Empty Room Rehabilitation"
    • Scott also won the 2013 TATS Terry Robertson Educator Award (picture is below)

 

October 2012 - ATs for Signal Mountain and Chattanooga Christian School almost outnumber players

At a recent high school football game between Signal Mountain (SM)High School and Chattanooga Christian School (CCS) (there were 10 athletic trainers (counting both certified athletic trainers (ATC) and athletic training students, (ATS)) covering or present at the game.  The photograph below show everyone in attendence.

(L to R) Front Row: Ethan Fryar, Brianna Fryar's son and #1 helper; Ansley Entrekin, ATS assigned to CCS; Kelly Tucker, ATS assigned to CCS; Cherell Lawson, ATS assigned to SM. Back row: Casey Riley, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, SM; Sammantha Bronkel, ATS assigned to SM, Nick Bianco, ATS assigned to CCS; Scott L. Bruce, MS, ATC, Assistant Athletic Trainer, SM; Tara Milburn, ATS assigned to SM; Brianna Frayar, MS, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, CCS, Rachel Burdette, ATC, UTC GATEP Alum Class of 2012 (visiting, but formally assigned to CCS as an ATS). 

Although SM won the game the best part was that no one was seriously injured so neither staff was very busy during the game.

October 2012 - Chattanooga Concussion Prevention Initiative featured by WDSI Fox 61

Scott Bruce, Lecturer/Director of Recruitment for the UTC GATEP and founder for the Chattanooga Concussion Prevention Initiative (CCPI) along with Thomas Morrison ('12) Assistant Athletic Trainer at Boyd Buchanan High School were both interviewed by WDSI Fox 61 of Chattanooga for a segment on concussions.  The feature not only discussed the dangers of concussions, but also briefly discussed the CCPI.  The video link can be seen by clicking HERE.

August 2012 - Bruce leads Concussion Prevention Initiative

With the start of football season across the country comes the endless streams of stories about concussions.  UTC GATEP Lecturer and Director of Recruitment Mr. Scott Bruce is attempting address this issue locally.  He is heading up the Chattanooga Concussion Prevention Initiative (CCPI).  Mr. Bruce has already recruited 4 Family Practice Sports Medicine trained physicians to be a part of the CCPI.  The physicians are Dr. Danielle Mitchell, (UTC Team Physician), Dr. Dave Jenkinson, Dr. Jason Robertson, and Dr. Shay Richardson. Although it has been slow going the referral network is established. Mr. Bruce has already done several educational sessions with area schools.  In the future, the CCPI hopes to be able to get all of the athletes in Hamilton County baseline tested on ImPACT or some similar neuropsychological test battery and be able to track the injuries for further research and development.

August 2012 - UTC GATEP Preceptor gets props in Chattanoogan.com article

Head Athletic Trainer for Signal Mountain High School and UTC GATEP Preceptor, Casey Riley is mentioned for her efforts on the field at the time of the injury and with the injured player's recovery and rehabilitation.  (Also please note that on 2 of 3 times that the writer mentions Casey, she used the proper nomenclature of "athletic trainer".)  The two athletic training students assigned to Casey, Tara Milburn and Cherell Lawson got an awsome educational experience.  You can go HERE to read the article.  Good work all!  Keep it up!

August 2012 – Dr. Carrie Baker is the new UTC GATEP Clinical Coordinator

Dr. Carrie Baker was recently appointed to be the new Clinical Coordinator for the UTC GATEP.  Dr. Baker comes to UTC from the University of Kentucky where she recently completed her doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences.  Her dissertation at the University of Kentucky was entitled: “The Development of the Self-Efficacy of Balance Scale (SEBS): Investigation of Psychometric Properties in Female Basketball Players.”  Carrie is originally from New England, graduating from Castleton State College, Castleton, VT.  She completed her master’s degree in 2002 from Old Dominion University.  Dr. Baker spent the next six years teaching and working as the on-campus clinical coordinator at Sacred Heart University.  We welcome Carrie to the UTC GATEP family!

July  2012 - Dr. Brendon McDermott leaves UTC

It is with sadness that the UTC GATEP lost the talent and services of Dr. Brendon McDermott when he accepted a similar position at the University of Arkansas.  Dr. McDermott will be part of a research team at U. of AR to study heat and hydration.  Although we are saddened by Dr. McDermott’s leaving, we believe we have been truly fortunate to have had him as a part of the UTC GATEP for three years.  Our program is much better because of his contributions and we wish him, his wife Jamie, and the boys Aiden and Shea nothing but the best.  Good Luck McDermotts!

June 2012 - NATA Annual Meeting Summary

The 63rd NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium was a very successful time for the UTC GATEP. The following are the highlights of the St. Louis meeting.

  • Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented twice, both feature presenations.  Dr. Wilkerson shared the stage with UTC GATEP alumn John Faltus, ('11) and Dr. Brian Pietrosimone from the University of Toledo entitled: Understanding and Treating Neuromechanical Adaptations Following Joint Injury  Dr. Wilkerson's presentation was Pathogenesis of Muscle Inhibition wihle John's presentation was entitled Exercises for Restoration of Optimal Function
  • The other presentation Dr. Wilkerson game was in conjunction with UTC GATEP instructor Scott Bruce and Dr. Craig Denegar from the University of Connecticut.  Their feature presentation was entitled How to Objectively Assess the Prevention Domain.  Scott's presentation was on Predicting Who is Likely To Get Injured & The Prevention Domain, while Dr. Wilkerson's presentation was on Clinical Prediction Rules for the Prevention of Injury
  • Dr. Brendon McDermott gave an oral presentation on his recent heat related research.  His presentation was entitled Validity of the Heat Observation Technology System During Summer Football Conditioning.
  • The Annual UTC GATEP Alumni Party was held at the Over-Under Sports Bar and Grill.  About 30 people attended the event.  Here is the picture taken of the group.  (Unfortunately, some left before the picture and some after it was taken.)

 

May 2012 - NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium is right around the corner

As you prepare for the NATA National Convention please be sure to see Dr. Gary Wilkerson and Mr. Scott Bruce as they present along with Dr. Craig Denegar (University of Connecticut) on "How to Objectively Assess the Prevention Domain."  They will present on Thursday, June 28th from 5:00 to 7:00.  Please be sure to join us!

Also, the alumni party is being planned for Wed., June 27th (tentative) and details will be forthcoming.

May 2012 - 12 new graduates, 21 new students to replace them

UTC has 12 new alumni with the graduation of the class of 2012.  We thank all of them for their hard work, dedication and for what they taught the faculty during their 22 months in the UTC GATEP.  We wish them all well as they embark on the hardest job they will ever have in many ways - seeking their first jobs as newly minted ATCs!

With the graduation of the class of 2012, we prepare to welcome our largest class ever.  Twenty-one (21) new students will joing the UTC GATEP family in July.  We are excited about the prosects that this new group presents.  Look for more information on the new group in July!

April 2012 - Bruce and McDermott launch the Chattanooga Concussion Prevention Initiative

UTC GATEP Faculty Members Scott L. Bruce and Brendon P. McDermott along with Lisa Morgan the Service Coordinator for the Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association (CABIA) have launched the Chattanooga Concussion Prevention Initiative (CCPI).  The purpose of the CCPI is three fold:

  1. To provide education to coaches, school administrators, parents, and the student-athletes themselves.
  2. To provide a referral network of physicians who are trained in the assessment and management of concussions.
  3. To track the concussion injuries to provide better services and address the needs of the area regarding concussion.

The referral network is made up of Dr. Dave Jenkinson, Dr. Danielle Mitchell, Dr. Shay Richardson, and Dr. Jason Robertson. Eventually the goal will be to have all student-athletes in the Chattanooga area baseline tested on neurocognitive tests so that when a concussion is suffered, an athlete can be re-tested and the neurocognitive testing can be used as an additional objective tool for the physicians when they conduct their assessments.

April 2012 - Graduate Research Day is huge success

Over 90 research posters from across various departments on the UTC campus were presented on Wednesday, April 4th.  The event was jointly sponsored by The Graduate School, Graduate Student Association, Office of Partnerships and Sponsored Programs, Office of the Provost and the University Honors Program.  The 13 GATEP 2nd year students presented their posters as well.  The posters are a requirement of the GATEP and was the conclusion of much hard work and long hours by both students and faculty.  The titles and authors of the posters are provided below:

  

  • Christopher Brown, Gary B. Wilkerson, Marisa A. Colston: Pre-season Baseline Testing to Determine Injury Risk
  • Rachel N. Burdette, Gary B. Wilkerson: Pre-season Characteristics as Predictors of Musculoskeletal Injury Risk
  • April S. Clark, Scott L. Bruce, Gary B. Wilkerson: The Relationship Between Neurocognitive Reaction Time and Incidence of Core or Lower Extremity Sprains or Strains
  • Kayleigh K. Edwards, Marisa A. Colston, Gary B. Wilkerson:  Effect of a Strength Training Program on Hip External Rotators and Ankle Inverters
  • Daryl Faulkner, Gary B. Wilkerson, Marisa A. Colston:   Identification of Shoulder Injury Risk Among College Football Players
  • Megan Gibson, Marisa A. Colston, Gary B. Wilkerson: Effects of Low Back Manual Therapy on Preceived Status Change and Knee Extension Torque
  • Jessica Guadango, Gary B. Wilkerson:  Quantification of Ankle Sprain Among College Football Players
  • Marissa M. Jones, Gary B. Wilkerson, Marisa A. Colston, Scott L. Bruce: Responses to the "Life Events Survey for Collegiate Athletes" as Injury Predictors
  • Katelin Knox, Gary B. Wilkerson, Marisa A. Colston: Core Muscle Endurance Tests and Joint Function Surveys for Injury Prediction
  • Michelle Moreland, Brendon McDermott, Scott L. Bruce: Effect of Hydration Status on Neurocognitive Test Results
  • Thomas M. Morrison, Scott L. Bruce, Gary B. Wilkerson: Pre-participation Injury Risk Status as a Predictor of Medical Expenditures for College Football Players
  • Abby Sroufe, Marisa A. Colston, Gary B. Wilkerson: Lumbar Multifidus Muscle Cross-Sectional Area Relationship to Hip External Rotator and Knee Extensor Isometric Torque Output
  • Robery Clay Townsend, Brendon McDermott: Comparison of Sweat Rate and Sweat-Electrolyte Composition Between Athletes who Experience Recurrent Muscle Cramps versus Matched Control Athletes

 

April 2012 - UTC GATEP alumna Jamilia Kindall is going to London for the 2012 Olympic Games

Jamila Kindall (2008) has been selected to be a certified massage therapist for the 2012 Olympic Game in London, England this summer. To read the feature article on Jamila from the Birmingham Times, please click HERE to read more.

March 2012 - Scott Bruce is the Keynote Speaker for the Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association

Scott Bruce recently was the Keynote Speaker for the Annual Fundraising Dinner for the Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association (CABIA). His presentation was entitled, "Athletic Trainers on the Front Lines of Concussions."  The dinner was attended by more than 250 guests. 

CABIA is committed to supporting brain injury survivors throughout their journey of recovery. This component involves formulating solutions and advocatng for the brain injury survivor in any which way we can.  Scott's presentation included the proposal for the establishment of the Chattanooga Concussion Prevention Initiative.  Scott, along with Dr. Brendon McDermott, are focused on working with area Sports Medicine trained Family Practice Physicians to establish a referral network.  The goal is for those schools in Hamilton County that do not have access to certified athletic trainers, to have someplace to go, so when they do have athletes with a potential concussion, they can be properly evaluated, managed and eventually cleared for their return to play when it is safe for them to do so.

 

March 2012 - Presentation at Annual SEATA Conference on Clinical Predicition Rules

UTC GATEP Faculty members Dr. Gary Wilkerson, Dr. Marisa Colston, and Mr. Scott Bruce along with Head Team Physician Dr. Danielle Mitchell presented at the 37th Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting held in Atlanta, GA.  The title of the topic was "How to Objectively Measure the Prevention Domain."  Dr. Wilkerson's segment of the presentation was an introduction to clinical prediction modeling.  Dr. Mitchell followed with how to use the data generated from the clinical model in clinical practice and why evidence-based practice is important to all health care practitioners. How the Evidence-based Medicine model fits into the new clinical proficiencies that are going into effect for all athletic training education curriculums was the topic of Dr. Colston's presentation.  Mr. Bruce was the anchor of the group and gave an overview on "how to do" clinical prediction modeling and how to identify your at risk athletes.

If you missed this presentation have no fear you will have another opportunity.  Dr. Wilkerson and Mr. Bruce will present a similar talk along with Dr. Craig Denegar at the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.  That presentation is scheduled for Thursday, June 28th, from 4:45 to 6:45 PM.  It is a Featured Presentation!  We hope to see you there!

March 2012 - An strong finish for Dr. Danielle Mitchell in the Ironman Triathalon New Zealand

Dr. Danielle Mitchell, UTC's Head Team Physician, completed her fourth Ironman distance triathlon in Taupo, New Zealand, with a time of 7:54:16.  The swimming, biking and running event is one of the most difficult tests of an individual's physiological endurance.  This particular event was challenging if for no other reason due to the whether.  The original race was postponed due to "hurricane like conditions" and an abbreviated form of the race was held the following day.  Dr. Mitchell spent the week before the event in New Zealand preparing for the race and and the week after the triathalon exploring the country.  This is Dr. Mitchell's 2nd ironman triathalon since joining UTC.  Her 1st was in Madison, WI after accepting the position to come to UTC and just prior to beginning her actual duties.  When and where her next triathalon will take place is still to be announced.

March 2012 - Dr. Danielle Mitchell featured in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Head Team Physician, Dr. Danielle Mitchell was featured recently in an article in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.  The article focused on her love of healthy lifestyles, physical fitness and her participation in tri-athalons.  You can read the article by clicking HERE.

February 2012 - Another Student SEATA Conference another UTC success!

All of the UTC GATEP athletic training students attended the 26th Annual Student SEATA Conference held in Atlanta, GA.  Once again students had 3 tracks from which to choose from: 1) "Prevention, Evaluation & Initial Management of Injuries"  2) "Therapeutic Exercise, Modalities and Professional Development" 3) "Athletic Training Competencies" for students preparing for the NATA-Board of Certification Exams.

Here are some of the other highlights from the Conference:

  • Dr. Brendon McDermott presented on "Clinical Management of Heat Illness". 
  • For the 13th consecutive year, Dr. Marisa Colston and Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented. Dr. Colston presented once again on "Lumbosacral Spine" while Dr. Wilkerson spoke about"The Knee." 
  • Scott L. Bruce assisted with three laboratory session: orthotic fabrication, advanced taping techniques, and emergency medical procedures.
  • Dr. Brendon McDermott assisted with the Quiz Bowl competition as a member of the District Quiz Bowl Committee. 
  • The 4th Annual SEATA Quiz Bowl was another energetic and fun filled night. Teams from over 20 school were represented. The UTC Quiz Bowl team of Rachel Burdette, Daryl Falkner, Jessica Guadagno, and Michelle Moreland brought home a strong 3rd place finish.  Congratulations to Southeast Louisianna State University and their come-from-behind victory.  They will now represent District 9 at the NATA National Quiz Bowl in June in St. Louis.

January 2012 -  New year and lots of presentations

With the new year, UTC GATEP faculty have numerous speaking engagements.  Here is a list of what has been doen and what will be coming in the coming months.

  • Dr. Brendon McDermott spoke on "Heat  etc." at the NATA Roundtable in Colorado Spring, CO and at the Georgia Regulation Commission on State Guidelines on Heat Illness in Athens.
  • Dr. Gary Wilkerson will speak in February at the Big Sky Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Conference in Big Sky, MT on “Pre-Participation Injury Risk Assessment” highlighting our research efforts here at UTC.
  • Dr. Marisa Colston, Dr. Wilkerson, and Dr. McDermott will all be speaking at the Annual Student SEATA Conference in Atlanta, while Mr. Scott Bruce will be assisting with several laboratory sessions.
  • Dr. Danielle Mitchell, (UTC Team Physician), Dr. Colston, Dr. McDermott, Dr. Wilkerson and Mr. Bruce are presenting on "Clinical Prediction Rules" at the Annual SEATA Meeting in Atlanta in March
  • Dr. Wilkerson and Mr. Bruce will present at the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO. Their presentation will be entitled: “How to Objectively Assess the Prevention Domain”,

 

January 2012 - TATS Wrap-up

A very succesful weekend was had by UTC GATEP. The following is a wrap up.

  • Dr. Marisa Colston, GATEP Program Director presented on "Differential Diagnosis in the Lumbar Spine"
  • Dr. Danielle Mitchell, UTC Team Physician gave a presentation entitled "Building an Evidence-based Medical Practice in the Athletic Training Room"
    • Dr. Mitchell's presentation stimulated conversation about the working conditions of athletic trainers.  She is now organizing a discussion group to examine how change may occur so that more schools might utilize the "medical model" over the current "athletic model" which has been in place for so long.
  • Dr. Colston won the TATS ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR award

  • Ms. Marissa Jones, a 2nd year student won the TATS GRADUATE ATHLETIC TRAINING STUDENT SCHOLARSHP AWARD

  • This makes it six years a row that a UTC GATEP student has won this award and eight of the last nine award winners have been UTC GATEP students.  Previous winners: 2011 - John Faltus; 2010 - Dana Johnson; 2009 - Carlitta Moore; 2008 - Candy Anderson; 2007 - Erin Sheehan; 2005- Sarah Herskee; 2004 - Wade Barlett
     

November 10, 2011 - UTC GATEP Welcomes our newest family member

Dr. Brendon McDermott's wife Jamie gave birth of their second son, Shea Logan on.  Shea came into this world weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 oz. According to Dad, Mother and baby we doing "awesome!"

 

October 2011 - Dr. Wilkerson attends National Congress on Healthcare Innovation & Cost Containment

Dr. Wilkerson recently was awarded a scholarship to attend the Conferece by the Bipartisan Policy Center co-founded by former Senators Bill Frist and Tom Daschale in Washington, DC.  The conference focused on impending changes in healthcare delivery and reimbursement models.  Attendees included representatives of health policy consulting firms, federal agencies, private insurance companies, and healthcare provider organizations.  Dr. Wilkerson was the only certified athletic trainer in attendence.  Much of the information that he has brought back from DC will be implemented in the Healthcare & Finance course that is part of the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Education Program.  Dr. Wilkerson will be presenting on this topic at the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association.

 

October 2011 -EducationalPortals.com RECOGNIZES UTC AS ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS MEDICINE PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY!

A recent report by EducationalPortals.com that will become part of a feature in the USA Today recognizes UTC as being one of the 20 Best Sports Medicine Schools in the United States.  Of the programs listed,  the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Athletic Training Education Program is the only Entry-level Master's Program highlighted.  By region, UTC is one of only four (4) schools in the southeast region of the United States that were on the "Best of" list. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clinical instructors, administrators, medical directors and most importantly our students (both current and past students), for the continued support and contributions to the program's success.

September 2011 - Dr. Danielle Mitchell become the new UTC Team Physician

Dr. Danielle Mitchell has recently joined the UTC Sports Medicine team as our new Team Physician.  Dr. Mitchell is a Primary Care Sports Medicine physician.  She recently completed her sports medicine fellowship at the University of Utah.  Originally from Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon and the Oregon Health and Sciences University.  She will be responsible for not only supervising the certified athletic trainers, but assisting in providing care to the 17 varsity athletic teams and the over 350 student-athletes.
When Dr. Mitchell is not practicing medicine, she can found road-racing with an amateur women's cycling team, and training for triathalons. She recently completed the Ironman Triathalon in Madison, Wisconsin in 15:40:09.  Dr. Mitchell will see patients on-campus at the University Health Services and in the orthopedic clinic through Erlanger Hospital.

August 2011 - If its hot (and it is) Dr. McDermott is in the news!

Dr. Brendon McDermott again is in the news with the heat, but this time it was national news.  This article on the Fox News web site discusses the heat issues and Dr. McDermott is featured prominately in the article.  Keep up the good work Brendon!

July 2011 - Dr. McDermott's latest research highlighted

Dr. Brendon McDermott was recently featured on two Chattanooga television stations showing his latest research comparing the "HotHead Body Temperature Sensor" to the "HQ CorTemp Ingestible Thermistor".  Research has shown the "HQ CorTemp Ingstible Thermistor" to be a reliable measure of core temperature when compared to rectal temperatures, but at $40 per ingestible thermistor it is likely to be too expensive for many athletic trainers.  The newest product is the "HotHead Body Temperature Sensor".  They claim that their product is representative of core temperature, but independent research has not verified their technology, Dr. McDermott is testing to see if the "HotHead" claims are valid.  To see the WTVC video click HERE.  For the WDEF production click HERE. Below is a slide show of the testing/research.

June 2011 - 1 class leaves and another begins

The UTC Graduate Athletic Training Education Program congratulates all of our graduating athletic training students as they have all stepped from the student category to the certified athletic trainer classification.  UTC's athletic training students continue to have an overall pass rate for the NATA BOC exam of 80% on the 1st time takiing the exam.

Our new class of students recently began their journey to becoming certified athletic trainers.  Their pictures and information will be available soon under the Current Students tab.

June 2011 - NATA Convention Highlights:

UTC Faculty represent at the NATA Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Once again the UTC GATEP Faculty presented on several occasions during the recently completed NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in New Orleans, LA.  Below is a list of the presentations made by each of the faculty members:

  • Dr. Brendon McDermott
    • "Emerging Position Statements: Fluid Replacement for Athletes: An Update"
    • "Heat or Hydration – Science and Practical Applications of Heat Illness Prevention"
    • "Clinical Management of Exertional Heat Illness"
  • Dr. Gary Wilkerson
    • "Utilization of Ultrasound Imaging in the Clinical Management of Ankle Dysfunction"
    • "Critical Role of Core Musculature for Optimal Integrated Function throughout the Entire Kinetic Chain: Relationship of Core Stability to Lower Extremity Function and Injury Risk"
  • Dr. Marisa Colston
    • "Critical Role of Core Musculature for Optimal Integrated Function throughout the Entire Kinetic Chain: Biomechanical and Neuromuscular Aspects of Optimal Lumbosacral Function"
  • Mr. Scott L. Bruce
    • "The Gluteals and Their Link to Lower Quarter Dysfunction"  (Learning Lab Assistant)

Two UTC Athletic Training Students win NATA Scholarships

Jessica Guadagno and Marissa Jones both won scholarship from the NATA Research & Education Foundation's Scholarship Program.

Over 60 attend the Alumni Reception

Over 60 people attended the UTC-GATEP Annual Alumni Reception held at Poppy's Time-out Sports Bar and Grill in downtown New Orleans.  Plans are being made for next year's reception.  Please plan to attend!  See you in St. Louis!  (Here is a slide show from the Alumni Reception.)

 

June 2011 - Brendon McDermott receives more recognition

UTC's own Dr. Brendon McDermott was quoted in an article in the The Providence Journal regarding heat related illness. (Click HERE to read the article.)   He was also featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Chattanooga Today, (unfortunately an on-line link is not yet available.)

May 2011 - NATA Awards Already Coming in for UTC Students and Alumni

Jessica Guadagno and Marissa Jones, rising Second Year Athletic Training Students in the UTC-GATEP were recently notified that they have been selected as winners of NATA Scholarships.  Both students will receive their awards during the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in New Orleans, LA, week of June 19th.

Also, Amanda Ryan was recently named the Junior College/Community College Head Athletic Trainer of the Year through the College and University Athletic Trainers' Committee.  She will receive her award during the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in New Orleans, LA, week of June 19th.  Mandy works as the Head Athletic Trainer at  Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC.

May 2011

ALL 14 STUDENT PASSED THE EXAM ON THEIR 1st ATTEMPT FOR A 100% PASSING RATE!!!

THIS IS THE 2nd YEAR IN THE PAST 4 YEARS (2008 THE OTHER YEAR) IN WHICH UTC GATEP STUDENTS HAD A 100% PASS RATE!

May 2011 - Dr. McDermott & Billy Wilson featured in Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Dr. Brendon McDermott and Billy Wilson (Class of 2011) were the subjects of a recent article concerning their research on cramping and the make up of sweat on athletes who exercise in hot humid environments.  The study was the focus of Billy's required research project with Dr. McDermott serving as his faculty supervisor for the project.  To read the article click HERE.

May 2011 - The UTC GATEP Graduates 14 students

14 students graduated on May 7th.  Several family members and friends joined the faculty in congratulating this class of students in the post-commencement social event.  The students' research posters were hung for everyone to see all of the hard work done by the students throughout the semester.

April 2011 - Dr. Colston give Keynote Address to Graduate Student Awards Reception

Dr. Marisa Colston, Program Director for the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Education Program gave the keynote address to the Annual Graduate Student Awards Reception.  The reception recognizes the achievements of graduate students from this past year. 

April 2011 - John Faltus named Outstanding Graduate Student

John Faltus, second year student in the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Education Program was recently named the Outstanding Graduate Student by the Graduate Student Association for the GATEP.  The award is selected by the Graduate Faculty.

April 2011 - Third Annual Graduate Research Day is another success for GATEP

Of the 36 posters presented on Graduate Research Day, 16 posters belonged to students of the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Education Program.  The event was sponsored by UTC Office of Sponsored Programs and Partnerships and the UTC Graduate School.  The presentations were the conclusion of a lot of hard work and long hours by both students and faculty.  The titles and authors of the posters are provided below:  

  • BranDee N. Allen, Marisa A. Colston, Gary B. Wilkerson: Cross-Sectional Assessment of the Disinhibiting Effects of Mentholated Gel on Low Back and Quadriceps Activation
  • Joe C. Baugham, Gary B. Wilkerson: Analysis of Anteror-Lateral Rotary Displacement of the Talus in Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability
  • Crystal L. Clark, Gary B. Wilkerson: Diagnostic Ultrasound Detected Degenerative Tendon Changes in the Division I-FCS Collegiate Football Player with Foot/Ankle Injury
  • John Faltus, Brendon P. McDermott: Case of Exertion-Related Collapse in a Male Collegiate Rower
  • John Faltus, Gary Wilkerson: Assessment of the Disinhibiting Effects of Mentholated Gel on Quadriceps Activation Following Knee Surgery
  • Sara Henley, Scott L. Bruce, Brendon P. McDermott, Christopher J. L. Cunningham, Bart Weathington: Relationship of Life Events and Injury Risk in Division I-FCS College Football Players
  • Sara Henley, Scott L. Bruce, Casey Riley: Pneumothorax in a High School Football Player
  • Janet E. Hess, Gary B. Wilkerson, Marisa A. Colston: Prediction of Core Muscle Strains in NCAA Division I-FCS Football Players
  • Erin Karch, Scott L. Bruce, Gary B. Wilkerson: Analysis of College Wrestler Characteristics Relevant to Injury Risk
  • Marjorie M. Leahu, Marisa A. Colston, Gary B. Wilkerson: Lower Extremity Injury Predictors in High School Basketball Athletes
  • Andrea K. Michel, Marisa A. Colston, Jessica L. Tanner: Analysis of College Volleyball Player Characteristics Relevant to Injury Risk
  • Kenta Miyazaki, Gary Wilkerson: Reliability of Two Core Stability Tests Used for Prediction of Injury Risk
  • Meredith Reinecke, Gary Wilkerson: Risk factor for lateral Ankle Sprains in Division I-FCS Football Players
  • Stephanie A. Rynas, Gary B. Wilkerson, Marisa A. Colston: Relationship of Navicular Drop Footprint-Deprived Measurements and Influence of Pronation of Lower Extremity Injury Risk
  • William D. Wilson, Brendon P. McDermott: Evaluation of Sweat Electrolytes in Crampers and Non-crampers
  • Joshua R. Wright, Marisa A. Colston, Gary B. Wilkerson: Athletic Training Education Program Faculty Scholarship Assessment

March 2011 - UTC GATEP faculty makes mark at SEATA 36th Annual Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting

All four UTC faculty members presented at the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association 36th Annual Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting in Atlanta, GA.  Leading the way was SEATA Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Wilkerson with four different presentations.  Faculty presentations were: (click on titles to links to the presentation notes)

March 2011 - McDermott featured in US News and World Report

Dr. Brendon McDermott was featured in an article for US News and World Report on common sense tips for exercising now that the weather is starting to warm up.  Click HERE for a link to the article.

February 2011 - Student SEATA Another Successful Trip to Atlanta

All 29 athletic training students attended the 25th Annual Student SEATA Conference held in Atlanta, GA.  Students had 3 tracks from which to choose from. First year students could choose from two tracks: 1) "Prevention, Evaluation & Initial Management of Injuries" or 2) "Therapeutic Exercise, Modalities and Professional Development." The second year students attended the track that focused primarily to assist them in their NATA-Board of Certification Exams.

Here are some of the other highlights from the Conference:

  • Dr. Brendon McDermott presented on "Clinical Management of Heat Illness".  To see the PDF of his presentation click HERE.
  • For the 12th consecutive year, Dr. Marisa Colston and Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented. Dr. Colston presented on "Lumbosacral Spine" while Dr. Wilkerson spoke on "The Knee." 
  • Scott L. Bruce assisted with three laboratory session: orthotic fabrication, advanced taping techniques, and joint mobilizations and participated in one employment round table.
  • Dr. Brendon McDermott assisted with the Quiz Bowl competition as a member of the District Quiz Bowl Committee. 
  • The 3rd Annual SEATA Quiz Bowl was another energetic and fun filled night. Teams from 22 schools were represented. The UTC Quiz Bowl team of Jennie Hess, Marjorie Leahu, Joe Baugham, and Marjorie Reinecke gave us our best finish to date.  Congratulations to the University of Florida for their 2nd victory in a row where they will now represent District 9 at the NATA National Quiz Bowl in June in New Orleans.

See the slide show below for photographs from the weekend's activities.

 

January 2011 - A new feature the UTC GATEP web site

A new feature that we are adding to the alumni page.   If you have had an article or other media event in your life, (TV or radio interview, etc), or know of something that a UTC GATEP alum has been fortunate enough to receive, then please let us know and send us the link if at all possible.  These include research articles or publicity articles that have been written for any periodical or publication.  We will publish the information under your class' list of alumni.  We look forward to posting this informaiton.  Just send the information to: Scott-Bruce@utc.edu.  Thank you!

January 2011 – John Faltus makes it 4 years in a row for a UTC GATEP Winner of a TATS Scholarship

Mr. John Faltus won the “Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship Award” by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society Scholarship during their Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.  This makes the fourth year in a row that a UTC Athletic Training Student has won this award and six of the last seven winners were UTC students. Winners from previous years were:

2010 - Dana Johnson

2009 – Carlitta Moore

2008 – Candy Anderson

2007 – Erin Sheehan

2005 – Sarah Herskee

2004 – Joshua Porter

January 2011 - UTC Dominates Education Program at TATS Confernce

At the recently completed TATS Confernce in Nashville, TN all UTC faculty members presented.  Dr. Marisa Colston spoke on Ethic and Athletic Training; Dr. Brendon McDermott presented on Heat Illness; Dr. Gary Wilkerson lectured in conjunction with Dr. Chad Smith (UTC Team Orthopedic) on Diagnostic Ultrasound to Assess Ligament and Tendon Pathology and Pltlet-Rich Plasma Therapy for facilitation of Healing; Mr. Scott Bruce presented a Case Study entitled Pneumothorax in a High School Football Player.  Additionally, Amanda Jo Gundrum (Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer) presented a Case Study entitled Accessory Navicular Syndrome.  One athletic training student, John Faltus, also presented a Case Study regarding Exertional Heat Exhaustion in a Rower.

December 2010 - UTC GATEP student vote for SEATA Quiz Bowl team

The 3rd Annual Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl is to be held in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 4th. The Athletic Training Students voted by their peers to represent the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Education Program are Jennie Hess, Joe Baugham and Meredith Reinecke and 1st year student Rachel Burdette is the alternate. Congratulations to those students! The team will be called "Team Radiculopathy."  Go to Atlanta kick some gluteus maximus!!!

November 2010 - UTC loses wrestling athletic trainer Michael Booi

UTC unfortunately lost a valuable member of their Athletic Training Staff recently when Michael Booi, (wrestling athletic trainer) left the university for a position with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL (formly known as the East Coast Hockey League.  Working in professional hockey has always been a dream of Mike's and we wish him well.  We will miss you Mike!

October 2010 - Basketball AT MacKenzie McDonald featured in article

MacKenzie "Mac" McDonald was featured in this article regarding a new pre-practice routine.  The routine involves active warm-up by doing "some stretching and movement and getting them a sweat" before practice. The two benefits attributed to the new warm-up routine is to prevent injuries and to hasten the process of players getting up to full speed with their heart-rate and blood flow early in practice.  Coach Shulman gives Mac credit for this new routine in the article.  Great job Mack!!!  Keep up the awsome job.

October 2010 - Scrub Training is complete, faculty & students soon to be certified as 2nd Surgical Assistants

After many hours of hard work by Drs. Colston and Wilkerson and the good folks at Erlanger Hospital, a long time goal of the UTC GATEP hsa been realized.  The faculty and students recently completed their scrub training and pending the completion of final paperwork, checking the crossing of the "T's" and dotting of the "I's", they will all be certified as 2nd Surgical Assistants. As such, they may provide assistance to the physicians and scrub nurses in the OR.  "We are extremely pleased to be able to provide this training to our students.  It is yet another key factor in what sets our Graduate Athletic Training Education Program apart from others athletic training education program across the country," said Dr. Marisa Colston, UTC GATEP Program Director.

September 2010 - 11th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Team Radiculapathy

For the third year in a row, 16 friends, students, faculty and staff formed "Team Radiculapathy" and participated in the 11th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  The team raised over $1100 dollars for breast cancer research.  Overall there was an estimated 8500+ runners/walkers in this year's Race and despite some rain showers before and during the Race, spirits remained high. Below is a slide show of pictures from the event.

 

 

September 2010 - Dr. Wilkerson has been busy!

Dr. Gary Wilkerson has been iInvited to serve on Secondary School Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network Advisory Board, A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Mesa, AZ. He has also been invited to serve on NCAA Injury Surveillance System Data Use Review Committee, Datalys Center, Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Wilkerson will be presenting at the National Athletic Trainers Association Educators Conference, Washington, DC, February 2011 on his research findings related to the "Identification of core and lower extremity sprain and strain risk factors among NCAA Division I-FCS football players".
In July the good professor, presented a lecture on the topic "Clinical Prediction Rules" at the Baptist Sports Medicine and Saint Thomas Health Services Sports Medicine Conference in Nashville, TN.  He also served as lead author for a 2-part report published in the July 2010 issue of Athletic Therapy Today: 1) Rotary ankle instability: overview of pathomechanics and prognosis, and 2) Analysis of rotary ankle instability and taping restraint in a cadaver specimen. Finally, Dr. Wilkerson served as co-author with Dr. Greg Heath and Dr. Burch Oglesby for a report published in the September 2010 issue of ACSM Health; Fitness Journal: Physical activity promotion in a university community. 
So if you have been trying to get a hold of Dr. Wilkerson and not been able to do so, you now know why!  Great job Gary and keep up the good work!

August 2010 - Congratulations to Dr. Colston

Dr. Colston was recently promoted to full professorship at the University of Tennesee at Chattanooga.  This is a significant accomplishment for her as well as for any instructor at the university/college level of education.  Obviously, this is a well-earned honor and accomplishment by Dr. Colston.  Please sure to send her a congratulatory note.  (Click on her name to send her an e-mail.)

July 2010 - Not to be outdone by his wife . . .

Dr. Brendon McDermott was featured on a story on WDEF, Channel 12 news recently.  The story was on, what else, exercising in the heat!  Click HERE for the link to the video!

July 2010 - Dr. McDermott's wife featured in Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Dr. McDermott's wife, Jamie, a registered dietician is featured in an article entitled: "Jamie McDermott offers help for dieters' dilemmas" in the July 8, 2010 issue of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.  Click HERE for access to the actual article.

July 2010 - 1 class leaves and another begins

The UTC Graduate Athletic Training Education Program congratulates all of our graduating athletic training students as they have all stepped from the student category to the certified athletic trainer classification.  UTC's athletic training students continue to pass the NATA BOC exam the 1st time 80% of the time.

Our new class of students recently began their journey to becoming certified athletic trainers.  Their pictures and information will be available soon under the Current Students tab.

June 2010 - NATA National Convention Summary

      ***UTC Athletic Training Students receive NATA Scholarships

*Three UTC Athletic Training Students receive NATA Scholarships totalling nearly $7,000.00 in awards.  The winners and the specific scholarship won are as follows:

  • John Faltus - Jerry Rhea Scholarship - Sponsored by: Jerry Rhea/Atlanta Falcons Scholarship Fund
  • Jenny Hess - Jimmy Warfield Memorial Scholarship - Sponsored by: Baseball Team mediciine Conference
  • Meredith Reinecke - Jerry Rhea Scholarship - Sponsored by: Jerry Rhea/Atlanta Falcons Scholarship Fund

       ***Dr. Colston wins Service Award

*Dr. Marisa Colston won an NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award.  She was one of 24 Service Award winners.  Support for her application was made by Dr. Gary Wilkerson, Scott Bruce, Dr. David Jenkins, DO and Dr. Mary Tanner, Dean for College of Health, education and Professional Studies.  As Dr. Wilkerson and Mr. Bruce stated in their letter of support:

 

"Although she has gone far beyond the call of duty on numerous occasions, her priorities have not been compromised. Despite a full academic and administrative workload, Marisa has found time to provide presentations on a wide variety of topics, participate on state, district, and national committees, conduct research, and provide service to the university and the local community. She somehow finds the time to support her husband (a small business owner) and her young son, without anyone feeling that she has neglected their needs or concerns."

Please be sure to send Dr. Colston a congratulatory note as she earned this well deserved award.

*The UTC Alumni Party was hosted at the home of Justin Milozewski ('09) and was attended by about 20 people. It was a fun night of food, friendship and fellowship. Thank you to Justin and his parents for their hospitality. 

Next year's convention is in New Orleans and plans are already underway for the alumni party there!  Plan to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

NATA Convention Slideshow

May 2010 - UTC GATP highlighted on University Relations news web site

As a result of Graduate Research Day last month, the University Relations Office publicized two (2) research projects.  The first was by Brandy Hemmer, a psychology research graduate student for her research project entitled Are Juries Representative? An Examination of the Representativeness of Jury Panels in Hamilton County, Tennessee, found that Hamilton County jury pools were made up of significantly more older white males with higher levels of education and income.
The sescond research project highlighted was by Jessica Frame, second year graduate student in the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Education Program. Her research project entitled, Predictors of Low Back and Lower Extremity Injury in NCAA Division I-FCS Football Players.  She determined which players were more likely to sustain low back and lower extremity sprains and strains in football based on the pre-season baseline data that the athletic training program has implimented over the course of the past couple of years.  To read about both research projects please click HERE for further details.

April 2010 - Dr. McDermott is awarded the Outstanding Research/Scholarship Award

Dr. Brendon McDermott recently received the 2009-10 UTC/College of Health, Education and Professional Studies (CHEP) Award for Outstanding Research/Scholarship Award for his excellence in teaching and in research.  Since coming to UTC he has had 10 research articles published in refereed journals and/or periodicals.  UTC's Graduate Athletic Training Program is fortunate to have such a leading expert in the area of heat and hydration.

April 2010 - Dr. McDermott named to the Medical & Science Advisory Board of the Korey Stringer Institute

Dr. McDermott has recently be named to the Medical & Science Advisory Board of the Korey Stringer Institute. The NFL, Gatorade and the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education are all Korey Stringer Institute Partners.  The mission of the Korey Stringer Institute is to provide first-rate information, resources, assistance and advocacy for the prevention of sudden death in sport, especially as it relates to exertional heat stroke.  Please go HERE to be taken directly to the web site for the Korey Stringer Institute for more details.  The web site is especially helpful with information related to exhertional heat illness.

March 2010 - Lots of BIG News in March - Where to begin?

    Wilkerson inducted into the SEATA Hall of Fame - The biggest news of all is that Dr. Gary Wilkerson was inducted into the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame on March 20th.  (Video is HERE of Dr. Wilkerson's induction.)  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wilkerson on this outstand and long overdue award.

    Colston wins NATA Service Award - Dr. Marisa Colston has been awarded one of the NATA Service Awards.  She will receive her award in June during the NATA National Convention and Clinical Symposium in Philadelphia. If you are in Philly, please be sure to come out and support Dr. Colston on Thursday, June 24th at 3:00 PM when she receives this well earned and deserving award.

    McDermott dominates latest Journal of Athletic Training - The most recent issue of JAT (45(2); March/April 2010) has a special section devoted to heat stress.  There are 5 articles in which Dr. McDermott is a co-author.  The publications are as follows:

  • Armstrong LE, Johnson EC, Casa DJ, Ganio MS, McDermott BP, Yamamoto LM, Lopez RM, Emmanuel H. The American football uniform: uncompensable heat stress and hyperthermic exhaustion. J Athl Train. 2010 Mar-Apr;45(2):117-27.
  • Casa DJ, Stearns RL, Lopez RM, Ganio MS, McDermott BP, Walker Yeargin S, Yamamoto LM, Mazerolle SM, Roti MW, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Influence of hydration on physiological function and performance during trail running in the heat. J Athl Train. 2010 Mar-Apr;45(2):147-56.
  • Mazerolle SM, Scruggs IC, Casa DJ, Burton LJ, McDermott BP, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM.  Current knowledge, attitudes, and practices of certified athletic trainers regarding recognition and treatment of exertional heat stroke. J Athl Train. 2010 Mar-Apr;45(2):170-80.
  • Johnson EC, Ganio MS, Lee EC, Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Maresh CM, Armstrong LE.  Perceptual responses while wearing an american football uniform in the heat. J Athl Train. 2010 Mar-Apr;45(2):107-16.
  • Yeargin SW, Casa DJ, Judelson DA, McDermott BP, Ganio MS, Lee EC, Lopez RM, Stearns RL, Anderson JM, Armstrong LE, Kraemer WJ, Maresh CM.  Thermoregulatory responses and hydration practices in heat J Athl Train. 2010 Mar-Apr;45(2):136-46.

    Bruce & Wilkerson publish 2 articles on Clinical Prediction Rules - Do you want to find out what athletes are at risk for injury?  Check out the two articles written by Scott Bruce and Gary Wilkerson in the March 2010 issue of Athletic Therapy Today.  The citations for those 2 articles are:

  • Bruce SL, Wilkerson GB. Clinical Prediction Rules, Part 1: Conceptual Overview. Athl Ther Today. 2010 March; 15(2):4-9.
  • Bruce SL, Wilkerson GB. Clinical Prediction Rules, Part 2: Data Analysis, Procedures and Clinical Application Rules. . Athl Ther Today. 2010 March; 15(2):10-13

February 2010 - UTC GATP engage in videoconferencing with Guatemalan physicians

Drs. Wilkerson and Colston have been engaging in coordination of videoconferencing session between faculty and staff members of the GATP, UTC Team Physicians and physicians and physiotherapists of the Guatemalan Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation.  The idea for the videoconferencing came about through Dr. Wilkerson and Colston's most recent trip, last summer, to Guatemala for a mission trip with Athetes in Action. The most recent videoconference Dr. J.A. Dorizas, Team Orthopedist, presented a case related to a 20 year-old suffering from a Jones fracture.  An article by Perla Trevizo on this project appeared in the February 22, 2010 Chattanooga Times Free Press and is available HERE.

February 2010 - Student SEATA Wrap-up

All 21 of 23 athletic training students attended the 25th Annual Student SEATA Conference held in Atlanta, GA.  Students had 3 tracks from which to choose from. Students early in their academic careers could either choose from the "Prevention, Evaluation & Initial Management of Injuries"  track or a series of courses on "Therapeutic Exercise, Modalities and Professional Development." Those students in the advanced stages of their preparation were able to attend a track that focused primarily to assist them in their NATA-Board of Certification Exams.

Here are some of the other highlights from the Conference:

  • Dr. Marisa Colston and Dr. Gary Wilkerson both presented for the 11th year. Dr. Colston presented on "Lumbosacral Spine" while Dr. Wilkerson spoke on "The Knee." 
  • Scott L. Bruce assisted with four laboratory session: orthotic fabrication, advanced taping techniques, emergency medical proceedures and protective splinting and bracing
  • Dr. Brendon McDermott assisted with the Quiz Bowl competition.  He also assisted with four laboratory session: core stability, joint mobilizations, emergency medical procedures and protective splinting and bracing
  • The 2nd Annual SEATA Quiz Bowl was another energetic and fun filled night. Teams from 16 schools were represented. Just like last year, the UTC GATP contingency showed up in bright colors.  Last year we wore bright yellow.  This year, we wore our “hot pink” t-shirts that were used for the Race for the Cure” in September.   Our Quiz Bowl team of Jennie Hess, Katherine Hopkins, Kayla Kroeschen and David Wilkenfeld gave a strong showing, but came up short in our efforts to represent District 9 in the NATA National Quiz Bowl. Congratulations to the University of Florida for their victory. Good luck in June in Philly.

Below is a slide show from the Student SEATA Conference.  (We apologize for the blurriness of some of the photos, but you get what you pay for!)

 

 

February 2010 - Summary of Recent Publications by UTC GATP Faculty

UTC GATP faculty have been busy with research and publications.  Below is a list of the publications that have appeared in the literature over the course of the past 6 months or so.

  • McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Yeargin SW, Ganio MS, Lopez RM, Mooradian EA. Hydration status, sweat rates, and rehydration education of youth football campers. J Sport Rehabil. 2009 Nov;18(4):535-52.
  • Beasley KN, Lee EC, McDermott BP, Yamamoto LM, Emmanuel H, Casa DJ, Armstrong LE, Kraemer WJ, Maresh CM. The effect of oral vs. Intravenous rehydration on circulating myoglobin and creatine kinase. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jan;24(1):60-7.
  • Armstrong LE, Klau JF, Ganio MS, McDermott BP, Yeargin SW, Lee EC, Maresh CM. Accumulation of 2H2O in plasma and eccrine sweat during exercise-heat stress. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010 Feb;108(3):477-82.
  • Stearns RL, Casa DJ, Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Ganio MS, Decher NR, Scruggs IC, West AE, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Influence of hydration status on pacing during trail running in the heat. J Strength Cond Res. 2009 Dec;23(9):2533-41.
  • McDermott BP, Casa DJ, O'Connor FG, Adams WB, Armstrong LE, Brennan AH, Lopez RM, Stearns RL, Troyanos C, Yeargin SW. Cold-water dousing with ice massage to treat exertional heat stroke: a case series. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2009 Aug;80(8):720-2.
  • Adeniji O; Mokha M; Wilkerson GB. Headache disorders in athletes. Athl Ther Today. 2009 Jul;14 (4):17-20
  • Wilkerson GB. Access to relevant information is essential for success in problem solving. Athl Ther Today, 2009 Jan;14 (1):1

 

January 2010 – Accreditation Finally Approved!

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has approved our continued accreditation our Athletic Training Program for the full 10 years, which is the maximum that a program can be accredited.  This means our next accreditation will not be until 2019.  Congratulations to Dr. Marisa Colston for all of her hard work, sweat, blood and tears that she no doubt sacrificed and gave in the effort to promote the program and have CAATE approve our accreditation.

January 2010 - Study on Metabolic Syndrome in Intercollegiate Football author by UTC Athletic Trainers

In the January/February issue of the Journal of Athletic Training there will be an article entitled: Identification of Cardiometabolic Risk Among Collegiate Football Players.  The articles authors are Dr. Gary B. Wilkerson, Professor/Director of Research, Todd Bullard, Head Athletic Trainer and David W. Bartal, former Clinical Coordinator for the Graduate Athletic Training Program and alum of the GATP, Class of 2006.  Some very interesting and valuable findings came out of the research.

January 2010 - McDermott speaks at the Summit on the Youth Sports Safety Crisis in America

Dr. Brendon McDermott spoke on Exertional Heat Illness at the Summit on the Youth Sports Safety Crisis in America, in Sacramento, CA.  The Summit was sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and supported by numerous organizations.  These included: the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administration, the American Football Coaches Association, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the California Brain Injury Association, The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of School Nurses, the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association, the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, the National Cheer Safety Foundation, ImPACT Applications, Inc., the National Center for Sports Safety, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, the National Council of Youth Sports, the National American Booster Club Association, the National Sport Safety Organization, the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine, Parent Heart Watch, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, Safe Kids, the Taylor Hooton Foundation, the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation, and USA Football.

Dr. Brendon McDermott at the Summit on the Youth Sports Safety Crisis in American (photo courtosy of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.)

 

January 2010 – Congratulation to Dana Johnson for winning a TATS Scholarship

On January 10, 2010, second year student, Ms. Dana Johnson was presented with the “Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship Award” by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society Scholarship during their Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.  This makes the fourth year in a row that a UTC Athletic Training Student has won this award and six of the last seven winners were UTC students. Previous winners were:

2009 – Carlitta Moore

2008 – Candy Anderson

2007 – Erin Sheehan

2005 – Sarah Herskee

2004 – Joshua Porter

January 2010 - UTC names team for SEATA Quiz Bowl

The 2nd Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl is to be held in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 5th. The Athletic Training Students that were voted upon by their peers to represent the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Program are David Wilkenfeld, Katherine Hopkins, and Kayla Kroeschen while 1st year student Janet (Jennie) Hess is the alternate. Congratulations to those students! The team will be called "Team Radiculopathy."  Go to Atlanta kick some gluteus maximus!!!

December 2009 - McDermott published internationally

UTC Graduate Athletic Training Program's Clinical Coordinator, Dr. Brendon McDermott was one of 7 authors of a paper that was recently published on-line in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. (Armstrong LE, Klau JF, Ganio MS, McDermott  BP et al. Accumulation of 2H2O (deuterium oxide) in plasma and eccrine sweat during exercise-heat stress. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010;108:477–482)  The UTC GATP continues to benefit from Dr. McDermott's knowledge and research in this crucial area of needed research.

December 2009 – Bruce writes article for Coach & Athletic Director

With all of the discussions surrounding concussions this past football season, Scott Bruce wrote an article for the December issue of Coach & Athletic Director magazine addressing the problem.  From an athletic training point of view there is nothing earth shattering or life changing, but it might be a nice way in which you can illustrate the importance of baseline testing and the use of objective tools for concussion assessment.

September 2009 - Athletic Trainers make an impact for Breast Cancer

The 10th Annual Susan G. Komen Chattanooga Race for the Cure was held on Sunday, September 27, 2009.  The Graduate Athletic Training Program entered a team, (Team Radiculopathy) and had a small but determined number of participants.  There were a total of 12 athletic trainers out of 7,500+ runners ran in the Race.  Our small number still managed to raise well over $1,300 for breast cancer research. 

The other big news of the Race was that 2nd year athletic training student, Axel Melendez, (from Puerto Rico) came in 3rd overall for the male division.  Congratulation Axel! 

 

September 2009 - UTC Athletic Trainers published in Coach & Athletic Director magazine

If you can get your hands on the September 2009 issues of Coach and Athletic Director magazine, there is a great article written by Dr. Gary Wilkerson, Dr. Marisa Colston and Mr. Todd Bullard entitled "Working with the High-Ankle Sprain."  Look for future articles in this magazine as our Athletic Training Program has been asked to make several future contributions to the publications.

July 2009 - Welcome to the Class of 2011!!!

We would like to welcome 16 new students into our family.  They began their journey to become certified athletic trainers in early July.  We are very proud of this class as it is a diverse group coming from all corners of the USA and from a variety of backgrounds. 

2009 NATA Convention Highlights

-Dr. Gary Wilkerson and Mr. Scott Bruce along with Dr. Craig Denegar from the University of Conneticut did a Featured Presentation on Clinical Prediction Rules.  Unfortunately it was the final session of the convention, so the attendance was not all that great, but the presentations went off great and there is hope that they will be able to present again in the very near future.
-Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented a workshop on Injury Prevention Strategies.
-The UTC Alumni Party was well attended. About 25 people made there way to Waxy O'Connor's for a fun night. We are already planning for next year's alumni party in Philadelphia.

Below are pictures from the Convention.  If you have any others you would like to share with your friends and UTC alumni, send them to Scott-Bruce@utc.edu and he will get them posted as soon as possible.

2009 World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy Highlights

Dr. Marisa Colston, Dr. Gary Wilkerson and Scott Bruce all attended the 3rd World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy just prior to the NATA Convention in San Antonio, TX.  Both Dr. Colston and Dr. Wilkerson presented research posters during the conference.  Dr. Colston's poster was entitled: "Back Extensor Fatigue Resistance and trunk Range of Motion as Indicators of Risk for Back Dysfunction" (Colston M, Wilkerson GB, Jackson RP and Herskee SK) and Dr. Wilkerson's was titled: "Novel Balance Measures Discriminate Between Copers and Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability" (Wilkerson GB, Doty J, Hollis JM and Gurchiek LR)

May 2009 - Drs Colston and Wilkerson go to Guatemala

Both Dr. Colston and Dr. Wilkerson have gone to Guatemala for an "Athletes in Action" mission trip.  Not only will they be the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but they will also be spreading the Gospel according to Arnheim to several physicians, physio-therapists and other practitioners interested in sports medicine and athletic training.  In addition to giving several lectures on a variety of topics, they will also conduct workshops and clinics on injury evaluation and rehabilitation.  During their 1 week visit they will have several opportunities to interact with a wide range of Guatemalan athletes including those that are part of the Guatemalan Olympic team.

May 2009 - Graduation!

On Sunday May 3rd, 13 students walked across the stage and accepted their diploma's for their Master's degree.  (Slide show coming soon!)  Following the Commencement Ceremony a reception was held for the graduates and their families.  The new graduates' research posters were on display for everyone to see.  The new grads are now looking for jobs, so if you know of a job out there someplace contact Dr. Marisa Colston, Dr. Gary Wilkerson or Mr. Scott Bruce and we will either direct you to the appropriate individual or we will direct them to you.

April 2009 - Research Poster Presentations at Orthopedic Grand Rounds

As a requirement of the Graduate Athletic Training Program, the 2nd year students must complete a research project and present it in a research poster format.  These posters are presented as part of the monthly Orthopedic Grand Rounds.  This year two students provided an oral presentation of their research posters.  Laura Freisse presented her research on "Predictors of shoulder injuries in collegiate volleyball athletes."  Amanda Hughes presented her research project entitled "Association of estimated body fat and Body Mass Index with injury patterns among college football players."  In addition to these oral presentations, students were on hand with their posters to answer questions from faculty and staff outside of the Graduate Athletic Training Program and from the physicians in attendance at the Orthopedic Grand Rounds.  Click on the hyperlink to view the bibliography of all of the 2009 research posters. (Once in the Word document you can click on the individual titles to view the photo of the student and their poster.)

April 2009 - Awards galore earned by UTC Athletic Training Students

Several athletic training students have been awarded scholarship and/or internships/fellowships for the upcoming summer.  The list is as follows:

  • David Wilkenfeld - NATA Research and Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Dana Johnston - NATA Research and Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Cameron Buchanan - Athletes in Action mission internship to Armenia
  • Cameron Buchanan and BranDee Allen - Woodward Extreme Sport Camp internship
  • Axel Melendez - NASA internship
  • Katherine Hopkins - PBATS internship
  • Jessica Frame - Champion Sports Medicine internship, Birmingham, AL
  • Amanda Hughes - Emory University Orthopedic Physician Extender/Athletic Trainer Fellowship

February 2009 - Great job "Radiculopathy" in the 1st SEATA Quiz Bowl!!!

UTC's entry of team Radiculopathy made up of 2nd year students Amanda Hughes, Laura Friess, David Ivens and Dustin Seibel (alternate) did an outstanding job in the 1st SEATA Quiz Bowl.  The entire contigency of UTC athletic trainers faculty, staff and students definitely stood out as everyone wore bright yellow t-shirts and showed extremely strong support for our team.
The Quiz Bowl was a Jeopardy like game and featured an initial 12 teams.  The first round was the "Lightening Round."  The 1st team to answer 2 out 3 questions correctly advanced onto the championship round.  Radiculopathy won that round 2-0 to advance to the Championship Round.  
During the Championship Round the remaining 6 teams played a Jeopardy style game in which not only did teams earn point for correct answers, but speed also earned teams a greater number of points.  During most of the game, Radiculopathy was in 2nd place and in good position to win trailing the University of Florida team "Trendelenburg" by about 300 points after Jeopardy and Double Jeopardy.  But alas, the Final Jeopardy question was too difficult for all of the teams and Eastern Kentucky University's team (the Colonels) wagered the fewest points and roared from the back of the pack to win the title.  UTC's Graduate Athletic Training Program congratulates the Eastern Kentucky Univeristy Athletic Training Students and wishes them good luck in San Antonio!


Below is a slide show of the Quiz Bowl and the Student SEATA Convention.

February 2009 - UTC shows its strength at the 24th Annual Student SEATA

All 25 athletic training students attended the 24th Annual Student SEATA Conference held in Atlanta, GA.  Additionally Dr. Marisa Colston and Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented at the conference for the 10th year.
Students had 3 tracks from which to choose from. Students early in their academic careers could either choose from the "Prevention, Evaluation & Initial Management of Injuries"  track or a series of courses on "Therapeutic Exercise, Modalities and Professional Development." Those students in the advanced stages of their preparation were able to attend a track that focused primarily to assist them in their NATA-Board of Certification Exams.
Both Drs. Colston and Wilkerson presented in the Advanced Track Workshop. Dr. Colston presented on "Lumbosacral Spine" while Dr. Wilkerson spoke on "The Knee."

January 2009 - Chattanooga hosts the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.

The Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society (TATS) brought their Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium to Chattanooga the weekend of January 10th and 11th.  The TATS Educational Programming Committee was Co-chaired by Dr. Marisa Colston, UTC Athletic Training Education Program Director.  The symposium was filled with many UTC faculty, staff, physician and auxiliary persons.  There was also a wonderful representation of students and alumni for this event.  Below is a list of presenters with their topics that had affiliations with UTC-GATP:

 

Presenter and Affiliation to UTC-GATP

Title of Presentation

Mr. Todd Bullard,
Head Athletic Trainer


Emergency Planning w/ Local EMS

Dr. Gregory Heath,
Chair, HHP Depart.


Athletic Training and Public Health

Dr. Michael Tew,
Orthopedic Consultant


Osteochondral Defects of the Knee

Dr. Cameron Trubey,
Assistant Team Physician


Eye Injuries in the Athlete

Dr. Chris Smith,
Nurse Practitioner, University Health Services


Type I Diabetes in the Athlete

Dr. Gary Wilkerson,
Professor, UTC-GATP

Evaluation and Management of the Syndesmotic Ankle Sprain

Dr. Jason Robertson,
Co-Medical Director, UTC-GATP


Adolescent Sports Medicine

Dr. Barry Dale,
Assistant Professor, UTC Physical Therapy Program

Extrinsic Cooling for the Management and Prevention of Hyperthermia

Ms. Kelly Jacob,
UTC Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Softball

Case Review: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in a Collegiate Softball Player

Mr. Scott L. Bruce,
Lecturer/Assistant Athletic Trainer

Case Review: Lateral Knee Pain in an Intercollegiate Football Player

 

In addition to these presenters, Athletic Training Students Amanda Hughes and Carlitta Moore functioned at moderators for several sessions.  Below is a slide show from the Convention.

 

January 2009 - Congratulation to Carlitta Moore for winning a TATS Scholarship

On January 11, 2009, second year student, Ms. Carlitta Moore was presented with the “Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship Award” by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society Scholarship during their Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. 

This makes the third year in a row that a UTC Athletic Training Student has won this award and five of the last six winners were UTC students.  Previous winners were:

      • 2004 – Joshua Porter
      • 2005 – Sarah Herskee
      • 2007 – Erin Sheehan
      • 2008 – Candy Anderson

January 2009 - UTC names team for SEATA Quiz Bowl

The 1st Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Quiz Bowl is to be held in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 6th.  The Athletic Training Students that were voted upon by their peers to represent the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Program are Laura Friess, Amanda Hughes, Dave Iven and Dustin Siebel.  Congratulations to those students!  The team will be called "Radiculopathy." Go kick some gluteus maximus!!!

December 2008 - Todd Bullard on Athletic Therapy Today cover
UTC Head Athletic Trainer is on the cover of the November 2008 issue of Athletic Therapy Today for an article on "Disinhibatory Modalities." To see the cover click here.

October 2008 - Accreditation Site Visit is a success!!!
The Accreditation Site Team gave our program lavish praise.  Among the particular strengths cited were Dr. Marisa Colston's leadership, the collaboration with Physical Therapy for the gross anatomy course, the positive teaching and research relationship with UT College of Medicine Family Practice, the collaboration and trust between the academic program and UTC Athletics, and the programs 100% pass rate on the national certification exam.as of last testing. Great job to not only the faculty and staff, but to the students and administration for each of their respective parts. 

We find out the formal findings from CAATE in 4-8 weeks.  Once the exchanges of concerns (if any) and responses (if needed) are finalized then we will be awarded our accreditation status.  It is our hope that this will be known sometime in late winter/early spring 2009.

September 2008 - Congratulations to Dr. Robertson
The UTC GATP faculty, staff and students wish to extend congratulations to our co-Medical Director, Dr. Jason Robertson and his wife Amber on the birth of their son Royce Gillam Robertson. He came into the world on September 23, 2008. Everyone is doing very well!

September 2008 - Athletic Trainers participate in the Komen Chattanooga Race for the Cure
Several students along with faculty member Scott Bruce were among the 5500+ participants to take part in the 9th Annual Susan G. Komen Chattanooga Race for the Cure for breast cancer. Those that participated are pictured below. From left to right: Kathryn Bonecutter, Amanda Hughes, Kerri Cramer, Dana Johnston, Carlitta Moore, Scott L. Bruce, David Wilkenfeld, Jessica Pope and Laura Friess.

 

September 2008 - Athletic Training Student Accomplishes a First
Justin Miloszewski became the first Athletic Training Student to present as the Sports Medicine Grand Rounds, a monthly forum for physicians, physician residents, physical therapy students, athletic training students and faculty and staff from all programs. During each monthly forum, two case studies are presented and discussed. Justin presented a case on a Salter-Harris Fracture in the High School Football Player. Usually the cases are presented by the physicians and/or residents. Justin's presentation was the first time a students has presented at the Sport Medicine Grand Rounds. Congratulations Justin! We look forward to other students presenting in the future.

September 2008 - Accreditation Visit Set
Dr. Marisa Colston announced that the CAATE Accreditation Site Visit has been set for October 5, 6 & 7, 2008. This is a required step in the accreditation process. We are looking forward to the input and feedback that the site visitors will provide us to assist in the continued improvement of the educational program.

August 2008 - "Keeping the Mocs in the Game"
Here is a link to an article in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press about Dr. Gary Wilkerson's design of a special brace for high ankle sprains. This particular brace is being used on our football team's starting quarterback and is enabling him to return to play safely and sooner than through the use of conventional bracing and taping.

July 2008 - UTC Partners with Erlanger Hospital
UTC students will have more access to a great range of care opportunities as a result of a new partnership with Erlanger Hospital and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. All students will be able to be access everything from orthopedics and OB-GYN care to cardiology and general surgery will be offered. The benefits extend into the Athletic Department and to the Graduate Athletic Training Program. Medical care and educational opportunities expand for the athletes and the athletic training students.

July 2008 - David Bartal joins the UTC Graduate Athletic Training Program faculty
Mr. David Bartal joins the UTC GATP faculty as a instructor and Clinical Coordinator. David has had strong ties to the program as an alum, (2006), and an Approved Clinical Instructor in his previous position as the Clinical Coordinator of the Student Health Center.

June 2008 - Dr. Gary Wilkerson presents at the NATA Convention
Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented a workshop entitled "Evaluation and Management of ANkle and Subtalar Joint Instability" at the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in St. Louis, MO.

May 2008 - Dr. Gary Wilkerson, NATA Fellow
Dr. Gary Wilkerson has been recognized for his professional achievement in research and service to the profession as part of the inaugural NATA Fellows class.

April 2008 - BOC Exam-100% first-time pass rate
Congratulations to the 12 students from the 2008 class that passed the BOC exam on their first attempt. This is a great start to their career and we wish them the best.

March 2008 - SEATA Awards
Congratulations to Carrie Anderson and Candy Anderson on being awarded SEATA Scholarships. Candy received the Jerry Rhea Atlanta Falcons Graduate Scholarship and Carrie received the SEATA Memorial Graduate Scholarship.

March 2008 - SEATA Presentations
Dr. Gary Wilkerson, Scott Bruce and Dr. Eric Parks presented at the 33rd annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting. Dr. Wilkerson spoke on "Subtalar Function: An Overlooked Link" and Dr. Parks and Scott Bruce's topic was "General Medical Evaluation: Heart & Lungs." (Dr. Parks is one of the Family Practice Resident Physicians that work closely with UTC Athletics and UTC GATP.)

February 2008 - Student SEATA and Educator's Conference Presentations
Dr. Gary Wilkerson and Dr. Marisa Colston presented at the 23rd annual SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposiuim. Dr. Colston also presented at the 2nd biennial SEATA Educator's Conference on Athletic Training Educators: The "Gatekeepers" of the Profession

January 2008 - Scott Bruce presents at the TATS Convention
Scott Bruce presented on "Pilates Exercises for Rehabilitation" at the Annual Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.

January 2008 - TATS Award
Congratulations to Candy Anderson on receiving the Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship.

September 2007 Athletic Training Fellowship Presentation
Forrest Pecha from Emory Sports Medicine was a guest of the GATP for a presentation on Pursuing an Athletic Training Fellowship Programs.

July 2007 NATA Award
Congratulations to Dr. Gary Wilkerson for being selected for the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award
by the National Athletic Trainers' Association. This award honors NATA members with exceptional and unique contributions to the athletic training profession.

February 2007 SEATA Award
Congratulations to Erin Sheehan on being awarded the SEATA Memorial Graduate Scholarship at the annual Student SEATA symposium.

January 2007 TATS Awards
Congratulations to Erin Sheehan and Robert Baudier on their awards from the Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society. Erin received the Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship and Robert received the Backbone of the Year Award.

January 2007 Sports Medicine Grand Rounds Lecture
UTC Athletic Training Graduate Assistant, Alex Pinto presented on Accelerated ACL Rehabilitation at the monthly Sports Medicine Grand Rounds. Presentation handout (pdf)

October 2006 Head and Neck Trauma Guest Lecture
Dr. Dave Halstead from the University of Tennessee's Sports Biomechanics Impact Research Laboratory presented on Biomechanics of Head and Neck Trauma in Sports.

August 2006 New GATP Faculty Member
We are pleased to announce the addition of Scott Bruce, MS, ATC to the GATP Faculty. Scott will also be providing coverage to the UTC Women's Volleyball team and serving as an ACI. Welcome to Scott and his family.

August 2006 New Athletic Training Staff Members
Three new assistant athletic trainers have been added to the athletic training room staff. Jeff Jahnel, MS, ATC MacKenzie McDonald, MS, ATC and Misty Depreist, MS, ATC.

August 2006 Congratulations Brian
GATP alumnus and faculty member Brian Bogdanowicz has been accepted to the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. Brian was a member of the first GATP graduating class and has been a valuable member of the faculty ever since. We wish Brian and his family the best.

June 2006 NATA Presentation
Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented at the National Athletic Trainers' Association annual meeting in Atlanta, GA on Clinical Evaluation and Managment of Subtalar Joint Dysfunction (pdf)

November 2005 USA Today Interview
Dr. Gary Wilkerson was interviewed for an article that was featured in USA Today regarding the pros and cons of ankle taping.

September 2005 GATP Baby News
Congratulations to Marisa and Jon Colston on the the birth of their son, Jonathan Alexander. He was born September 21 and weighed 9 pounds, 2 oz. and was 21 inches

September 2005 Blue Ribbon Award
Congratulations to GATP Administrative Assistant Liz Walker. Liz was awarded the UTC Blue Ribbon Award for September.

August 2005 GATP Baby News
Congratulations to Brian & Susie Bogdanowicz on the the birth of their son, Tyler James. He was born August 1 and weighed 8 pounds, 10 oz.

June 2005 NATA Presentation
Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented at the National Athletic Trainers' Association annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN on Evidence-Based Medicine: Application to Athletic Training (pdf) and The Future of Healthcare Finance and Its Implications for Athletic Trainers (pdf)

May 2005 NATA Joint Committee Meeting
Dr. Gary Wilkerson's presentation to the NATA Joint Committe on the Documentation of the
Quality & Value of Healthcare Services
(pdf) is now available.

April 2005 SEATA Awards
Congratulations to Brian Bogdanowicz and Summer Neldner on their 2005 SEATA awards. Brian received the Education/Administration Athletic Trainer Award and Summer received the Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship.

April 2005 SEATA Presentations
GATP faculty members and students presented at the SEATA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
-Dr. Marisa Colston- Clinical and Anatomical Review of the Spine
-Dr. Gary Wilkerson- State of Healthcare in the United States (2.0 mb pdf)
-David Heath- A Comparison of Taping Methods on Closed Chain Subtalar Kinematics
-Meredith Atwood- Comparative Effects of Tape Material Characteristics on Talocrural-Subtalar Joint Motions
-Summer Neldner- A High School Player With a Lower Extremity Injury


January 2005 TATS Award
Congratulations to second year Entry Level student, Sarah Herskee, recipient of the 2004 TATS Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship.

January 2005 TATS Presentations
Faculty and students of the GATP presented at the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society annual meeting:
-Dr. Marisa Colston- Professionalism and Ethics: Should they be taught?
-Brian Bogdanowicz- Decisions about Graduate School
-Meredith Atwood, David Heath, Sarah Herskee, Summer Neldner- Case Studies/Poster Presentations

January 2005 GATA Presentation
Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented at the Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association annual meeting and symposium on The Future of Health Care Finance and its Implications for Athletic Training (1mb, Adobe pdf).

June 2004 NATA Presentation
Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented at the National Athletic Trainers' Association annual meeting in Baltimore, MD on Evaluation and Management of Subtalar Joint Dysfunction and Implications of the Current Health Care Cost Crisis for Athletic Trainers

June 2004 Sports Medicine Symposium
Members of the GATP presented at the Western Kentucky High School Coaches' Sports Medicine Symposium in Paducah, KY.
- Dr. Gary Wilkerson- Assessment and Management of Ankle Sprains in Athletes
- Brian Bogdanowicz- ACL Injuries
- Daisha Tillman- Trauma Management
- Melissa Seide-l Heat Illness

April 2004 Graduate Student Awards
Congratulations to Josh Porter (Entry Level) and Adam Joseph (Advanced) for the selection as Outstanding students for the Graduate Athletic Training Program.

April 2004 Graduate Research Awards
Three GATP students received awards for their research presentations at the annual Graduate Research Day that is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association.
-Reid Fisher- First place, presentation; First place, manuscript
-Adam Joseph- Honorable mention, manuscript
-Alex Pinto- Second place, presentation

January 2004 TATS Scholarship and Poster Presentations
Josh Porter, a second year Entry Level student was awarded $1000 as the recipient of the 2003 Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society Graduate Athletic Training Student Scholarship.

GATP students Michelle Royko, Chris Lenz, Josh Porter, and Reid Fisher, ATC displayed a case-study at the TATS meeting. Adam Joseph, ATC displayed findings from his research of the comparison of elastic bands versus isotonic exercises for the shoulder.

January 2004 TATS Presentations
-Dr. Marisa Colston and Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented at the TATS annual meeting in Nashville, TN.
-Dr. Colston- Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine: Concepts in Stabilization
-Dr. Wilkerson- Muscle Inhibition

October 2003 CAAHEP Accreditation
The Entry Level Graduate Athletic Training Education Program received initial accreditation by CAAHEP.

July 2002 Degree Name Change
Approval has been received to change the degree from a MS in Athletic Training to a MS in Health and Human Performance effective immediately.

March 2002 NATA Accreditation
The Advanced Athletic Training Concentration has been awarded accreditation by the NATA.

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