2014 News and Events

October 2014:

Alumnus John Gregorich named a Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year


October 2014:

SmartTeams Pilot Program to Implement Youth Sports Safety Best Practices


September 2014:

Dr. Marisa Colston and Dr. Gary Wilkerson recently participated in a day-long summit at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, entitled "Protecting the Health and Safety of the Whole Child in Youth Sports by Implementing Best Practices". Both gave educational, "TED-talk"-style presentations on youth sports health and safety best practices, offering a holistic approach to youth sports safety which addresses not just a child’s physical safety, but emotional, psychological and sexual safety as well, and how, by following best practices we can help make youth athletes safer.  The summit coincided with the launch of MomsTEAM Institute’s innovative SmartTeam™ program. UTC is currently one of six pilot programs participating in the ground breaking program.

The SmartTeam™ program was also featured on the TODAY show: http://www.today.com/video/today/56064320

July 2014:

Dr. Scott Bruce leaves UTC for Wright State University

After 8 years of service to the university, the GATP and the community, Dr. Scott Bruce is taking a position as an Assistant Professor and Director of Research for the athletic training program at Wright State University in Dayton, OH.  Wright State currently has an undergraduate professional program, but wants to transition to a graduate professional program in the near future.  Dr. Bruce is grateful to the faculty, staff and students for all they have taught him during his time at UTC.  The UTC-GATP wishes him well in his new endeavors.

June 2014:

Dr. Carrie Baker is the new Program Director

After 14 years as the UTC-GATP Program Director, Dr. Marisa Colston has decided to pass the reins on to Dr. Carrie Baker.  Dr. Baker begins her tenure as the Program Director with the newest cohort of students coming into the GATP.

June 2014:

NATA National Convention and Clinical Symposium

The NATA held their 65th Annual Clinical Meeting and Expo in Indianapolis, IN.  It was an excellent meeting that featured lots of learning, great fellowship, and productivity on many fronts of the athletic training world!  Dr. Gary Wilkerson presented twice while at the meeting.  His first presentation was part of a free communication regarding movement screening and sports injury.  The presentation was entitled "Pre-participation Functional Status Survey for Assessment of Risk."  The second presentation was a featured presentation regarding the Neurocognitive Aspects of Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation.  Dr. Wilkerson's portion of the presentation was entitled "Pre-participation Screening Procedures and Estimation of Injury Risk."  John Faltus ('11) presented with Dr. Wilkerson and his presentation was entitled "Clinical Assessment and Training for Optimal Reactive Capabilities."

Dr. Scott L. Bruce presented on "How to Objectively Assess the Prevention Domain" as part of a session sponsored by Brian Anderson and the Institute for Collegiate Sports Medicine.

Additionally, several recently graduated students attended the conference, many of which made excellent contacts for future employment.

May 2014:

The single largest class of 20 students graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with their degrees in Athletic Training.  Additionally, Scott L. Bruce, received his Doctorate of Education in Learning and Leadership during the same commencement ceremony.

April 2014:

UTC-GATP hosts Safeguarding Student-Athlete Health and Welfare Conference

The UTC-GATP hosted a conference concerning Safeguarding Student-Athlete Health and Welfare.  A great panel of guest speakers presented on a variety of topics over the course of the two-day conference including:

  • Brian Hainline, MD – NCAA Chief Medical Officer from Indianapolis, IN
  • Ron Courson, ATC, PT – University of Georgia, Assoc. A.D. for Sports Medicine from Athens, GA
  • Brooke de Lench, Founder and Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute from Waltham, MA
  • Michael Goldenberg, Lawrenceville High School Athletic Director / Head Athletic Trainer from Lawrenceville, NJ

A panel discussion, moderated by Craig Denegar, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA; professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, University of Connecticut, which had an all-star panel discussed several issues related to enhancing and advancing the health care provided to student-athletes.  The panel included:

  • Scott Anderson, MA, ATC; Head Athletic Trainer, University of Oklahoma
  • Marisa Colston, PhD, ATC; GATP Director, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NREMT-I, CSCS; Associate Athletic Director of Sports Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • Brooke de Lench; Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Founder and Publisher of MomsTEAM.com, Waltham, MA
  • Mike Goldenberg, MS, ATC; Athletic Director / Head Athletic Trainer, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Brian Hailine, MD; NCAA Chief Medical Officer, Indianapolis, IN
  • Mark Laursen, MS, ATC; Clinical Associate Professor/Director of Athletic Training Services, Boston University, Boston, MA; President Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), Austin, TX
  • John Parsons, PhD, ATC; Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute, Indianapolis, IN
  • William Prentice, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA; Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

An article discussing the conference was published in the USA Today on April 19, 2014. Read the article HERE.

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 five programs within HHP were honored, including students from the UTC-GATP.  The faculty had a 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

More than 150 faculty, staff and students made poster and platform presentations and engaged in a symposium from across all UTC departments on March 28th.  The event was sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the 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 and Strunk

Effect of Aerobic Capacity on Sprint Performance in College Football Lineman

Bianco, Nicholas F.; Strunk, Kyle S.; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Brockel and Spannbauer

Static Analysis of Lumbar Compression Load Imposed by Olympic-Style Weightlifting in Female College Athletes

Brockel, Sammantha E.; Spannbauer, Amanda J.; Colston, Marisa; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Bruce Dissertation Committee

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.

Bruce Dissertation Committee

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.

Bruce Dissertation Committee

Prediction Modeling for Graduate Athletic Training Education Program Success – Alternate Model

Bruce, Scott L.; Crawford, Beth; Wilkerson, Gary B.; Rausch, David; Dale, R. Barry; Harris, Martina.

Clark and Simpson

Potential for Improvement of Visuomotor Reaction Time among Collegiate Athletes

Clark, Ryan A.; Simpson, K. Andrew; Colston, Marisa; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Cope and Ivens

Effect of Sub-Occipital Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization on Visuomotor Reaction Time

Cope, Lindsay M.; Ivens, Joshua L.; Colston, Marisa; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Ely and Morris

Prediction of Overuse Syndromes in College Athletes through Preseason Screening

Ely, Kirsten; Morris, Brienna; Colston, Marisa; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Fitts and Evink

Evaluation of a Survey Instrument for Assessment of Injury Risk Among Athletes

Evink, Jade C.; Fitts, Lynette E.; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Jones and West

Effect of Negative Life Events on Visuomotor Performance and Injury Incidence

Jones, Anne Marie; West, Sharon; Wilkerson, Gary B.; Colston, Marisa

Littlefield and Przybyl

Association of Metabolic Status to Performance Rates among Collegiate Football Lineman

Littlefield, Jesse R.; Pryzbyl, Madeleine E.; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Mathis and Carruthers

Preseason Screening of Collegiate Football Players for Assessment of Injury Risk

Mathis, Eric; Carruthers, Ian; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Piacentini and MacGowan

Identification of Patellar Tendinopathy Risk Factors Combined with Ultrasonography

Piacentini, Meredith; MacGowan, Sheena; Wilkerson, Gary B.

Zabkar and Zinke

Case-Control Analysis of Chronic Ankle Instability in Female College Athletes

Zabkar, Erica; Zinke, Timothy J.; Wilkerson, Gary B.

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

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 UT 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

February 2014:

2014 Student SEATA & Bi-Annual SEATA Educators' Conference

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!

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 Gary B., Baker, Carrie. Development of a Survey Instrument for Quantification of Sprain and Strain Injury Risk among College Athletes

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

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

Tucker KM, Mullis MA, Wilkerson Gary B, Bruce Scott L. 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. 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 presents 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."

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 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).