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Terre Haute City firefighters get athletic trainer services


Article reposted from Tribune Star
Author: Lisa Trigg

Pushing, pulling, dragging and carrying equipment are part of the regular physical stress firefighters place on their bodies as they do their job to keep their communities safe.

But seldom do firefighters have evidence-based plans to take care of their own bodies, other than wearing heavy protective equipment on the job.

That situation has changed for firefighters with the Terre Haute Fire Department due to a partnership with Indiana State University’s College of Health and Human Services and its Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Associate professor Kenneth Games is researching the area of tactical athlete health and safety to help firefighters and others in public safety and military service reduce and prevent injuries.

“It’s about the overall health and well-being of the person, not just the job they do,” Games said this week while talking about the Neuromechanics, Interventions, and Continuing Education Research Laboratory, which opened Sept. 11 at ISU.

The NICER lab is where THFD firefighters are already going, voluntarily, to work on physical issues they have, or to avoid future issues.

The lab operates as a clinic four hours each day. It also serves as a classroom for the athletic training program at ISU.

The program is offered free to city firefighters. It has received a grant from the Center for Community Engagement at ISU, and Games said he plans to apply for other federal funds to expand the program to other public servant groups.

“There is tremendous physical and mental toll taken on public servants, but they often don’t take the time to stay fit,” Games said.

Many firefighters start their careers in good physical condition and have been high school or college athletes, he said, so they might be used to running or lifting weights. The tactical athlete approach is different and includes flexibility and other functional movements that firefighters do on the job.

Games said much of the research done by the program has examined the relationship between firefighter personal protective equipment and musculoskeletal injury.

While personal protective equipment has greatly reduced exposure to occupational hazards in firefighting such as smoke and flames, it has had the unintended consequence of increasing musculoskeletal injuries due to the increased weight loads now placed on firefighters.

Games directs the Tactical Athlete Research and Education Center at ISU, which is a collaboration between researchers and public or private agencies such as the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative.

While some fire departments in larger metropolitan areas may hire athletic trainers to work with firefighters and police on physical fitness, Games said, smaller departments such as Terre Haute’s usually do not have the funding to invest in such programs.

“Our long-term vision is to make ISU and the city a national model for this type of program,” Games said.

For more information on TAREC, go online to and search for Tactical Athlete.

Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or at Follow her on Twitter at TribStarLisa.

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Indiana State Athletic training students to lead national LGBTQ workgroup


Article reposted from Indiana State University
Author: Betsy Simon

Three Indiana State University students in the Doctor of Athletic Training program will lead their first National Athletic Training Association-sponsored LGBTQ workgroup in athletic training this month.

As the workgroup’s founding members, Ashley Crossway, Emma Nye and Sean Rogers will lead the first diversity and inclusions workgroup of appointed members who include past and present NATA board of directors to create a mission, vision and foundation for the group’s future work, which received the NATA’s approval earlier this year.

“The DAT program has an emphasis on advocacy in the profession, so throughout the course of the students’ time here we have emphasized that in a variety of ways,” said Lindsey Eberman, associate professor in the applied medicine and rehabilitation department. “Our program requires a traditional research project and a practice-based research project, which provides a unique opportunity for students to do advocacy research.”

Crossway, Nye and Rogers talked about things they wanted to do to make changes in the profession and approached Eberman, who turned to colleagues. They suggested talking to alumni, specifically Marjorie Albohm, who was influential in mentoring the students before moving forward with their request to the NATA for the workgroup and their research.

Their research purpose was to survey the perceptions of athletic trainers and student-athletes about the LGBTQ community. They developed a survey that asked student-athletes perceptions of athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ, athletic trainers’ perceptions of other athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ and athletic trainers’ perceptions of student-athletes who identify as LGBTQ.

They went through the NCAA compliance officers to deploy one part of their three-part survey to student-athletes and worked with the National Athletic Trainers Association to establish a random sample of athletic trainers in Division I, II and III for their second and third parts of the study. The survey was completed by 623 student-athletes and 1,109 athletic trainers.Crossway’s passion for advocacy for the LGBTQ community developed long ago, but the Doctor of Athletic Training program helped her turn her passion into action.

“When we were in the master’s program, we had to write blogs for our advocacy website AT4AT, and I wrote one about the changing legislation when gay marriage was passed and there was some debate about my blog,” she said. “I met with Dr. Eberman and we reached out to someone in the profession about starting a members’ interest group in October of 2014. Essentially, I got shot down and I put it on the backburner.”

That is until Crossway and Nye began discussing research and joined forces with Rogers.

“I’m a member of the (Institutional Review Board) and we’ve heard of instances of individuals who were studying a particular population where the researcher was intimidated because of the research they were doing, and this is something we talked about before we distributed the surveys,” Eberman said.

But to the contrary, Crossway indicated, “I was surprised by how many positive emails we got when we were distributing our surveys. People were excited that we were doing this kind of research for the profession.”

The goal is this workgroup will eventually become representative of the entire nation, Eberman said.

“But these students have to lay down the groundwork for why it is important and what needs to be done and that could take time, partly because of the NATA’s funding structure,” she said. “You can’t just sit back. Even if the research gets published, if they’re not trying to get those results into the hands of people, if they’re not pushing for development of workgroups as an extension of the research, then it’s just a paper that is published. They’re reward is more work and more advocacy, but at least they now have a platform for that, whereas a year ago they did not.”

The results are being processed and will ideally create a platform to push for more advocacy for underrepresented groups within the NATA.

“A lot of the responses were positive, but there were also a lot of neutral responses and some negative responses,” Rogers said. “I think those negative and neutral responses are where we want to focus because LGBTQ individuals didn’t really have that advocate before the creation of this workgroup within the NATA, and we want to use the data to show the importance of the LGBTQ community having a voice within our profession.”

Crossway noticed respondents’ concerns for offending transgender people and uncertainty because of limited exposure to them. Similarly, Nye found a majority of athletic trainers expressed that they don’t have access to formal training or education on how to approach someone transitioning or other individuals within the transgender community.

“A lot of the athletic trainers responded that they didn’t know what pronoun to use and it makes them feel uncomfortable, but they said that if they knew which pronoun to use, they would have those types of conversations with athletes,” Nye said.

Eberman said Indiana State’s Doctor of Athletic Training program does offer a course on underserved populations in emerging settings and includes modules specific to this population.”We’re not perfect by any means, but I’m happy that we are at an institution that makes sure people know that this is an open and inclusive space,” she said.

Unfortunately, the NATA doesn’t have a support or advocacy structure for athletic trainers who identify as LGBTQ or other underrepresented groups, but Indiana State’s Doctor of Athletic Training program provided a good foundation for getting such a mechanism off the ground.

“Dr. Eberman and Dr. (Kenneth) Games have created a solid, forward-thinking and progressive group that allows us to take ideas that we want to focus on and are passionate about and run with it,” Rogers said. “If you get complacent with advocacy then it will drop back down. You have to advocate for what you are passionate about and for the people who haven’t historically had a voice, you have to give them a voice; but if you don’t continue advocating, they could fall back.”

The reality, Eberman said, is that athletic training’s roots were in coaching and physical education, not in health care.

“But the cultural norms have not changed with the profession,” she said. “In today’s political culture, people are not one thing. To me, this research demonstrates that. They are not just student-athletes. They are not just LGBTQ. They are not just athletic trainers. Instead, they are a culmination of things and we need to do a better job of recognizing people’s many facets in health care and in athletics.”

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Amani Jackson receives John A. Mayes Scholarship


Article reposted from State

While athletic training was not officially recognized as a health profession until the 1990s, the practice has been around for more than a century. In that time, Indiana State University has secured an esteemed place in history — one that made the university the No. 1 school to attend for Amani Jackson.

Jackson, a senior from Flossmoor, Ill., discovered her passion for athletic training after she broke her hand playing basketball in high school. Experiencing the care and treatment from an athletic trainer interested her in learning more about the field. When it came time to apply for colleges, Indiana State was at the top of her list.

“Indiana State was the first in the nation to have an accredited bachelor’s and master’s program in athletic training,” Jackson said. “Now, we are the first have a Doctorate in Athletic Training program. We are the pioneers for the profession, and I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to be part of the tradition of excellence here.”

State is also among the best programs, turning out graduates who regularly help their teams win championships. Dice Yamaguchi, ’05, helped lead the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA title in 2014 — the same year head athletic trainer Chris Kingsley, GR ’95, helped the Los Angeles Kings hoist the Stanley Cup. (Actually, it was the second time in three years they’d won a championship.)

Amani Jackson decided to attend Indiana State because of its athletic training program's reputation.

Amani Jackson decided to attend Indiana State because of its athletic training program’s reputation.

Indiana State’s history with athletic training began in 1962 when the university hired its first athletic trainer, Mel Blickenstaff. Not only was the university the first to offer accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in athletic training, but also it was the first to graduate a woman into the profession. In 2016, Indiana State continues that legacy with the new doctorate — bringing with it hopes to raise the salary for athletic trainers.

“The biggest problem in athletic training is that the need is growing, but the salaries are not,” said Program Director Lindsey Eberman. “Right now, about 70 percent of athletic trainers have their master’s degree, but they are not necessarily gaining advanced practice skills or clinical expertise in those programs. What we are trying to do with our new doctorate is drive the skill set and leadership up to drive the value and worth of athletic trainers up.”

The Doctorate in Athletic Training is a 24-month continuous enrollment program that requires students to complete 57 credit hours, two research projects and clinical experience. There are currently 41 students in the program, and it maxes out at 50. Currently, only about half of applicants are accepted into the program.

“Some of the most influential people in the athletic training profession have graduated from Indiana State,” Eberman said. “These are the people who are pushing the profession forward by developing certifying exams and conducting research about the field. It has been really cool to be a part of that history.”

Jackson hopes to one day be a part of that history, as well. With her passion and an education from what she believes is “the best in the country,” there is no limiting her potential for success.

“She has demonstrated some serious passion for the profession — seeking out internships and trying to find ways to expose herself more in the profession,” said Eberman. “I think she represents future leadership, particularly as it relates to the diversity of our profession. The field is not necessarily diverse. Less than five percent of athletic trainers are not white.”

Jackson was awarded the John A. Mayes Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Scholarship by the National Athletic Training Association in May. This scholarship provides an annual scholarship of $2,300 to a qualified entry-level athletic training student from a diverse ethnic background.

“I was so honored and proud to receive this scholarship,” Jackson said. “John Mayes doesn’t know me personally, he just knows what I wrote on a piece of paper, but he felt strong enough to invest in me and encourage me to stay the path, even if I am the minority in the field.”

Jackson plans to further her education by obtaining a master’s and doctorate in athletic training. She has a special interest in studying aquatic therapy, foot and ankle pathologies, as well as the role of nutrition in healing. Food has an impact on injury prevention, performance enhancement and injury recovery, she says. Jackson’s dream clinical setting would be in women’s collegiate athletics, but she also wants to be open to other opportunities.

“Because I go to Indiana State and I feel that I am getting the best education in the world,” Jackson said, “I feel like there is no limitation to what I could do.”

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Indiana State Student Working To Make Athletic Training Profession More Inclusive


Article reposted from newswise
Author: Indiana State University

One could say it was a bit of a culture shock for Emma Nye when she moved from her home state of New York to Indiana in pursuit of a master’s degree in athletic training at Indiana State University.

Not long after her arrival in 2014, Nye, who is a student in the Doctor of Athletic Training program, was greeted by the state legislature’s passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Opponents of the law said it could be used to discriminate against individuals who identified as LGBT.

“I couldn’t really wrap my head around that type of discrimination,” said Nye, who is gay. “I went to the Capitol building in Indianapolis and protested, and I felt like my passion for advocacy turned into tangible action.”

Nye returned to campus determined to make Indiana State more inclusive of people from all genders, races, religions and sexual orientations. She approached the university’s diversity committee about boosting the campus’ Campus Pride Index, an LGBT national benchmarking tool for colleges and university to create safer, more inclusive campus communities.

“Indiana State is a 3.5 out of 5, so there is room for growth there,” Nye said. “We brainstormed ways to make the athletics department and athletic training department more inclusive for our athletes, our fans, and I’m excited about the research I’m conducting to see what the problem is and then how to fix it.”
Starting last summer, Nye and fellow doctorate of athletic training students Ashley Crossway and Sean Rogers began researching the perceptions of student-athletes who work with an athletic trainer who identifies as LGBT and perceptions of athletic trainers who work with student-athletes who identify as LGBT.

They are in the process of doing a pilot study with a survey tool consisting of question on care and quality of care as it relates to things such as gender, religion and sexual orientation. The survey will be sent out this spring to all NCAA Division I, II and III athletic trainers and student-athletes.
“We really want to know if someone is working with an athletic trainer who identifies with the LGBTQ community, does that change the way you collaborate? Or if you, as an athletic trainer, are working with a student-athlete who identifies as LGBT does that change your quality of care or approach to athletic training, in general?” Nye said. “We’re hoping not to find a difference, but if we do, then we’ve figured out the problem and can move forward to find a solution because this an environment where people can come, no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion, and you will get high quality patient care. We want to bridge a gap if there is one, and I think it will boil down to education.”

It’s not her first go-around with this topic. Two years ago, Nye wrote an article for the Journal of Contemporary Athletics about workplace discrimination and the importance of passing the Equality Act, an anti-discriminatory workplace act.

“The article focused on key things that not only organizations but also individuals can do to make the athletic training room more inclusive,” she said. “What it came down to was the importance of advocacy and having a voice in the community. Oftentimes we get frustrated with potential negative legislation, but we don’t take action. It’s about speaking up and giving a voice to those in the LGBT community who feel stuck and don’t know what to do.”
Nye, ’17, has a graduate assistantship with athletic training program, where she has received hands-on training as an athletic trainer for Sycamore volleyball and Terre Haute South High School and serves as a preceptor for the athletic training education program.

Her efforts also won her recognition as the 2016 recipient of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association’s Diversity Award.

“I was impressed that the award went to a member of the LGBT community because sometimes when people think of diversity, they think of race and ethnicity, and there are so many types of diversity represented by the people in the athletic training membership. I was happy to be able to represent the LGBT athletic trainers,” Nye said.

Nye’s work inspired her nominator, Zachary Winkelmann, a Ph.D. student in the curriculum and instruction program who teaches in the athletic training program.

“Emma continues to break down cultural barriers in health care, including patient perceptions of working with a health care provider who is LGBTQ and explore new avenues to share her message through dissemination of peer-reviewed publications and continued cultural competence of differing populations,” said Winkelmann, who accepted the award in October on behalf of Nye, who was traveling with the volleyball team in Iowa.

It’s a profession Nye found her way to after not having access to an athletic trainer during high school.

“I would often treat myself and figure out how to deal with injuries I sustained,” she said. “Once I realized what an athletic trainer was and how helpful they are for the performance of an athlete, I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in athletic training.”

The two main outcomes of Indiana State’s program, education and advocacy, are perfectly aligned with Nye’s two biggest passions.

“It’s almost like the program helped me develop my passion to educate others and to advocate for certain populations, and I feel like I’ve made a difference in Indiana,” she said. “I’m glad I pursued this avenue, because the program’s not just about athletic training skills, but about being a better overall athletic trainer.”

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Sycamore Athletic Training Student Wins Landini Award


Article Reposted from Indiana State University
Author: Briana Lofton

Indiana State University juniors have been honored with the Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award for their achievement and service.

The award, named for Indiana State’s eighth president, 1975-1992, is presented to distinguished juniors for their commitment to the university. To be eligible for the Landini Award, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25, are required to write an essay detailing the reasons they live up to the ideals and values of Indiana State and must be recommended by a faculty or staff member. This year’s recipients also exhibited exceptional campus involvement.

Brandy Protz of Terre Haute is an athletic training major with an applied medicine concentration.

“I am thankful every day that I have the opportunity to attend Indiana State University, where I am able to receive a valuable education as well as participate in clubs, organizations and community service,” Protz said. “I am passionate about my education, and I am excited every day to learn something new.”

Protz has been involved with campus organizations such as church youth groups, Sycamore Leadership Coalition, Athletic Training Student Association, Sycamore Ambassadors and the President’s Scholar Association.

She has also served as the assistant director of marketing and public relations for the Indiana State Eco-Marathon Team and is head of driver operations for Sycamore Racing. She is a member of the President’s Scholar Association and 8:58, a faith-based youth group.

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Athletic Training Student has Passion for Service


Alexandra Spillman, an athletic training major from Effingham, Ill., is a recipient of the Hines Memorial Medal, which is awarded to seniors with the highest GPA. Spillman is a big believer in the saying “service before self,” as she has helped to orchestrate community service opportunities for the Athletic Training Student Association. Her greatest achievement was her involvement in Socktober, a sock drive for the homeless that was launched by Kid President. Spillman helped collect more than 1,000 pairs of socks for the Light House Mission Ministries and the Bethany House. She finds happiness in other people’s successes and describes herself as self-less and outgoing. Spillman will be attending graduate school at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her interest is in becoming a physician’s assistant in rural medicine.

If you could have any super power what would it be?

“I would want to be able to cure people of disease.”

What is your greatest fear?

“I am deathly afraid of snakes. I am also afraid of failing.”

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“My mom always raps me the lyrics to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ as a way to tell me not to give up. I listen to the song whenever I am faced with a big decision in life. The lyrics are ‘You only got one shot/do not miss your chance to blow/this opportunity comes once in a lifetime/go!'”

What do you like to do?

“I love being outside and active. I love swimming and boating. I am good at pretending to be athletic, because I am really not. I am one of those people who can get away with playing a sport and not know the rules.”

What has been your biggest lesson you have learned while in college?

“I learned to always question things. I think things never change when we just accept reality for what it is.”


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Indiana State Athletic Training Student Honored


Lena Grunloh, an athletic training major from Effingham, Ill., is a recipient of the Hines Memorial Medal, which is awarded to seniors with the highest GPA. Winning this award was seemingly a part of Grunloh’s destiny, as her mother, Jean Anne Oexmann, graduated from Indiana State and received the Hines medal in 1999. When Grunloh decided to attend Indiana State, she had no idea that she was a legacy student. In fact, Oexmann had not mentioned her alma mater until her daughter attended New Student Orientation. Talk about full circle! She will be attending graduate school at Butler University.

What is one of your pet peeves?

“I hate laziness! I can’t even sit and watch a movie for two hours without feeling like I have to get up and do something else.”

What is important to you?

“It’s important to me that I make sure that I am applying myself in everything. With everything that I do, I make sure that I am giving it 100 percent. I have never been someone who is comfortable with settling with the mediocre. My schedule is always insane and I gripe about it, but I remind myself that if I was not doing anything, I would not be happy. I want to be involved and maintain the integrity of those involvements. Time is also important.”

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned while in college?

“Failing is a part of the success process.”

What is your greatest fear?

“I am afraid of looking back and knowing I did not take advantage of everything I could have. I fear selling myself short or not fulfilling my own potential.”

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Alexandra Spillman, one of the other Hines Medal recipients, gave me the best piece of advice. Before taking one of our athletic training tests, she would always sing ‘Do your best! Forget the rest!’ There is an entire song that she sings and it’s annoying all the way through, but it works because I can apply it to everything in life.”


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Indiana State University Students Practice Emergency Scenarios


Indiana State University students got some hands-on experience on Thursday.

Students working on their doctorate in Athletic Training were put to the test with four real-life emergency scenarios for them to respond to.

Associate Professor Lindsey Eberman told News 10 that these experiences are important for students. It is a way they can put what they’ve learned in the classroom to the test.

“We need to be ready for those things,” Eberman said. “And so simulation helps to create those environments in advance. While they’re learning so that they’re ready that moment that emergency strikes, they’re ready.”

Friday’s simulations included a wrestling meet, a football experience, a tough mudder race and an experience like the Boston Marathon Bombing.


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Indiana State Students Secure Scholarships


Three Indiana State University athletic training students have received scholarships from the Indiana Athletic Trainer’s Association State Conference earlier this month.

“Indiana State University has a great athletic training program with lots of history and opportunity to grow within the profession,” said Kathryn Cleek, a senior from Jasper and the recipient of the Dwayne “Spike” Dixon Professional Education Scholarship. “After experiencing many sport related injuries, I spent a lot of time in therapy and getting familiar with the job of an athletic trainer.”

The athletic training program at Indiana State is one of the oldest in the country and boasts one of the largest alumni networks as well.

“I chose Indiana State for graduate school because of the rich history of athletic training at ISU,” said Joseph Vogler, who received the John Schrader Post-Professional Scholarship and is a second year master’s degree student from Roxbury, N.J.

Sean Clancy, a senior from Fishers, received the Robert S. Behnke Professional Education Scholarship.

“I was inspired to become an athletic trainer my freshman year of college when I tore my ACL playing football,” said Clancy,

Vogler works head athletic trainer at Marshall (Ill.) High School and is the preceptor in the Indiana State’s undergraduate program. “I always knew I wanted to enter the health-care field but it wasn’t until joining my high school’s sports medicine club that I realized I loved the profession of athletic trainers and keeping people healthy while competing in their activities,” he said.

The Indiana Athletic Trainers Association is dedicated to advancing the profession and empowering membership through advocacy, education, networking and innovative resources.


Photo: – Sean Clancy, Kathryn Cleek and Joseph Vogler receive scholarships from the Indiana Athletic Trainer’s Association. (Photo courtesy of Jerrod Harrison)

Media contact: Kenneth Games, assistant professor, department of applied medicine and rehabilitation, or 812-237-3961.

Writer: Libby Legett, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, or 812-237-3773.