Athletic Training Education

News & Notes: Updated 02/2/2015

Winter 2014-15

Bomber ATEP Puts on First Annual BOC Approved EBP CEU Course

On Saturday, January 24th, the IC Athletic Training Education Program organized and conducted its first ever Board of Certification course for approved Evidence Based Practice for approximately 70 current and past students and local athletic training professionals. Presented as part of the program's "Advanced Clinical Update Series", it was the first installment of BOC approved Evidence Based Education that is now required for all Certified Athletic Trainers. Steve Bartlinski, MS, ATC and Bomber AT Alum and now Head AT for the Stanford Cardinal football team won the award for the greatest distance travel, coming all the way from Palo Alto, CA to revisit South Hill for the conference and chance to reconnect and speak to current students and faculty. Drs. Patrick and Jennifer McKeon presented on the principles and practices of EBP, while Clinical Associate Professor Courtney Gray and Program Director Paul Geisler used that foundational knowledge to present 2 unique and evidence based case studies to the audience. Reviews were stellar for the program, and many have committed to the 2nd iteration of the program in 2016. It was also announced at the event that from here forth, the educational series will be called the Kent Scriber Advanced Clinical Update Series, in honor program patriarch, Dr. Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT.

Student Scholarship Productivity Continues with EATA Presentations

At the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia recently, senior Athletic Training majors James Quist (Amsterdam, NY) and Jacob Mir (Fabius, NY) both presented their unique case studies in a poster format to over 1,300 attendees as part of the Association's Research Committee agenda. Under the tutelage of Clinical Associate Professor, Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Jim presented "Isolated Popliteus Strain in a Collegiate Football Player", while Jacob worked with Dr. Paul R. Geisler, ATC to present "Complex Ligamentous & Tendinous Damage of The Hand & Wrist in a Collegiate Football Player without Functional Impairment" to over 1,300 student and professional attendees at the Loews Hotel.

Senior AT Major Wins Kent Scriber EATA Scholarship

Kyle MacKinnon (Marlborough, MA), Class of '15 was the 2015 winner of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Kent Scriber Scholarship, given at the Annual EATA Conference and Clinical Symposium in Philadelphia, last month. Given in recognition of his outstanding scholarship and academic performance, the award honors Ithaca College's own Dr. Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, long time Professor of Athletic Training for his contributions and lasting impact on the field of athletic training and education. The 3rd year the award has been given, this marks the first time that a Bomber AT major has won the award! Congratulations Kyle!

Fall 2014

Exciting New Opportunity to Study Abroad in Ireland for Bomber AT Majors!

The Bomber Athletic Training Education Program is extremely excited and proud to announce that we have officially signed an Exchange Agreement with the Institute for Technology, Carlow Ireland. Yep, you read that right...Ireland. Carlow is about an hour southeast of Dublin, and has an accredited Athletic Therapy Rehabilitation Bachelor's program and its graduates can sit for the Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist certification once they complete their extensive academic and clinical curriculum and program of study. In September of 2014, the BOC (USA), the CATA (Canada) and the ARTI (Ireland) coincidentally signed an International Mutual Recognition Agreement that now allows graduates from accredited programs in the 3 countries to sit for each others board exams, and if successful, practice in any of those 3 countries.

Under the terms of the IC/ITC exchange, a maximum of 2 students will 'exchange' places at the 2 institutions and be fully enrolled students and clinical practitioners. In January of 2015, 2 senior ITC SRAT  majors will enroll at IC to study AT and practice clinically, the Bomber AT Way, and in the fall of the 2015, 2 IC AT majors will travel to Carlow to enroll and study at ITC for a semester. Because of the unique and natural fit, ITC will serve as an Approved Clinical Site for the Bomber ATEP, complete with all the trimmings as our students gain valuable clinical education experiences with Hurling, Gaelic Football and Rugby while experiencing an immersed life in Ireland for 3+ months. Class of 2016 AT Majors, Tara Condon and Miriam Rosenthal have been chosen to be the first IC representatives to take part in the exciting travel and study abroad program, and are excitedly making early plans to jump across the ocean for their senior fall semesters.

To our knowledge, this makes Ithaca College one of only a few undergraduate ATEPs in the nation to have an affiliated clinical site AND academic exchange program in Europe (perhaps anywhere outside the US), one that actually has an "athletic training" program of study and clinical education component similar to what we do in the US. The undergraduate program at the University of New Hampshire has such a program with ITC already, and the Entry Level master's program at Seton Hall University has the same with IT Carlow, but Ithaca College is believed to be one of just a handful of undergraduate programs in the nation to spread its wings in such a fashion. Be sure to check back in the spring semester to see how our 2 Irish Exchange students are doing, and again in the fall to see hour our own students are doing in Ireland, there's certainly more to come!

Summer 2014

See the Newly Renovated Hill Center!

Better late than never, now you can see our new office suite, clinical classrooms, AT Clinic and the exterior of the Hill Center that was renovated over the last 18 months, or so! Go here to see a full collection of pictures with descriptive captions of our modern, fully equipped, exciting and spacious Athletic Training facilities. Now, we have a comprehensive facility to go along with our outstanding program reputation! If you come back to South Hill, be sure to contact one of the AT faculty to get a first hand tour of the facility!

Several Bomber AT Family Members Recognized at NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis

Several Bomber AT Family members and alumni received significant recognition at this year's NATA Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony. Class of 2013 graduate Chris Toone, ATC received a Graduate NATA Scholarship, his second NATA grant after winning an undergraduate scholarship in 2013; and Theresa Lau, BS, ATC, Class of 2014 received an Undergraduate NATA Scholarship. Clinical Associate Professor Chris Hummel, MS, ATC received an Athletic Training Service Award for his considerable volunteerism and professional service to date.  Jill Manners, MS, PT, ATC (IC Class of '93, MDAT '14), Cindy Trowbridge, PhD, ATC (IC Faculty '94-01, MDAT '14), and Jackie Kingma, PA, PT, ATC (IC Faculty '85-90, MDAT '14) all received Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer awards for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession so far. Congratulations to all! Click here for a picture of the winners!

In addition, several faculty and alums presented their research at the Free Communications sessions offered, including Dr. Jennifer McKeon, ATC and Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Chelsea Schrade, MS, ATC, Dr. Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC and Nicholas Kostishak, MS, ATC.

Spring 2014

Faculty Present at 2014 New York State Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting

Clinical Associate Professor, Courtney Gray, MS, ATC made 2 presentations at this year's annual meeting in Jamesville, NY; the first a joint project (case study) with Class of 2014 AT Major, Sydney Folk, ATC entitled "Femoral Acetabular Impingement and Acetabular Labral Tear in a Female Soccer Player" as a poster, and the second an oral presentation to the student contingent, entitled "Non Surgical Management of the ACL in a Women's Soccer Player". Professor of Athletic Training, Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT also presented a joint student research project as a poster with "Femoracetabular Impingement and Labral Tears in a Female Field Hockey Player" with 2014 graduate, Rachel Schecter, ATC. Click here for pictures of more IC AT Faculty-Student Research Projects over the years!

And we bid Adieu...

Well, final exams and projects are now over, and Senior Week 2014 is in full swing. Alas, its time to say a goodbye to our most recent graduating class of athletic training majors--well, not all of them.  In keeping with recent Bomber tradition, they are a smooth 13 for 13 on their first attempt BOC exams, our 4th consecutive year with a 100% first time BOC pass rate!  This is our last class of dual AT/DPT degree majors, and so they will be around a few more years to complete their DPT degrees on South Hill, but most Class of 2014 members are moving onto the next step, the "real world". Congratulations to the Bomber AT Class of 2014 for all you have accomplished thus far, and best of luck in your immediate and subsequent endeavors, we will miss you all. We have a few "new" graduate school destinations for our departing seniors, like Indiana and Delaware, but here's where they are off to at this point in time:

  • Joe Armeli, will stay at IC to complete his DPT degree and will not be taking his BOC exam until next year.
  • Allison Bartkowiak, ATC will stay at IC to complete her DPT degree
  • Andrew Claypool, ATC will stay at IC to complete his DPT degree
  • Gary Cohen, ATC will head to toasty Mesa, AZ to begin work on his master's in AT at A.T. Still University
  • Sarah Donovan, ATC will be moving to Big Sky country, to be the AT for Bozeman High School, in MT
  • Rory Fawcett, ATC will stay at IC to complete her DPT degree
  • Sydney Folk, ATC will stay at IC to complete her DPT degree
  • Rebecca Guzzo, ATC will begin working as an AT Intern at The College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, MA
  • Lindsey Lamond, ATC will head to Wilmington, DE to become a Blue Hen and earn her MS in AT at U. Delaware
  • Theresa Lau, ATC will stay at IC to complete her DPT degree
  • Jay Loehner, ATC will head to the home of the Little 500, Indianapolis, IN to begin working on his MS in AT at the University of Indiana
  • Jamie Ruddy, ATC will be working for the Rochester City School District as an AT.
  • Rachel Schechter, ATC will be working as an AT for Integrated Rehabilitation Services, in CT
  • Robbie Williamson, ATC will be an outreach AT for Brownstone Physical Therapy, in Rochester, NY

Senior AT Majors & Clinical Faculty Member Win Awards of Distinction

As is the tradition, May marks the time that the Bomber AT Education Program and Department of Exercise Science recognize some our outstanding senior majors. For 2014, Rory Fawcett, ATC (DPT and AT Major) was the winner of the DESS Professional Excellence Award, in tribute to her all around excellent and consistent performance in the class room, on the field, in the clinic, and outside of Athletic Training, as well. The winner of the Rodney H. Dusinberre Athletic Training Excellence Award, presented annually to the senior student athletic trainer who best exemplifies the qualities of hard work, commitment and loyalty to the Ithaca College athletic training program, was John "Jay" Loehner, ATC. The Mark Alderman Athletic Training Service Award, given in honor of long time AT Clinical Faculty member, the late Mark Alderman, MS, ATC and awarded to the senior athletic training student who displays service, kindness and compassion for others, was awarded to Will Stotter, ATC, December 2013 graduate. All award winners were recognized at the Annual HSHP Academic Awards Ceremony, held in Ford Music Hall on Wednesday, May 14th, and again at the Bomber Athletics Senior Awards Brunch, held in Emerson Suites on Thursday, May 15th. In addition, Clinical Associate Professor, Chris Hummel, MS, ATC was awarded a Dean's Award by HSHP Dean, Linda Petrosino at the HSHP Ceremony, recognizing his outstanding accomplishments as a teacher, clinical educator, and AT professional during the academic year. Congrats to all of this year's winners! 

Alum Getting Great Experience with NFL's NY Giants

Jon Lin, DPT, ATC, AT Class of 2011 recently finished a year long Seasonal Internship with the NFL's NY Giants, an incredible learning experience and professional opportunity for him, and yet another recent Bomber to intern with the NFL over the last few years (Dan Adelman, Baltimore Ravens; Jimmy Newton, Philadelphia Eagles; Kevin Orloski, NY Jets; Nick Kostishak, Arizona Cardinals). For all of his hard work and insight, Jon was recently featured in PFATS' ("Professional Football Athletic Trainers' Society) online newsletter. You can read that newsletter here. Jon will soon start full time work as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at University Sports Medicine, in Rochester, NY. This summer, Casey Edwards, ATC, AT Class of 2013 will be the 5th recent Bomber AT to work with the NFL as he interns with the Miami Dolphins.

Student & Faculty Scholarship on Display

2013-2014 has indeed been a productive year for joint faculty and student scholarship in the IC Athletic Training Education program. On April 4th, senior AT majors Jay Loehner and Theresa Lau presented their case research at the University of Kentucky, as part of the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research symposium. Sponsored and mentored by faculty members in Athletic Training, the trip was fully funded by IC's Office of the Provost as part of a specific initiative to promote faculty-student collaboration and applied research. This marks the 3rd consecutive year that the Bomber AT program has had a presence at the NCUR event. Congratulation Jay & Theresa!

Not to be outdone, 13 other Athletic Training majors (10 seniors and 3 juniors) worked with AT and Exercise Science faculty on 14 different research projects that were presented on campus at the 2014 James J. Whalen Academic Symposiuman annual celebration of student research, creativity and performance held on Ithaca College's campus each spring. Senior AT majors Rory Fawcett, Allison Bartkowiak, Joseph Armeli, Robbie Williamson, Lindsey Lamond, Rachel Schechter, Becky Guzzo, Sarah Donovan, Andrew Claypool, & Sydney Folk, and Junior AT majors Zach VanNostrand, Jacob Mir and Aliza Kamman all presented their joint research projects to the audience, with 8 projects being considered as Awards Finalists for their quality and/or uniqueness. Of particular note, Senior AT Major Sarah Donovan was an Award winner for her case study entitled "Exercise-induces Laryngeal Obstruction in a Collegiate Male Soccer", a joint project conducted under the supervision of Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training, Mike Matheny, MS, ATC and Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology, Mary Pitti

Decorated Boxer, Concussion Awareness Speaker Presents The Second Impact

On Thursday, April 3rd, ex professional boxer and Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame member, Ray Ciancaglini brought his Second Impact story and mission to South Hill, where he presented his personal story about the dangers of participating with a concussion, and the detrimental effects that boxing with a concussion have had on his life to a packed room of faculty and students from the athletic training, exercise science and physical therapy programs, as well as several members of the local and sports medicine communities. Ray's heartfelt and poignant personal message was well received, and the audience was able to see first hand the potential second impact associated with subsequent blows to the head while experiencing symptoms of a concussion. Throughout, Mr. Ciancaglini was candid and informative as he detailed his personal experiences with boxing, concussions, and the subsequent disabilities he endures now, as a result.  Ray generously presented Dr. Kent Scriber with several special mementos, including a signed pair of boxing gloves and historic photos from his boxing days, while Ray was made an honorary member of the Bomber Athletic Training program by being presented with an official AT shirt! See some pics from the event here!

Clinical Faculty Member Recognized by NATA

Department of Exercise & Sports Sciences Clinical Associate Professor, Chris Hummel, MS, ATC has been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association for his dedicated and continued service to the profession by being selected as a 2014 winner of an "Athletic Trainer Service Award". Over the years, Chris has been an active member and Officer with the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association, a volunteer with the US Olympic Training Center, an important contributor to the NY State AT Legislative agenda, an abstract reviewer for the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Research Committee, a manuscript reviewer for Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, and given several educational presentations on concussion and athlete safety to various groups. Chris will receive his award at the 2014 NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis, in June. Congratulations and thanks for all you do, Chris!

Winter 2013-14

Senior AT Majors win State and Regional Scholarships

The long line of undergraduate excellence in Athletic Training education at Ithaca College continued recently, as 2 more senior Bomber AT majors were recognized for their outstanding academic and clinical records at the 2014 EATA Annual Conference & Clinical Symposium, in Mashantucket, CT. Senior AT/DPT major Rory Fawcett (Chester, NH) was awarded $2,500 with the Hartmann-Conco Sports Medicine EATA Scholarship Awardwhile fellow Senior AT/DPT major Andrew Claypool (Horseheads, NY) was awarded $2,000 with the NATA District 2 Scholarship from the NYSATA. Rory also competed and represented IC very well in the annual EATA Quiz Bowl, while fellow seniors Gary Cohen (Stuart, FL) and Sydney Folk (Long Island, NY) competed in the Student Taping Contest. Overall, 23 current undergraduate AT majors and 6 program faculty members attended the conference in CT--quite a showing for the program!

Program Scholars Share Research at EATA Convention

At the recent EATA Annual Convention & Clinical Symposium in Mashantucket, CT this month, Senior AT major Gary Cohen (Stuart, FL) presented his case study research entitled "Management of Chronic Ankle Instability & Multiple Ankle Dislocation in a Female Collegiate Gymnast".  Clinical Associate Professor Chris Hummel, MS, ATC and Dr. Patrick McKeon were co-authors on this challenging case. Also, Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator, Dr. Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS presented "Immediate Effects of Sensory-Targeted Ankle Rehabilitation Strategies on Balance and Range of Motion in Those with Chronic Ankle Instability" to the members in attendance, which is part of an intensive and ongoing research project that Dr. McKeon is conducting with his colleague from UNC, Charlotte, Dr. Eric Wikstrom.

Faculty Member Named Chair of New EATA EBM Sub Committee

Jennifer Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Exercise Sciences has been named the inaugural Chair of the EATA's Sub Committee on Evidence Based Medicine at the Annual Meeting in January.  The EBM is a sub committee of the EATA's Research Committee, and Dr. J McKeon will be in charge of developing and implementing the regular EBM programming for the Annual Meeting, which includes identifying and securing speakers and topics, and gaining BOC approval for required EBM CEUs on an annual basis. 

Fall 2013

Dr. McKeon Presents at United States Military Academy

On Friday, November 8th 2013, Dr. Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Athletic Training presented his research on Sensory-Targeted Ankle Rehabilitation Strategies (STARS) as part of the John A. Feagin Sports Medicine Fellowship Lecture Series at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. The STARS project is currently being funded by the NIAMS at Ithaca College, and was the foundation for Dr. McKeon's presentation to the orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers at West Point, which in turn, led to exciting and promising conversation for future collaborations between the USMA and Ithaca College on related clinical research questions.

IC Oracle Honor Society Inducts 3!

Congratulations to the following sophomore AT majors who were inducted into the Ithaca College Oracle Honor Society on Monday, November 4. After completion of their freshman year, students who are in the top 10 percent academically in each school are invited to become members of this prestigious Society. Please join me in congratulating AT Class of 2016 members:

  • Sonia DelBusso (Kimberton, PA)
  • Miriam Rosenthal (Charlotte, NC)
  • Jennifer Zehner (Ashland, MA)

State Assemblywoman Visits IC ATEP to Learn About Athletic Training

Just before Fall Break in mid October, 5th term State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (District 125) visited IC to learn more about the profession of athletic training, the education of athletic training professionals, and the role that athletic trainers have in promoting and maintaining health and function in active populations. As a member on the Higher Education and Mental Health Committee, Ms. Lifton was invited to IC as part of the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association's efforts to enhance and rewrite the state practice act for athletic trainers in New York. After touring our Athletics & Events Center AT Room, speaking with a few of our students, and exchanging information with several faculty members, Ms. Lifton expressed her support for the AT Practice Act that is currently in process in Albany. Click here for a picture of Ms. Lifton's visit to IC!


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