News & Notes: Updated 08/02/2014
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.
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 Symposium, an 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.
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!
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 Award, while 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.
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!
You may not be aware, but the Hill Center on campus has been undergoing SIGNIFICANT renovations for the several months--a complete infrastructure overhaul (new AC, heating, etc.), extensive interior renovations for new classrooms, faculty offices, locker rooms, and student space, and most importantly, a BRAND new and expanded Athletic Training Clinic for the education program and athletic training services provided to Bomber Athletes. The physical space of the old pool in Hill has been filled in, and a second floor installed vertically to create more multipurpose space--the downstairs, pool level is now the new IC Athletic Training Clinic! Complete with an 8 room office suite, an office for graduate assistant ATs, expanded treatment and rehab areas, a large hydrotherapy room with a cold immersion tank, an MD exam room, AT student locker storage, and ample supplies storage, the Clinic is also directly connected to a brand new classroom/lab space for the AT program! It will be fully operational VERY SOON, so look back often for pictures and more details! And, once should you be on South Hill any time soon, be sure to stop by the new and improved Hill Center for a tour!
Director Publishes Invited Editorial
Paul R. Geisler, ATC, EdD, Associate Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at Ithaca College has just published an invited editorial in Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. Entitled, "The Elephant in the Room: Adequate Supervision, Not Direct Supervision", the piece critically addresses the CAATE standard for "direct supervision" of all athletic training clinical experiences and calls for something different--adequate supervision--that will foster and develop greater professional growth, autonomy and confidence in entry-level athletic trainers. The article is out now in advance electronic format, and will be published in hard copy in Volume 5, Issue 4 of the journal in a few weeks.
Brief Alumni Updates...Moves & Stories
Nick Kostishak, ATC, Class of 2012 and current grad student at A. T. Still University was recently selected to intern with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals during their spring workouts in Phoenix. Impressing his mentors, Nick was invited back full time to work the Cardinals summer camp and also to help out during home games this fall. Way to impress Nick!
Jimmy Newton, ATC, Class of 2012 and DPT student Class of 2014 was recently selected to be an intern with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles for their summer training camp. See pic of Jimmy here!
Dan Adelman, MS, ATC, Class of 2011 and recent MS graduate from UNC, Chapel Hill was recently hired as a season long Athletic Trainer with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. While a GA at UNC, Dan was also part of the medical team for the UNC Women's Lax team, who won their first National Championship title this spring with an exciting overtime win over their rival, the University of Maryland. Looks like everything is coming up crabs for Dan, well done!
Well, final exams and projects are almost over, but some clinical education duties are not yet so as the Bomber Track and Field and Baseball teams are still practicing and competing. Alas, its time to say a goodbye to our graduating class of athletic training majors--well, not all of them. A few will be around a few more years to complete their DPT degrees on South Hill, but most of them are moving onto the "next step". Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for all you have accomplished thus far, and best of luck in your immediate and subsequent endeavors, we will miss you all. Here's where they are off to at this point in time:
- Ethan Alderman, ATC a Clinic Outreach AT with Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, Arlington, TX
- Kristen Bartiss, ATC, will be working on her master's degree in sports medicine at Utah State University
- Jackie Boss, ATC, will remain at IC to finish her DPT degree
- Chanel Cohen, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
- Brendan Donelan, has decided not to pursue athletic training and is working for Telecom Infrastructure in NYC
- Amber Duda, ATC is attending Medical School at Campbell University, NC
- Charles Edwards, ATC, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
- Laura Goodwell, ATC is taking a break from school and will enroll in graduate school in 2014
- Jonah Larson, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
- CatherineLewis, ATC will take a brief hiatus by working as an Assistant Womens' Basketball Coach at the Coast Guard Academy, CT
- Caroline Lisee, ATC is a Clinic Outreach AT with Maryland SportsCare & Rehab in Mt. Airy, MD
- Jana Katz, ATC, will work on her master's degree in athletic training at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, GA
- Andrew Kraft, ATC is working as an Outreach AT with a PT clinic and HS in Seattle, WA
- Meaghan McMillen, ATC will be an athletic training intern at the College of Holy Cross
- Caitlin Murphy, ATC, will remain at IC to finish her DPT degree
- Brianna Rathbun, ATC, is an outreach AT with Slocum Dickson Medical Group, Utica, NY
- Julian Rivera, ATC, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
- Chris Toone, ATC, will be working on his master's degree in sports medicine at the University of Utah
- Adina Wagner, ATC, will be an athletic training intern at the University of Denver
- Joe Weber, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
- Julie Winn, ATC, is working as an outreach AT for Integrated Rehabilitation Services, Manchester, CT
Click here to see pics from the Annual Year End Party!
2013 AT Major and 2015 DPT Major Wins Campus Life Award
Kudos to Class of 2013 (AT) graduate Julian Rivera on being the only HSHP student to win a 2013 Campus Life Award--well done and way to represent Julian! More about the award and the official Ithaca College announcement can be found here!
Graduating Senior Wins NATA REF Scholarship!
Christopher Toone, Class of 2013 was recently notified by the NATA's Research & Education Foundation that he is the 2013 winner of the Sayers "Bud" Miller Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate athletic training majors. This marks a continuation of a long line of Bomber AT majors winning NYSATA, EATA and NATA undergraduate scholarships to help defray the cost of their undergraduate or graduate studies. Congrats and best of luck to Chris who is on his way to the University of Utah to begin work on his master's in sports medicine and where he will be the graduate assistant AT for the University's Ski Team!
Class of 2013 Remains Perfect on BOC Exam Results
The 2013 exam period has just started, but as of this moment, Ithaca College is at 100% first time BOC pass rate for class of 2013, again! We still have a few graduates to take the exam, but as of this writing we are at a 17 for 17 rate, extending our streak to (at least) 49 consecutive first time passes!!!
Kudos to the following graduating seniors who can soon add "ATC" to their name:
Ethan Alderman, ATC
Kristen Bartiss, ATC
Jackie Boss, ATC
Amber Duda, ATC
Charles Edwards, ATC
Laura Goodwell, ATC
Jana Katz, ATC
Andrew Kraft, ATC
Cat Lewis, ATC
Caroline Lisee, ATC
Meagahn McMillen, ATC
Caitlin Murphy, ATC
Brianna Rathbun, ATC
Julian Rivera, ATC
Chris Toone, ATC
Adina Wagner, ATC
Julie Winn, ATC
Please join me in congratulating these students and their accomplishments when you have the opportunity!
Athletic Training Majors Present Research at James J. Whalen Symposium
Eight undergraduate athletic training majors and their faculty mentors recently presented their faculty collaboration research to the academic community at Ithaca College at the 2013 James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, held on campus on April 4, 2013. Five students presented case study research in the poster presentation segment, while three students presented their research in the oral component of the program. Presenting case study posters this year were:
- Meaghan McMillen, '13 and Faculty Sponsor Todd Lazenby, MA, ATC presented Mulligan Mobilization Techniques for the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis and Impingement Pathology
- Julie Winn, '13 and Faculty Sponsor Courtney Gray, MS, ATC presented Deltoid Ligament Tear in a Collegiate Women's Soccer Player
- Jana Katz, '13 and Faculty Sponsors Mike Matheny, MS, ATC and Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC presented Pellegrini-Stieda Syndrome in a Collegiate Soccer Player
- Christopher Toone, '13 and Faculty Sponsor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT presented Identification of Staphlococcal Infection in a 20-year-old Male Basketball Player
- Brianna Rathbun, '13 and Faculty Sponsor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT presented Division 1 Collegiate Field Hockey Player with Type 1 von Willebrand's Disease
Presenting their research in oral format this year were:
- Ethan Alderman, '13 and Faculty Sponsors Barb Belyea, DPT, PT & Deb King, PhD presented Reliability and Validity of 2-Dimensional Motion Analysis Using a Hand Held Table Compared to Traditional 3-Dimensional Motion Analysis
- Theresa Lau, '14 AT and '16 DPT and Faculty Sponsor Paul R Geisler, EdD, ATC presented Redefining the Importance of Health: The Impacts of Malnutrition of Cardiovascular Diseases in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic
- Chanel Cohen, '13 AT and '15 and Faculty Sponsor Paul R Geisler, EdD, ATC presented Athletic Pubalgia with Inguinal Hernia in a Collegiate Hurdler
Congratulations to all of this year's Whalen participants, especially our athletic training majors who added a valuable scholarship experience to their college education!
Welcome Aboard Dr. Patrick McKeon & Dr. Jennifer McKeon!
We are extremely excited to announce that after a long, intensive and very competitive search process, we have officially hired our next Clinical Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program at Ithaca College. Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has accepted our offer to join us as our next Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor!
Dr. McKeon earned his BS in AT at Springfield College, his MS in Sports Health Care at AT Still University in AZ, and his PhD in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia and is one of our profession's bright young stars, having already won the NATA Research & Education Foundation's Freddie Fu New Investigator Award, and the Kenneth Knight Outstanding Research Manuscript Award from the Journal of Athletic Training in his young academic career.
In between attaining his academic degrees, Dr. McKeon garnered significant clinical experiences along the way at Pearl River HS and HealthSouth Rehab Corp in metropolitan NY, Phoenix College (AZ), Brophy College Prep, Phoenix (AZ), Canisius College (Buffalo, NY), and Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY), where he was also a Clinical Coordinator. Dr. McKeon is a renowned athletic training scholar and clinician with an extensive track record, including over 40 refereed manuscripts, 55 peer reviewed abstracts, 2 book chapters, over 20 invited scholarly presentations, and impressive grant funding from various sources. An established expert on the foot and ankle, functional in/stability, criteria based LE performance, and clinically based outcomes, Dr. McKeon brings an exciting and diverse research and teaching agenda with him to South Hill that promises to add a dynamic element to our already outstanding program. You can learn more about Dr. McKeon's professional accomplishments here.
But wait, there's more good news...
We are doubly excited to announce that Dr. Jennifer Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS will also be joining the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences next year as an Assistant Professor, and although she'll chiefly be responsible for teaching kinesiology classes and laboratories for the Department, she will be intricately connected to our ATEP. Yes, they are related and yes, she is as impressive an addition to our program and department, as is her husband.
Dr. Jennifer McKeon is also currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, in the Division of Athletic Training, and earned her BS in AT from Pennsylvania State University, her MS in AT from AT Still University in Phoenix, and her PhD in Biomechanics & Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University. Jennifer also completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill before beginning her current tenure at at UK. Also an expert on the lower extremity, Jenn specializes more proximally with a focus on the knee and complete LKC, but is also interested in balance, stability, and functional measurements of the LE. She has also completed significant work on injury epidemiology research, clinically based outcomes and various evidence based initiatives that are clinically useful and meaningful to the practicing professional. To date, Dr. J McKeon has published 24 peer reviewed manuscripts and 39 abstracts, presented over 25 scholarly talks, and secured over $100K in research funding. In addition, Jenn played 4 years of Division 1 intercollegiate soccer at Penn State, and has received several awards for her scholarly productivity and quality. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Together, the addition of Dr. P McKeon and Dr. J McKeon to our department and ATEP signifies the arrival of 2 incredibly talented, productive and renowned clinicians, teachers and scholars to our ranks, which in short time will initiate anexciting and bold new direction for our current faculty, students and curriculum. The McKeons are well renowned in the AT community and they are exited to bring their experience, energy, creativity and insight to South Hill in August. The impact of this news is already being felt amongst our current staff, as we are all excited to bring them aboard as colleagues and peers and to begin carving out the next exciting step in the evolution of the IC ATEP!