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Three Westfield State students to present clinical research at regional athletic training symposium

Three Westfield State University students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Athletic Training Program will present their clinical research at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposium January 11–14, 2019, in Valley Forge, Penn. This marks the second year that Westfield State will be recognized with at least one peer-reviewed poster at one of the oldest sports medicine conferences in the world. Celebrating its 71st year, some 1,500 individuals attend the annual event. 

In 2019, Jacqueline Holmes ’18 of Medford will present her project entitled, Backward Ambulation Increases Proprioception at the Knee: A Critically Appraised Topic. Mackenzie Corrigan ’18 of Plymouth will display her projected entitled, Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound is an Effective Treatment In the Rapid Healing of Long Bones.

Megan Nye ’18 of Attleboro will present her project entitled, Mild Jugular Compression Devices Reduce White Matter Alterations In High School-Aged Males Playing Collison Sports. Nye’s project on the utilization of mild jugular compression collars in preventing brain damage in high school ice hockey and football athletes has been further honored with recognition as one of only three EATA Undergraduate Research Award Finalists. Nye will be interviewed by a panel of medical researchers about her research, with a singular award winner announced later that evening at a formal banquet. 

These projects are classified as the highest level of clinical research by the international-based Centre of Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) due to their exceedingly stringent study design.  This chosen study design, the Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) is a meta-analysis of the existing literature, attempting to address a specific clinical conundrum regularly faced by Athletic Trainers. The projects require that students perform an exhaustive literature search of multiple medical databases, extract treatment or evaluation data from the selected articles, and then calculate values of clinical meaningfulness so that other clinicians may employ those strategies in their practices. The projects require at least two semesters to complete.

About the EATA Convention
Each year the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association holds an annual educational convention where athletic trainers, athletic training students, and other healthcare providers gather to hear leaders in their field speak about a variety of healthcare topics, ranging from concussion and illnesses to orthopedic injuries and emergency management.

About Westfield State University’s Movement Science Department
The Movement Science undergraduate major program, with a reputation as one of the best offered by a public institution in New England, provides a strong foundation in the movement sciences, preparing students for several career opportunities in sports medicine and/or graduate study in state of the art facilities. For more information, visit http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/degrees/athletic-training-major

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