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In the summer of 2009, Adrian Ramon completed a one-month internship with NFL Tennessee Titans during their training camp in Nashville, TN. He also received a scholarship from the NFL to help cover his expenses in the WSU EL MSAT program. His duties included setting up AT equipment before practice, restocking the Athletic Training room, taping the athletes, providing treatments for the athletes, assisting the players with their rehabilitation programs (ACL and dislocated shoulder programs). He also assisted in providing medical coverage during practices and games. Adrian described the experience as “an unforgettable experience that was invaluable and eye-opening.” He was able to work with many new therapeutic modalities that are rarely seen in most AT rooms such as light therapy, Interex, and H-wave. Adrian completed a degree in Kinesiology at UNT and served as the student athletic trainer for their men’s basketball team for two years. He is now pursuing the entry-level masters degree in Athletic Training at Weber State University.




Congratulations December 2009 Graduates!


From left to right:  Valerie Herzog (faculty), Jordan Hamson-Utley (faculty), Nikole Lanier, Christopher Adams, Kris Thomson, Laurel Vance, Nate Smith, Robert Browning, David Berry (faculty)

Athletic Training Student Experiences RSL Title Firsthand
December 3, 2009

OGDEN, Utah – When Real Salt Lake defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy for the MLS Cup last month in Seattle, Weber State University student Candi Henry had a unique perspective from the sidelines. 
"As soon as Robbie Russell's ball went in the goal, we jumped over the boards and sprinted to the guys," she said. "I jumped on the pile and just jumped around and screamed a lot."
Henry spent most of the 2009 season as an athletic training intern with RSL, and was rewarded for her efforts with a trip to Seattle and a spot on the sidelines for the soccer team's first league championship. 
Her main duties with RSL included performing ultrasound and electrical stimulation on players, helping with rehabilitation exercises, taping ankles, applying ice bags, and preparing ice and water for practices. On game days, she was part of the stretcher crew.
Even though Henry had always wanted to work with a professional sports team, it was difficult to include in her already busy schedule. During her internship, she carried a full graduate workload, completed a clinical internship with Olympus High School's football team, and worked on her graduate thesis. "I definitely needed the time that I spent with RSL free for schoolwork, but I would not change anything," she said.
One of the main benefits was seeing firsthand the demands on athletic trainers. "This is not a profession where you just clock in and out," Henry said. "Your athletes can call you in the middle of the night with a problem, and you have to deal with it. It is so rewarding though."
Henry believes the extra effort will help advance her career goals. "I hope that future employers will see that I have been able to balance so much this semester and still be successful," she said. "I will be prepared for the rigors of a full-time job in athletic training."
Valerie Herzog, director of the master of athletic training program at WSU, agrees that internships are a necessity for athletic training students. "The job market for athletic training positions in professional sports is very competitive," she said. "The only way to eventually land such a job is through professional internships, like the one Candi completed with Real Salt Lake."
Henry said she is sad to see the internship end, and that she will miss her interactions with RSL's players. "I'm so sad the ride is over," she said. "I may never see some of the guys again. They were like a little family to me, and I will miss them so much."
She plans on graduating with a master's degree in athletic training from WSU in August 2010.
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Candi Henry, master of athletic training student
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Valerie Herzog, graduate athletic training program director
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Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
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WSU Athletic Training Student Interns with NFL Team Tennessee Titans!


Photo above:  WSU MSAT student Adrian Ramon posing with Athletic Training Staff of the Tennessee Titans.

Photo above:  Adrian Ramon & Family with Vince Young (Quarterback for TN Titans)

 WSU Athletic Trainer, Student to Receive Honors at National Convention - June 11, 2009
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University assistant athletic trainer Nancy Weir and Michelle Hansen Dawson, a student in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, will be recognized during the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) convention June 17-20 in San Antonio.

Weir will be presented an NATA service award, a national honor that recognizes local, state and district service, and Dawson will receive a scholarship.
Weir joined the staff of Weber State in 1983. She is the athletic trainer for the women’s volleyball team and has been named the athletic trainer for the women’s softball team, which will begin competition next year. Weir also is an adjunct professor/clinical instructor in the undergraduate athletic training program in WSU’s Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education. She serves on the university’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Advisory Board and has organized the Great American Teach-In, a program that brings student-athletes into elementary schools, where they teach children about the effects of drugs and alcohol.

Weir also provides leadership and service to her profession. She has served as secretary of the Utah Athletic Trainers’ Association and volunteered at events such as the Winter Olympics, the Utah Summer Games and high school basketball tournaments.

In her 26 years at Weber State, Weir has come to be known for her professionalism and dedication.  

“Nancy has given her time, energy and heart selflessly as a certified athletic trainer for more than 25 years,” said Valerie Herzog, WSU’s athletic training program director. “She puts the health and welfare of her student-athletes, as well as the education of her students, above her own needs. For that, she has earned the respect and admiration of her peers, coaches, athletes and students.”

Tom Abdenour, a former WSU athletic trainer who is now with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, said: “As people go, you can qualify Nancy as a giver and a consummate team player. She always goes above and beyond.”
Dawson is the first WSU student to receive an NATA scholarship. A master’s degree candidate, she aspires to be a certified athletic trainer at the high-school level and wants to work with athletes in every sport.

“I fell in love with athletic training in high school,” said Dawson, who suffered season-ending injuries as a track and field athlete during both her junior and senior years of high school. “After my injuries, my athletic trainer asked if I’d like to assist in the training room. Because I couldn’t run, I thought I should at least help my teammates.”

That experience, coupled with a sports medicine course taken during her senior year of high school, was instrumental in Dawson’s decision to become an athletic trainer.

Dawson received her bachelor’s degree in physical education, with an emphasis in exercise science and a minor in psychology, from Utah State University in 2008. In the master’s degree program at WSU, she currently maintains a 4.0 grade point average, which, she said, takes “hard work, dedication and sacrifice.”

“I’m so grateful for this scholarship,” Dawson said. “I love athletic training. I’m excited that I’ll now have the opportunity to focus solely on my classes. It really is thrilling to see all my hard work pay off.”

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Contact:    Nancy Weir, assistant athletic trainer
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Michelle Hansen Dawson, WSU master’s degree candidate

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Weber State Athletic Training Student chosen to attend prestigious Athletic Training Leadership Conference

Candice Henry, Master of Science in Athletic Training Student, was one of only 20 students chosen nationally to attend the Collegiate Sports Medicine Foundation Student Leadership Workshop in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in May 2009, all expenses paid.  The meeting focused on leadership qualities, past, present and future of the athletic training professionals, graduate school preparation, job opportunities, research and organizational skills for a leader in the health care field. Faculty consisted of present and past NATA leaders in an open format to provide students with an opportunity to connect with those individuals that have shaped the profession of athletic training. The program and scholarship was supported by Cramer Products, Inc.

 Congratulations May 2009 Graduates!
 Top Row (L to R): Derrick McArthur, Megan Russell, Jennifer Harp, Rachel Jensen, Luke Willson, Alvin Rodgers, Nick McConkie, Tyler Moore, Roger Houser, Justin Thompson, Andrea Beutler.  Bottom Row (L to R): Bryce Jensen, Chris Carlson, Tamika Hardy, Linsey Florek, Robbie Jensen


Congratulations Awards Winners!!

Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education, Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance

2009 Swenson Awards Banquet

Tamika Hardy - Outstanding Athletic Training Graduate (pictured with Dr. Valerie Herzog, Graduate  Athletic Training Program Director)

Jay Mills - Outstanding Athletic Therapy Graduate (pictured with Dr. Valerie Herzog, Graduate  Athletic Training Program Director)
Danielle Burningham - Athletic Training Activity Waiver Recipient (Danielle will serve as President of the Athletic Training Student Association) (pictured with Dr. Jordan Hamson-Utley, ATEP Program Director)
WSU Students Earn 3rd Place in the First Annual District 7 Quiz Bowl!!!     

April 17, 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah

Ren Peterson, Kris Thomson, and Nate Smith
Athletic Training Students Present at WSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
 March 23, 2009 - AT Students

Angela Perkins, Niki Lanier, Laurel Petersen

Flexor Digitorum Profundus Avulsion of a Collegiate Football Player:  A Case Report



Jordan Hirschi, Vanessa Farris, and Justin Longhurst

Microfracture Surgery in a Collegiate Football Player:  A Case Report




Tyson Salley

 The Case of a Spontaneous Pneumothorax in a Female Intercollegiate Tennis Player:  A Case Report


Laurel Petersen and Angela Perkins

Does Cryotherapy Aid the Return to Play Following an Acute Ankle Sprain:  Evidence Based Practice



Randi Haynes and Benjamin Whicker (Christopher Adams and Alvin Rodgers, not pictured)

The Effects of Sanitation on Bacterial Growth Using Self-Adhesive Electrodes in Rehabilitation Settings


Congratulations December 2008 Graduates!!

Athletic Therapy Graduates:  Jay Mills, Erinn Barker, & Hannah Park



Athletic Training Graduates:  Talon Bird, Dan Sedgwick, & Jessica Dyer

 Congratulations May 2008 Graduates!!


Top Row (left to right):  Breanne Roth, Kyla Carrigan, Jennifer Unguren, Bryan Christiansen, Tyler Billings, Lance McKay, Brad Franzen, Hillary Hansen

Front Row (left to right):  Veronica Walker, Nikki Dean, Jamie Helgesen, Tralyn Layne

Congratulations Awards Winners!!

Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education, Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance

2008 Swenson Awards Banquet

Erick Hennessy receiving the Outstanding Clinical Track Graduate Award


Bryan Christiansen receiving the Outstanding Scientific Graduate Award


Congratulations December 2007 Graduates!!


(Left to right):  John Henderson, Erick Hennessy, Alex Bravo, Paul Finster

 Dr. David Draper Speaks to Athletic Training Students about Heat Modalities
 March 21, 2008

Dr. David Draper spoke to the Weber State University Athletic Training students, staff, and faculty on March 20, 2008 about Heat Modalities.  Dr. Draper is the top researcher in this field in the world and has published over 70 articles in scientific journals.  He has received numerous awards for his research.  He has given presentations all over the world including Scotland, Japan, Korea, and China.  He has also recently co-authored a textbook entitled "Therapeutic Modalities:  The Art and Science."  He currently serves as a Professor of Athletic Training at Brigham Young University.

Athletic Training Students Practice Skills at Premiere Sporting Events

November 13, 2007

OGDEN, Utah – Several Weber State University students have had ample opportunity to meet and interact with some of the nation’s premiere athletes—sometimes under the worst of circumstances.

Sophomore T. Lucas Willson and senior Erick Hennessy volunteered as athletic trainers at the Dew Action Sports event in September in Salt Lake City, where they helped athletes prepare for competition, and aided those who suffered injuries.

Later this month, Willson and senior Brittnie Holmgren will staff the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Junior Championships in Salt Lake City and Murray (Nov. 26-Dec. 1).

Under the supervision of certified athletic trainers, the student volunteers help athletes with stretching and taping, as well as assist with the evaluation of musculoskeletal injuries. At the Dew Sports events, the students responded to athletes who suffered a ruptured spleen, head laceration, fractured ankle and a major concussion during the competition.

Experiences like these are part of the service-learning component of the athletic training major at WSU. Students in the program are required to perform between five and 20 hours of service learning per semester in various medical and athletic fields, depending on their year of study. By senior year, students are performing 20 hours of volunteer work each semester.

Volunteer experiences augment classroom and clinical training. During clinical rotations, students learn in a variety of settings on and off campus, including WSU varsity sports, high school athletics, physical therapy clinics, chiropractic clinics and physicians’ offices. The volunteer work allows students to focus on specific areas of emphasis.

 “We encourage students to choose volunteer opportunities that fit their interests or future career goals,” said Valerie Herzog, director of WSU’s athletic training program. “If a student wants to work with special needs kids, we’ll encourage them to volunteer with Special Olympics. If they are uncertain about their future career path, volunteering helps them discover which fields are a good fit.”

For Willson, a former baseball player who walked away from a career in engineering to pursue athletic training, the Dew Tour experience introduced him to a whole new area of interest.

“I fell in love with the extreme sports lifestyle, the athletes and the medical staff who take care of them,” Willson said. “I had a backstage pass to work side by side with these medical providers who treat world-class athletes, and I was amazed that they were willing to help increase my knowledge base by sharing all these pointers and tips with me.”

Willson hopes to have a similar learning experience at the figure skating championships.

Hennessy, who graduates in December, plans to become a physician’s assistant. He’s had clinical assignments with WSU football and track and field, and volunteered at an intramural volleyball tournament in Salt Lake City. Hennessy said the clinical and volunteer experiences have given him the opportunity to meet many people and to learn and practice different techniques.

“You learn about different injuries depending on the sport,” said Hennessy. “In track and field it’s recurring, chronic injuries like shin splints and arch injuries, while in football it’s mostly acute injuries like fractures or sprains.”

Herzog said volunteer opportunities extend beyond the realm of athletics. Students work with a variety of health care practitioners (nurses, EMTs, paramedics, doctors, physical therapists, specialty practices, etc.), gaining insights on relating to patients from across the spectrum.

“We have students who volunteer at the Ogden Rescue Mission,” Herzog said. “They treat patient populations and medical issues that are radically different than working with an Olympic gold medal snowboarder at an extreme sports competition.”

In addition to learning and growing, service learning provides an opportunity for students to network and build a resume.

“Our graduates say employers look at their resumes and say ‘Wow, you’ve had a lot of diverse experiences,’” Herzog said.

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WRITER:        John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations

Student to Represent Utah at National Seminar
May 7, 2007

OGDEN, Utah – Brittnie Holmgren, a junior majoring in athletic training at Weber State University, recently was selected as one of 20 students to attend the 2nd Annual Athletic Training Student Leadership Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., May 17-19.
The seminar is for two students from each of the 10 National Athletic Training Association (NATA) districts. The Collegiate Sports Medicine Foundation provides a scholarship that includes travel to and from the conference, as well as lodging and meals for each participant. Holmgren was the only student from Utah selected to attend.

During the conference, students will study the future of athletic training, graduate school opportunities, career development and organizational skills. Instructors include past and present NATA leaders.

Holmgren, who has been active in the WSU Athletic Training Association as the organization's vice president, was chosen after submitting an application in March. She is excited to attend the seminar.

"It's a neat opportunity," she said. "It will give me an extra edge learning from people who want to help me get where they are professionally."

After completion of the athletic training program at WSU, Holmgren plans to pursue a master's degree in exercise science and athletic training.

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Brittnie Holmgren, WSU student
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Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
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Ken Knight, PhD, ATC speaks to Weber State University Athletic Training Students

In September 2007, Ken Knight was awarded the Weber State University Distinguished Alumni Award, the first Athletic Trainer in the university's history to receive this great honor.  Ken Knight has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of both the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association and the National Athletic Trainers' Association.  He is currently a Professor at Brigham Young University.  He is also the Chair of the NATA Education Council and the Editor-in-chief of the Athletic Training Education Journal.

Despite his busy weekend during Homecoming, Dr. Knight came to speak to the Athletic Training Students about what inspired him to become an Athletic Trainer and what continues to inspire him to do so.


From left to right:  Lynn Corbridge, Valerie Herzog, Ken Knight, Joel Bass, David Berry



             Congratulations 2006 Graduates!