Athletic Training Students to Present at National Symposium

OGDEN, Utah – Two Weber State University students have been invited to present at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium, including one who is returning for the second consecutive year.

Undergraduate Nathan Smith and graduate student Michelle Dawson will be representing WSU at the symposium, which will be held in Philadelphia June 22-25.

Smith will present "Bipartite Sesamoid Fracture with a Partial Sesmoidectomy in a Female Collegiate Volleyball Player: A Case Report." Smith’s report focuses on a procedure to partially remove a fracture from the ball of the player’s foot along with looking at pre- and post-surgery factors.

“I am very proud of Nate for the work he has put into researching, writing and presenting the posters,” said health promotion and human performance assistant professor David Berry, Smith’s faculty advisor for both years. “It is an honor for Nate to be selected and provides recognition that he has contributed to the profession.”

Last year Smith, who graduated in December 2009, was the first Weber State University student in the athletic training program to be invited to present a case report at the symposium. He first presented a case study based on a volleyball player who had an allergic reaction to a skin adhesive after having a bone lesion removed from the top of her foot.

Graduate student Michelle Dawson also will present her master’s thesis research project, “The Effects of Imagery and Relaxation Interventions on Salivary Cortisol.” Her research used an iPod and headphones to show that sport psychology is important to athletes in dealing with the stress associated with an injury.

HPHP professor Jordan Hamson-Utley served as Dawson’s faculty advisor on this project.

“I am excited to be presenting at the national gathering,” Dawson said. “It is an honor to be presenting my research findings, which help show the connection of mind and body.”

WSU Graduate Athletic Training Program Director Valerie Herzog said these opportunities bring positive exposure not only to the students, but to the program as a whole.

“Having students present at the symposium brings great pride to everyone associated with our athletic training programs at Weber State University,” Herzog said. “It also brings national attention to the great work our students and faculty are doing.”

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Valerie Herzog, Athletic Training Program Director
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