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Graduate Thesis Projects

2017 MSAT Graduates

Danvirg Breton
Project Title: Is Thermostim an Effective Heating and Cooling Modality?
Committee Chair: Collin Herb, PhD, ATC 

Tyler Clonts
Project Title: The Effect of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) on Achilles Tendon Cross Sectional Area 
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, ATC 

Marissa Cook
Project Title: Seasonal Variations of Anthropometric and Physiological Measurements in Collegiate Female Soccer Players
Committee Chair: Matt Denning, PhD   

Danielle Dearden
Project Title: Effects of a Five-Week Supervised Training Program on Static and Dynamic Balance in Subjects with CAI
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC   

Joseph Ferguson
Project Title: Effects of Ferritin on Hemoglobin and Inflammatory Markers in Division I Cross-Country Runners
Committee Chair: David Aguilar-Alvarez, PhD   

Kendra Gilmore
Project Title: The Effect of a Five-week Supervised Training Program on Core Endurance in Subjects with CAI
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC    

Teraka Gonzalez
Project Title: Is Thermostim an Effective Heating and Cooling Modality?
Committee Chair: Collin Herb, PhD, ATC 

Stephanie Goth
Project Title: The Effect of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) on two measurements of Ankle Dorsiflexion
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, ATC 

Amanda Jennings
Project Title: Is Thermostim an Effective Heating and Cooling Modality?
Committee Chair: Collin Herb, PhD, ATC  

Jordan Johnson
Project Title: The Effect of Kinesio Tape on Ankle Kinematics During a Functional Cutting Task
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, ATC  

Eni Kinikini
Project Title: Evaluation of the Effects of Three Training Protocols on Repeated Sprint Ability and VO2 Max
Committee Chair: Chad Smith, PhD   

JungHa Lee
Project Title: Rate of Temperature Rise and Decay with 3-MHz Therapeutic Ultrasound Using Different Intensities
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC    

Christine Lewis 
Project Title: Psychological Strategies Effect on Rehabilitation of Patients with Knee Joint Injuries
Committee Chair: Collin Herb, PhD, ATC  

Jason Meharry
Project Title: The Effect of White Tape on Ankle Kinematics During a Functional Cutting Task
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, ATC    

Chase Nelson
Project Title: Stretch Window Manipulation: Low vs. High Diathermy Treatment
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Daniel Rogers
Project Title: The Effect of Prolonged Static Stretching and Shortwave Diathermy on Hamstring Flexibility
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Charlene Wichman
Project Title: Lower Extremity Kinematic Differences in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI)
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, ATC    

2016 MSAT Graduates

Maria Bartoletti
Project Title: Intramuscular and Skin Temperature Decreases with Direct Contact Cryotherapy vs. Cryo-Compression Units
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Matthew Berg
Project Title: Achilles Tendon Changes Over Time and Recovery with Therapeutic Modalities in Cross Country Athletes
Committee Chair: Justin Rigby, PhD, ATC

Rielly Byrd
Project Title: Effects of Unloaded Body Weight Supported Running on Physiological and Neuromuscular Factors
Committee Chair: Matthew Denning, PhD

Jennifer Corder
Project Title: The Effects of Vibration Training Program on Static Balance Compared to Airex Foam Pad
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Kayla Cunningham
Project Title: Cross Education Effect of Vibration and Airex Training Programs on Static Proprioception
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Stephen Escobar
Project Title: Kinematic Alternations in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability During a Cutting Task
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, ATC

Tyler Golden
Project Title: The Effects of Music Genre on Power Performance
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Jolynn Leisinger
Project Title: Intramuscular and Skin Temperature Decreases with Direct Contact Cryotherapy vs Cryo-Compression Units
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Jayson Nielsen
Project Title: The Effect of Kinesiology Taping on Lower Extremity Static Balance
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Candace Perkins
Project Title: Achilles Tendon Changes Over Time and Recovery with Therapeutic Modalities in Cross Country Athletes
Committee Chair: Justin Rigby, PhD, ATC

Angelina Purchio
Project Title: Intramuscular and Skin Temperature Decreases with Direct Contact Cryotherapy vs Cryo-Compression Units
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Joshua Sponbeck
Project Title: Achilles Tendon Changes Over Time and Recovery with Therapeutic Modalities in Cross Country Athletes
Committee Chair: Justin Rigby, PhD, ATC

Raeann Stuart
Project Title: The Inter- and Intra-Rater Reliability of Functional Movement Screening among Novice Clinicians
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Mikayla Thielges
Project Title: Comparison of an Active Warm-up vs. Passive Warm-up on Vertical Jump Performance
Committee Chair: Chad Smith, PhD

Laura Wind
Project Title: Ferritin Levels in Male and Female NCAA Division I Cross Country Athletes
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

2015 MSAT Graduates

Jessica Benedetti
Project Title: The Effects of a Long-Toss Throwing Program on Throwing Velocity
Committee Chair: Brian McGladrey, PhD

Diana Bocklund
Project Title: A Comparison of 3 Deep-Heating Therapeutic Modalities: MegaPulse Shortwave Diathermy, ReBound Shortwave Diathermy, and 1 MHz Ultrasound
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Mihyang Chang
Project Title: The Effects of Integrated Core Strengthening Exercises on Lower Extremity Proprioception in Healthy Subjects
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Megan Devine
Project Title: Effects of an Ankle Strength and Balance Protocol on Female Collegiate Athletes
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, ATC

Tyler Ellis
Project Title: The Effect of Creatine Supplementation on Lactic Acid and Glucose Kinetics during a Criterium-like Cycling Protocol
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Claire Ely
Project Title: A Comparison of 3 Deep-Heating Therapeutic Modalities: MegaPulse Shortwave Diathermy, ReBound Shortwave Diathermy, and 1 MHz Ultrasound
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Haley Evans
Project Title: A Comparison of 3 Deep-Heating Therapeutic Modalities: MegaPulse Shortwave Diathermy, ReBound Shortwave Diathermy, and 1 MHz Ultrasound
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Sara Gralitzer
Project Title: Quantifying Physical Rest in Post Concussion Care by Gathering Baseline Data on Healthy NCAA Athletes
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Bo Johnson
Project Title: The Effect of Unilateral vs Bilateral Resistance Training on Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, ATC

Sharayah Kenady
Project Title: The Effects of a Unilateral Versus a Bilateral Warm-Up on Squat Performance
Committee Chair: Brian McGladrey, PhD

Tim Lei
Project Title: The Effect of Creatine Supplementation on Lactic Acid and Glucose Kinetics during a Criterium-like Cycling Protocol
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Molly Leonard
Project Title: Evaluating the Knowledge and Attitudes of Parents toward Concussion Education
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Elika Parivar
Project Title: Quantifying Physical Rest in Post Concussion Care by Gathering Baseline Data on Healthy NCAA Athletes
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

Ruthanna Rosner
Project Title: Evaluating the Knowledge and Attitudes of Parents toward Concussion Education
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, ATC

2014 MSAT Graduates

Haley Bryson
Project Title: Examining the Effects of Relaxation Modalities on Physiological Stress
Committee Chair: Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC

Rochelle Collinwood
Project Title: A Retrospective Review of the Evolution of Physical Therapy Education
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Caitlyn Crowley
Project Title: Effect of Salted Ice Bags on Surface and Intramuscular Tissue Rewarming Rates
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

George Egan
Project Title: Injuries and Mechanisms in Elite Skiing and Snowboarding Superpipe Competitions
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, LAT, ATC

Cassandra Glodowski
Project Title: Identifying Incidence of Concussion Injury Non-Report in NCAA (Division I, II, III) Women's Soccer
Committee Chair: Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC

Frank Holowka
Project Title: The Effects of Heat Packs on Severity of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Eric Hunter
Project Title: Effect of Salted Ice Bags on Surface and Intramuscular Tissue Cooling Rates
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Yo han Kim
Project Title: The Effect of Static Stretching on Consecutive Isometric Contractions
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Justin King
Project Title: Comparison of Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability and Copers in the Star Excursion Balance Test
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, LAT, ATC

Takeshi Kitamura
Project Title: An Investigation of Muscle Activation during SEBT in individuals with and without CAI
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, LAT, ATC

Brent Marshall
Project Title: The Current Status of Professional-Level Master’s in Athletic Training Programs
Committee Chair: Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, ATC

Debra Rink
Project Title: Evaluation of S100B Protein to Evaluate Concussions in Dew Tour Snowboard and Ski Athletes
Committee Chair: Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC

Jared Romero
Project Title: Gender Equity in Medical Coverage of Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Programs
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, LAT, ATC

Chris Seul
Project Title: Variations in Force Impulse and Peak Force Output in Infantry Boots vs Traditional Running Shoes
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Andrew Stradley
Project Title: Comparison of Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability and Copers in Standing Dorsiflexion
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, LAT, ATC

Justin Valdez
Project Title: The Effects of Back Squat versus Front Squat on Vertical Jump Performance
Committee Chair: Brian McGladrey, PhD, CSCS

Jessica Wagstaff
Project Title: Examining the Effects of Relaxation Modalities on Perceived Levels of Stress
Committee Chair: Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC

2013 MSAT Graduates

Courtney Allen
Project Title: Incidence of Concussion in Competitive Skiing and Snowboarding
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, LAT, ATC

Nathan Blackhurst
Project Title: A Comparison of Static Stretching Versus Combined Static and Ballistic
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, LAT, ATC

Adrian Eads
Project Title: A Study of Knowledge and Practical Skill Performance in University Students: A Comparison of Enriched versus Traditional Classroom Instruction
Committee Chair: Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC

Laramie Francis
Project Title: Epidemiology of Fall-Related Concussions Among Professional BMX Athletes in the Dew Tour
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, LAT, ATC

James Frew
Project Title: Anatomical Factors Predisposing Physically Active Obese Females to Lower-Leg Injury
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Adam Huffield
Project Title: The Effects of Using Resistance Bands on Barbell Squat Technique
Committee Chair: Brian McGladrey, PhD

Adam Hunsaker
Project Title: Concussion-related Biomarkers in a College Football Player with a Subdural Hematoma: a Case study
Committee Chair: Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC

Micah Moeai
Project Title: Evaluation of Serum Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 to Evaluate Concussions in Division I Collegiate Football Athletes
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Garrett Mossbarger
Project Title: An Exploratory analysis of a Rapid Sideline screening test for Concussion: a comparison of gender and sport type baselines in college and elite athletes using the King-Devick Test iPad app
Committee Chair: Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC

Elizabeth Strawbridge
Project Title: The Effects of Kinesio Tape on Ankle Range of Motion, Gastrocnemius Strength, Vertical Jump Height, and Functional Performance
Committee Chair: Matthew Donahue, PhD, LAT, ATC

Katy Stromswold
Project Title: An Epidemiological Study of Injuries Sustained During Professional Freestyle Skiing Superpipe
Committee Chair: Valerie Herzog, EdD, LAT, ATC

Jonathan Stroud
Project Title: Evaluation of Serum C - reactive protein to Evaluate Concussions in Division I Collegiate Football Athletes
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD

Nathan Zahn
Project Title: Ground Reaction Force and Foot-Strike Differences between Running Shoes and Racing Spikes in Distance Runners
Committee Chair: Rodney Hansen, PhD