June 30, 2013

Great Week at NATA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas for the SLU AT Program!

Alums enjoying the SLU AT Alumni Reception at Hussong's Cantina.
The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program enjoyed a great week of professional development and fellowship at the NATA Annual Meeting and Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.  This year's event was the largest NATA meeting ever, featuring over 15,000 participants.  The NATA also revealed a new logo at the meeting.

Highlights for the SLU AT Program included presentations by faculty and staff members Tony Breitbach,  Kitty Newsham and Leslie Neistadt; with faculty members Tim Howell and Mike Markee serving in roles moderating presentations and serving as lab instructors.  The SLU Alumni reception had over 30 attendees on June 25th at Hussong's Cantina.  The SLU AT program attended its initial World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) meeting and faculty members were also active in their respective committee meetings.

Faculty members at SLU AT Alumni Reception.
The NATA Annual Meeting is always a special experience and, as our program grows, it gets better every year!  We are already looking forward to the 2014 meeting in Indianapolis!

June 20, 2013

SLU AT Faculty Ready for a Busy Week at the NATA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas

This year, the National Athletic Trainers' Association will be hosting its 64th Annual Meeting and Symposium at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.  It begins on Monday, June 24th and ends of Thursday June 27th.  The core faculty of the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program and numerous students and alumni will also be in attendance.  All will be busy with committee meetings, presentations, social events and other professional development.  Listed below is a schedule of the events related to SLU, to get the entire program go to: http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/2013ConventionGuide_0.pdf

Monday June 24th

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Journal of Athletic Training Manuscript Reviewers' Workshop
South Seas I
Managing Editor: Leslie Neistadt, Saint Louis University

Tuesday June 25th

8:15-10:15 am
Maximizing Opportunities for Interprofessional Education in Athletic Training
Presented by the NATA Executive Committee for Education
South Seas B
Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, Saint Louis University and Panel of Speakers
Moderator: Sara Brown, MS, ATC, Boston University

1:15pm – 3:15pm
Learning Lab: Shortness of Breath During Exercise: Differential Diagnoses
Banyan D
Kitty Newsham, PhD, ATC, Saint Louis University
Moderator: Michelle Boyd, MS, ATC, Truman State University

7:00-9:00 pm
Athletic Training Education Program Alumni Reception
Hussong's Cantina
The Shoppes of Mandalay Place

Wednesday, June 26th

9:15am – 11:15am
Learning Lab: Muscle Energy Technique to Treat Painful Lumbar Spine Mobility Deficits
Palm A
Scott Lawrance, DHS, ATC, MSPT, University of Indianapolis
Lab Instructors: Timothy Howell, EdD, ATC, CSCS & Mike Markee ATC, PT, OCS, COMT, Saint Louis University

Thursday, June 27th

10:30am – 11:15am
Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentation: #119-The Relationship Between Candidate Psychological Factors and First-Attempt Pass Rate on the Board of Certification Examination
Shorelines A
Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, Saint Louis University, Darcy Downey EdD, ATC, Austin (TX) High School and Alfred Frager MS, Saint Louis University

1:15pm – 3:15pm
Learning Lab: Benefits of Tabata in a Rehabilitation Setting
Banyan D
Theresa Miyashita, PhD, ATC, PES, Metropolitan State
University of Denver
Moderator: Timothy Howell, EdD, ATC, CSCS, Saint Louis University

June 16, 2013

SLU AT Program Director Participates in International IPE Conference

Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach PhD, ATC participated in the Collaborating Across Borders IV Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada from June 12-14, 2013. This international symposium focused on interprofessional education and practice in health care.  A team of eight SLU faculty who teach IPE made the trip and presented on the different aspects of SLU's program.  For more information about CAB IV go to: http://www.cabiv.ca

Dr. Breitbach and Irma Ruebling at their Poster Presentation.
Dr. Breitbach and SLU IPE Director Irma Ruebling presented a poster: "Taking it to the Next Level: Utilizing an Interprofessional Course to Enhance the Teaching of Core Content to Health Professional Students."  It focused on their strategies in teaching IPE 350 Health Care System and Health Promotion in an interprofessional context.  For more information about the SLU IPE program got to: http://ipe.slu.edu

Dr. Breitbach with Regina Holliday by a painting done by her at CAB IV.
One of the highlights of the program was the keynote presented by Regina Holliday on the first day of the conference.  Her powerful and personal journey brought tears, cheers and reflection from the delegates at the conference.  She is an artist and patient rights advocate, she has founded "The Walking Gallery" to bring to light the importance of looking at injury and chronic sickness through the eyes of patients and their families.  For more information about this initiative go to: http://reginaholliday.blogspot.com/

June 09, 2013

SLU AT Faculty and Students Team Up at the Nike Elite 100 Camp

Saint Louis University has been the home of the one of Nike's most exclusive basketball camps since 2000.  Originally called the Nike Hoop Jamboree, it is now called the Nike Elite 100 Camp.  It is called the Elite 100 camp because 100 of the top basketball players 15 years and under are invited to participate in it.  The 2012 NBA Draft featured 8 former participants from this camp in its top 10 picks.

SLU AT Students on the first day of camp - Back Row: Dan Herrin, Jessica Buschjost, Heather Koch and Emily Grace; Front Row: Angelo Bongiorno and Andrea Auclair.
SLU AT faculty and students have also been providing AT services for this camp since the program first brought in students in 2008.  It is a great opportunity for SLU AT students and faculty to work together at a fun event.

The breaks in camp provided great teaching opportunities as Dr. Tim Howell reviews anatomy with SLU AT students AJ VanderVorste, Andrea Auclair and Heather Koch.

June 03, 2013

MoATA Wraps Up a Successful Meeting in St. Louis

Saint Louis University was proud to be selected to host the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association on May 31 and June 1, 2013.  SLU Athletic Training faculty member Kitty Newsham, who is also President-Elect of MoATA, coordinated the meeting which included a full weekend of fellowship and professional development!  

The great resources available at SLU allowed for an interactive meeting.
The SLU AT Program team also pitched in some manner at the meeting.  Administrative assistant Jennifer Baine was important behind the scenes preparing for the meeting. On friday May 31st faculty member Mike Markee and physician Scott Kaar presented on hip rehabilitation and pathology, on Saturday, June 1st faculty member Lori Khazen presented on muscle imbalance, physician Matt Bayes presented on general medical examination and 2013 MAT graduates Bridget Quirk and Rachel Cocek participated in case study presentations.

Dr. Scott Kaar presenting at the 2013 MoATA Annual Meeting.

Mike Markee presenting at the 2013 MoATA Annual Meeting.
SLU AT Program Director Tony Breitbach helped provide local coordination of the tailgate fundraiser at Busch Stadium on Friday and the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Society (SLATS) hosted a breakfast fundraiser on Saturday.  SLATS members who got up early to work the breakfast included Andria Lampe, Jay Maturan, Jose Mendez, Kyle Marquitz and Michael Sickels.

The well attended Friday Tailgate fundraiser had a great location, protected from the inclement weather that cancelled the Cardinals game that night.

MoATA committee member Dave Compton and Dr. Breitbach getting the food going at the tailgate fundraiser.
Special congratulations also go out SLU AT preceptors Karen Fennell and Amy Schork that were honored with awards at the Hall of Fame Luncheon on Saturday in the Multipurpose Room of the Allied Health Building on the SLU Medical Center Campus.