New Graduate Earns State Athletic Training Research Honor

WC AT Students Win Fifth Consecutive OATA Undergraduate Exceptional Research Award

May 18, 2009

Wilmington College’s Alex Rhinehart, a 2009 graduate from Wilmington, took home the top research award at the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Symposium held earlier this month in Columbus.

This marks the fifth consecutive year a WC athletic training major won the association’s Undergraduate Exceptional Research Award.

Rinehart’s research poster title is “The Role of the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program in the Professional Socialization of Athletic Training Students.”

Erika Goodwin, associate professor of athletic training and associate dean for academic affairs, served as his faculty adviser, while AT instructor Kim Miller and Noel Neptune, a member of the athletic training staff, also were cited as co-authors of the research.

In addition, three other Wilmington College students presented their research at the conference, including Erica Anderson, Candice LeFevre and Jenna Suffel.

Larry Howard, director of WC’s athletic training program, is especially impressed with the five-year string of top award recipients because the competition is open to the major research universities in the state that offer sports medicine.

“You’d think all the big NCAA Division I schools would be putting out all the best research, but we’ve won this award the last five years,” Howard said.

“This is a great accomplishment for Alex and brings immense recognition to the College and our program,” he added. “It used to be rare for these top awards to go to persons from the same college or university — I believe it speaks volumes for the quality of our program.”

Rhinehart is a member of the College's Athletic Training Quiz Bowl team that won both the 2009 Ohio and Great Lakes District championships. They will compete for the national championship in June in San Antonio, Texas.