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OATA Invites Entire Athletic Training Research Class to Present at Symposium

Profession or Trade? Research Separates Athletic Training

May 3, 2012

Senior Joshua Wiemels speaks with Erika Goodwin about his research.

Senior Joshua Wiemels speaks with Erika Goodwin about his research.

Erika Goodwin said research is what separates athletic training from being simply considered as a trade rather than a profession.

Goodwin, professor of athletic training and interim vice president for academic affairs, is a champion of student research. All nine members of her spring athletic training research class had their abstracts selected for poster presentation at the May 11 Ohio Athletic Training Association Research Symposium.

“Doing research projects and disseminating their findings helps students close the loop on their entire academic experience in college,” she said.

Goodwin emphasized that students conducting research and having an opportunity to present their research — whether at professional conferences or simply before the campus community — constitute valuable educational experiences.

“Presenting helps students build those critical soft skills that are often lacking in the young professional: critical thinking, polished oral and written communication skills, collaboration and professionalism,” she said.

“It gives those going on to graduate school a big head start.”

Goodwin said the OATA selection committee utilized a blind review process in which its review of top research submissions was made without possible bias, as students’ names and schools were not connected to the research projects.

“Our students know they earned it,” she said.

“By presenting at conferences like OATA, the students know and see the importance of scholarly endeavors,” Goodwin added. “They may not want to ever do a research project again — and that’s OK because it’s more important to me that they see the value and need of it and appreciate the work that others do to develop the knowledge base in their respective fields.”

(LEFT) Erika Goodwin is flanked by her nine students that will present their research at OATA.

The students and their research projects include: Holly Grady, “The Emphasis of Ethics in Athletic Training Education”; Rachel Weitzel, “Athletic Training Students’ Attitudes on Water Rescue/Pool Extraction”; Symone McElroy, “Athletes’ Attitudes Toward Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Athletic Trainers.”

Also, Jessica Lowry, “Motivations of Athletes’ Adherences to Rehabilitation Programs”; Robbie Oates, “Does General Substance Education Lead to Deterrence of Performance Enhancing Substance Use?”; Amy McClelland, “Athletes’ Attitudes Toward Impact (Concussion) Testing”; Jake Davis, “Mixed Martial Arts in Need of Medical Coverage by ATCs”; Joshua Wiemels, “Best Practice Recruitment Strategies for an Athletic Training Education Program”; and Chelcey Lyons, “Trends of Attrition in an Athletic Training Education Program.”