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Senior Captures OATA's 'Exceptional' Research Award

WC Students Have Won This Award Six Concecutive Years

May 21, 2010

Wilmington College senior Amanda C. Burley earned the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association’s “Exceptional Research” award at the OATA’s annual meeting May 7.

Her achievement marks the sixth consecutive year a WC athletic training student has received this statewide distinction.

Burley, who resides in Trenton, graduated from WC May 8 with a bachelor of science degree and major in athletic training.

Her research was titled “College Football Athletes’ Knowledge and Reporting of Concussion Symptoms.” Co-authors were Erika Goodwin, professor of athletic training, and Michael Weller, head athletic trainer.

She investigated NCAA Division III college football players with regard to the effects of post concussion syndrome.

Her conclusions indicate that many of these athletes are not aware of the dangers of concussions and often do not accurately portray their symptoms to athletic training staff.

“Although most of the athletes claimed to know the symptoms of a concussion, it’s of greater concern that almost half of them have reportedly lied about their symptoms,” she said. “As athletic trainers, we need to place greater emphasis on educating athletes about concussions, their signs and symptoms, and the importance of reporting them.”

When comparing her research by positions, linebackers, wide receivers and offensive linemen were most aware of concussion symptoms, while kickers, quarterbacks and running backs appeared to be least aware, she said.

With about 80 students in the program, athletic training is one of the largest academic areas at Wilmington College, as well as among its most prominent. It is nationally accredited through The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

WC’s athletic training seniors in 2010 passed the Board of Certification examination on their first try at a rate twice the national average. Indeed, a “phenomenal” 90 percent of Wilmington’s 2010 AT graduates succeeded on the comprehensive test taken in April.

The national average on passing the first attempt is about 45 percent, according to program director Larry Howard. In 2008 and 2009, WC’s students passed at a first-time rate of more than 75 percent.