Call for Nominations for Executive Committee Candidates for Fall Election
The ATOAC is seeking nominations for the Executive Committee elections of a Vice Chair, Secretary, and Member-at-Large.
Please let Ken Cameron or Jeff Driban know by September 1st if you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) for any of the 3 positions. Additional details about these positions (2-year term) can be found in our Bylaws.
If you have any questions please let Ken Cameron (Treasurer) or Jeff Driban (Chair) know since we will be managing the election because our positions are not on the ballot until next year.
Please remember to include the ATOAC logo in your posters or presentations. Logos and a QR code for the ATOAC webpage are available here.
We are looking to continue our clinician interview series and are seeking suggestions of experienced clinicians who would be willing to share their thoughts on the importance of thinking long-term about athlete/patient wellness. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Abbey Thomas.
If you have an EBP talk please notifyAbbey Thomas with the name of the talk and the number of EBP CEUs.
The ATOAC is generating a library of clinician interviews on the importance of thinking long-term about an athlete's health. To date, we have interviewed Mark Laursen, MS, ATC, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Training Services at Boston University and Tom Abdenour, MS, ATC, former athletic trainer for San Diego State University and Golden State Warriors. These two seasoned clinicians have shared their experiences on treating collegiate and professional athletes and provided advice for young clinicians on how to optimize long-term recovery following joint injuries. We want to continue this video series and need recommendations for people to interview. Please send your suggestions to Abbey Thomas.
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ATOAC Members in the News
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ATOAC Members Who Recently Received Funding or Awards
Student member, Katie Bain, earned the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Scholarship for Academic Excellence!
Hello STUDENTS of the ATOAC!
We are encouraging our student members to get more involved, so please take a moment fill out the survey so we can get you involved and gain insight into how to make your student membership more valuable!
This month we are putting the spotlight on two more of our student members, Oliver and Derek!
Oliver “Ollie” Silverson
Oliver recently graduated with his master’s from the University of Kentucky with a research focus on scapular biomechanics related to shoulder function and rehabilitation
Will be heading to the University of Minnesota to begin his doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Sciences
Enjoys spending time skiing, playing hockey, and being a terrible golfer
Would time travel to see the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Olympic Games
Would love to meet Tin Tin
Best piece of advice: “It’s always nice to be nice to the nice.” (M.A.S.H)
Pre-candidacy for PhD studying Biomechanics; Graduate Research Assistant for Straub Medical Center and UH Manoa Gait Laboratory
Research focus: biomechanical gait analysis of osteoarthritis patients undergoing total and uni-compartmental knee arthroplasty
Derek wants to continue in Athletic Training Education and researching the effects of neuromuscular control on the development and progression of knee osteoarthritis
Derek enjoys hiking, snorkeling, fishing, and playing frisbee with his dog, Bear
Would time travel to 1985 to Hill Valley, California to meet Dr. Emmett Brown
“If you’re comfortable, you aren’t growing.” - Marje Albohm, ATC
Would love to meet fictional character Dwight K. Schrute, Assistant to the Regional Manager
We want to hear from you! If you have suggestions on information you would like to see here or updates you feel are important to students of the ATOAC, please e-mail Danielle Torp!!
The clinicians’ corner will feature the previous month’s most-talked about research article. We ask the authors for a clinical take home message and ask a clinician to provide feedback on how they can use the research to improve their practice.
Burland JP, Lepley AS, DiStefano LJ, Lepley LK. No shortage of disagreement between biomechanical and clinical hop symmetry after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Clinical biomechanics. 2019;68:144-150.
Dr. Burland and colleagues examined the agreement between 3-D sagittal plane biomechanics and percent limb difference during the triple hop for distance task in patients with a previous ACL reconstruction. Their clinical take home message:
Individuals achieve symmetrical hop-distance using different knee biomechanical strategies after ACLR
Trial-by-trial analyses have utility, as averages can mask failures
These findings do not undermine the value of the return to sport hop testing, as these criteria have been associated with higher re-injury rates.
Dane Langiller, Associate Athletic Trainer at Illinois State University, agrees with [Dr. Burland’s] findings stating “our athlete’s performance and symmetry on the triple hop test mask their actual ability to perform more sport-specific tasks and these tests over-predict their true functional ability.” While the triple hop test is one of several functional tasks his athletes perform (see: Advanced Lower Extremity Sports Assessment (ALESA)), Mr. Langiller also uses other clinical assessments like visual inspection of a double-limb squat task to evaluate movement performance based on limb symmetry and favoring of their non-injured limb.
Mr. Langiller stated when using hop tests to assess functional performance he follows guidelines from the ALESA measuring the average of 3 trials and comparing those between limbs with a recommended 85% agreement between limbs before progressing into more difficult functional tasks. He also said “We use [the ALESA] throughout the rehabilitation process to measure an athletes’ progression- we can show them how much they are improving by showing their limb symmetry gradually increasing.”
When asked about his thoughts on Dr. Burland’s recommendations to assess hop tests trial-by-trial, he replied “I can see [individual trials] giving us a better story than the average scores” but their decision to begin a return to play progression is based off much more than just functional hop testing. “Once you see an athlete attempting their sport-specific movements in a simulated practice environment, that’s when you can tell if they are ready to return to play.”
Dane Langiller, MS, ATC
Associate Athletic Trainer – Football
Illinois State University
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