News From the Consortium

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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 anyone is interested in helping to engage more clinicians in the ATOAC please e-mail  Brian Pietrosimone or Abbey Thomas.
If you have an EBP talk please notify Abbey Thomas with the name of the talk and the number of EBP CEUs.

ATOAC Library
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 Presenting

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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!
Student Zone
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)


Derek Beeler
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!!
Clinicians' Corner
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. 
Clinician Opinion:
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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July Publications by ATOAC Members
  1. Navalta JW, Bodell, NG, Tanner EA, Aguilar CD, Radzak KN. Effect of exercise in a desert environment on physiological and subjective measures. Int J Environ Health Res.2019 Jun 26:1-11. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2019.1631961. [Epub ahead of print] 
  2. Richards JT, Selgrade BP, Qiao M, Plummer P, Wikstrom EA, Franz JR. Time-dependent tuning of balance control and aftereffects following optical flow perturbation training in older adults. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2019 Jul 1;16(1):81. doi: 10.1186/s12984-019-0555-3.
  3. Hart JM, Kuenze C, Norte G, Bodkin S, Patrie J, Denny C, Hart J, Diduch DR. Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Single-Dose Hyaluronic Acid for the Treatment of Patellofemoral Chondromalacia. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Jun 24;7(6):2325967119854192. doi: 10.1177/2325967119854192. eCollection 2019 Jun.
  4. Grooms DR, Diekfuss JA, Ellis JD, Yuan W, Dudley J, Foss KDB, Thomas S, Altaye M, Haas L, Williams B, Lanier JM, Bridgewater K, Myer GD. A Novel Approach to Evaluate Brain Activation for Lower Extremity Motor Control. J Neuroimaging. 2019 Jul 3. doi: 10.1111/jon.12645. [Epub ahead of print] 
  5. Navalta JW, Montes J, Bodell NG, Aguilar CD, Radzak K, Manning JW, DeBeliso M. Reliability of Trail Walking and Running Tasks Using the Stryd Power Meter. Int J Sports Med. 2019 Aug;40(8):498-502. doi: 10.1055/a-0875-4068. Epub 2019 Jul 9.
  6. Terada M, Morgan KD, Gribble PA. Altered movement strategy of chronic ankle instability individuals with postural instability classified based on Nyquist and Bode analyses. Clin Biomech. 2019 Jun 29;69:39-43. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2019.06.020. [Epub ahead of print]
  7. Price LL, Harkey M, Ward RJ, MacKay J, Zhang M, Pang J, Davis J, McAlindon TE, Lo GH, Amin M, Eaton CB, Lu B, Duryea J, Barbe M, Driban JB. The Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Classifying Individuals Who Will Develop Accelerated Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res. 2019 Jul 12. doi: 10.1002/jor.24413. [Epub ahead of print] 
  8. Mullins JF, Nitz AJ, Hoch MC. Dry needling equilibration theory: A mechanistic explanation for enhancing sensorimotor function in individuals with chronic ankle instability. Physiother Theory Pract. 2019 Jul 16:1-10. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2019.1641870. [Epub ahead of print]
  9. DiCesare CA, Montalvo A, Barber Foss KD, Thomas SM, Ford KR, Hewett TE, Jayanthi NA, Stracciolini A, Bell DR, Myer GD. Lower Extremity Biomechanics Are Altered Across Maturation in Sport-Specialized Female Adolescent Athletes. Front Pediatr. 2019 Jun 28;7:268. doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00268. eCollection 2019.
  10. Seffrin CB, Cattano NM, Reed MA, Gardiner-Shires AM. Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: A Systematic Review and Effect-Size Analysis. J Athl Train. 2019 Jul 19. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-481-17. [Epub ahead of print]
  11. Hubbard-Turner T, Wikstrom EA, Turner MJ. A 14-Day Recovery and Physical Activity Levels After an Ankle Sprain in Mice. J Athl Train. 2019 Jul 23. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-135-18. [Epub ahead of print]
  12. Pfeiffer SJ, Valentine JA, Goodwin JS, Nissman DB, Blackburn T, Pietrosimone B. Effects of a knee valgus unloader brace on medial femoral articular cartilage deformation following walking in varus-aligned individuals. Knee. 2019 Jul 21. pii: S0968-0160(19)30130-9. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2019.06.014. [Epub ahead of print]
  13. Rowson S, Campolettano ET, Duma SM, Stemper B, Shah A, Harezlak J, Riggen L, Mihalik JP, Guskiewicz KM, Giza C, Brooks A, Cameron K, McAllister T, Broglio SP, McCrea M. Accounting for Variance in Concussion Tolerance Between Individuals: Comparing Head Accelerations Between Concussed and Physically Matched Control Subjects. Ann Biomed Eng.2019 Jul 24. doi: 10.1007/s10439-019-02329-7. [Epub ahead of print]
  14. Wikstrom EA, Hubbard-Turner T, Duncan A, Cline J, Turner MJ. Prolonged Rest, Long-Term Dynamic Balance, and Gait in a Mouse Ankle-Sprain Model. J Athl Train. 2019 Jul 25. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-38-18. [Epub ahead of print]
  15. Mendias CL, Bedi A. RE: Talks BJ, Fernquest S, Palmer A, et al. 2019. No evidence of systemic inflammation in symptomatic patients with femoroacetabular impingement. J Orthop Res. 2019 Jul 25. doi: 10.1002/jor.24427. [Epub ahead of print

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