Daemen College Athletic Training Alumni
100% pass rate for BOC exam. Several alumni hold, or are pursuing, additional certifications including PES, CSCS, & OTC. Currently, alumni are working in the northeastern, southeastern, and northwestern US.
Welcome to the first volume of the Daemen College Athletic Training Alumni Association updATe. Spring 2013 saw our AT program graduate its second cohort and this fall our program accepted its first direct entry masters of athletic training cohort to graduate in 2015. Daemen and the AT program are growing and active. We had our first Quiz Bowl participant, Patrick Palkowski, 2013, at the EATA conference in January-a conference in which we had faculty present and many of our students serve as volunteers. New events put on by the AT Department included AT information night and
AT Summer Camp, both for prospective students. The faculty continues to be involved in community service, ranging from teaching community CPR, to international service trips, to serving on committees at the college and within the profession. I want to thank the faculty of the AT Department for their hard work and dedication: Dr. Lynn Matthews, MS, ATC, PT, DPT, COMT (Program Director); Dr. Nicole Chimera, PhD, ATC, CSCS; Professor Karen Roehling, MS, ATC, PES, CES; and Professor Jeff Sage, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES. I also want to thank Lauren Duft, 2013 for working with me on
the Alumni Association and this updATe. I hope you are all doing well personally and professionally. Please keep me updATed—we always look forward to hearing from you! Rebecca Romano Besch, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES.
Inside this issue:
Alumni News Publication Alert ATSA Report Graduate Awards Facebook From the Desk of a Young Professional 2 2 3 3 3 4
Daemen Inaugurates 6th President
Dr. Gary A. Olson was inaugurated as Daemen College’s sixth president in September . Previously, he served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Idaho State University. In his inaugural address, President Olson spoke of Daemen maintaining its focus on “excellence in teaching and learning, imparting the value of giving back to communities, and providing an education that is second to none.” He also spoke of the future of Daemen and his desire for it to be a college of national distinction. “I envision a time when we imagine ourselves as not in the shadow of some sprawling public university, but as a high-quality college in our own right; nimble, right-sized, and uniquely responsive to students’ needs.”
Our graduates are currently employed:
At East Coast Orthotics & Prosthetics Corp. in Buffalo as an orthotic/brace fitter. He also works for Catholic Health as a Per Diem AT. Through Finger Lakes Health in Geneva, NY as the Program Director of the AT program for the hospital system. She also serves as the AT for Penn Yan Academy. As a personal trainer at Body Blocks in Williamsville. He passed the CSCS exam in June. As an Assistant AT at Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY. As an associate AT at Alfred State College in Alfred, NY.
As an Assistant AT at Daemen College. He passed the NASM-PES certification exam. As an Assistant AT at Buffalo State College. As an AT resident at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, ID. He passed the OTC exam this summer. He will also provide AT coverage for the U23 US Ultimate Frisbee Team when they travel for tournaments (about 2 weeks of the year). At Excelsior Orthopedics in Amherst as an outreach AT to Clarence HS. He also works with durable medical equipment in the clinic. As intern AT for the Washington State University Football Team in Pullman,
WA. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for the WSU AT students.
As an AT at Lewiston HS & Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. He is also substitute teaching at the HS in Physical Science, Physical Education, and Sports Medicine. He serves as a clinical preceptor for the Washington State University AT program in Pullman, WA. At Furman University in Greenville, SC as an AT in a Sports Medicine Fellow position. She is working with the Volleyball and Softball teams. As an AT for Kenmore East HS in Tonawanda through Catholic Health.
Jamal Cort, 2014, was awarded the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society-NFL Charities Minority Scholarship this summer. He was given the unique opportunity to intern with the Minnesota Vikings sports medicine staff for training camp in July.
Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Chimera who had several published articles and poster presentations in 2013, one of which was honored at the ACSM Annual Meeting as one of the best clinical case/research presentations of the year. Listed below are the manuscript and abstract publications: ~Chimera NJ & Manal K. Sex Differences In Soleus Strength May Predispose Middle Age Females to Falls. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2013;27(9):2596-2602. ~Smith C, Chimera NJ, Wright N, & Warren M. Interrater and intrarater reliability of the Functional Movement Screen. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2013;27(4):982-987. ~Chimera NJ, Smith C, & Warren M. Sex Differences in Functional Movement Screen and Y Balance Test in Division I Collegiate Athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2013;45 (5):S330. ~Smith C, Chimera NJ, Pinson R, & Warren M. Reach Asymmetry During Y-Balance Test Associated with Injury in Division I Athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2013;45(5): S330.
~Warren M, Smith C, Pinson R, & Chimera NJ. Functional Movement Screen is a Poor Predictor of Injury in Division I Athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2013;45(5):S331.
Athletic Training Student Association Report
By Shelby Knoeller-2014, ATSA President
In the 2012-2013 academic year, the Daemen College Athletic Training Student Association participated in Hunters Day of Hope . Volunteers reported to the Buffalo Bills field house to hand out refreshments. Earlier in the year, the ATSA sold Hunters Hope bracelets and all proceeds were donated back to the organization. Many students also volunteered time checking people in to the Eastern Athletic Training Association convention. ATSA participated in many fundraising activities throughout the year. We held a fundraiser at Red Robin, sold concessions at basketball games, and did a candle sale. Looking forward, we are hoping to start a peer-mentoring program to allow new students an opportunity to have an older student in the AT program to meet and work with them. Another event we are hoping to add this year is “So You Think You Can Be an Athletic Trainer?” to be held during Blue Madness. It will be a competition including events like taping an ankle, tying ice bags, rolling ace wraps, and scavenging for AT tools. The fundraising has helped reimburse members that have attended the National Athletic Trainers Association annual convention. This year’s convention was held in Las Vegas, Nevada where 12 out of 13 masters Daemen Athletic Training students were in attendance. President: Shelby Knoeller, 2014 VP: Brad Vargo, HCS-HFT 2014 Secretary: Kerry Guerin, 2015 Treasurer: Ryan Bohn, 2014 Fundraising Chair: Jamal Cort, 2014
2013 Graduate Awards
The following awards were given to Top Research Award, in recogAthletic Training graduates: nition of superior research abilities in the form of writing and Sue Rocque Award, in recognition conducting an independent reof exemplary professionalism, comsearch project: Kayce Wagner. mitment, and dedication to the AT program: Patrick Palkowski. Academic Achievement Award, in recognition of the Clinical Excellence Award, in highest GPA: Adam Domroes. recognition of outstanding performance during clinical educational Student Leadership Award, in experiences: Lauren Duft. recognition of service at the state, regional, or national level: Lauren Duft. ATSA Service and Leadership Award: Lauren Duft. Community Service Award, in recognition of international service trips: Liz Aiello, Adam Domroes, & Megan Hendel, This was the first year for the awards which will now be presented annually.
The first annual Alumni Association gathering was held at Ri Ra restuarant, during the NATA’s 64th convention in Las Vegas, NA. Alumni, faculty, and preceptors enjoyed the food and festive atmosphere. Look for info about the next gathering in Indianapolis!
We’re on Facebook
The purpose of the Daemen AT Alumni Association facebook group is to provide a forum for our alumni to discuss professional issues. It is our hope that it will prove to be a good way in which to stay personally connected and also to cultivate opportunities to grow as an athletic trainer. We will post inforPage 3
mation about CEUs, jobs, current issues, and events. Please do the same. We ask that you respect the professional and collegial nature of the page and keep all discourse and pictures professional and appropriate. If you are an alumnus and wish to be a part of this group, you
must email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren Duft, 2013 at email@example.com. It is a secret group, meaning no part of it or our discussions is ever public, so you must be invited by a page administrator. Lauren and I will serve in this capacity.
From the desk of a young professional
By Lauren Duft, 2013
In the first years of working as a certified athletic trainer we rely on the strong foundation of our educational and clinical experiences to guide us through a whirlwind of decision making. The first years consist of a time to mold healthcare philosophies and gain a sense of professional self. Since graduating, I have realized how fortunate I am to have such a strong foundation from Daemen and have compiled a list of 10 things that Daemen instilled in its AT graduates.
Top 10 things Daemen taught us:
1. Pride for the athletic training profession: Taught to advocate for athletic trainers by our everyday actions, professional character, and involvement in the AT community. 2. Clinical placement variety: Provided a multitude of athletic training settings that allowed graduating students a “real world” perspective of athletic training job prospects. In addition, our wide variety of experiences provided us with the exposure to different treatment techniques, skills, tools, and administrative procedures that we can apply to our new positions as ATs. 3. Strong anatomy background: Continuously addressing similar material in a different manner throughout our education helped solidify the core concepts and gave us the opportunity to apply our anatomy to injury assessment Our background in general anatomy and gross anatomy provided a strong foundation for kinesiology, pathology, and rehabilitation. 4. Critical thinking skills: Throughout our education we were challenged to critically think through situations in the classroom and at our clinical experiences. This has allowed us to become comfortable and confident coming to decisions on our own and having good instincts to know when to ask for a second opinion. 5. Evidence-based education: As students, we were consistently challenged to treat patients using evidence-based medicine. This has allowed us to become comfortable reading journal articles, communicating with physicians and other healthcare professionals, and choosing treatment protocols that are proven effective by researchers. In some settings, ATs are asked to present cases to coworkers. As students, we were responsible for researching, reading, and presenting articles to our peers, and now we can confidently apply those same skills in our new work environments. 6. Work ethic: We had high expectations from Daemen faculty and ourselves to always represent the ATP and Daemen College. These expectations instilled a sense of pride for the program and drive to work hard at our clinical sites in order to make a good impression on our preceptors. 7. Experience of ATP faculty: Each one of our professors brought a different perspective to our education. The professors have a diverse AT background from different traditional settings, academic experience, and a physical therapy perspective. In addition to experience, each professor has a variety of additional certifications including the CSCS, PES, and CES certifications that provide another level of expertise. We also had preceptors with a diverse AT background. Working with them exposed us to different techniques and styles of treatment. Also, we developed professional relationships with different AT staffs in the area, which helped create a network of ATs to help with job searching and professional advice. 8. Building towards autonomy: Each year in the program, we were given more and more autonomy at our clinical sites. This helped us critically think and become comfortable with decision making. We had opportunities to apply our knowledge from the classroom in real life scenarios based on our skill level. Our preceptors had a great understanding of when to push us to make decisions and when to step in and help. 9. Continuation of education: We were always encouraged to ask questions and research injuries and treatment protocols. This push to stay connected produces graduates who want to advance themselves and the profession of athletic training. 10. Close-knit program: The close-knit bond between faculty, preceptors, and students provided a nurturing atmosphere for students to grow and come into their own as professionals and people. Being a new program, we needed to trust each other through the process and we were able to grow together as teachers and students and now, colleagues.