Twenty-eight students from the Kinesiology Athletic Training Program made a trip to Spokane, Wash. for the 2015 Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference and Symposium on March 27-28. The showing of the student group was impressive and noticeable by the 500 attendees.
Several students presented and participated in the conference’s competition. Kristen Smith, first year student in the professional program, and Skye Hetherington, second year student, claimed the winning student poster presentation with their “Rationale for Implementing a Corrective Exercise Program in Collegiate Athletics.” Tyrel Nelson, third year student, and Todd Johnston, second year student, also presented their research, “Whole Body Vibration and Affect on Muscle Fiber Recruitment.” Riley Downing, Cody Hartz, and Allison Rowe, third year students, participated in the Jeopardy style quiz competition against 11 other athletic training education programs in the Northwest.
Not only was the current student group showing impressive, Boise State alumni also made an impact at the conference. The student forum keynote was presented by Tony Fitzpatrick, Boise State alumnus and current head athletic trainer and teacher at Timberline High School. Students were also able to discuss experiences and learn about the history of the profession from longtime Boise State athletic trainer and National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame member Gary Craner.