News and Notes:
Athletic training students again net 100 percent pass rate on national exam
For the third consecutive year, students from UW-Madison’s Athletic Training Program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination for the 2012–13 reporting period.
Since initial accreditation in 2000, UW-Madison’s AT program — which is housed in the Department of Kinesiology — has always achieved a program passing rate on the BOC exam that is at least 20 percent above the national average.
The BOC exam is a national board exam that tests students in the areas of prevention and wellness, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organization and professional health and wellbeing. The BOC credential is required to practice as an athletic trainer.
Schneider earns national recognition
Professor Mary Schneider of the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy Program, recently received the 2013 Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
The award recognizes a clinician who has developed sustained commitment, excellence, and/or innovation in sensory integration and brain-behavior relationships in the practice of occupational therapy. It was presented at the 93rd Annual AOTA Conference in San Diego on April 27.
Meanwhile, Schneider received the Excellence in Diversity Award during April’s Faculty and Staff Distinguished Achievement Awards program.
Diffee honored with Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award
Kinesiology Professor Gary Diffee was honored with a Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award from the School of Education in April.
Diffee, who has been on campus since 1992, was recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor, and a highly respected researcher who has established a national reputation with a well-established program that focuses on the regulation and adaptation of cardiac and skeletal muscle contraction in response to training, aging or disease.
His research also studies the reasons behind sarcopenia, or age-related muscle fiber loss, and how a program of endurance training can help to minimize the effects of this degenerative condition.
This annual event allows the school to recognize some of its most outstanding members. Those honored were nominated and selected by their colleagues.
WISL paper examines balance in patients following knee surgery
UW-Madison researchers with the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL) published a paper in April that investigates balance in athletes following knee surgery.
The paper, co-authored by graduate student Mason Smith and Dr. David Bell, is titled “Postural Control is Negatively Affected after ACL Reconstruction as Measured by the Balance Error Scoring System.”
The investigators examined individuals that had reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), which is an important stabilizing ligament in the knee. Individuals that have ACL reconstruction are 15 times more likely to suffer a second ACL injury, so maximizing rehabilitation is important.
Clinicians working with these patients often don’t have access to advanced methods of measuring balance. So objective clinical tests have been developed to assist clinicians that use equipment that can be found in the clinic.
“We always knew that balance was an important factor during rehabilitation because of its relationship to injury risk,” says Bell, the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory and an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology. “Now clinicians working with this vulnerable population will be armed with knowledge about which components of this balance test are most important to their patients.”
Van Kan awarded Educational Innovation funds
Peter van Kan, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, was among six faculty members from across the UW-Madison campus to be awarded Educational Innovation (EI) funds from the university in April to extend sabbatical plans to further an innovative project.
Van Kan’s main objectives during his sabbatical will be to acquire new knowledge in the area of neural control of movement, and to incorporate this information in the curriculum of graduate and undergraduate courses. Specifically, he hopes to create online editions of Kinesiology 531 and 721 in an effort to reach additional students in the U.S. and abroad.
“Establishing distance education courses would contribute to building relationships with other universities, nationally and internationally,” van Kan told University Communications. “Distance education directed towards China would provide a logical extension of the Chinese Champions Program and would facilitate future research collaborations and exchange programs for both students and faculty.”
Educational Innovation is a campus-wide initiative to create innovative approaches to education and research, and set the university on the path to greater self-sufficiency.
Department news ticker …
• Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, who chairs the Department of Kinesiology, was elected to serve on the six-person University Committee for the 2013- 14 academic year. The UC is the executive committee of UW-Madison’s Faculty Senate.
• Two students with the Athletic Training Program, seniors Josh McCullough and Emily Francione, were awarded scholarships worth $1,000 by the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association at that group’s annual awards banquet in April. The scholarships are sponsored by Mueller Sports Medicine and are awarded to students who have displayed academic and clinical excellence. Francione also was awarded the Jimmy Warfield Memorial scholarship by the by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation. This highly competitive scholarship program rewards students pursuing careers in athletic training. Warfield was the longtime athletic trainer for the Cleveland Indians.
• Athletic training students from UW-Madison visited the Wisconsin State Capitol in March in honor of National Athletic Training Month. Thirty students from the Athletic Training Education Program’s Kinesiology 400 class (Organization and Administration of Athletic Training Programs) visited with the offices of their Senators and Representatives. The goal of these visits was to share information with the legislators about the good work being done by athletic trainers around the state in the interest of prevention, emergency care, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries related to sport and physical activity.
• Professor Patrick J. O’Connor, who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Kinesiology in 1989, visited campus and gave the William P. Morgan Lecture titled, “Effects of a Single Bout of Exercise on Feelings of Energy and Fatigue,” on April 19.
• Kelli F. Koltyn presented results from an NIH-funded study titled, “Mechanisms of Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia,” at the 2013 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Co-investigators included Angelique Brellenthin, Dane Cook, Nalini Sehgal and Cecilia Hillard.
• Graduate student Angelique Brellenthin presented results from her thesis research titled, “Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia and Pain Catastrophizing in Women and Men,” at the 2013 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Co-investigators included Nalini Sehgal, Dane Cook and Kelli Koltyn.
• Angelique Brellenthin, a graduate student in Exercise Psychology, will be completing an internship at the National Institutes of Health this summer. She will be working on selected research projects with investigators from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
• UW–Madison’s School of Education welcomed one of its largest groups of new faculty hires in its 82-year history at the start of the 2012–13 academic year. Included in that group was Assistant Professor Karla Ausderau with the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy Program.