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Athletic Training Recent Graduates and Faculty Present Research at National Conference
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Recent graduates and faculty from the Department of Athletic Training in the School of Health and Medical Sciences presented research on a range of topics at the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) 64th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, which took place June 24–27, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Professor BoergersAssistant professor Richard Boergers, PhD, ATC, and Thomas Bowman, PhD, ATC, PES, from Lynchburg College gave an oral presentation titled "Evidence-Based Forum: Pre-Hospital Management of the Spine-Injured Lacrosse Athlete." Dr. Boergers's research will help help to create new guidelines for athletic trainers to follow when caring for a spine-injured lacrosse athlete.

"The NATA position statement on the acute management of the cervical spine-injured athlete currently lacks specific recommendations for caring for an athlete wearing lacrosse equipment," he explains. Dr. Boergers has been studying time and neck movement during various procedures when accessing an injured athletes' airway. He hopes the results of his studies will be used to create specific protocols to guide clinical practice for athletic trainers.   

NATA PosterDr. Boergers and associate professor Vicci Hill-Lombardi, EdD, ATC, mentored several student research projects last school year, and the recent graduates presented their findings during poster sessions at the conference:   

Kate Ballweg, Rich Raiani and Amy Richmond presented "A Comparison Study of Standards for Purchasing, Fitting, and Maintenance Practices for Football and Lacrosse Helmets." Dr. Boergers was the faculty mentor.   

Aaron Evans, Rachel Kelly, Ojirese Momoh and Maesoon Deeb presented "The Effect of a 4-week Home Balance Training Protocol on Sensory Organization and Functional Limitation Test Scores." Dr. Hill-Lombardi and Catherine Maher, PT, DPT, GCS, an assistant professor in the SHMS Department of Physical Therapy, were the faculty mentors.   

Stephen Stracquatanio, Catherine Lass, Nick Santos and Kim Small presented "Duration of Acute Effects on Peak Rotator Cuff Strength from Whole Body Vibration Technology." Dr. Hill-Lombardi was the faculty mentor.

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Richard Boergers
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