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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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