Athletic Training Announcements

App State Athletic Training Collaboration with Theater Program for Clinical Assessments

The App State Athletic Training program recently teamed up with the Theater program in the College of Fine & Applied Arts for objective structured clinical examinations for AT student [link]

Alumni Profile: New Orleans Saints Athletic Trainer Scottie Patton

Scottie Patton recently sat down with Athletic Training students and discussed his career path to becoming Head Athletic Trainer for the New Orleans Saints [link]


Scottie Patton and students



Athletic Training Students Celebrate National Athletic Training Month with Miss NC USA Allie Dunn!

Miss NC USA recently toured Appalachian State's athletic training facilities to learn about our profession and what we do. [link]

Dunn and faculty Dunn and students


Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Goodman for being awarded the 2015 College of Health Sciences Teaching Award! Well Deserved!

Dr. Ashley Goodman and Health Sciences Dean Dr. Fred Whitt

North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association Spring Symposium

ASU ATEP take 2nd at NCATA Quiz Bowl - March 21, 2015

Appalachian State University's Athletic Training program had a great showing at this year's NCATA Spring Symposium at the CMC NorthEast in Concord, NC. The weekend began with the NCATA student quiz bowl at which the team of senior students Courtney Brown & Julie Harriss, and juniors Anna Bishop and Chasen Webb took 2nd place against 12 other teams from universities in North Carolina. The second day was highlighted by networking opportunities and clinical symposia aimed to enhance student skillsets. The weekend also featured the induction of Appalachian State Alumnus Mark White (Class of 1985) into the NCATA Hall of Fame.

Students at NCATA

Students at NCATA with certificate


Senior Symposia

December 2, 2014

Students presenting at senior symposiaCongratulations to our senior class on their presentation of systematic reviews and critical research appraisals Tuesday evening. Topics covered included anterior cruciate ligament injury, concussion, stress fractures, and platelet-rich plasma therapy and was part of the AT4030 (Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training) course. All topics were presented in a poster symposium format allowing for preceptors, underclassmen, and guests to interact and ask questions. 

Topics presented included:

  • Students presenting at senior symposia"The Effect of Kinesiophobia on Anterior Cruciate LIgament Re-Tear Rate"
  • "Coaching, Parent, and Patient Concussion Knowledge"
  • "Treatment and Prevention of Stress Fractures in Distance Runners"
  • "Osteoarthritic Effects of Graft Choice and Prevention Programs for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries"
  • "The Effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma Compared to Corticosteroid Injections in Tendinopathies"  

Athletic training students and faculty

NFL Internship

student and Carolina Panthers playerThis summer, junior Athletic Training student Chase Webb had the opportunity to intern with the athletic training staff of the Carolina Panthers. Webb, along with other interns was responsible for setting up and breaking down and maintaining organization of the AT facilities, but also had the opportunity to supervise rehabilitation plans, set-up treatments, tape athletes, and run treatments in the dormatories. He was on the sideline for all Panthers home preseason games this summer, and had the opportunity to travel with the team for their preseason game against the New England Patriots. Chase has described the experience as "the hardest thing I have ever done but at the same time the best experience I have had."

Elementary School Outreach

In March our Athletic Training Education Program was invited to present an Athletic Training related program to the Bethel Elementary School Science Club.  Five Athletic Training Students (Casey Jernigan, Lexi Mallard, Jessica Leonhardt, Chase Webb, and Connor Spitzer) presented an anatomy, manual muscle testing, and exercise program to 20 students.  A good and educational time was had by all.

Elementary school class and Athletic Training studentsElementary school class and Athletic Training studentsElementary school class and Athletic Training students




Community Health & Mobility Partnership

CHAMP (Community Health and Mobility Partnership) began in Watauga County in April of 2014. The program is an ASU and community partnership designed to improve strength, balance and mobility and to prevent falls in older adults and people with disabilities.  Created by Dr. Vickie Mercer from UNC-Chapel Hill and piloted by the Division of Community Outreach at BCBSNC IHHS, the program assesses older adults in the community and recommends exercises for them in order to maintain their balance and health as they age. CHAMP works to decrease the amount of falls in the county by testing the patients and then, if necessary, recommending them to an appropriate health care provider. Our Athletic Training Students are performing the balance assessments and are prescribing exercises from the Otago Exercise Program to address deficits revealed during the assessment.  

Research Recognition

Alan NeedleCongratulations to Dr. Alan Needle for having his research recognized as the Free Communications program doctoral poster winner at the 2014 National Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Here he is pictured with his poster: "Ankle Injury Alters the LInks between Joint Laxity, Peripheral Sensation, and Cortical Activation."