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2nd Annual Texas State University Athletic Training

Spring High School Visitation Day

Friday, March 31, 2017

8:00am-3:00pm

We are pleased to announce the 2th Annual Spring High School Visitation Day focusing on high school groups that are interested in the athletic training program here at Texas State University.  Deadline for registration is March 27, 2017. (Numbers are limited) Please register online at this link.

The day’s activities will start at 8:00am in the Warren Room at Bobcat Stadium Endzone complex.

Our student club (ATSM) will be selling AT related merchandise ranging from $3.00-$20.00, please bring exact cash if you are interested.  No credit cards will be accepted. 

This is a link to purchase a parking pass for the day https://parkingservices.txstate.edu/pnw2/selectevent.aspx  every vehicle must have one BEFORE coming to campus.

Make your visit into a BOBCAT weekend!  Bobcat Days are on April 1st.  Visit the link for more details and registration

https://futurebobcats.txstate.edu/Datatel.ERecruiting.Web.External/Pages/EventDetails.aspx?id=f448a737-4366-e611-86a9-005056a2272f

As well as cheer on the BOBCATS at the home baseball and softball game March 31 and April 1st

Here is the link for more details and ticket orders http://www.txstatebobcats.com/

Thank you for your interest in TXSTATE and GO BOBCATS! 

Athletic Training Program News

Texas State University AT program alumni (Class of 2016) Sye Nobles, ATC, LAT and Joseph “Joe” Sorce IV, ATC, LAT, have been hired as season-long intern athletic trainers for the Dallas Cowboys. Joe Sorce worked for the Cowboys as a summer intern athletic trainer in 2015 prior to his appointment, while Sye Nobles worked for the St. Louis Rams as a summer intern athletic trainer in 2015 before being hired by the Cowboys for the 2016-2017 NFL season.

Dr. Darcy Downey, currently our Associate Athletic Trainer and a Lecturer in the Department of Human Performance, has been selected as the new Program Director/Clinical Assistant Professor for our Professional Program in Athletic Training, effective January 1, 2017.  Dr. Downey is in the 4th year of her second tour as a faculty/staff member at Texas State University, having worked here previously from 1998 to 2003 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Lecturer. Dr. Downey’s first priority will be to lead our transition from a CAATE-accredited baccalaureate degree program (Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training) to a CAATE-accredited entry-level master’s program (Master of Science in Athletic Training) by 2023. To support of these curriculum development efforts, Dr. Downey will call on her prior experiences as the Clinical Education Coordinator of the CAATE-accredited entry-level master’s program at Saint Louis University in Missouri.

Through the dedicated fund-raising efforts of Texas State University Athletic Training faculty, staff and alumni athletic trainers over the course of several years, the David Gish Scholarship and the Dr. Bobby Patton Scholarship were both endowed during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The inaugural recipient of the David Gish Scholarship was senior Josh Barnhill, two-time NFL summer intern with the Jacksonville Jaguars and current president of our Athletic Training Sports Medicine Club.  The Dr. Bobby Patton Scholarship will be awarded for the first time during the 2016-2017 academic year to an undergraduate student in our CAATE-accredited program.

The 39th Annual Texas State University Athletic Training Summer Camp will again offer two different level sessions during the 2017 summer. The Beginner’s Level AT Camp, designed for 9th grade level and above students who have not completed any formal TSATA Sports Medicine education courses at their high schools, will be held June 7-10, 2017.  Our Advanced Level AT Camp will be held June 11-14, 2017, and is intended for students who have completed one or more of TSATA’s Sports Medicine I, II or III courses at their respective high schools. Texas State University’s Athletic Training Summer Camp is co-directed by Megan Haynes (mh86@txstate.edu) and Dr. Rod Harter (rod.harter@txstate.edu).  This year’s registration fee is the same as last year ($395), and additional information about 4-day, 3-night resident camp may be obtained at the following website:  http://www.hhp.txstate.edu/Camps/Athletic-Training-Summer-Camp.html

On January 28-30, 2016, Texas State University hosted the 8th Annual Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Competency Workshop and NATA District VI Quiz Bowl. Approximately 150 undergraduate and entry-level masters AT students attended this three-day workshop. Special thanks go to Texas State University AT faculty members Carla Heffner, Megan Haynes and Dr. Darcy Downey for their fine efforts in organizing this annual event, held for the first time in San Marcos.  Special congratulations to the University of Arkansas’ Quiz Bowl team, winners of the 17-team district level competition; they represented District VI at the national Quiz Bowl held during the NATA Annual Meeting in Baltimore in June 2016. In January 2017 Texas State University will host for the 9th Annual SWATA Competency Workshop and NATA District VI Quiz Bowl in San Marcos.

Texas State University's Professional Program in Athletic Training 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 3 year aggregate
Number of students graduating from program. 13 15 16 10 15 40
Number of students graduating from program who took the BOC examination. 13 13 14 10 15 39
Number of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt. 10 10 9 7 14 30
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination on the first attempt. 77% 77% 64% 70% 93% 77%
Number of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts. 12 12 12 9 15 36
Percentage of students who passed the BOC examination regardless of the number of attempts. 92% 92% 86% 90% 100% 92%

Athletic Training Program News

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Natalie Myers, PhD, ATC, as a new tenure-track Assistant Professor of Athletic Training at Texas State University. Dr. Myers recently defended her dissertation at the University of Kentucky from their Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral program, under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Uhl.  During her four years at Kentucky, Dr. Myers served as the research associate for Dr. Ben Kibler at The Lexington Clinic. Dr. Myers will join our faculty at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year.

In January 2017, Amanda Martinez and Bleey Martinez, both alumni of Texas State’s Post-Professional Program in Athletic Training, were promoted from Assistant to Associate Athletic Trainer at Texas State University.  In addition, Colleen Hamman (Women’s Volleyball/Baseball) and Jill Hancock (Women’s Soccer/Softball) recently joined our Division of Intercollegiate Athletics staff at the rank of Assistant Athletic Trainer.  

On January 27-29, 2017, Texas State University hosted the 9th Annual Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) Competency Workshop and NATA District VI Quiz Bowl. Approximately 150 undergraduate and entry-level masters AT students attended this three-day workshop. Special thanks go to Texas State University AT faculty members Carla Heffner and Megan Haynes for their excellent efforts in organizing this annual event, held for the second time in San Marcos. The event will be held in San Marcos again in 2018. 

Class of 2018 students Hiroshi Sagawa and Brian Fisher were selected to attend the NATA iLead Student Leadership Conference held February 17-18, 2017 in Grapevine, TX. iLead is a leadership workshop that is held biannually in conjunction with the Athletic Training Educators’ Conference, and is open to undergraduate (juniors and seniors only) or graduate AT students who are NATA members. Hiroshi’s attendance was funded by a Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association (TSATA) scholarship, while Brian was awarded an NATA Ethnic Diversity Committee grant that funded his participation in this conference.

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Class of 2017 students Essence Ephran, Kira Peña and Brittany Rogers along with Dr. Darcy Downey attended the annual Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society (GHATS) meeting in League City, Texas held January 7, 2017. GHATS is the largest student symposium in the state, with more than 1,000 high school students participating each year.

The Got Your Back 5K Race, in honor of David Gish, will be held at 5-Mile Dam in San Marcos on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at 8 am.  The race proceeds will benefit The CTMC Foundation Emergency Cancer Fund.  Early registration until March 30th is $25.  Contact Carla Heffner at CH37@txstate.edu for more information.

Texas State Athletic Training is now on Twitter; follow us at: @TXST_AT

The 39th Annual Texas State University Athletic Training Summer Camp will again offer two different level sessions during the 2017 summer. The Beginner’s Level AT Camp, designed for 9th grade level and above students who have not completed any formal TSATA Sports Medicine education courses at their high schools, will be held June 7-10, 2017.  Our Advanced Level AT Camp will be held June 11-14, 2017, and is intended for students who have completed one or more of TSATA’s Sports Medicine I, II or III courses at their respective high schools. Texas State University’s Athletic Training Summer Camp is co-directed by Megan Haynes (mh86@txstate.edu) and Dr. Rod Harter (rod.harter@txstate.edu).  The cost of this year’s registration fee is EXACTLY THE SAME as last year ($395), and additional information about 4-day, 3-night resident camp may be obtained at the following website:  http://www.hhp.txstate.edu/Camps/Athletic-Training-Summer-Camp.html 

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Through the dedicated fund-raising efforts of Texas State University Athletic Training faculty, staff and alumni athletic trainers over the course of several years, the David Gish Scholarship and the Dr. Bobby Patton Scholarship were both endowed during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The inaugural recipient of the David Gish Scholarship is senior Josh Barnhill, a two-time NFL summer intern with the Jacksonville Jaguars and current president of our Athletic Training Sports Medicine Club.  The Dr. Bobby Patton Scholarship will be awarded for the first time during the 2016-2017 academic year to an undergraduate student in our CAATE-accredited program.

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Texas State University AT program alumni (Class of 2016) Sye Nobles, ATC, LAT and Joseph “Joe” Sorce IV, ATC, LAT, worked as season-long intern athletic trainers for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2016 NFL season. Joe Sorce worked for the Cowboys as a summer intern athletic trainer in 2015 prior to his appointment, while Sye Nobles worked for the St. Louis Rams as a summer intern athletic trainer in 2015 before being hired by the Cowboys for the 2016-2017 NFL season.