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Graduate AT Students


Graduate AT Students


There are currently 27 students in the Master Science in Athletic Training program at Texas State University. The students in the two current cohorts hail from a variety of places within the United States (Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, New York, Massachusetts, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, and Vermont) and several countries (South Korea, Malaysia, and Japan).

Welcome the M.S. in Athletic Training Class of 2016. Seventeen new graduate students started the 2014-2015 academic year by taking part in a team building experience with faculty members.


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Team building experience at Texas State University Camp.


M.S. in Athletic Training Class of 2015

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Congratulations to Christina “Tina” VanderVegt for winning the 2014 SWATA Oral Presentation Award for her presentation “The Effectiveness of Vestibular Rehabilitation on Dizziness and Balance Deficits Following Concussion or Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”. She completed the work with fellow graduate student Kelsie Markin. Tina also was awarded the first SWATA Graduate Student Research Grant to fund her master’s thesis. Tina will complete data collection on the project titled “Resultant Effects of Head Impacts on Vestibular Function in Male Division I Lacrosse Players”; here thesis co-chairs are Rod Harter (HHP) and Denise Gobert (Department of Physical Therapy).

Past Students

Congratulations to Aly Leon (Class of 2012), MS, ATC, LAT, the winner of the 2014 SWATA Poster Presentation Award.

She presented the work on “The Effectiveness of Kinesio Tape® in Decreasing Pain and Edema Associated with Delayed Onset Muscles Soreness”. Co-authors include fellow Class of 2012 graduate Heather Juarez and faculty advisors Rod Harter, PhD, ATC, LAT and Jim Williams, PhD.

Alumni Spotlight

Megan Haynes, MEd, MS, ATC, LAT (MS-2010, MEd-2009)

Texas State University- Athletic Training Senior Lecturer

In my job as a Senior Lecturer at Texas State University I teach majors classes to Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy students, act as a Preceptor within the Athletic Training Program, Co-Direct the Texas State Athletic Training Summer Camp, and serve as an Athletic Trainer for San Marcos Academy.

I grew up in Lolita, Texas where I attended Industrial High School and was very active in sports and extracurricular activities. Initially I chose Texas State for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program. After completing my undergraduate degree, I was a long-term substitute, and employed at a local high school while completing my teaching certification. Upon the finishing of my teaching certification, life events caused a change in my plans, and I was given the opportunity to be the Graduate Assistant for football and tennis. This was a wonderful experience where I was able to gain more knowledge and functional skills. Although my education has all come from Texas State, many of the faculty and all of the students have changed around me, which has given me very diverse experiences.

Christopher F. Raymond, M.S., ATC, LAT, CES, Class of 2013

Physician Extender Fellowship at the Steadman Clinic- Athletic Training Fellow

In my job I am responsible for taking a patient's history, performing an orthopedic examination, evaluating images and studies, presenting to the MD and PA's and help formulate the plan of care for the patient. In addition, I am responsible for ordering X-rays, casting, and acting as a surgical assist after we pass the OTC examination later in the fellowship. For a few months out of the year I will be the Athletic Trainer for a local high school and provide medical coverage for outreach events throughout the year.

I lived and grew up in Austin, TX and went to undergrad at SUNY Cortland in New York. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training and directly afterwards came to Texas State University. Over the 2 years at Texas State I was the Athletic Trainer for the NCAA Division I Baseball team at Texas State, taught lab classes, and took classes as well. I chose Texas State because the program is highly respected and the dedicated staff made the program an excellent place to continue my education.

UPDATE: Christopher completed his residency in 2014 and accepted a job as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with Southwestern University. Congratulations Chris!

Justin H. Rigby, MS, ATC, Class of 2010

University- Education, PhD Graduate Assistant at Brigham Young University (2010-2013)

My main responsibilities are teaching and performing research in the ATEP program at BYU. My teaching responsibilities usually rotate, but the majority of the time I teach Intro to Athletic Training and Therapeutic Modalities. I have been privileged to work with two of the experts in the field of therapeutic modalities, Dr. David Draper, my PhD adviser, and Dr. Ken Knight. My research primarily focuses on transdermal drug delivery through therapeutic agents (i.e. iontophoresis, phonophoresis, and light therapy). I have also performed studies related to therapeutic ultrasound, diathermy, and cryotherapy devices. To be able to get out of the lab, I work with the BYU Hockey Club mainly covering their home games and providing clinic hours for rehabilitation. My 6 year old son loves it too since he loves playing hockey.

I grew up in Austin, TX, but my family is originally from Utah. I went to undergrad at University of Utah and that is where I really got into athletic training. I chose Texas State because it was a chance to go back to Texas (who wouldn't want that) and I wanted to have a GA position at a high school (Go Hays Rebels). I also wanted to get a MS degree in Athletic Training so I could continue to take classes and learn about the skills I perform every day. It was a great experience!

UPDATE: Justin completed his work at BYU and is now an Assistant Professor at Weber State University. Congratulations Justin!

Justin P. Neubauer, MS, ATC, LAT, NASM-CES, Class of 2012Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) at Airrosti Rehab Centers, LLC

Airrosti Rehab Centers is a healthcare group that employs and trains providers who specialize in delivering high quality, outcome-based musculoskeletal care that significantly reduces recovery times for patients and prevents unnecessary MRIs, pharmaceuticals, injections, and surgeries.

As a Certified Recovery Specialist I am primarily responsible for working with patients in the instruction of all therapeutic exercise protocols, application of modalities, and functional taping; in addition to various administrative, practice development, and overall support responsibilities for designated practices.

I am originally from Ogden, IA. After graduating from Ogden High School, I attended Iowa State University where I worked with various ISU athletic teams and worked as an intern for the Detroit Lions. After I graduated from ISU and became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 2010, I chose to further my knowledge of Athletic Training at Texas State University. I chose a Master’s of Science in Athletic Training at Texas State University because of its long and rich history with regard to athletic training education. More specifically, I wanted a higher education with focus in advanced therapeutic exercise, evidence-based medicine, research, functional assessment, and advanced manual therapy.