Athletic training students win NATA Foundation research awards
Allison Kim
Craig Oates

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7:59 a.m., Aug. 4, 2010----Two students in the University of Delaware's athletic training program have won awards from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation.

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Allison Kim was the winner for her master's degree research oral presentation, “Reactive Knee Stiffening is Diminished Under Cognitive Loads.”

Craig Oates, now a master's candidate at UD, won the undergraduate poster category for work he did at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, “Effect of Augmented Feedback on Co-Activation Ratio and Knee Valgus in Individuals with Medial Knee Displacement.”

In addition, graduate students Alan Needle and Matt Hinsey were finalists in the competition. All four of the students are advised by Buz Swanik, associate professor in UD's Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology.

The awards were made through the NATA Foundation's Free Communications Program, which provides a forum for researchers and clinicians to disseminate research and clinical case studies. Abstracts selected by the Free Communications Committee are published in the Supplement to the Journal of Athletic Training and were presented at the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, held this June in Philadelphia, PA.

For 2010, the program received a total of 417 submissions, of which 258 were accepted. Five awards were given -- one each for oral presentations at the master's and doctoral levels and for posters at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels.

Kim served as the athletic trainer for the Blue Hens tennis team during the spring 2010 season, and Oates is the athletic trainer for the field hockey and baseball teams.

Oates also recently received a 2010 Master's Scholarship from the NATA Foundation.

Article by Diane Kukich

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