Thursday, February 8, 2018

Athletic Training Education Conference (ATEC): UPDATE

UPDATE:  Sandy Stasaitis will be starting a DHSci program this spring.  Sandy is first CSS MSAT graduate to pursue a doctoral degree.  Congratulations and Good Luck!

February 2017
Professor Todd Neuharth, Athletic Training Students Tom Olson and Mitch O'Neil recently traveled to Dallas, TX for the Athletic Training Educators' Conference  and iLead to connect with other educators and students from across the nation and learn about innovative ideas in athletic training education. Todd Neuharth presented a research poster in conjunction with alumna Sandy Stasaitis (Class of 2016), the research poster was on the use and instruction of patient reported outcomes measures in professional education programs. The research poster was based on work that Sandy and Todd had done during her time at CSS as a student in the MSAT program.

The conferences was informative and filled with considerable discussion on advancing student research initiatives, facilitating interprofessional education, and advancing the role of health informatics in athletic training education and advancing the profession of athletic training.

Friday, February 2, 2018

New Clinical Education Coordinator

Kim Moncel returned full-time to The College of St. Scholastica's Department of Athletic Training in January as the Clinical Education Coordinator and Instructor.  Kim was working for Essentia Health in Duluth providing collegiate outreach services to the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) and serving as a preceptor for students from our program.  Prior to working at UWS, Kim served as the Head Athletic Trainer at CSS and helped to develop, staff, and teach in the CAATE-accredited professional Master of Science-Athletic Training program, the first in the state of Minnesota.

In addition to her work with college athletes, Kim has served as the Head Athletic Trainer for USA Team Handball and USA Baseball covering Pan Am Games, World Cup events, and Training Camps. Kim was chosen by the United States Olympic Committee to serve as an Athletic Trainer providing care on an interdisciplinary medical team across several venues and events at the 2012 London Summer Games.  Kim will continue her clinical work with Team USA while serving as a faculty member and Clinical Education Coordinator bringing yet another facet of athletic training experience to our students.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Emergency Rehearsal with Gold Cross Ambulance Service

Each August students in the MS in Athletic Training program join the practicing athletic trainers who serve as their clinical preceptors for emergency action plan rehearsals with paramedics and EMTs from Gold Cross Ambulance Service at various clinical sites across the Twin Ports.

Athletic trainers specialize in the management of emergent and catastrophic incidents that occur while participating in sport and recreational activities.

Pictured are second-year MS in Athletic Training students practicing their emergency care and management skills while rehearsing the emergency action plan for on-field spineboarding of a patient as part of a interdisciplinary team on the CSS athletics field.

Monday, May 1, 2017

MATA 2017 Annual Meeting

On April 28-29, 2017 the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association held its Annual Meeting in Plymouth, MN, and the CSS athletic training department was well represented by students, alumni, and faculty.

Congratulations are in order for alum Aaron Benson (Class of 2013) who will serve as the newly elected Vice President of the MATA and for Amy Brugge,Ed,D. who was honored to be the recipient of the 2017 MATA Service Award.  Professor Brugge also presented "Update on AT Legislation in Minnesota" at the conference in conjunction with President Troy Hoehn.

We're very proud of all the CSS alumni currently serving on MATA committees:

Kylie Hoeft ('15) - Chair, Young Professionals Committee
Christina Neville ('15) - Continuing Education Committee & Young Professionals Committee
Aaron Benson ('13) - Governmental Affairs Committee

All of the 2017 professional level scholarships from the association were awarded to current CSS students:

Danielle Murray - TRIA Professional Level Scholarship
Mitch O'Neil - Twin Cities Orthopedics Professional Level Scholarship
Brittany Ludwig - MATA Professional Level Scholarship

The program was also the winner of the MATA's 2017 National Athletic Training Month Public Relations Contest for students for the second year in a row due to student efforts to promote the profession during the month of March.

Several current students were selected to present research posters during Saturday's portion of the meeting.

Katrina Hough - "Factors Affecting Nutritional Choices of NCAA Division III Athletes"

Allison May - "The Use of Certified Electronic Health Records by Athletic Trainers"

Josee Plante - "Internal & External Barriers that Prevent Division III Student-Athletes from Seeking Counseling"

Tom Olson - "Reasons Why Division III College Football Players Do Not Report Suspected Concussions"

Overall, the 2017 MATA Annual Meeting was a successful conference and a great demonstration of how CSS MS in Athletic Training is preparing today's students to be tomorrow's leaders!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Athletic Trainer Day at the Capitol

Last month several students from the M.S. in Athletic Training joined members of the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association in St. Paul for Athletic Trainer Day at the Capitol.  Students positively advocated on behalf of the athletic training profession regarding scope of practice modernization and licensure for Minnesota's athletic trainers.

CSS students were able to meet with three local legislators, Rep. Jennifer Schultz, Rep. Liz Olson, and Sen. Erik Simonson, to discuss athletic training services and the profession's role as health care providers in Minnesota.

To see more pictures from the event, visit the MATA on Twitter or Facebook or visit Support_MN_ATs on Twitter 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Diagnostic MSK Ultrasound

     The students in Advance Techniques in Athletic Training are gaining valuable experience with  diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) this semester.   MSKUS is used extensively in physician offices and in some college athletic training rooms.

     Students are using two Sonosite units. These units are available as a result of the  generous cooperation of the CSS Physician Assistant Studies Program  

     Cooperative interprofessional educational opportunities are one of the things that differentiates CSS's Athletic Training program from other programs.     


     Unlike many programs which have short demonstrations from sales representatives, our students are spending the entire semester working with the two units and are learning the necessary skills for examination of all of the major joints in the human body.

     Access to advance cutting edge technologies are just one of the things that sets the CSS Athletic Training Program apart from other programs.  Students are not only prepared from the entry-level skills necessary for practice; but also gain valuable experiences that set them apart from other candidates in the job search process.

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Tom Olson '17 & Mitch O’Neil '18  were selected to represent athletic training students from across the state of Minnesota on February 17th & 18th as the MATA-sponsored attendees for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) iLead Conference in Dallas, TX.

 NATA iLead is held once every two years in conjunction with the Athletic Training Educators’ Conference (ATEC), and serves as a two-day leadership development program for students.  During the conference, Tom and Mitch attended a series of seminars and networked with student leaders from across the United States.  Their trip was sponsored by the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Association and by a grant from The College of St. Scholastica-Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.