Athletic Training Students Selected to Present Their Original Research at National Meeting

Daniel Allbaugh and Erin Sturgill Among Exclusive Group

February 24, 2010

Daniel Allbaugh and Erin Sturgill will present their original research alongside Ph.D.-holders and professional researchers.

Daniel Allbaugh and Erin Sturgill will present their original research alongside Ph.D.-holders and professional researchers.

The original research abstracts submitted by two athletic training seniors at Wilmington College were so highly regarded that the students have been selected to give presentations at the National Athletic Trainers Association’s annual meeting this summer.

Daniel Allbaugh and Erin Sturgill will give poster presentations of their individual research alongside professional researchers and Ph.D. holders at a session sponsored by the NATA Research and Education Foundation.

Also, their abstracts will be published in the

2010 Supplement to the “Journal of Athletic Training.”

Erika Goodwin, associate professor of athletic training and associate dean for academic affairs, encourages her top students to submit research abstracts for publication and presentation at the state, district and national levels.

“NATA expects research abstracts to meet a minimum level of scholarly and academic rigor, and only accepts high quality submissions for presentation,” she said.

Goodwin noted that the nearly 400 abstracts submitted are subjected to a “blinded peer review,” which means those evaluating the abstracts do not know whether it is the work of a Ph.D. in the field, a graduate student from a major research institution or an undergraduate from Wilmington College.

“I have always told my students that their research can stand up to peer review,” she added. “Obviously, to be selected under the peer review track is quite prestigious — especially when you’re doing it as an undergraduate student.”

About a third of submitted abstracts are accepted for presentation at NATA, Goodwin noted.

“It’s been a goal of mine since I started teaching the senior research classes to have students submit abstracts for presentation and publication,” she said. “To me, this is the true measure of where athletic training research at WC stands statewide, regionally and nationally.”

Sturgill is a resident of Blanchester and a 2004 graduate of Blanchester High School, while Allbaugh of Nashport is a 2006 graduate of Licking Valley High School.

Allbaugh’s research title is “Multiple Factors Influence Students’ Attitudes Toward Pursuing Graduate Study” with faculty members Goodwin and Linda Tecklenburg serving as co-authors.

Sturgill’s is titled “Athletes’ Perceptions of Athletic Trainers with Disabilities” with faculty members Goodwin and Kim Miller as co-authors.

This year’s convention, which draws athletic trainers and others in sports medicine and allied professions from around the country, will be held in June in Philadelphia.