West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Hannah Pulley, a junior athletic training major and psychology from Lusby, MD, placed first in the student poster presentation at the West Virginia Athletic Trainers Association (WVATA) annual sports medicine conference, held in Flatwoods, WV in March. She presented her research poster on degloving injuries in a softball player.
Sixteen posters were selected for acceptance into the conference from submissions of students enrolled in athletic training programs across the state, including Alderson Broaddus University, Concord University, Marshall University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and Wesleyan.
“I was a little surprised to find out I won only because there were so many interesting and well-presented case studies,” said Pulley. “However, I am also very grateful to our athletic training department for working with me on my research and giving me all the information and assistance I needed.”
Pulley’s academic challenges at Wesleyan prepared her for such competition.
“The athletic staff at Wesleyan are fantastic at getting to know each of our strengths and weaknesses and knowing exactly how far to push us in challenging situations in order to see us grown and realize our own abilities,” she said. “They each bring something unique to the program and department as a whole to the point where I would not want to have this learning experience anywhere else.”
Two other Wesleyan students were selected to present at the annual conference, as well. Kirsten Campbell, a junior athletic training major from Bunker Hill, WV, presented her research, “The Removal of Middle Third of Bilateral Fibulae: A Case Study.” Junior athletic training major Ryan Kiser of Harrisonburg, VA also presented a poster titled, “Spondylolisthesis in a High School Volleyball Player: A Case Report.”
Organizations such as the WVATA offer important opportunities for students that help develop their research and presentation skills, as well as affords students the opportunity to see what other collegiate research is happening across West Virginia.
“Opportunities such as attending the WVATA Conference are really valuable, especially for students, because it encourages us to move a little outside our comfort zones in more ways than one,” Pulley reflected. “It promotes networking among individuals in a profession where everyone’s personal experience is just a little bit different. As far as diagnostic skills and expertise go, opportunities like WVATA are eye-opening.”
For more information on Wesleyan’s Athletic Training Department, please visit www.wvwc.edu.
Top photo: Hannah Pulley with her poster presentation.
Bottom photo: Kirsten Campbell with her poster presentation.