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Marshall athletic training student, professionals present work, receive honors

The Marshall University School of Kinesiology was well represented at the recent National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) annual convention, June 21-24 in Indianapolis.

The four-day conference offers students and professionals from the the athletic training field the opportunity to provide groundbreaking research, network with fellow professionals and explore what’s next in the field.

Student Heather Williamson took part in the convention’s poster presentation session. She presented her work, “Tear of the Anterior Inferior Tibiofibular Ligament Resulting in a TightRope Surgery and Achilles Tendon Tendinopathy.”

“I was honored to be selected to present at NATA,” Williamson said. “It was such an enriching experience as I was able to engage with certified athletic trainers and athletic training students from around the country that all share a love for this awesome profession.”

The School of Kinesiology was also represented by Athletic Training Clinical Coordinator Jenni Johnson and Biomechanics Program Director Dr. Suzanne Konz, ATC. Johnson presented work done with Blake Lacy titled “Left Ankle Fracture and Syndesmosis Disruption.” Johnson said the opportunity to network and be around colleagues is invaluable.

“I consider it an honor to be able to share interesting case studies with colleagues from around the world,” Johnson said. “NATA has developed this platform for athletic trainers to be able to collaborate and share information that is useful in everyday practice.”

Konz presented “Avoiding Borderline Patient Care Practices to Stay Successful and Ethical.” Konz is the outgoing chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics for NATA.

“Being able to present and discuss the reporting process, violation statistics and the minor things that many clinicians do that unintentionally create ethics violations has been extremely beneficial,” Konz said.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is a professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the profession. For more information visit For more information about the School of Kinesiology visit