Beat the Heat: Helping Athletes Avoid Heat-Related Illness

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August 19, 2015, Columbia, Mo:  Fall sports are starting back up, but that doesn’t mean fall temperatures are here quite yet.

As players gear up to spend extended hours in the heat, it’s important for both coaches and players to be aware of the dangers of overheating.

Keith Belmore is an assistant teaching professor and the coordinator of clinical education in the Athletic Training Program in the Mizzou School of Health Professions. “Here in Missouri we have hot, humid weather and it’s definitely important to be aware of heat illness and the signs and symptoms that go along with that,” Belmore said.

When athletes are constantly being pushed to give it their all during practice and competition, sometimes it’s hard to determine when enough is enough.

Belmore said athletes can also push themselves past the limit.

“A lot of times athletes want to push through, they want to impress coaches and might feel like if they let up or take a break, they’re going to miss out on playing time,” Belmore said.

But, Belmore said heat-related illnesses are 100 percent preventable with the right systems in place.

Coaches should allow adequate frequency and duration of water breaks during practices. They can also vary the amount of equipment worn with the time of day practice is held to further minimize the potential for injury.

While every athlete’s body varies in how it responds to heat and exercise, Belmore recommends athletes weigh in before and after practice and competition. By noting how much weight was lost, athletes can determine how much fluid weight they need to replace by the next practice.

“Above all else, it’s important to have an emergency action plan in place to ensure rapid response to any injury, whether a heat illness or a head or spine injury. It’s essential to have people who can evaluate an emergency situation, and know that they have a plan to work from,” Belmore said.

Belmore also warns that even in mild conditions athletes can sustain a heat illness without proper precautions. “Communication between players and coaches is key to reducing the risk of heat illness,” Belmore said.


For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Casey Adams at 573-882-0266 or click here to email.

OT Senior Named “August Volunteer of the Month” by City of Columbia

Congratulations to Amanda Lewis, a senior Occupational Therapy student, for being named “August Volunteer of the Month” by the City of Columbia!

[Lewis] fell in love with the Special Olympics after volunteering in high school when her school hosted the track and field events. Amanda brought her passion for working with Special Olympics to Columbia when she came here for college four years ago. Jody Cook, Recreation Specialist with Parks & Recreation, who has worked with Amanda says, “She is gifted at adjusting her approach to each athlete and helping him or her perform to the maximum capability. The fun Amanda brings to all she is involved in would be hard to duplicate. The athletes brighten up, putting more focus and effort in what they are doing when Amanda is around.”

Amanda often commits herself to volunteering four nights a week plus the weekend of Special Olympics. As a student with many responsibilities, Amanda’s reliability, cheerful disposition and success amazes those she works with. Her compassion shines through and has allowed her to build relationships and keep volunteering.

“I’ve learned that you may not always have a visible impact when volunteering yet however small, you always make one,” Amanda says. “The relationships I have formed and grown over the years have continued to be some of the most important to me.”

To learn more about volunteering with the City, contact Volunteer Programs at 573-874-7499 or visit the City’s website.

Article written by volunteer, Abby Holman, CitySource (Vol. 17. No. 8. August 2015).

SHP PT Professor’s Research Links High Academic Stress to Increased Injuries among College Football Players

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High Academic Stress Linked to Increased Illness, Injuries among College Football Players
Starting players more likely to get hurt during test weeks than training camp

Aug. 03, 2015
Story Contact: Jesslyn Chew,, (573) 882-8353

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Coaches and trainers strive to keep their players healthy so they can perform at their maximum potentials. Injury restrictions, or limits on athletes’ physical activity due to illnesses or injuries, can keep athletes on the bench for a game or even an entire season. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found college football players are more likely to experience injuries during test weeks than during training camp. The effects of academic stress on injury occurrences are even more pronounced among starting players, the researchers found.

“Stress is systemic,” said Bryan Mann, an assistant professor of physical therapy in the MU School of Health Professions and assistant director of strength and conditioning for Mizzou Athletics. “Everything players deal with on a daily basis creates stress. They don’t have separate accounts to withdraw from for practice, school and relationships. Whenever there’s stress, something’s got to give. Otherwise, it’s similar to when unexpected expenses arise at the same time and you’re likely to overdraw your checking account. It’s the same idea but on a physiological basis rather than a monetary one.”

The researchers studied weekly injury reports for 101 student athletes on a Division 1 college football team during a 20-week season. Sixty different athletes had 86 injury restrictions during the season. The researchers found players were 3.19 times more likely to have an injury restriction during weeks when they had high academic stress, such as midterms or finals, than during weeks when they had low academic stress. When the researchers compared players’ injury restrictions for weeks of high physical stress – such as training camp – and weeks of low academic stress, athletes were 2.84 times more likely to have injury restrictions.

“We know when there will be midterms or finals, and we can plan for these academic stressors and accommodate practices accordingly to minimize the risk of injuries,” Mann said. “Some stressors we can’t predict, but if we know about them, then there are things that we can do. Coaches should get to know the athletes and watch how their attitudes change. As attitudes change, it usually indicates that something else is going on in their lives. We’ve got to find those causes so we can be proactive and get the athletes counseling or find other ways to meet their needs.”

At Mizzou, several resources exist to help student-athletes minimize stress and stay healthy. The Total Person Program encompasses academic support services, student-athlete development – through personal and social development programming, career counseling and community service – and sport and psychological counseling services.  Additionally, the Athletic Performance Department provides student-athletes with guidance in strength and conditioning, sports nutrition and applied performance; student-athletes also receive comprehensive health care through MU’s Sports Medicine department.

“Whereas the demands placed on the student-athletes are high, it is imperative that we provide services that focus on their health and well-being,” said Bryan Maggard, the executive associate athletic director of Mizzou Athletics and director of the Total Person Program. “Our comprehensive services are geared to assist all students academically, socially and competitively.”

The effect of physical and academic stress on illness and injury in division 1 college football players” was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. University of Missouri co-authors include Kirk Bryant, Brick Johnstone, Patrick Ivey and Stephen Sayers. Josh Stoner, the director of applied performance for Mizzou Athletics, and Rex Sharpe, the head athletic trainer for Mizzou Athletics, also were involved in the research.


Article by: Mizzou News

Governor Nixon Appoints MHPC Program Instructor to MO Board of OT

The Governor appointed Stephanie M. Allen, of Jefferson City; and Dr. Michael L. Gerdine, of St. Louis, to the Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy. The board protects Missourians through the licensing of occupational therapists and assistants, and also investigates complaints against licensees.

Allen is a licensed occupational therapist who serves as a clinical instructor for the occupational therapy assistant program within the Missouri Health Professions Consortium, in partnership with the University of Missouri. She obtained both her undergraduate and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Dec. 11, 2015.

To read more, click here.


About MHPC
The Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is an innovative educational model that was specifically designed by The School of Health Professions, in partnership with corporate and community college partners, to address needs unique to rural communities. The model takes into account not only the distinctiveness of rural practice environments but also the educational barriers unique to rural student populations. The MHPC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program addresses the needs of these communities by providing educational opportunities to rural, place-bound students. The program has produced viable employment options, resulting in improved access to occupational therapy services as well as positive economic outcomes for graduates who reside in rural communities.

Spring 2015 Edition of Touchstone Magazine is Here!

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The Spring 2015 edition of The Touchstone magazine has arrived!

Click here to access a digital copy and read about the amazing strides our students, faculty/staff and alumni are making in the Columbia community and beyond.

Happy reading!

MU Health System Partnership Promotes Diversity in Health Professions


High school students from seven states will spend three days starting Sunday, June 7, at the University of Missouri Health System’s Cristo Rey Health Professions Summit.

The summit was created in an effort to introduce underrepresented minority students from urban areas across the country to career possibilities in health care. This year, 39 students will participate in sessions offered by the MU School of Medicine, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, the MU School of Health Professions and the MU School of Veterinary Medicine to learn about careers in medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ultrasonography, pharmacy, speech and communications disorders, and much more. 

All summit activities will focus on this year’s theme, “Exploring Self: Understanding Others.”

“Our goal for both leaders and students is to better understand and experience inclusivity so one day they become culturally sensitive health care providers,” said Kathleen Quinn, PhD, associate dean for rural health at the MU School of Medicine. “Health outcomes improve for patients if their health providers share their culture, background, ethnicity and race, but many times this isn’t the case. We want students to one day feel comfortable caring for all patients despite their cultural differences.”

The summit at MU is funded by a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The goal of the program is to expose those underrepresented in health care to a variety of career options and one day, improve the number and experience of health care providers, particularly primary care providers, in underserved areas. 

The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 28 private, college preparatory, Catholic schools nationwide serving underrepresented urban youth. The network has an extremely high rate of students who go on to college, many with scholarships.

The MU Health System is a national partner with the Cristo Rey Network and has been involved with the program for the past eight years.

“We need more diversity in our health care providers to better serve Missouri and beyond,” Quinn said. “With this partnership, we work to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities in health careers to address health disparities.”

Article by: MU Health Care

SHP Alumna Named Outstanding Businesswoman by Columbia Chamber Women’s Network

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Pictured (l-r): Nancy Fay, Dr. Kristofer Hagglund, SHP Dean; Elton Fay, husband, Nancy Fay, Whitney Fay, daughter.

School of Health Professions (SHP) alumna, Nancy Fay, was recently awarded the 11th Annual Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award by the Women’s Network and Delta Systems Group, a company started by Debin Benish. She received the award during the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting.

The award seeks to honor a businesswoman in Columbia who has achieved great success in her company This includes: exhibiting leadership in supporting small businesses and small business owners, volunteering in the community, mentoring other businesswomen and being an agent of change in the community and beyond.

Fay received a $1,000 grant from Women’s Network and Delta Systems Group.

Nancy is a graduate of the Clinical Laboratory Science program. She is an active member of the School of Health Professions Alumni Organization (SHPAO) and currently serves as the board’s president.

Congratulations, Nancy! We are proud of you and how well you continue to exemplify a vital pillar of our school- service.

2015 SHP Commencement

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The School of Health Professions held commencement exercises at Mizzou Arena on May 15th. Over 600 baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees were conferred!

The commencement speaker was Dr. Munashe Chigerwe, who brought the wisdom of a health care educator, researcher and provider. He is currently an Associate Professor of Livestock Medicine and Surgery at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

To view photos from this momentous occasion, please click here.

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

2015 ATP Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony

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On April 21, the Athletic Training Program held its annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Elm Street Ballroom in Downtown Columbia, Missouri.

Several students were honored for their academic and clinical achievements, including the following students who received awards named in honor of distinguished alumni and friends of Mizzou Athletics:

  • Oliver J. DeVictor Award for Excellence in Scholastic Achievement in Athletic Training: Amanda Gubbels
  • Dr. James M. Baker Award for Most Industrious and Improved Clinician: Kelsey Jones
  • Rex L. Sharp Rookie of the Year Award for Outstanding First-Year Student Displaying Exceptional
    Potential in the Field of Athletic Training: Danielle Hargate
  • Fred Wappel Award for Most Outstanding Athletic Training Student: Taylor Nolan
  • Dr. Glenn L. McElroy Award for Exceptional Attitude and Leadership: Alex Flanagin

Congratulations to all the award recipients! For more photos, click here.

2015 SHP Awards Luncheon


The School of Health Professions is a great place to be thanks to remarkable faculty, staff, students and alumni!

On May 8th, the School of Health Professions held its 11th Annual Awards Luncheon to honor and celebrate those who have given the extra effort to help SHP achieve its mission of improving the health and well-being of others. Honorees were nominated by students, faculty, peers, supervisors, and friends outside the school.

Congratulations to each award recipient! To view photos from the Awards Luncheon, click here.

The following scholarship awards were specifically funded by individuals and organizations based on an aspect of health professions education that they value:

  • Lois Long Scholarship: Ciara Schlotzhauer
  • Missouri Hospital Association Scholarship: Madeline Ringness, Sarah Spencer
  • Western States Pathologists Association Scholarship: Darcie Dunn
  • Mary Sebacher Scholarship: Jade Jones
  • BRACCO Outstanding Student Award: Ryan Small
  • Bemes Respiratory and Critical Care Leadership Award: Richard Glenn
  • Mary Alice Woods Outstanding Mental Health Scholarship: Mia Boessen
  • Blake Rudeen Memorial Scholarship: Kelley Schaller
  • Shirley Patterson/Eva Trumbower Missouri Speech Hearing Association (MSHA) Travel Award: Kate Doveikis, Samantha Ghali, Madison March
  • Stacey Bragg Award: Katie Williamson
  • Christopher Griffith Scholarship: Megan Kennedy, Matthew July, Brandi Turner, Kailee Richey
  • Richard E. and Carol B. Oliver Scholarship: Alyssa Roost

The SHP Alumni Organization (SHPAO) Board of Directors honored the following outstanding individuals for their accomplishments, demonstrated commitment to the School and service to others:

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Award: Aimee Murray
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Stephanie Ronquest
  • Outstanding Staff Award: Beth Walter
  • Outstanding Faculty Award: Stacy Wagovich
  • Outstanding Alumni Award: Jennifer Highbarger
  • SHP Alumni Organization Scholarship: Alyssa Roost, Alissa Jones

The following faculty and students have been recognized by their state and national associations for their accomplishments in teaching, research and service:

  • Frederic Helmholz, Jr., MD Education Research Award: Kathy Moss
  • Honors of the [Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing] Association: Dana Fritz

The following members of the SHP family have been honored by the Mizzou community:

  • Chancellor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Advising: Dr. Giuli Krug
  • MU Excellence in Education Awards: Dr. Giuli Krug, Teresa Briedwell
  • Mizzou 39 Award (SHP students): Alexa Burtnett, Jordyn McKinney, Lydia Ely, Poonam Sheevram

The following individuals were recognized for having achieved excellence in teaching, study, research, clinical service, community service or other outstanding character:

  • Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences Ambassador Award: Tiffany Floyd (Graduate), Claire Rogers (Undergraduate)
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Oliver Award for Clinical Excellence Award: Julie Seelbach, Jin Yan, Rosalind Pliszka, Heather Halter
  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Excellence in Ultrasound Award: Vanessa Pierson (Graduate), Claire Rogers (Undergraduate)
  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Scholastic Award: Tiffany Floyd (Graduate), Jessica Vaughn (Undergraduate)
  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Spirit of Achievement Award: Lambert Eller (Graduate), Brooke Polivka (Undergraduate)
  • Truman Award in the Department of Health Sciences: Ashley Fantroy
  • Department of Health Sciences Academic Achievement Award: Caroline Sengheiser
  • Department of Health Sciences Internship Supervisors of the Year Awards: Aren Koenig (Community Affiliate), Laura Barnes (Campus Affiliate)
  • Department of Health Sciences Spirit of Success Award: Anastasia Harris
  • Department of Communication Science and Disorders Outstanding Preschool Clinician Award: Rachel Paddock, Haley Bergman
  • Department of Communication Science and Disorders Outstanding Accent Modification and Pronunciation Program Clinician Award: Anna Fray
  • Department of Communication Science and Disorders Outstanding Graduate Student Clinical Achievement Award: Blair Wilde
  • Department of Communication Science and Disorders Outstanding Student Award: Kate Doveikis, Maddie March (Graduates); Caley Kramer (Undergraduate)
  • Occupational Therapy Tribute Award: Jessica Boessen, Elizabeth Kisling
  • Athletic Training Program’s Oliver J. DeVictor Award for Excellence in Scholastic Achievement: Amanda Gubbels
  • Fred Wappel Most Outstanding Student in Athletic Training Award: Taylor Nolan
  • School of Health Professions Diversity Scholars Award: Aliyah Johnson, Jessica Le, Alexis Mok, Anastasia Harris, Lucy Vogt
  • Truman Award for Clinical Excellence: Jacob Wascisin
  • Respiratory Therapy James Whitacre Compassionate Care Award: Bridale Robinson
  • Mizzou Honors College Outstanding Second Year Discovery Fellow: Kayla Symonds
  • Missouri Speech-Language Hearing Association Research Award: Kate Doveikis (Graduate), Brooke Prigge (Undergraduate)
  • School of Health Professions Service Scholarship: Jordan Fairfield
  • Kristofer and Lori Hagglund Early Career Award: Dr. Enid Schatz
  • SHP Excellence in Education Award: Carolyn Orbann
  • Lewis and Clark Discovery Award: Dr. Michelle Teti
  • Lewis & Clark Discovery Award for Excellence: Dr. Stephen Sayers
  • SHP Excellence in Service Award: Cheryl Shigaki
  • Dean’s Service Award: Tammy Greenup

Note: The awards recognized at the luncheon are not a complete picture of the accolades won by SHP students, faculty and staff or all of the supporters who make these awards possible.


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