Athletic Training Students Awarded $5,000 University of Idaho Student Research Grant

Thursday, January 29 2009

Jan. 29, 2009 Photo is available at Written by Cheryl Dudley MOSCOW, Idaho – Jessica Martschinske of Camas, Wash., a third-year athletic training student in the University of Idaho's Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, was awarded a $5,000 student research grant for her undergraduate research project. This grant will be used to purchase a therapeutic modality for research purposes in the Athletic Training Lab. “During initial exercise when muscles are placed with an unfamiliar stress, it causes tissue damage and inflammation,” said Martschinske. “People then experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). We plan to use various treatment methods to help minimize the signs and symptoms of DOMS, helping exercise newcomers be more likely to continue exercising. Secondly, DOMS is a safe way to initiate inflammation and then evaluate the effectiveness of various treatments. This will help clinicians when deciding treatment options, and would be crucial in rehabilitation of injuries.” Other students involved in the project include: Brooke Rey, Joanna Piekarski, Katie Harbacheck, Tim Nicolello, Andrew Rowley, Alex Farley, Anna Conley, Chelsea Hanway and Amy Taylor. Faculty members Jeffrey Seegmiller and Alan Nasypany are mentoring the research. The team’s project, entitled “Effects of Interferential Stimulation, Cryotherapy, And a Combination Treatment With Pain, Strength, Range of Motion, And Girth as Applied to Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness,” required students to performed scholarly reviews and research on what parameters and methods they planned to use and also conducted a pilot study for the project, which they hope will be publishable and of benefit to health professionals. “Jessica and her peers put in countless hours of preparation and pilot testing for this grant proposal,” said Seegmiller, the faculty sponsor for the project. “Their work and efforts are commendable.” Martschinske is the second consecutive athletic training student to receive the student-led research grant from the University of Idaho Student Grant Program. Last year, the student research team, led by winner Amy Bresley, purchased an EMG unit with research grant funds for Athletic Training Lab. The University of Idaho awards one $5,000 student research grant annually, with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students competing against each other. This achievement by an outstanding undergraduate student is the direct result of a strong commitment to research and professionalism in the Athletic Training Education Program. Each year, the graduating Athletic Training students present their original research at the Northwest Athletic Training Association Conference. Martschinske currently is applying to graduate school and plans to become a scholarly practitioner. “This whole process has given me a preview of the people, events and processes for conducting scholarly research," she said. "I am excited to continue with this in my future at graduate school. This was a very rewarding process. As an undergraduate, I am very honored and ecstatic about receiving such an award. We want to show the university and the health community that we are promoting knowledge and projects that will affect the health care of future patients by continually developing young professionals.” # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit Media Contact: Cheryl Dudley, College of Education, (208) 885-0119,

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