Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2004

Whitworth Students Selected to Present
Innovative Instructional Tool at Athletic-Training Forum

Whitworth senior athletic-training students Erin Rutledge and Stacie Visser, who have developed an instructional gait-analysis tool, have been selected to present their innovative research this spring at the Student Athletic Trainer Forum of the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association, in Seaside, Ore. Approximately 150 college and university athletic-training students from the Northwest will attend the forum.

During the forum, Rutledge and Visser will present the Powerpoint program they developed to teach gait analysis and to illustrate abnormal gaits in patients with injuries or disabilities. The instructional program addresses gait, the components of the gait cycle and gait abnormalities caused by injuries or structural deformities.

"Mainly, we want to give athletic-training students a basic understanding of a very complex subject that they can later choose to expand upon," says Rutledge, who plans to pursue graduate studies in athletic training at the University of Oregon or San Jose State University next year. "It is exciting to participate in the forum and represent our school," Rutledge said. "I think it is going to be a great opportunity to show the quality of our athletic-training program here at Whitworth."

The students were selected to present their work after submitting an abstract and outline for their presentation to the chair of the College/University Student Athletic Training Committee, which reviewed and approved their presentation.

"These are two outstanding students who were motivated by our staff to get involved in the profession," says Russ Richardson, director of the Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program. "They both have the potential to significantly affect our profession in their careers because of their excellent work ethics and intellectual abilities. They are both creative, energetic, articulate professionals who represent Whitworth College very well."

The Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program is designed to prepare students to be eligible for certification by the National Athletic Trainers' Association-Board of Certification (NATA-BOC). The program, housed within the Whitworth Department of Kinesiology, merges a rigorous academic discipline with a variety of practical clinical experiences. The athletic-training education program is closely aligned with Whitworth's School of Education in order to prepare teachers/athletic trainers to address the unique health-care needs of today's secondary-school athletes.

The Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program utilizes a holistic approach in developing multi-dimensional health-care professionals. The program stresses "servanthood" within the context of a Christian liberal-arts environment.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Russ Richardson, director of the Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3244 or rrichardson@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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