Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 29, 2005

Research by Athletic-Training Alumna Cited in New York Times Health Section

Research conducted by Whitworth alumna and Bethany College Assistant Professor Kasee Hildenbrand recently caught the attention of editors at the New York Times. A Times article in the Aug. 23 health section cited research Hildenbrand conducted while a graduate assistant at Kansas State University.

Hildenbrand and Professor Larry Noble, of KSU, studied the effectiveness of abdominal exercise machines versus traditional sit-ups. Hildenbrand found that traditional sit-ups were as at least effective as, and in some cases more effective, than exercising with an abdominal roller, AB slide or "FitBall." Hildenbrand's and Noble's findings originally appeared in the Journal of Athletic Training in March 2004.

"Professor Hildenbrand's research experience is a great benefit to Bethany students," says Bethany Academic Vice President Eugene Bales. "Not only does she bring expertise to our classrooms, but she is an effective mentor and model for our undergraduates as they pursue their own empirical research."

Bethany College is currently seeking accreditation for its athletic-training program. Hildenbrand is leading the college's effort to achieve the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accreditation.

Hildenbrand graduated from Whitworth in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in athletic training and is currently attending graduate school at Kansas State University, Kansas, where she is writing a dissertation to earn a Ph.D. in student affairs. Hildenbrand, a certified athletic trainer, received her master's degree in kinesiology, with an emphasis in biomechanics from KSU, in 2001. Hildenbrand will receive her Ph.D. from Kansas State in December 2005.

At Bethany College, a small liberal arts college in Kansas, Hildenbrand teaches courses in athletic training, directs the athletic-training program, and chairs the department of health, physical education and athletic training. She has been a Bethany College faculty member since August 2004.

For more information regarding Hildrenbrand's study on abdominal muscle activity, visit www.pubmedcentral.gov.


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

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