Athletic Training graduate wins national student writing contest

regelski-mariettaMarietta College’s Chyrsten Regelski ’13 (Greenville, Ohio) recently won the DeLoss Brubaker Student Writing Contest, which is awarded annually by the National Athletic Trainer's Association.

Of the three national awards Regelski was awarded for Best Original Research Paper.

“I was shocked, honestly,” Regelski said. “I submitted to the contest on a whim because (Athletic Training professor) Kemery (Sigmund) encouraged me to do so.  I had no expectation of winning I just wanted other people to see the work I was doing. When I got the call I was speechless.”

Regelski’s research was a culmination of her capstone and honors thesis, both based on the use of kinesio tape to prevent pronation of the feet when walking and standing still. Regelski was inspired to do this research from the effect pronation has had on her and others she has seen.

“I have suffered from side effects of excessive pronation myself and I also see a lot of athletes who have issues with injuries and pain because of excessive pronation,” Regelski said. “The combination made me want to investigate a method of taping that lasted longer than tapings we currently use.”

Over the course of three semesters, Regelski went above and beyond the required workload. Regelski recruited participants, learned new taping techniques, completed video and data analysis, and did literature review, all while taking classes and being an athletic trainer for Marietta’s various athletic teams.

“Not many students would be able to handle the scope and rigor of Chyrsten's project, but Chyrsten has always been highly self-motivated,” Sigmund said. “I knew she had the time management skills to balance her two capstone projects, her clinical hours, her classwork, graduate school interviews, and studying for her Board of Certification exam.”

Regelski credits Marietta’s athletic training program for her award and her success as a student.

“There are very few undergraduate programs that allow students to perform studies that are as in depth as the capstones we perform at Marietta,” Regelski said. “To have recognition for just one of the many outstanding studies performed by the athletic training students at Marietta College says a great deal about the quality of education we receive from our program and professors.”

Regelski’s academic accomplishments don’t end there. She was also one of the 16 graduating students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, one of the most prestigious academic honorary societies in the country.

Regelski will continue athletic training education, as she will attend Old Dominion University in the fall in pursuit of a Masters in Athletic Training.

“I love athletic training and realized there is so much more that I can learn,” Regelski said. “Further, I fell in love with teaching when I was a TA for the upper and lower extremity practicum classes in the athletic training program. With my master's degree I will be able to teach in a program similar to the one at Marietta College.”