Health and Human Performance department holds journal club

Athletic training students lead discussions on health and sports medicine.

The Health and Human Performance department holds a journal club once a semester for Roanoke's athletic training students, faculty and the health community. The club meets at the home of Dr. Bert Spetzler, former orthopedic surgeon for Roanoke College. Health professionals, such as orthopedic surgeons, family practice physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and physicians assistants are also invited to take part in the discussion.

The purpose of the journal club, says Jim Buriak, department chair, is to gather health professionals from the area and Roanoke's athletic training students and promote discussion about topics related to the health field. He says it also is important for students to "stay current in the field" by reading and discussing what sports medicine journals are covering.

Two weeks prior to the meeting, senior athletic training students select five articles from peer-reviewed journals to provide attendees with information about the topic for discussion. These articles often are chosen based on suggestions from area health professionals, so they cover a wide variety of topics. Copies of articles are distributed to everyone planning to attend.

The meeting consists of a discussion and critical review of the articles, led by the senior athletic training students. The health professionals provide unique insights in an open conversation with the students. Buriak says that after the meetings, all of the athletic training students are required to write a reflection paper about the experience.

Buriak says the most important aspect of the discussions is the interaction between the health professionals and the students in regard to "evaluating, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating athletic injuries."


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Hannah Updike is a senior English and Spanish double major who hopes to have a career in the film or creative writing industry. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and is involved with Order of Omega, Kathy's Kure, Relay for Life and several other philanthropic organizations on campus.