Grand View Receives $10,000 Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant to Support Athletic Training

May 12, 2017

Grand View University is proud to announce a $10,000 grant from the Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant program for 2017-2018. Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grants support qualified organizations seeking to improve the lives of people in their communities. Grand View recently announced that the Higher Learning Commission has approved with full accreditation their proposed Master of Science in Athletic Training. This new degree will begin with a Fall 2017 cohort. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion has worked hard to develop a strong cutting edge program at the graduate level, meeting the new requirements by the Council on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, whereby all athletic training programs will move to the graduate level only by Fall 2022.

Grand View University’s newly developed Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree has several areas that require additional support. One of these areas is for the student laboratory experience in the Therapeutic Modalities course. Technology is advancing in all areas of medical care, and this includes the advancement of how injuries are evaluated and treated. Electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and laser are being used in healthcare to speed up tissue healing and improve pain management. It is very important that students understand how they can use these modalities to facilitate recovery in their patients. As such, specific laboratory experiences rely on this equipment to be successful. Multiple units are necessary in the laboratory experiences to enhance student learning. The grant will fund three combination electric stimulation and ultrasound units, and three lasers to be used in the Therapeutic Modalities course.