DIII Grants & Research Information


Bonnie Van Lunen, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Professor and Chair, School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Graduate Program Director, Post-Professional Athletic Training Education
Old Dominion University
3118A Health Sciences Building
Norfolk, VA  23529
757.683.3516 (Phone) / 757.683.4270 (Fax)

We are very fortunate to have the ability to offer funding opportunities for our district members who choose to explore questions in athletic training through research initiatives.  The research that is supported by our District leads to the development of the young professional, while also paving the way for more seasoned researchers to explore avenues which can help provide pilot data for larger projects.  The opportunity to submit proposal materials is upon us, as the application deadline for electronic submissions is October 1st.  There are a few small changes to the application, so please review it carefully before submitting your materials.  The committee looks forward to your submissions!  

Call for Proposals




Final Report MAATA District III Grants

     Erik Wikstrom         Balance Training vs. Balance Training with STARS in those with Chronic Ankle Instability: A Randomized Controlled Trial

     Megan Houston     Clinical and Laboratory Predictors of Self-Reported Functions in

Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability

Research Grant Winners for 2012 – 2013

The MAATA would like to congratulate the following grant award winners for current research:

Dr. Jatin Ambegankar, $750.00 to support research entitled “Effect of Hand Placement on Lower Extremity Muscle Activity Biomechanics During Drop Jumps.”

Dr. Joseph Hart, PhD, ATC, $1250.00 to support research entitled “Central and Peripheral Nervous System Adaptation Across the Sepectrum of ACL Injury and Reconstruction.”

Dr. Erik Wikstrom, $500 to support research entitled “Cutaneous Sensation and Cognitive Loading in those with CAI, Copers, and Uninjured Controls.”

Research Grant Winners for 2011 – 2012

The MAATA would like to congratulate the following grant award winners for current research:

Cailee E. Welch, $2100.00 to support research entitled “Athletic trainers’ perceptions and behavioral changes towards evidence-based practice following implementation of an educational intervention.”

Dr. Michael Higgins,$1250.00 to support research entitled “Effect of ball speed on head impact kinematics and concussion assessment scores during soccer heading.”

Research Grant Winners for 2010 – 2011

The MAATA would like to congratulate the following grant award winners for current research:


      Dr. Erik Wikstrom, ATC, at UNC Charlotte, $650.00 to research “Dual-task interference in those with and without ankle instability.”

      Dr. Joseph Hart, ATC, at the University of Virginia, $1,000.00 to research “Influence of gender on neuromuscular control of the lower extremity following an exercise program.”

The NATA Foundation - Important Dates & Deadlines


Beginning this year, the NATA Foundation will move to a single grant cycle for all General, Outcomes and Student Grant pre-proposal submissions. Please make note of the new deadline of February 15, 2012. There will also be minor changes to the grant format guidelines, including shortened page limits. MORE


For further information please contact:

NATA Research & Education Foundation
2952 Stemmons
Dallas, TX 75247

Research Grant Winners for 2009 - 2010
The MAATA would like to congratulate the following grant award winners
for current research:


Erik Wikstrom, PhD, ATC, at UNC Charlotte, $410.00 to research
"Validating Wii Fit Balance Scores."


Scott E. Ross, PhD, ATC, at VCU, $825.00 to research "Wii-habilitation
for Functional Ankle Instability."


Dorice Hankemeier, MSEd, ATC, at Old Dominion University, $1265.00 to
research "Approved Clinical Instructors Experience with Teaching
Evidence Based Practice in Athletic Training Education Programs."

Abstracts or Summaries from the 2008-2009 District III Grant Recipients





Research Grant Winners for 2008 - 2009


The MAATA would like to congratulate the following grant award


Cynthia Wright, MEd, ATC, LAT - Virginia Commonwealth University 
"Effect if fatigue on eversion force sense in individuals with
functional ankle instability"


Melanie McGrath, MS, ATC - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Changes in lower extremity movement patterns following
exercise-induced fatigue and verbal feedback"


Dr. Bonnie Van Lunen, PhD, ATC - Old Dominion University
"Entry-Level educators' experience with the instruction and use of evidence based
practice within athletic training curriculum"



In Support of Scholarly research and evidence based practice the MAATA sponsors a variety of research grants.



For guidelines regarding the student use of NATA databases click here


Research Grant Winners for 2006 - 2007 


Recipient #1:  Van Lunen B, Onate J, Haines K, Cortes N.  Old Dominion University 

“Effects of three foot orthoses on plantar pressure of the first MTP joint of pes planus foot during standing and slow running.” 

Summary of investigation: The investigators seek to determine the effects of metatarsal domes, U-shaped orthoses, and donut-shaped orthoses on plantar pressure under symptomatic and asymptomatic first MTP joint of pes planus foot types during standing and slow running.  Their hypotheses are four fold:

1.  Plantar pressure will increase significantly from standing to slow running under all treatment conditions.

2.  All orthoses conditions will produce a statistically significant decrease in plantar pressure under the first MTP joint during slow running when compared to the control group.

3.  The doughnut-shaped orthosis condition will produce less plantar pressure for all conditions.

4.  There will be no difference in plantar pressure between symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects.


Recipient #2:  Ross SE.  Virginia Commonwealth University

“Effects of textured insoles on single leg balance of subjects with functional ankle instability.”  

Summary of investigation: The current investigation design was based on pilot data demonstrating that stochastic resonance electrical stimulation applied to ankle muscles and ligaments of subjects with functional ankle instability improved postural stability compared to postural stability tests without stochastic resonance stimulation.  Stochastic resonance can be achieved with electrical or mechanical stimulation.  Textured insoles apply a mechanical stimulus to the foot instead of an electrical stimulus.  As a result of insoles potential for improving signal detection via stochastic resonance, the author’s hypothesis is that textured insoles might improve balance and decrease ankle sprains in physically active individuals with functional ankle instability. 


Recipient #3:  Ross SE.  Virginia Commonwealth University. 

"Effects of ankle support on single leg balance of stable and instable ankles.”

Summary of investigation:   Reducing recurrent ankle sprains in physically active individuals with functional ankle instability continues to provide a challenge to sports medicine professionals.  Single leg postural stability impairments have been associated with ankle sprains, therefore, ankle support that might improve postural stability may also reduce ankle sprain injury in a physically active population.  As a result of potentially improving ankle stability with prophylactic appliances, a combination treatment of ankle tape and brace might be more effective at improving postural stability that either alone.  Thus, the study was designed to compare single leg balance scores under four treatment conditions: 1) ankle brace, 2) ankle tape, 3) a combination of ankle tape and brace, and 4) no ankle tape or brace.


Recipient #4:  Jackson K. University of Virginia

 “An analysis of lower extremity mechanics in adolescents and adults during anticipated and unanticipated dynamic tasks.”  

Summary of investigation:   A component of the athletic trainers role in prevention is recognizing populations that are at risk for injury and correcting the problem.  The design for this investigation centers on this premise.  By comparing male and female athletes in dynamic tasks that mimic maneuvers commonly found in jumping and cutting sports.   Additionally, an attempt will be made to gain a more in depth understanding of the role of physical development within maturing athletes and how it may alter their ability to demonstrate controlled dynamic movement patterns.  Finally, this investigation looks to further the knowledge base associated with unanticipated versus planned dynamic tasks.



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