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Grad student presents study on post-surgery athletes

Jun. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University graduate student Brandi L. Anders, 23, of Tuckasegee, N.C., recently traveled to South Carolina, where she presented her research at the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association Symposium.

Anders conducted a case study on complications with post-surgical athletes caused from materials used during or after surgery. Her research, titled "Skin Condition Secondary to Elbow Dislocation in a Collegiate Diver," details a case of dermatitis, which was caused by a bad reaction to a specific brand of tape after an elbow dislocation surgery. Anders said she found there is a small allergic reaction incidence rate associated with this brand of tape.

Anders is a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Marshall men's and women's cross country and swimming and diving teams. Since the fall of 2012, she has worked closely with these athletes to help them achieve full competitive potential.

"Since becoming a certified athletic trainer, I have found the best feeling is when the athlete returns to play," Anders said. "You see your hard work, time and effort being rewarded."

Suzanne Konz, assistant professor of biomechanics in the College of Health Professions, said Anders is as devoted to her education as she is to her athletes.

"I know she feels it is important to be active within the profession," Konz said. "This tells us that the graduate students are not only dedicated to the sports they are assigned to as athletic trainers, but that academics are still important."

Konz, a graduate advisor within the School of Kinesiology, said Anders presented research several times at the undergraduate level and knows the value of informing those in the profession about complications athletes could face and how to treat them successfully.