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Tonya M. Parker, PhD, AT, ATC

Grand Valley State University



The purpose of this committee is to encourage and foster research and scholarly activity among the MATS membership. Specifically, the committee will serve the following functions:

   1.  Provide financial assistance for MATS members who are Athletic Trainers (up to $1,000) or students (up to $500). 

   2.  Organize the free communication sessions at the MATS Annual Clinical Symposium.

   3.  Promote the research and scholarly activity of MATS members, non-members and students.

   4.  Be a consultative resource for information concerning research project merit, research design, and oral/written presentation of

       research results.

Research Assistance Committee Members, Affiliations, and Research Expertise:

Blaine Long, PhD, AT, ATC, Central Michigan University:  Therapeutic Modalities and Exercise

Brian Hatzel, PhD, AT, ATC, Grand Valley State University: Shoulder Injury and Rehabilitation

John Powell, PhD, AT, ATC, Michigan State University (Emeritus): Epidemiology; Qualitative Methodology

Tonya Parker, PhD, AT, ATC, Grand Valley State University:  Biomechanics; Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

Brian Wiese, MS, AT, ATC, Central Michigan University:  Postural Sway; Functional Movement Screening

Phillip Andre, MS, AT, ATC, Alma College:  Phenomenology; Qualitative Methodology; Masculinity

David Berry, PhD, MHA, AT, ATC (Executive Board liaison), Saginaw Valley State University

Mike Miller, PhD, EdD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, TSAC-F*D, FNATA, FNSCA, Western Michigan University:  Emergency preparedness, strength and conditioning, cognitive training

Steve Smith, DAT, ATC, University of Michigan:  Medical documentation, outcome measure utilization, foot/ankle

Adam Lepley, PhD, ATC, University of Michigan:  Neuromuscular control, ACL/Knee, biomechanics

Research Assistance Grants

Thank you for your interest in the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) Research Assistance Grant!  The purpose of these grants is to provide financial assistance to MATS members to complete original research studies that advance the Athletic Training profession.

It is our hope this financial assistance will help promote the fine research and scholarly activity of Athletic Trainers in the state of Michigan.  Several applications with total direct costs up to a maximum of $1000 for certified Athletic Trainers and $500 for Athletic Training students will be funded.  There will be two funding cycles each calendar year.  The deadlines will be 5:00 pm EST on the last Friday in September and February. 

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within two months of the grant deadlines.  Funds will be available to successful applicants approximately 30 days of notification of funding and must be used within one year. 

Successful applicants must submit a final report (including budget).  For Fall grant awardees, final reports are due by December 1 of the year after funding decision.  For Spring grant awardees, final reports are due by May 1 of the year after funding decision. Moreover, funded applicants must acknowledge MATS funding on future publications or presentations as well as present the results of their study at a future MATS annual meeting. Other eligibility, obligations, and instructions can be found in the grant application.


Current Opportunities in 2022

  1. Spring grant deadline is 5pm on the last Friday in February (25 Feb 2022).

  2. Fall grant deadline is 5pm on the last Friday in September (30 Sept 2022).

Free Communcations
Free Communications Program

Research Abstract Instructions

The abstract submission process is similar to the NATAREF peer-reviewed track ( Abstract headings must be per NATAREF guidelines and correct for the type of research performed (e.g., Case report, Systematic Review).

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in automatic rejection of the abstract without peer review.

Authors must submit 2 copies of their abstract saved as ‘.doc’ (i.e., Microsoft Word files) on the ensuing pages.  Do NOT submit as ‘.pdf’ files.  On page 2 of this application form, insert a blinded copy of the abstract with the author name(s) and affiliation(s) removed.  The title should remain at the top of the abstract, however.  On page 3, keep the author name(s), affiliation(s), and title above the abstract.

Page margins must be set at 1 inch on all sides using the standard 8.5 x 11 inch format.

Use either Arial or Helvetica 12 point font with single spacing.

For the non-blinded copy (page 3), provide the title starting at the top left margin. On the next line, indent 3 spaces enter the author(s) last name, then initials (without spaces or periods), followed by a comma, and continue for all additional authors (if any), end with a colon. Following the colon, indicate the institution (including city and state) where the research was conducted (author and institutional information does not count in the word limit).

There is a 450-word limit for Basic Research, Meta-Analysis Research, Systematic Reviews, and Qualitative or Survey submissions. Limit is on words, not characters. 

There is a 600-word limit for Clinical Case Reports and Clinical Case Series. Limit is on words, not characters. 

Do not use bullets, italics, bold or underline to emphasize major points in the abstract.

The abstract must be typed using a word processing program and inserted on the next page of this abstract submission form.

The abstract submission deadline is 5:00 pm on the first Monday in March each year.


The primary author submitting the proposal should receive notification of acceptance in March.

Please direct questions and submissions to the RAC Chair, Tonya M. Parker at

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