Grad Duo Wins Athletic Trainers National Writing Contest

Loras College Masters of Athletic Training students Madeline Smith and Dayna Hartje claimed first prize in the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Student Writing Contest. It marks the first time Loras students have won this national competition.

Madeline Smith, Dayna Hartje, and Dr. Megan Beard

Smith and Jartje won the award for best Literature Review of the Deloss Brubaker, Ed, ATC, Student Writing Contest for their submission Collegiate Athletes’ Care-Seeking Behavior: The Role and Influence of Athletic Trainers. 

Assistant Professor of Athletic Training Megan Beard, Ph.D., served as the faculty research mentor for Smith’s and Hartje’s research.

The contest is named for Deloss Brubaker, who chaired the contest for its first 30 years. The contest recognizes early research-related projects from emerging investigators at the professional level. Athletic training students enrolled in professional (undergraduate or entry-level masters) athletic training programs are eligible to participate.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).