MVC Professor Named Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year

Posted June 19, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (June 19, 2014) —  The Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association (MoATA) has named MVC faculty member Dr. Karla Bruntzel the 2014 MoATA Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year.

The award is presented annually to a Missouri athletic trainer whose performance has exceeded the expectations of an athletic trainer. The award is intended to recognize a single effort or a series of actions over the course of a year that benefited the membership of MoATA.

Dr. Bruntzel serves as the athletic training program director and dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has served as director of the athletic training program since 2002. Dr. Bruntzel has been instrumental in establishing the nursing degree program and leading the program to a five-year national accreditation from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Most recently, she assisted with the development of the health information systems associates’ degree program.  In addition to her teaching duties, Dr. Bruntzel also serves on the College’s Institutional Research Board.  

Dr. Bruntzel’s work for the Missouri Athletic Training Association includes creating and organizing the MoATA Educators and Student Conference. The inaugural conference was held in 2013 and is designed to allow athletic training students and educators to interact with the purpose of sharing ideas through their own experiences, the education of athletic training students in Missouri is the primary focus.

Dr. Bruntzel is from Rossville, Kan., and completed her undergraduate degree in athletic training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, master’s degree in sports sciences at the University of Denver, and after working as a clinical athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels for nearly 10 years, she earned her Ph.D. in biomechanics at the University of Leeds, UK. 

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